"In a Manner of Speaking" as written by and Winston Tong....
In a manner of speaking
I just want to say
That I could never forget the way
You told me everything
By saying nothing

In a manner of speaking
I don't understand
How love in silence becomes reprimand
But the way that I feel about you
Is beyond words

Oh give me the words
Give me the words
That tell me nothing
Oh give me the words
Give me the words
That tell me everything

In a manner of speaking
Semantics won't do
In this life that we live
We only make do
And the way that we feel
Might have to be sacrificed

So in a manner of speaking
I just want to say
That like you I should find a way
To tell you everything
By saying nothing

Oh give me the words
Give me the words
That tell me nothing
Oh give me the words
Give me the words
That tell me everything

Oh give me the words
Give me the words
That tell me nothing
Oh give me the words
Give me the words
That tell me everything


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"In a Manner of Speaking" as written by Winston Tong

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  • +2
    General Commenti think she's in love with that guy but he doesn't really care for her, he tells her he loves her but he does not really mean it and she knows it but she still wants to hear it from him because it lets her live in some kind of fantasy... or maybe it's just me? maybe everyone is truly-madly-deeply in love and i'm just the pessimistic one... well, whatever!
    LucyInTheSkyWithRHon June 20, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this song is about how overrated speaking and expressing how you feel about someone verbally can be. if you're fully in love with someone, that love swallows you. it's there 24/7/365 and you know that and it's comforting. therefore, you don't always have to go into this explicit verbal detail to express it. One of the reasons I think that is because of this line:

    'I don't understand how love in silence becomes reprimand. But the way that I feel about you is beyond words'

    what i think that means is that she doesn't understand how silence can so often be misinterpreted as a lack of feelings for the partner or anger towards the partner. sometimes when your bf or gf is silent, you think that he/she doesn't love you anymore or is perhaps angry at you when the reality is that they love you more than ever, but that love is 'beyond words' and that's why they're silent.

    when she says 'give me the words that tell me nothing... give me the words that tell me everything', what she really means is give her silence because silence says nothing and everything all at the same time.
    pippilottaon October 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSince this site is about WHAT THIS SONG MEANS TO ME... I think she's so in love with him and he doesn't have to say anything to her to show his love back. --> "I could never forget the way You told me everything By saying nothing" and "But the way that I feel about you Is beyond words"


    But maybe sometimes she would still like to hear SOMETHING from him that lets her know how much he's in love with her, too. --> "Oh give me the words. Give me the words That tell me everything"

    That's MY take on it. This is such a beautiful song though...
    da_QTchickyon June 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti can't think about the meaning right now, i've just "found" this song and i'm in love with it. it's a truly beautiful one.
    gwennyon September 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI couldn't agree more , pippilotta - there doesn't always need to be words spoken in order to feel comfortable.

    A lot of people are under the illusion that when people who are together and in silence are distant or cold or perhaps uninterested in each other when they may in fact just completely understand one another and the bond just transcends beyond words.
    Deathsdoor99on November 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso true pippilotta, i totally agree with you. Silence can sometimes say what words can't.
    praitoon December 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPast form for to tell in this case is questioning if interactions (like talking) of addressing and addressed person still happen, suspecting they do not
    ("...That I could never forget the way
    You >told< me everything by saying nothing").
    Yet verses after, the addressing person switches back to present
    ("...But the way that i feel about you...").
    Assuming the feelings of the addressing person towards the addressed person still exist even though their relationship - of whatever kind - has ended.

    The addressed person has simply said all the beautiful things - can also be put as "sweet-talking" - never giving them meaning (which opens one layer of the line:
    "You told me everything by saying nothing")
    by any relevant nor related actions
    ("In a manner of speaking
    Semantics won't do...").

    The addressing person is aware of her feelings being wasted therefore bittersweetly concludes as the consequence to distance her/himself by mirroring the addressed persons behaviour and "manner" for typical self-protecting reasons
    (And the way that we feel
    Might have to be sacrified
    So in a manner of speaking
    I just want to say
    That just like you I should find a way
    To tell you everything
    By saying nothing).
    - all rhetorically happening in her/his mind.

    The addressing person is also aware that she/he cannot switch off love that easily so she/he still in some way ironically craves for the only thing she/he could get from the addressed person: words that say and with no feelings mean nothing and yet mean or meant everything to her/him praying down the meaningless because rhetorical words of her desperation
    (O give me the words
    Give me the words
    That tell me nothing
    O give me the words
    Give me the words
    Give me the words).
    SaschaNabalion June 06, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful.
    AzWeThinkIamon May 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess what they mean is that she doesn't need words to express her love for him and vice versa. Basically, words are empty and unnecessary:

    "In a manner of speaking
    Semantics won't do
    In this life that we live
    We only make do
    And the way that we feel
    Might have to be sacrificed "

    Beautiful. One of their best songs. F-ing love them.
    sugarbaby87on January 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIn my interpretation it's a song about communication by daily rutines,gesture which can be more meaningful than words. This version of song got one more extra layer: women are better in verbal communication and often demand claim of love. When man usually express their love with acts. Author also glorify the silence in opposite to the world, that see it as a kind of sacrifice.It's just a call of women to learn her how to use less words and more acts, that are more valid than that what can be said.
    Aurvandilon December 02, 2013   Link

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