"Daria" as written by and John Mccrea....
When you tried to kiss me
I only bit your tongue.
When you tried to get me together
I only came undone.
When you tried to tell me
The one for me was you,
I was in your mattress back in 1982.

Daria, I won't be soothed.
Daria, I won't be soothed over like,
Smoothed over like milk,
Silk, a bedspread, or a quilt,
Icing on a cake,
Or a serene translucent lake.
Daria, Daria, Daria,
I won't be soothed.
I won't be soothed.

When you tried to tell me
Of all the love you had,
I was cleaning oil from beaches
Seeing only what was bad.
When you tried to feed me
I only shut my mouth.
Food got on your apron
And you told me to get out.

Daria, I won't be soothed.
Daria, I won't be soothed over like,
Smoothed over like milk,
Silk, a bedspread, or a quilt,
Icing on a cake,
Or a serene translucent lake.
Daria, Daria, Daria,
Daria, Daria, Daria,
Daria, I won't be soothed.
I won't be soothed.


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"Daria" as written by John M Mccrea

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    General CommentI don't agree with you guys, although some of you are on the right track. I think it's about someone who has someone who says that want to love them and take care of them but they don't actually want to deal with who they really are and their problems. the second verse sums it up, the girl wants him to be all lovey dovey with her, and put aside all his own feelings.
    gracetbeon February 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song relates to me and my once-optimistic girlfriend. She looked down on my defeatism. And the harder she tried to help me, the more resistance I put up, creating a downward-spiral effect. She feels that I don't respect her opinions or observations on life. We are still together, after 5 or so years. "I will not be soothed, goddammit!"
    radiocakedoveson June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThere's a lot of talk about this song. Maybe too much talk. But one thing is for sure, it's *not* about MTV's former teenage cartoon sarcastic sweetheart, Daria Morgendorffer.

    Ultrasleazeon July 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpessimist in love with an optimist
    iamsoscrewedon April 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis'll get pretty redundant, because I will end up saying it about all of their songs, but I love how Cake makes such clear lyrics yet keeps the idea behind them vague enough to allow for so many different interpretations.

    Personally, I think this song is simply about a stubborn person. I would say that the subject of the song was sort of in a bad way when he met Daria- pessimistic, and a bit of a mess. I thought the line was "I was cleaning up from beaches," meaning some sort of mandated public service, perhaps for doing a crime? She probably would be good for him in helping him get his life back on track, and she is more than eager to do it.

    However, since she treats him like a child, he turns to some sort of child-like ego state and stubbornly refuses help with whatever problems he has. The whole "I won't be soothed over like...etc" part seems to me to have a hint of pride to it. I'd say that this guy's life is a wreck at this point, and this girl won't treat him like an adult, so the only way to keep any pride or independence would be to be very stubborn- "You can't tame me, and I'm not giving up without a fight."

    That's my take on it.
    bobwronskion February 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is just weirdly incestuous to me. I realize, of course, it's not about a relationship with his mother, but he sort of allows this woman in his life to treat him like her child, and clearly he acts like a child. He's temperamental, cranky, and rude, and she takes it and takes it until finally she can't take anymore and tells him to "get out."

    We women are always sort of trying to "change" men to suit what it is we really want, and it looks like Daria found a man she couldn't change, one who flat out refused to change, and hey, she's probably better off without him.
    lucycharmson November 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe its about an older woman hitting on him... like his mothers friend that use to change his diapers when the mother brought him over on the bed (back in 1982). she invited him over when he was older tried to kiss him (i only bit her tongue) he wont be soothed into sleeping with her (the one for me is you) so after him denying her (she was trying to hand feed him)she told him to get out


    "when you tried to tell me the the one for me was you"---- WTF Woman your to old for me

    "i was in your mattress back in 1982"----- Sheesh i was a kid when you were a younger woman

    "Daria i wont be soothed"----Um get away from me hag

    "when you tried to tell me of all the love you had" Omg wow

    "i was cleaning oil from beaches seeing only what was bad."--Many bad relationships.. im pure

    when you tried to feed me i only shut my mouth.--- i don't want her

    food got on your apron and you told me to get out. --stop hand feeding me I'm only here because you asked me over... Now your kicking me out cause i don't wanna hit on you?


    this is what i see :P

    he doesn't say anything about boyfriend girlfriend stuff in song so this is how i feel.
    Phrostyon August 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does this song mean. i love it
    ChrissyTinaon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about a gurl that is tryin to help this guy that doesnt want help he jsut wants her. but i dunno
    Baileyroxon June 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like the idea put foreward by iamsoscrewed - Pessimist in love, or in a relationship with an optimist - and he is not about to give up his stances - he wont be soothed.
    ModestMon October 04, 2004   Link

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