"If You Don't, Don't" as written by and James Christopher/burch Adkins....
What's wrong baby?
Don't they treat you like they should?
Did you take them for it?
Or every penny that you could?

We once walked out on the beach
And once I almost touched your hand
Oh, how I dreamed to finally say such things
Then only to pretend

Don't you know I'm thinking? (know I'm thinking)
Driving 405 past midnight
Don't you know I miss you? (don't you know I miss you?)
Ninth and ash on a Tuesday night

I would write to you from Museum Mile
A toast to you
Your whisper
Your smile

Up the stairs at the Weatherford
A ghost each place I hide

If you don't know
Why would ya say so?
Would you mean this please if this happens?
If you don't know
Why would ya say so?
Won't you get your story straight?
If you don't know, honey
Why'd you just say so?
'cause I need this now
More than I ever did
If you don't know, honey
Then you don't

I left you waiting (I left you waiting)
At the least could we be friends?
Should have never started (never started)
Ain't that the way it always ends?

On my life I'll try today
There's so much I've felt I should say but
Even if your heart would listen
I doubt I could explain

If you don't know
Why would ya say so?
Would you mean this please if this happens?
If you don't know
Why would ya say so?
Won't you get your story straight?
If you don't know, honey
Why'd you just say so?
'cause I need this now
More than I ever did
If you don't know, honey
Then you don't

If you don't, well honey
Then you don't

(Do, do, do)

So here we are now
A sip of wine
A sip of water

Someday maybe
Maybe someday
We'll be smarter

And I'm sorry that I'm such a mess
I drank all my money could get
Took everything you let me have
And never loved you back

If you don't know
Why would ya say so?
Would you mean this please if this happens?
If you don't know
Why would ya say so?
Won't you get your story straight?
If you don't know, honey
Why'd you just say so?
'cause I need this now
More than I ever did
If you don't know, honey
Then you don't

If you don't, well honey
Then you don't
If you don't, well honey
Then you don't

If you don't know, honey
Honey, then you don't


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"If You Don't, Don't" as written by Richard E Burch James Christopher Adkins

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  • +3
    General CommentHe fell deeply in love with her. She wasn't sure, but he talked her into being more than friends, so she gave it a shot. Still, he always knew she wasn't as into him as he was her, so he protected his heart. In doing so, he ended up screwing her over and acting like a jerk, which in turn made her upset with him and pushed her away. So the relationship ends, but he still loves her. They spend some time apart. He's a mess, and has been drinking the pain away. They meet up to talk, he reminisces, she complains about how he treated her. They consider just being friends again, but for him it's too difficult. He wants to be with her more than anything in the world, but he knows she never really loved him that way.

    "If you don’t know, honey
    Honey, then you don’t"

    How can you be ambivalent a feeling as intense as love? If you feel it you know it. If you don't, you don't. There is no in between.
    tucker2014on January 29, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song reminds me of some hard times i went through with my ex. :(
    milk_my_udderson January 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti really love the innocent romance in the line "We once walked out on the beach and once i almost touched your hand"
    fighting starlighton May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm sorry that i'm such a mess i drank all my money could get, took everything that you had and never loved you back

    this lyric sums up my 13 month relationship......
    XcrossmyemoheartXon February 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is just so beautiful. i think jimmy eat world is a band that everyone can go to and find a song that they can relate to.

    i'm trying to find word to describe this song but i just can't...

    should have never started, ain't that the way it always ends?
    pumpkingirlon March 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is sweet. the lyrics explain any relationship anybody has had as long as it was worth it. it's hard to express how you feel in words when it comes to difficulties in relationships, but this song covers it for anyone.
    punkchic621on March 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome, but its really sad a makes me bitter as well... beautifly written though... this song makes me think of my ex and its way too fresh in my mind.
    Phildoon April 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts like this song was written just for me. It describes my relationship with my now ex boyfriend perfectly. I was such a bitch to him when we were together and now that were not ,I so regret how I trated him,but of course its too late. So when ever I hear this song it gives me hope that next time iI woulnt make the same mistakes.
    Blondchic311on April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits an awesome song, i like it a lot but can someone tell me what these lines mean??
    "driving 405 past midnight"
    and
    "ninth and ash on a tuesday night"
    honestyormysteryon April 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYa, does anyone know the scoop on this song? It's eloquent and gorgeously written, but it would mean a lot more to me if I knew what it meant!
    smile_lots22on April 23, 2002   Link

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