"Can't Say No (To You)" as written by and Oscar Hammerstein Ii Richard Rodgers....
Closed eyes in the dark
Whispering when no one's around
The night sky looks like blue (?)
My touch does not affect you

I wait for them to follow me
Like sugarplums, like sugar drops
I wait for them to conquer me again
I can't say yes, I can't say no to you

We bring our stories with us
We light a candle for beauty's sake
Are you feeling the bliss
Are you dying? I am

I wait for them to follow me
With sugarplums, with sugar drops
I wait for them to follow me again
I can't say yes, I can't say no to you

I wait for them to conquer me again
I can't say yes, I can't say no to you


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"I Can't Say No (To You)" as written by Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein Ii

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    General Commentthink this is about me and the guy i like because he can be so cold when it comes to matters of the heart and my touch dosnt affect him because he is more into my mind and when he asks me something i cant say yes or no because i never know how the answer will affect him.
    forsakenangel25on July 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere's something wrong in the lyrics. I listened to 3 different versions (Nude, April, and live at the CBGBs), only to find that he doesn't say "I am dying", but "I am darling". Which makes more sense, anyway.

    Anyone knows how to report errors in the lyrics?
    manusauvageon October 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think the line is: "the night sky looks light blue", not "like blue".
    and yes, i was certain it was "darling", not "dying".

    i get the general impression that this is about a relationship that is primarily sexual. the narrator feels his partner has no control over himself, or her; she, her desires, are dominant in the relationship.
    i think although there is sex, there is no intimacy. he desires it, but has to create it (using candles, etc). he admits that even this does not work though - it is for "beauty's sake" only, it does nothing to effect the relationship or the atmosphere. this then leads me to think that he is feining his "bliss".
    not really sure though.
    meg;on December 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe line "the night sky likes light (like) blue" always bugged me... it seems like a cluky nonsequiter for someone who's as great a lyracist as Jon. Anyone have an interpretation of that line that makes sense in the context of the rest of the song, I'd love to hear it.
    EtherealDCon August 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, ok, here's my take on the lyrics.
    "The night sky looks like blood."
    "I am not an I am"

    This is one of VAST's more mysterious songs to me. It seems almost Vampiric, not in a literal sense, but metaphorically. Like the night turns him into something/someone else. He becomes a different person "I am not an I am." "My touch does not effect you," makes me think that she is either sleeping or dead. I take that to be a sexual idea as well. He is coming on to her in a sexual way while she is sleeping because he is overcome with the sexual desire. He's "love-drunk." He can't say yes or no to this feeling, which to me means that he feels like he has no control over himself. Almost like this desire or passion is acting through him. He's just a vessel for this emotion/feeling.
    Androgyneon June 21, 2013   Link

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