Once my lover, now my friend
What a cruel thing to pretend
What a cunning way to condescend
Once my lover, and now my friend

Oh, you creep up like the clouds
And you set my soul at ease
Then you let your love abound
And you bring me to my knees

Oh, its evil, babe
The way you let your grace enrapture me
When well you know I'd be insane
To ever let that dirty game recapture me

You made me a shadowboxer, baby
I wanna be ready for what you do
I been swinging around me
'Cause I don't know when you're gonna make your move

Oh, your gaze is dangerous
And you fill your space so sweet
If I let you get too close
You'll set your spell on me

So darlin', I just wanna say
Just in case I don't come through
I was on to every play
I just wanted you

But oh, it's so evil, my love
The way you've no reverence to my concern
So I'll be sure to stay wary of you, love
To save the pain of
Once my flame and twice my burn

So I'm a shadowboxer, baby
I wanna be ready for what you do
I been swinging around enough and
I don't know when you're gonna make your move

Yeah, I'm a shadowboxer, baby
I wanna be ready for what you do
And I been swinging around
Because I don't know when you'll make your move...


Lyrics submitted by SNYder, edited by MrRoboto

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  • +5
    General CommentFiona says:

    "It was because of this guy I had gone out with and had been really, really close with. I really loved him. I felt that he was my best friend. But he was a teenaged guy, and they don't think a lot of times. He mistreated me and then he came back. I couldn't even be friends with him for awhile. I cared about him, but it was just a situation where he kept trying to be friends with me, but I knew that he just wanted to be friends with me so he could have the option of making a move on me whenever he wanted to. And because I was so infatuated with him, and even in love with him, I was always available for that. It made me feel weak every time I would fall for that. And I would look forward to him making a move on me, but I knew that it was wrong. I knew that he was playing with me. And after awhile, I didn't even care anymore because I wanted him so much."



    from here: en.wikiquote.org/wiki/…
    gemieliciouson May 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentShadowboxing:: What an awesome analogy for staying wary and cautious of falling in love with a person who's only going to hurt you in the end.

    Fiona rocks.
    anna118kon May 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first lines of this song, always send shivers down my spine. I think it's one of fiona's masterpieces, she's saying ''once my lover, now my friend. what a cruel thing to pretend''. it's like when you break up with someone, and they call you ''a friend'' and you think, how can I be a friend? thats just a way of saying I'm not you're lover anymore. it's very sad, but a great tune
    that_sullen_girlon January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song.... The part that says "I was on to every play, I just wanted you " really reminds me of someone.... long story.
    siren86on May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's probobly about her fighting with herself over the desicion of making a move or not...accerpting or not..
    rockstar001on May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe part that says "I was on to every play, I just wanted you "- that really reminds me of me...not a good memory tho :(
    Chelseaon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA splendid song!
    emo tional.on June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI REALLY love her voice in this... just WOW
    vandalizedon June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod. her voice is so powerful,combined with her lyrics...they all reach out to me and have helped me thru some horrible times. i can relate to every word she writes. i fucking love her.
    cherryXkisson June 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBOOO

    i didn't know this song, but just tonight a girl i like, and was planning on making a move on, was over. we were listening to music and she put this song on. i didn't recognize it, but i heard the line "I wanna be ready for what you do / I been swinging all around me / 'Cause I don't know when you're / gonna make your move " about three times and decided that might be a hint...a bit later i went for it...REJECTED. can't really be mad at the song, but i gotta be mad at something, don't i? :(
    infixon August 13, 2002   Link

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