"Jane" as written by and Nat/page Kipner....
The girl works at the store, sweet Jane St. Clair
Was dazzled by her smile while I shopped there
It wasn't long before I lived with her
I sang her songs while she dyed my hair

Jane, divided, but I can't decide which side I'm on
Jane decided only cowards stay, while traitors run
Jane, Jane

I'd bring her gold and frankincense and myrrh
She thought that I was making fun of her
She made me feel I was fourteen again
That's why she thinks it's cooler if we'd just stay friends (she thinks it's cooler being)

Jane doesn't think a man could ever be faithful
Jane isn't giving me a chance to be shameful
Jane, Jane

I wrote a letter, she should have got it yesterday
That life could be better by being together
Is what I cannot explain to Jane

The girl works at the store, sweet Jane St. Clair (still dazzled by her smile while I shop there)
Still dazzled by her smile while I shoplift there (the girl works at the store, sweet Jane St. Clair)
No promises as vague as Heaven (no promises as vague as Heaven)
No Juliana next to my Evan (no Juliana next to)

Jane, desired by the people at her school and work
Jane is tired, 'cause every man becomes a lovesick jerk
Jane, Jane (come on)


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"Jane" as written by Steven Page Stephen Duffy

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    General CommentMy all-time favorite song by my all-time favorite band. It's one of those songs that every girl in the world is like "That is all about me". Jane is the free spirit that every man wants and no man can keep. She makes them bitter but not unhappy, even if she does think they're jerks. :)

    And for those too lazy to check out the link-- that's Julianna Hatfield and Evan Dando, her long-time boyfriend. At the time he wrote this song with Stephen Duffy, Steven Page had a mad crush on Julianna Hatfield; he has jokingly said in interviews that he put her in the song as a desperate attempt to get her attention. :)
    luckypairofshoeson March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentJust listening to this song today, as a matter of fact.

    I think the gist of the song is to be found in these lines:

    The girl works at the store, sweet Jane St. Clair
    Still dazzled by her smile while I shoplift there

    This is the best possible example of a reason for Jane's wariness of men and their proclamations of love. Her story, told by a guy who says he loves her and complains of her lack of trust in men, and yet has no problem shoplifting from HER place of employment.

    Ironic, of course. That's the reason (well, one of them anyway) why I love the song.
    42 stepson March 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. This guy is in love with a girl who has been burned by past relationships. I love the part where he talks about being dazzled by her smile....it makes her seem in a way seem innocent. Even though she smiles at him inside she knows she is going to get hurt.
    stephaneenon April 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment*points up* that's an interesting fact. i always thought it was actually about a girl named jane. wow. cool song.
    weezerific:cutleryon June 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song isnt about a street corner. that's where it gets the name "jane st. clair." as for jane, she's a girl who loves being admired by men but doesnt want to waste her time with any of them. this guy is saying "you never even gave me a chance." great song.
    zaphodbeeblebrox42on June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Jaaaaaaaane"

    gets stuck in my head EVERY TIME!
    catherinekson July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment2nd Best BNL song after Pinch me!
    quiet_poisonon July 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI have a dear friend, someone I love and cherish very much. Someone I always had wanted to have a relationship with, for many years, and when I hear this song I immediately think of her. Beautiful song, and the melody is fantastic.
    ck_phoenixon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLovely catchy song. I hate to sound ignorant - but I'm so good at it ;) Who are Juliana and Evan? I've always wondered what that referred to...
    gracelynon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentjuliana and evan:

    mysd.org/band/…
    star79on August 20, 2002   Link

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