"Kaplan/Thornhill" as written by and Stephanie Ashworth Clint Hyndman....
You shake my senses and raise my alarm then drift away
You can't keep up with whoever you think you are any other day
You're weightless and drifting over the sea
Black interference invading the screen
On a red line trajectory

And you change my mind again
Because what you see is never what you get
But I'll take my chances, yeah
When you come back around here again
And I know things now that I didn't know then
Well I'll second guess it

There's things that you believe about yourself that don't add up
This version of you, more like somebody else, but not enough
And now you're cutting a deal in your head
Conscience is crystal clear once again
And you lock up the skeletons

And I change my mind again
Because what you see is never what you get
But I'll take my chances, yeah
And you come back around here again
And you say that you know things you didn't know then
Well I'll second guess it

Nobody new, just passing through

And I change my mind again
Because what you see is never what you get
But I'll take my chances, yeah
And you come back around here again
And I know things now that I didn't know then
Well I'll second, second guess it
I'll second guess it


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"Kaplan/Thornhill" as written by Paul Anthony Dempsey Stephanie Ashworth

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure that the title comes from the Alfred Hitchcok film North by Northwest (ya know, the one with the scene where cary grant gets chased by a crop duster in a corn field)
    Grimsonon June 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is a beautiful song. I was listening to it as I was driving home late one night and the wind was blowing like crazy. I was being honked at by a strange car and I had no idea who it is, I thought it was a crazy person and it was actually someone I knew.

    Anyway I think the meaning has something to do with treating types of people differently when you've had past experience with similar people.... second guessing them, thinking you know what they're like when you really don't, and you're not really sure about them in general but you decide to take the chance to get to know them anyway.

    Even though your opinion of them is constantly changing, you keep having to go back to them to relate... having learned from past mistakes, you treat the situation differently in the current scenario. Maybe the person involved acts as a trigger in some way, reminding you of something you'd rather forget.

    It may also be about seeing yourself in another person, and finding them intriguing and complex, I don't know. It's very late and I could do a better reading of this some other time. :S
    freespiritedartiston August 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about someone who can't be trusted, someone who hurt the speaker in the past and is now coming back and insisting she has changed. The speaker knows better, realizing that she is lying to herself as well as him, putting on another personality to avoid dealing with the things she's done.

    The chorus suggests that the speaker may be "taking his chances" on a friendship/relationship with this person again, but he thinks that since now he knows she is inconsistent and two-faced, he'll be able to question her ("second guess it") and will avoid getting hurt.
    fromadistantsunon September 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to be about some one who’s continually changing themselves. They’ve made mistakes in the past, so they’re trying to find a new and better identity, but they can’t. The speaker knows what the person has done, but loves them anyway, and is waiting for them to realise they can be themselves. They’re taking they’re chances that the person will realise it & won’t lose themselves along the way.
    That’s what I think anyway
    EmotionSickness13on November 15, 2007   Link

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