"Under My Skin" as written by and Rachael Amanda Yamagata....
I hesitate to say I was bait for you
Could that be something that you all would do?
I'd be lying if I did now say I wasn't intrigued
But timing is everything here,
and for the moment the "we" is reprieved
But, as I watch the girl unfold before my eyes, I discover
That I like her

Would you please get out from under my skin?
'Cause I can't begin this yet
And I don't know what my intentions are
They're speaking in a different tongue
And deep inside, I'm not as tough as I seem
But I won't let you know
Until it's right, I'm gonna stay my distance
And you should go

I'm in the dance, and it's a chance
But stay and watch awhile
I'll be singing a tune just for you with a smile
And maybe, if I'm lucky
You'll tip your hat to me, and you'll discover
That you like her

Would you please get out from under my skin?
'Cause I can't begin this yet
And I don't know what my intentions are
They're speaking in a different tongue
And, deep inside, I'm not as tough as I seem
But I won't let you know
Until it's right, I'm gonna stay my distance
And you should go

Crazy as it all plays out
I think I'm lonelier than I've ever been before
'Cause I was so close
To going through that door
But I don't want to be to blame for them
I don't want to be to blame

Oh, would you please get out from under my skin?
'Cause I can't begin this yet
And I don't know what my intentions are
They're speaking in a different tongue
And, deep inside, I'm not as tough as I seem
But I won't let you know
Until it's right, I'm gonna stay my distance, and you should go
Oh, would you please get out
I'm not as strong as I seem, but I won't let you know


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"Under My Skin" as written by Rachael Amanda Yamagata

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    General CommentTo me the song is about someone you just can be with, but intrigues you. And you can't stop thinking about them, no matter how hard you try.

    She's acting differently around this person, but likes this new person she's become:
    "But, as I watch the girl unfold before my eyes, I discover//That I like her"

    Yet, she doesn't feel ready for all these changes, and she doesn't feel ready to let this person she likes, all the way in. She's just not ready:
    "Would you please get out from under my skin?
    'Cause I can't begin this yet"

    And until she figures things out, and feels she's ready to feel comfortable with this person, she'd just prefer not to see them:
    "Until it's right, I'm gonna stay my distance
    And you should go"
    littlemisscddon June 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOVE THIS SONG! LOVE THIS AWESOME ARTIST!
    missgolightly169on October 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentum..
    but as i watch the girl. i discover that i like her?

    wooah.. does that mean what i think?
    waitingonyouon January 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI doubt it. When she talks about "her" she's talking about herself. I think she refers to herself in the third person sometimes to emphasize the changes shes going through; she's becoming a different person.
    eyewuvyooon May 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the line 'Would you please get out from under my skin?' says it all. Great song.
    wolf cubon December 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a girl who's being relentless pursued by someone who intrigues her, but she's just not ready to commit to any sort of relationship. She doesn't have any negative feelings for this person, but she is also not in the right place in her life to have a relationship ("timing is everything here"). And her feelings are torn as to what she should do ("I don't know what my intentions, they're speaking in a different tongue"). She's trying to keep her distance so he doesn't know that she likes him because she wants to protect herself from getting hurt ("And deep inside I'm not as tough as I seem, but I won't let you know, and until it's right I'm gonna stay my distance, and you should go"). At the same time, at the end of the day, she still likes him and is still affected by him ("would you please get out from under my skin").

    Been there, done that. Totally know what you mean, Rachael.
    mojitomojitoon November 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm agree with eyewuvyoo
    i think she's talking about herself in third person
    i love this song, the music and the lyrics are amazing pluss her beautiful voice wich makes the song as special as it is
    crow_hearton December 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely this guy's really into her, but she's unsure and not ready to jump into anything just yet, and she needs space to decide, but he's not giving her any...
    missmeon March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, I think it's about taking chances and being scared to:

    "Crazy as it all plays out
    I think I'm lonelier than I've ever been before
    'Cause I was so close
    To going through that door
    But I don't want to be to blame for them"

    Makes a lot of sense.
    missmeon April 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhile I agree that the "her" being referenced in this song is herself, Rachael has made references to possibly being a lesbian. I don't think she ever meant them, I think she was just trying to express her frustration with men. The song "Woman" is one example.
    LittleGreen5on January 27, 2010   Link

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