"Everything You Want" as written by and Matthew B. Scannell....
Somewhere there's speaking
It's already coming in
Oh and it's rising at the back of your mind
You never could get it
Unless you were fed it
Now you're here and you don't know why

But under skinned knees and the skid marks
Past the places where you used to learn
You howl and listen
Listen and wait for the
Echoes of angels who won't return

[Chorus]
He's everything you want
He's everything you need
He's everything inside of you
That you wish you could be
He says all the right things
At exactly the right time
But he means nothing to you
And you don't know why

You're waiting for someone
To put you together
You're waiting for someone to push you away
There's always another wound to discover
There's always something more you wish he'd say

[Chorus]

But you'll just sit tight
And watch it unwind
It's only what you're asking for
And you'll be just fine
With all of your time
It's only what you're waiting for

Out of the island
Into the highway
Past the places where you might have turned
You never did notice
But you still hide away
The anger of angels who won't return

[Chorus]

I am everything you want
I am everything you need
I am everything inside of you
That you wish you could be
I say all the right things
At exactly the right time
But I mean nothing to you and I don't know why
And I don't know why
Why
I don't know


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"Everything You Want" as written by Matthew B. Scannell

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  • +5
    General CommentI like the god perspecitive i think it is really really creative but to me this song is about a friend whom you really love and you've been trying to tell her without exactly saying it. But shes always talking about some other guy. The last curious i feel is just like him telling her. I am everything you want, i am everything you need i am everything inside of you that you wish you could be, i say all the right things at exactly the right time, and i mean nothing to you and i dont know why." its kinda like bringing it out. and the song ends with us wondering... well... what did she have to say.
    LiveUrLifeon April 13, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is what Matt Scannell (lead singer) said it is about:

    Well, the long shot of it is I was basically in love with this beautifully complex and crazy person who could see everything around her except for the thing that could actually help her. And I just thought of a tormented glass-is-half-empty person who was in pain about a bunch of things that had happened to her in her life, and always wound up looking to the wrong places to find solace and to find help. And then when that was over, she would just be emptier than she was before. And I could just see her kind of sinking. It was written out of frustration, it was written out of sadness from my perspective, a sense of wishing that she would turn to me, and to realize that I wanted to help her. Maybe she couldn’t see it being what she really needed, and she never did. So the last chorus is really that chance that I had to say, “Hey, look — enough. I love you. I can help you, but I don’t mean anything to you at all.” A lot of people have said that they think it might be about God, and it might be about religion, and I’ve always tried to steer clear of nailing it too far on the head. But if you’re asking me directly, that’s really where it came from.
    Depthon December 31, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about a man who is so confident in himself, that he is completely blind to his partner's needs and wants. He believes he is perfect for this person, but he is not. There is no perfect, if only he knew perfection does not exist. This is what really turns his partner away from him.
    Sunny137on February 20, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNo, this song isn't about God. I said it somewhere before, but any heartfelt song can be misinterpreted about God if you simply replace the "she" and "hers" and other feminine pronouns with "God" and "His" and "Your," et cetera.

    Both basically the same thing. And the law applies in reverse. Songs with God that can be changed to be about women.

    .. anywho. Yeah, I'd have to agree with liveurlife as well. This person is everything she wants, everything she needs, but it means nothing to her, and she doesn't know why. And it's strange, because she sees him, and she know how he feels, if only.. vaguely..

    .. and the mention to the angels. A reference to HER love. The one she cannot have. The one she's constantly focusing on while ignoring the one that would obviously work.

    pragmaticpoetryon April 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis might be a little out there, but what if he's talking about God in the chorus? It makes sense. Then the last chorus, he's speaking from God's point of view. There certainly seems to be spiritual undertones in this song. What do you think?
    chosen1forlifeon February 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with liveurlife. it's like he's tired of his friend whom he loves telling him about all these guys that are just not right for her. and there he is, all that she needs and wants, standing in front of her and she doesn't notice...she doesn't even realize it and he doesnt understand why.
    lunch box angelon April 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti really dont think this song has anything to do with god. it just doesnt work so well that way. its about a guy who loves a girl, and she knows this, but doesnt feel the same. she knows that it would work well with him, but cant bring herself to be with him cuz shes too scared or something else that is definitely holding her back. perhaps shes tangled up in another relationship, one that isnt working out nearly as good as she hopes for.
    orange_peason April 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaven't we all been in this situation at least once before? This song is such a great song for those whom suffer from unrequited love. The song involves three people. Person A is in love with Person B. Now, Person B is in love with Person C. Person A wants Person B to forget about Person C because Person C is never around. Person A is always around Person B and wants Person B to give them a try at love. We've all been somewhere in this little confusing triangle. Just lately, I broke out of the Person B mode and gave the Person A a chance :) yay me...but anyways, when I hear this song, my heart goes out to all the Person A's out there...
    TasChiBandGirlon May 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso fine, so great... the final fantasy video is great!
    ClipZornon July 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentis definitely a love song ...

    ... "i am everything you want / i am everything you need / i am everything inside of you / that you wish you could be / i say all the right things / at exactly the right times / but i mean nothing to you / and i don't know why"

    I mean, that last chorus really says it all. it's horrible when you realize how perfect you are for someone - when you KNOW how right the two of you are together - but that person just doesn't feel anything for you. it SUCKS.
    catherinekson October 14, 2002   Link

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