"Emily" as written by and Johnny/mercer Mandel....
You never were going to change your mind, were you, Emily?
You just sat back, took it all for you, there was nothing for me;
I didn't mean to prove that all I can do is lose

Next time that you need me, don't call me up, Emily;
I'm tired of your lies and your cheating ways with me;
And every time you go, please don't let me know

Emily, you still live inside of me;
And, Emily, you are the fire in my tree;
So if you should fall, please don't call;
And next time you write, I won't stay up all night;
'cause Emily you, just look at you - you're a tragedy

You never were going to change you mind, were you, Emily?
You just sat back, took it all for you, and nothing was there for me;
I didn't mean to prove that all I'm good for is to lose

Emily, you still live inside of me;
And, Emily, you are the fire in my tree;
So next time you fall, please don't call;
And next time you write, I won't stay up all night;
'cause Emily you, just look at you - you're a tragedy

You never were going to change you're mind were you, anyway


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"Emily" as written by Johnny Mercer Johnny Mandel

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    General CommentTo me, Emily is a girl that the song writer used to love. This girl then messed him about, eg the lyrics "I'm tired of your lies and your cheating ways with me". I think that Emily cheated with someone better looking, but someone who was not as nice. Then later, when Emily realises she let w truely nice guy get away she regrets it. But the guy is no longer interested.
    tednolon August 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI know the song is about an ex girlfriend, but the song is different for me, because I know a girl called Emily who is 17 and dying of cancer, and the last line of the chorus really struck me when I heard it on the radio - "'Cause Emily you, well just look at you - you're a tragedy"

    Beautiful song, I love his voice
    somethingbiblicalon September 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm an air hostess for thomsonfly and this is on the boarding music for september. Been wondering what it was since then because it's beautiful.
    widexeyeson September 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's not a girl he used to love, he still does and he knows she's bad news, doesn't mean you can just switch off those emotions.
    xdvron September 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti dont know what it is about this song. heard it on the radio, its awesome. cant give you a reason why, but i love it.
    el rubeon October 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea if im right or not, but i always think he is basically telling emily that hes fed up with her. Shes messed him about and gone off with different people and then would come crawling back crying and he would always be there for her and listen to her...he was always her shoulder to cry on...but now shes done it too many times, and no matter how much he still loves her he just cant do it any more...
    jenni_823on December 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, which was maybe 4 years ago i loved it. Since then i have split up with a long term girlfriend and this song is exactly how i feel. I take the song to mean that he was in love with a girl and in a relationship with her although he always felt that she was too good for him. For this reason every time she cheated he took her back because he seen her as being so beautiful. However he has now seen sense and decided that he won't tolorate it any longer.
    soulsearcheron January 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti heard stephen fretwell on the radio talking about this song and apparently it's abou a girl who he was in love with and he used to go round to her house all the time and stuff but she was just using him. she knew he was in love with her but she wasn't in love with him, she just used to mess him around and she was pretty messed up! hence the tragedy line. also she wasn't really called emily!
    sazzlepantson July 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think we've all felt this way about someone (or will eventually).

    He still loves her, but she obviously was using him or taking the relationship for granted (or both).

    He put up with a lot ("took it all for you") and she never reciprocated. She exhibits self-destructive behavior ("you're a tragedy") and also has brought this guy down with her ("Emily, you are the fire in my tree.")

    He no longer wants to know what's going on with her life and who she's seeing ("every time you go, please don't let me know"). It's apparent that they still keep in contact. She might still call him when she needs someone to lay next to her to make her feel better ("next time you fall, please don't call."). This guy keeps running back to her, and I think by saying that he no longer will, he's lying to himself. He wants her not to call because he knows he's too weak to not pick up that phone.
    cubbyblueson February 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis guy is a schizophrenic and he named his alternate personality Emily. Whenever he gets pissed off, he blames it on Emily. What a friggin psychopath. He is freakin' out. And so are you if you couldn't figure this out for yourself. Jesus. Jesus f***ing christ people. Now go back to your bongs and joints that make you feel better about yourselves. don't worry. You'll see it eventually.
    ron_burgundyon February 11, 2007   Link

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