I'm gonna make a mistake
I'm gonna do it on purpose
I'm gonna waste my time
'Cause I'm full as a tick
And I'm scratching at thg surface
And what I find is mine

And when the day is done
And I look back
And the fact is I had fun
Fumbling around
All the advice I shunned
And I ran where they told me not to run
But I sure had fun

So I'm gonna fuck it up again
I'm gonna do another detour
Unpave my path
And if you wanna make sense
Whatcha looking at me for?
I'm no good at math

And when I find my way back
The fact is I just may stay
Or I may not

I've acquired quite a taste
For a well-made mistake
I wanna mistake
Why can't I make a mistake?

I'm always doing what I think I should
Almost always doing everybody good
Why?

Do I wanna do right?
Of course
But do I really wanna feel I'm forced to answer you?
Hell no

I've acquired quite a taste for
A well-made mistake
I wanna make a mistake
Why can't I make a mistake?

I'm always doing what I think I should
Almost always doing everybody good
Why?


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  • +3
    General CommentThe meaning is pretty obvious. She's tired of playing by the rules, of doing everything right, like people are supposed to. So she decides to fuck it up, make a mistake. Cool song. Especially when you're mad, it's great to listen to.
    FeyTHon April 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentlove it when she says "hell no"
    fitzon August 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't think this song is about doing the right thing or the wrong thing, in the sense of committing a crime.

    I think this song is about the demands of society to fit into a certain mold, and how she is breaking free from these constraints, to do something which most people would consider "a mistake", and living the life that makes her happy.

    Particular lines that back up my meaning

    "All the advice I shunned
    And I ran where they told me not to run
    But I sure had fun"

    "And when I find my way back
    The fact is I just may stay
    Or I may not"
    (This line says that later she might do what society says she should do, but if she does it will be her own decision)

    "Why can't I make a mistake?"

    "I'm always doing what I think I should
    Almost always doing everybody good"

    "Do I wanna do right?
    Of course
    But do I really wanna feel I'm forced to answer you?
    Hell no"
    auntdewon July 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentinternal self hatred for the battels of the family inside of her. Shes afraid of happyness or having something to loose so she repeatedly faces her fears to teach herself its not the end of the world.

    and the voice of the mother inside of her, always making her feel like she should be doing this and should be doing that, to try to keep her from regret, but the child inside of her wants to rebel against the mother.
    strawletteon July 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like I've heard this song a thousand times, but in fact, I'm just thinking of me. This is the past four months of my life in a three minute song.
    She's tired of doing what's right. And whether she really thinks it's okay to go fuck something up or she just wants to feel alive and escape what feels safe, she's going on a journey. She's ignoring the sensible advise that people are giving her because that's just the irrational thing she wants to do. She's battling what she feels like she can't be anymore because no one really sees her as she is. They don't see how hard it is to do everything for everyone and still be the girl they've always known. If she can just make a mistake and fuck up something sure on purpose, maybe she can accomplish what she wants to accomplish.
    Just saying... I didn't.
    shaberryon September 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song..she is SUCH a woman.
    umovelikehoneyon December 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfey...you're totally right, tired of being good...so you have to do something bad or fuck something up...
    rockstar001on May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, she's tired of acting how she's supposed to, so she is deciding to make a mistake for fun.

    I love this song, the words just mesh so well together like "acquired quite a taste" or "do another detour"
    dogbaconon July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti've came to this song when i was feeling like i was right and everyone was telling me i was wrong... and the fact is i was probably wrong... "but i sure had fun". i think she's just saying it's alright to fuck up every once in a while.
    Staroletteon August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a cool song. fiona apple is one of the few talented KNOWN female artists. she can kick britney's ass any time. her lyrics are insightful, creative, and poetic. her music is simply beautiful..she's just awesome. I hope she makes another cd soon.
    stoppretendingon April 09, 2003   Link

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