"What If" as written by and Emilie Autumn....
Here you sit on your high-backed chair
Wonder how the view is from there
I wouldn't know 'cause I like to sit
Upon the floor, yeah upon the floor
If you like we could play a game
Let's pretend that we are the same
But you will have to look much closer
Than you do, closer than you do

And I'm far too tired to stay here anymore
And I don't care what you think anyway
'Cause I think you were wrong about me
Yeah what if you were, what if you were

And what if I'm a snowstorm burning
What if I'm a world unturning
What if I'm an ocean, far too shallow, much too deep
What if I'm the kindest demon
Something you may not believe in
What if I'm a siren singing gentlemen to sleep

I know you've got it figured out
Tell me what I am all about
And I just might learn a thing or two
Hundred about you, maybe about you
I'm the end of your telescope
I don't change just to suit your vision
'Cause I am bound by a fraying rope
Around my hands, tied around my hands

And you close your eyes when I say I'm breaking free
And put your hands over both your ears
Because you cannot stand to believe I'm not
The perfect girl you thought
Well what have I got to lose

And what if I'm a weeping willow
Laughing tears upon my pillow
What if I'm a socialite who wants to be alone
What if I'm a toothless leopard
What if I'm a sheepless shepherd
What if I'm an angel without wings to take me home

You don't know me
Never will, never will
I'm outside your picture frame
And the glass is breaking now
You can't see me
Never will, never will
If you're never gonna see

What if I'm a crowded desert
Too much pain with little pleasure
What if I'm the nicest place you never want to go
What if I don't know who I am
Will that keep us both from trying
To find out and when you have
Be sure to let me know

What if I'm a snowstorm burning
What if I'm a world unturning
What if I'm an ocean, far too shallow, much too deep
What if I'm the kindest demon
Something you may not believe in
What if I'm a siren singing gentlemen to sleep
Sleep...
Sleep...



Lyrics submitted by EllieBelle

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    General CommentI think it's about a girl who is labeled as something she's not and locked in a life she doesn't like. So she tries to break free but everyone around her refuses to believe she could be more than they thought. I really relate to this because I was originally miss goody two shoes and recently I find myself breaking out of the good girlness but everyone holds me down.
    Tonyakaon July 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this particular song is telling the story of a girl who is a servant. Her lord seems to have a very low opinion of her, and these are her thoughts. She is telling him her her mind "What if I'm everything you thought I'm not?"
    Poisoned desireson January 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to be about a person who's being judged by people who don't even know her that well or bother trying. She asks them for their opinion about her, but not to find out about herself- rather, she is testing them, to see who they are by the answers they give. And no matter what they say or may think of her she is determined to stay the way she is, rather than change to suit another. This song is the last one on Enchant, and it is in my opinion the perfect way to end the album- the last few notes are so heartbreakingly beautiful that they'll stay with you long after you've heard them.
    Ender666999on April 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou know how most people try to relate songs to their own lives? Well to me i think this is about a parent who thinks their child is something perfect, just what they wanted her to be but then they realize she has a mind of her own although i think deep down they knew that all along but have chose to ignore it- "And you close your eyes when I say I'm breaking free
    And put your hands over both your ears
    Because you cannot stand to believe I'm not
    The perfect girl you thought well what have i got to lose?" So whatever this girl is deep down they don't like it and refuse to accept her for who she is. Or maybe the same scenario but with a lover rather than a parent?
    Beau_Lolitaon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about being judged and forced to change against you will.

    Unless you know someone, then you can't judge them.
    _NotWorthLiving_on September 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the first song I heard of Emilie's. Its so good, she writes her own lyrics and plays the instruments also... no ones heard of her though- go here to listen to her music emilieautumn.com/
    EllieBelleon November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song, it's so beautiful and I think anyone can relate to it! I always thought of it as someone doesn't give the real you a chance and rejects you based on how you look and who they think you are. Emilie's saying you can't judge things based on appearances and people aren't one dimensional!
    Sparkle_motionon April 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with mbunky. the girl feels trapped and she feels like shes not getting everything out of life that she can because of her relationship. shes saying if you dont see what i can be then you will never know me.
    i love this song.
    B100dredsummeron March 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this song and related thought of school. I think it's about a student who's quiet, and not as social as people would like. Teachers think their stupid, and students call them a loser, even though these people don't even know things as shallow as this persons interests. To me it's about someone accepting they will never be the same as their classmates and teachers, and they'll probably always be judged, so the best thing to do is act like themselves and stop trying to fit in. It's too bad if others can't deal with that, it's their loss.
    Gwagalaghon April 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Gwagalagh, the line "I'm outside your picture frame," seems to be her saying that she's too complex for the shallow minds of her classmates. Which I guess we can all relate to at some point.
    XXemmymuffinXXon June 26, 2008   Link

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