"Amateur" as written by Bob Stanley, Peter Stewart Wiggs and Jane Cracknell Sarah....
I'm told the case is now closed
So I can come to my senses
But when the question is posed
I'll have this meager defense

I was hoping that you'd know better than that
I was hoping but you're an amateur
I was hoping that you'd know better
But I've been wrong before

Despite conclusions I drew
There was a chance you'd surprise me
And you'd be better than you
Cause I'd have left otherwise

I was hoping that you'd know better than that
I was hoping but you're an amateur
I was hoping that you'd know better
But I've been wrong before

So I wasn't thinking clearly
So you didn't think at all
I thought was protocol

I was hoping that you'd know better than that
I was hoping but you're an amateur
I was hoping that you'd know better
But I've been wrong before

I was hoping that
I was hoping but you're an amateur
I was hoping that you'd know better
But I've been wrong before


Lyrics submitted by Idan

"Amateur" as written by Peter Stewart Wiggs Bob Stanley

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    General CommentI LOVe this song. I also love the homade video her friend made that is on her website for this song. it shows her doing just silly stuff an melancholy shots of this and that its great, really arty. anyways this song to me is like the ULTIMATE diss song to a guy she is breaking up with. ooh it just hurts to think about how hurt the guy on the recieving end of this song must feel. my worst nightmare is to be an "amateur" in a relationship.
    rainydayboyon March 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI first heard this song while watching the movie "Sliding Doors." In the context of the movie I would have to agree and have always agreed with RainyDayBoy's interpretation.

    This song is GREAT! I love it.
    HolleWCon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf I remember correctly this song is about her record company breakup, and expecting more from them than she, ultimately, got.

    Whatever it is about it is, as all Aimee Mann song are, beautifully sung
    ny156ukon April 13, 2006   Link
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    My Interpretationi think that this song is one where a person is hoping their crush/boyfriend/person they're "talking" to will be perfect for them because that's what they want. unfortunately, she finds out that he isn't all she made him out to be. this seems to have happened to her in the past but she still gives out chances to the next guy. because of this, i kind of feel it's ironic because since she keeps making the same mistakes, she could almost be considered an "amateur" herself - someone who isn't an expert on a subject
    joyce13on April 04, 2015   Link

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