"Open Book" as written by Greg Brown and John Mccrea....
She's writing she's writing she's writing a novel
She's writing she's weaving conceiving a plot
It quickens it thickens you can't put it down now
It takes you it shakes you it makes you lose your thought
But you're caught in your own glory
You are believing your own stories
Writing your own headlines
Ignoring your own deadlines
But now you've gotta' write them all again.

You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you
You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you [Repeat: x2]
You want her, confront her, just open your window
Unbolt it, unlock it, unfasten your latch
You want it, confront it, just open your window
All you really have to do is ask
But you're caught in your own glory
You are believing your own stories
Timing your contractions
Inventing small contraptions
That will roll across your parlor's hardwood floors

[Chorus[
You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you
You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you [Repeat: x2]
You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you [Repeat: x3]


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"Open Book" as written by John M Mccrea Gregory P Brown

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    General Commenti don't really know what this song means, but i love the guitar riff at the beginning and the horn solo over the riff after the first chorus and verse. however, i can't stand the note at the end of the chorus. This would be a great song without it.
    tunasandwich77on December 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's all a beautiful metaphor for courting (old fashioned, I know)
    canrockson January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyou want her, confront her.
    just open your window.
    unbolt it, unlock it,
    unfasten your latch.
    you want it, confront it.
    just open your window.
    all you really have to do is ask.

    he's saying unzip your zipper and rail your girlfriend, but make sure you ask her first.
    oswenon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt means that you're too shy to tell her that you love her, and you begin to lie to yourself and tell yourself that she isn't interested in you, to the point of self destruction.
    moeburnon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn the first stanza it is describing either her life or yours with her, and how she is giving you free reign to pick at her brain as if reading a book. However, the real problem is that you don't know which "page" to turn to, or what to really ask her. You are incredibly attracted to her, and she is probably attracted to you, but you keep on turning to the wrong pages, your conversations with her getting insights to her mind but not getting you closer to being with her when you want to be, aka "your own deadlines".

    I also think that the bad chords and odd timed joining of the chorus to the main singer is perfect for this song. It emphasizes the dischord between what you really want and what is going on.

    And, oswen, when I read what you wrote I laughed out loud. Brilliant description of that stanza.
    MtMan900on March 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow it is at this moment, reading these comments so surprising to me that people don't like or get this song. it's to me so amazing. i always felt it stated things so clearly and i felt at times almost like it's been written about me.

    "inventing your own stories"...
    blackalisson April 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think all the wacky harmonizations represent all the confusion going on in the guys head.
    spacepirateon August 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's saying that the girl is using the guy in this whole dramatic play for her own amusement and wants to see him suffer for her "sufferings" but the guy sort of knows what she's doing but doesn't want to accept it and think that what she's saying is the truth like an open book. But really she's just playing him for this whole plot.
    elangbam7on August 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about a man whose girlfirend is cheating on him Her cover stories are good, and he believes her but he knows something isn't right, he just isn't quite sure what it is.
    Nobody but meon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me the song has always been about a guy who has been lying to a girl he likes to impress her... The longer he goes, telling all of these lies... the harder it gets to keep them all straight. And although, he was never honest with her, he believes that she is telling him the truth about herself.

    Meanwhile the girl has been leading him on... and now he doesn't know where that leaves them; as friends or possibly more. He's always thought she liked him back, but the more he thinks about it... the less confident he is.

    But that's just my take on the whole thing.
    promised1on March 29, 2007   Link

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