I opened my eyes while you were kissing me once more than once
And you looked as sincere as a dog
Just as sincere as a dog does when it’s the food on your lips with which its in love
I’ll bet you can never tell that I knew you didn’t know me that well
It is my fault you see you never learned that much from me

Oh you silly, stupid past time of mine
You were always good for a rhyme
And from the first to the last times the sign says stop but we went on whole-hearted
It ended bad but I loved what we started
It said stop
But, we went on whole-hearted it ended bad but I love what we started

I took off my glasses while you were yelling at me once more than once
So as not to see you see me react
Should’ve put ‘em, should’ve put ‘em on again
So I could see you see me sincerely yelling back
I bet your fortress fades
Belied your fort of lays
It is by the grace of me you never learned what I could see

Oh you silly, stupid past time of mine
You were always good for a ride
And from the first to all the last times all the signs said stop but we went on whole-hearted
It ended bad but I loved what we started
It said stop
But, we went on whole-hearted it ended bad but I love what we started


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Parting Gift song meanings
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    General Commentthis one always hits the spot when i'm in a true fiona apple mood. ahh depressing music keeps me company when i'm sad.
    kpyllaon March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLuey_baby, I think at first when she says she took off her glasses "so's not to see you see me react", she means that she was afraid of what he would think of her being emotional, vulnerable; she considers her anger/pain a weakness. But then she feels she should have put them on again so she could have see him reacting in the same way to her own fierce anger (her "sincerely yelling back"); she then could have noticed how she had been just as strong as him, if not stronger.

    But that's just what I think.. Hope that makes sense.
    liberatepotatoeson July 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentshe believes that her boyfriend only wants her for sex hence the line:Just as sincere as a dog does when it’s the food on your lips with which its in love
    and she feels that he doesn;t even know her.It seems as thouhg she has known what has been going on for a while now but has been passive about the way he's treating her but according to the 3rd stanza she finally reacts to him.and she knows it's all bad because she admits:And from the first to the last times the sign says stop but we went on whole-hearted.It ended bad but I loved what we started.i think many people can relate to being in a relationship where they keep hoping things will be better and their partner will finally meet their expectations.
    tangerine!on July 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI loved this song from the first time I heard it, just because of how beautiful it is musically. But at the time, I was kind of desperately being blind about certain, erm, terrible terrible hopeless situations (or one in particular) so I thought surely I would never "relate" to this song.

    Flash forward about a year and, yeah, this definitely speaks to me. I was in a 4 1/2 year relationship with a guy I just adored. But he, well, I don't know. More and more I think I never really knew him. The break up was very long, very messy, and so sooo painful. You know, I just wanted to forget the past four years. But then, it was complicated because we had a child, a beautiful lovely little girl. And she makes me so so happy, even though she looks just like him :) And I thought, this SUCKS. I can't say, "I wish I'd never met him" because if I'd never met him, she wouldn't be here. And realizing my gratitude for having her soooo far outweighed my hurt and pain over losing him really helped me. Then I remembered this song... "The signs said stop, but we went on whole-hearted. It ended bad, but I love what we started."

    So... probably not exactly what Fiona had in mind, but it works for me :)
    katrwaulon July 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song for the first time last week. I discovered it because someone referenced it in a blog about a tv show. Since I loved the lyrics, "It ended bad but I love what we started", I knew I had to check this out. Uh-mazing! It's a reminder that ignorance is bliss until you get knowledge. Once she realized that the person didn't really love her, as painful as it was, they had to part. But, no hard feelings, right?
    LaurelGon October 10, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much.
    stereogirlon September 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits beatiful. and the video is perfect just being her playing on the piano.

    its obvious what the song is about... i can relate.. horribly well.
    hoydenon December 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful*
    hoydenon December 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentso good, probably my favorite fiona apple song, just drink it in.
    hailtokidamnesiacon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love it.
    alternativegrlxon March 26, 2006   Link

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