"I Know You Are But What Am I?" as written by and Francis Barry Burns....

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"I Know You Are But What Am I?" as written by Francis Barry Burns

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    General CommentTitle's a cliche school-kid's response to an insult in America. Title was probably chosen at random for an instrumental- like with jazz tracks.
    Omnicideon March 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"You're dumb."
    "I know you are, but what am I?"
    atomsplitteron March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i always think of pee wee, hehe. to be honest, mogwai seem to just enjoy playing around with song titles because they can- their aren't any lyrics to contradict it. what a lovely song, makes me feel as though im floating in space
    ylliton December 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to this track the sentence "but what am I?" just gets stuck inside my head.
    The concept of the song represents a complete new dimension when the atmosphere of the track is
    considered. By listening to the melody you can see that it has nothing to do with childish matters, it seems much more deeper. It represents to me the process of discovering yourself, even the perception of
    existence, perhaps...
    drmnon May 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits confusing, it has a title, but what does it mean in relation to the song? being an instrumental, i cant really picture an image to fit the title that fits the music
    Carlordauon January 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentapart from child responses, I think the title fits the tracks atmosphere.
    "You are, but what's with me?"
    vibgyoron January 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnever thought of it that way. I can see wut vibgyor is sayin and the melody just brings out a feeling in ur body like its sad lonely confused and..idk. I cant really put a word on it.
    theeonekoreanon January 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with drmn.
    When I saw the title, I have to admit I thought of elementary school comebacks, but after I listened to the song I thought about it, and it made sense.
    I know you are - I know you exist; I know you're there; I know you're a person

    But what am I?

    Quite ingenious, actually.
    demimondaineon June 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNot only did that bring a new meaning to the song for me, but that brought a whole new meaning to that phrase for me. Demimondaine and and Drmn, thanks millions. I completely agree with you two.
    tanjanon October 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThank you Demimondaine, the whole idea that i know you ARE, as a sentient being but then questioning your own validity, had completely escaped me. Brilliant.
    williewaggleron January 09, 2008   Link

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