I take myself from the bottom shelf
And I reel my troubles in
And I put them up on a higher hill
To a place I?ve never been

And I'll wait for you if you want me to
Am I just wasting my time?
And I'll wait for you if you ask me to
Am I just losing my mind?

And I'm always hanging on
And I'm always closing doors
And I'm always saying no
No, when I really really want it all
When I really really want it all
When I really really want it all
When I really really want you

And I'll take myself from the bottom shelf
And I'm on the street again
But it's the newer town, and the rain come down
In a place I've never been

And I play for you if you ask me to
Am I just wasting my time?
Yeah I play for you if you want me to
Am I just losing my mind?

'Cause I'm always hanging on
And I'm always closing doors
And I'm always saying no
No, when I really really want it all
When I really really want you

When I really really want it all
I really really want
Yeah I really really want it all
When I really really wanted you

I take myself from the bottom shelf
And I reel my troubles in
And I put them up on a higher hill
To a place I've never been

And I'll play for you if you ask me to
Am I just wasting my time?
Yeah I'll play for you if you want me to
Am I just losing my mind?

Am I just losing my mind?


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    General Commentin the live version damien talks about how he wrote this song while it was raining when he was busking.. it was too wet to play so he sat in a shop window and sat and starting playing the chords and wrote it on the street.. he talks about how people started giving him money as he wrote it..
    this song is clearly about how sometimes when your down you jus need to take yourself from the bottom shelf and place yourself looking for bigger and better things.. again about a girl and wanting them but them not wanting you at that point and how he says he'll wait for them if they want.. or is he just wasting his time? its a chance we all take
    light_up_light_upon May 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh my god, i absolutely love this song. first of all, i don't have that live version where he describes that, so that's really cool, i'll have to look for it. second, busking around europe is one of my biggest dreams, and that he could just write this song like that, when it's raining, on the street corner, ahh! what an amazing life

    but this song has one of the greatest relationship lyrics of all time, and that is saying one hell of a lot. "i'll wait for you if you want me to, [but] am i just wasting my time?" if you just think about him on the street corner in the rain with that sad expression on his face thinking about this girl, god, it makes me want to give him a big hug haha
    SimaBuMasteron June 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCan I purchase this one anywhere?
    acclubbon January 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is phenomenal. I love how Damien always focuses on an object and makes it the theme of the song/analogy (cannonball, volcano, etc.) He is the most amazing lyricist ever. Anyway, I agree this song is about having to rise from being broken, ignored hurt-- get yourself out of the bottom shelf. It reminds me of a quote i've heard once-"don't make someone a priority when they only consider you an option". So true, sounds like she's shoved him in the bottom shelf like he's an option for her but not fully in love as much as he is.

    'Cause I'm always hanging on
    And I'm always closing doors
    And I'm always saying no
    No, when I really really want it all
    When I really really want you

    -- I love that part. I always feel like that, so afraid to give my heart to him even though he's all I really want. But I remain guarded, because I know he might break it so I always say no and close the doors to the one thing I want because of how risky it is and how much he is capable of breaking my heart.
    NeverHomeon February 11, 2009   Link

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