"Reoffender" as written by and Francis Healy....
Keeping up appearances
Keeping up with the Jones'
Fooling my selfish heart
Going through the motions

But I'm fooling myself
I'm fooling myself
Cause you say you love me
And then you do it again

You do it again
You say your sorry's
And then you do it again
You do it again

Everybody thinks you're well
Everybody thinks I'm ill
Watching me fall apart
Falling under your spell

But you're fooling yourself
Your fooling yourself
Cause you say you love me
And then you do it again

You do it again
You say your sorry's
And then you do it again
You do it again and again and again and again and again

But you're fooling yourself
You're fooling yourself
Cause you say you love me
And then you do it again

You do it again
You say your sorry's
Then you do it again

You do it again
You say you love me
And then you do it again

You do it again
You say your sorry's
And then you do it again
You do it again and again and again and again and again


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"Re-Offender" as written by Francis Healy

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  • +2
    General CommentYa... the song is totally about some guy that is trying to make himself believe that his gf loves him because she says that she does but her actions clearly speak louder than her words and she doesn't love him and he knows it... he just doesn't want to believe it. It's an amazing song I'm surprised that more people haven't commented on it.
    Drowning_Opheliaon April 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that it's about domestic violence, the lyrics and the way it's sung just hint at something darker than just a feuding couple.
    The part that makes me think it is about domestic violence most is
    "Everybody thinks you're well
    Everybody thinks I'm ill
    Watching me fall apart
    Falling under your spell"
    Everybody thinks the abuser is perfectly fine and normal and an ordinary nice person, whilst the abused is always making excuses and reasons for not going out and bruises etc. The people on the outside don't put two and two together and realise that the violence is going on.
    They are "watching" the abused fall apart without even realising it. Also the abuser is watching the abused fall apart and fall under their spell, so they won't ever tell anyone or anything.
    It just describes the domestic violence situation so tactfully and well.
    It's an excellent song.
    Love the 12 memories album.
    bekakakakakaon June 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdefinitely one of my favourite songs from Travis. Gosh, I think all of their song is my favourite!
    fhzrhon November 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe tries to tell himself that his girlfriend loves him because thats what he tells her but she does it again whatever that is...
    shootingStar527on January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery good beat anyway! And I agree with the last comment, i think it means that too
    King Statto IIIon May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think i read that it's actually about domestic violence?
    gingerhobbiton June 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw Travis' performance of this song on the T In The Park coverage that was on last night. What a fantastic song, am definitely gonna have to go out and buy 'Singles' now.
    Raqaelon July 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI belive Fran wrote this song about his mother who was constantly abused by his dad.
    SMUSER17019091on August 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a girl, that doesn`t treat her bf right. Maybe she is cheating on him etc, but the second verse makes me feel there`s something more about it.
    "Everybody thinks your well
    Everybody thinks I`m ill
    Watching me fall apart
    Falling into your spell"
    Yeah I think it possibly could be about how this girl controls him. He`s under her spell. She was probably sweet & kind when they met, but she changed. And I think she makes their friends and people in generally look at her as the innocent part, the one that haven`t done anything wrong. There`s nothing wrong with her, it`s just him. He`s the desperate one. He "needs" her to feel worthy. That`s the way she talks about him, and everybody thinks he`s the problem, because he`s getting weaker and weaker, when he`s under her control. Well, that`s my opinion. Really good song by the way.
    VeryApeon September 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song.....
    rapidhopelosson January 05, 2006   Link

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