"Intermittently" as written by and Steven Page....
Someone somewhere has unglued our epoxy
Someone somewhere has unglued our epoxy
And now I'm kissing you by proxy,
Hope you don't mind
Somewhere someone is dreaming of me
Tries to love me,
Hope you don't mind

[Chorus]
I love you
Intermittently
I love you intermittently

She's a lot like you but she don't look like you
Okay, she's not you,
But she'll do fine
I put my life on hold to avoid confrontation
But should I tell you to your face and
Risk my hide?

[Chorus]

When immeasurably
Turns to intermittently
There's no use in going on
Except for fear of being wrong

Every morning I just hit the ground yawning,
Stick around if you enjoy disaster
'Cause if you can't see what I'm after
You must be blind

[Chorus: x2]

Didn't have the heart to say goodbye
So I continued in my charlatan ways
Did I say heart? I meant to say guts
Now I'm on my own and I'm sorry that you're gone


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"Intermittently" as written by Steven Page

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    General CommentHe loves this girl on and off again, not because he loves her on and off but hes just too chicken to call it quits.
    shoeboxoflieson October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI am not sure but in the second verse it sounds like the narrator is cheating on his girl friend. It sounds like he is trying to justify it and is to chicken to come clean. At least that is what it sounds like to me.

    Great Song.
    Running Out Of Inkon May 28, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation"Someone somewhere has unglued our epoxy
    Someone somewhere has unglued our epoxy
    And now I'm kissing you by proxy,
    Hope you don't mind
    Somewhere someone is dreaming of me
    Tries to love me,
    Hope you don't mind"

    Epoxy is a strong glue, the couple is coming apart. Someone is referring to another woman the singer is interested in. Proxy means to give authority to someone to act on behalf of, he is giving himself proxy to continue the facade of a relationship. Somebody else is interested in him and he in clearly interested in her because the current relationship isn't holding strong. Hope you don't take mind of that!

    "I love you
    Intermittently
    I love you intermittently"

    I love you baby... sometimes. I love you every once in awhile. I love that he sings it twice every time pausing before saying intermittently the first time. He is pushing his false emotions on his girlfriend because he doesn't want to regret breaking up if what he is imagining as better doesn't work out as planned.

    "She's a lot like you but she don't look like you
    Okay, she's not you,
    But she'll do fine
    I put my life on hold to avoid confrontation
    But should I tell you to your face and
    Risk my hide?"

    She is not you, but she'll do fine. I'm tired of what I have now and she is looking good to me. I'm putting off breaking up with you because I'm afraid of what will happen, even if it makes a shell of a man, I don't want to tell you how I feel.

    "When immeasurably
    Turns to intermittently
    There's no use in going on
    Except for fear of being wrong"

    My favorite verse of the song, it sums up the whole song. When the immense love you felt for someone becomes I kind of love you sometimes you should break up, but what if that's not really what you want? Fear has hold of the singer, he does not want to be alone but he also dreams of another woman.

    "Every morning I just hit the ground yawning,
    Stick around if you enjoy disaster
    'Cause if you can't see what I'm after
    You must be blind"

    The stale lifestyle he has put himself into is driving him crazy. Wanting or possibly being unfaithful to his girlfriend for so long has dug at his mind and he decides it's time to do something about it. If you can't see what I'm after you must be blind. I want this other woman and I'm convinced that if you cannot understand my emotions and distance you must not understand me. The girlfriend probably has no idea there is a distance or possible adultery going on. Disaster indeed.

    "Didn't have the heart to say goodbye
    So I continued in my charlatan ways
    Did I say heart? I meant to say guts
    Now I'm on my own and I'm sorry that you're gone"

    I didn't have the guts to say goodbye. I continued pretending I knew what was going on when I had no idea. The other girl wasn't as inviting as I assumed. I am alone now, I'm sorry that you're gone. Note that I didn't say I miss you, I'm sorry for giving up what I had even if I wasn't sure it was what I wanted. Either way it's probably for the best.


    Sorry my writing is so jumbled, I have never actually commented on a song before. This has been my favorite band since the early-mid 90s and the depth of their songs always astounded me. I hope my ideas came across well in writing.

    The summary is a man lusted after another woman being unhappy/bored in his own relationship. When he took the plunge and left his girlfriend he was not met with the idealism of the other girl he lusted for he regretted leaving his safe relationship.
    BNLboyon April 10, 2014   Link

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