"Can't Be With You" as written by and Dolores Mary O'riordan....
Lying in my bed again
And I cry 'cause you're not here
Crying in my head again
And I know that it's not clear
Put your hands, put your hands
Inside my face and see that it's just you
But it's bad and it's mad
And it's making me sad
Because I can't be with you
Baby, I can't be with you
Thinking back on how things were
And how we loved so well
I wanted to be the mother
Of your child
And now it's just farewell
Put your hands in my hand
We'll find another end
And come with me
And my head, and my head
On anyone's shoulder
'Cause I can't be with you
Baby, I can't be with you
'Cause you're not here, you're not here
Baby, I can't be with you
'Cause you're not here, you're not here
And, baby, I'm still in love with you


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"I Can't Be With You" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan Noel Anthony Hogan

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Comment"Lying in my bed again,
    And I cry 'cause you're not here.
    Crying in my head again,
    And I know that it's not clear."

    She can't stop feeling sad over her ex and she knows she shouldn't be thinking of him

    "Put your hands, put your hands,
    Inside my face and see that it's just you.
    But it's bad and it's mad and it's making me sad,
    Because I can't be with you."

    She wants him to see that he is all she thinks of and it makes her so angry because it does her no good



    "Thinking back on how things were,
    And on how we loved so well.
    I wanted to be the mother of your child,
    And now it's just farewell."

    She thinks about how their relationship was and how serious she seen them becoming at the time and now it doesn't matter because they are nothing but a memory

    "And come with me, we'll find another end.
    And my head, and my head on anyone's shoulder,
    'Cause I can't be with you."

    She wants him to give it another chance and find another way to make their relationship last and all she does is cry on the people who listen to her vent's shoulders
    oxobrittoxoon September 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely great song! Can anyone tell me what the line "Put your hands, put your hands,
    Inside my face and see that it's just you." means? I'm a little confused. Any feadback would be greatly appreciated.
    Nose_Over_Tailon April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess that it might mean for him to see that her sadness is because of him.? I love this song.
    Tapies24on May 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was going to ask the same question...

    I was thinking maybe it is because he would see that he is all she thinks of...
    kaleidoscopeeyes8on May 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThank you both for your suggestions :)
    Nose_Over_Tailon May 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is called I Cant Be With You, not Cant Be With You,and it is about Doloreses love (her man from dreams) and not being with him because of some unknown reason
    dmode9on July 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDolores wrote this song because she was on tour a lot and couldn't be with her family.
    Mmhmm_rkon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was "put your hands BESIDE my face and see that it's just you", like someone needs to look at her and see her for who she is (the same as her lover/person she wrote the song for?). makes more sense than 'inside'.
    miesnofxon February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe put your hands beside my face and see that its just you" to me means that she wants him to look deeply at her, her face and the intensity that she cares for him, that there is no one else.
    Mindsweeperon April 03, 2007   Link

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