"Anytime" as written by Andre Harris, Carvin Haggins and Alicia James....
Is this climbing up to the moon?
Or is it bailing out too soon?
I hope we didn't wait too long

All that I wanted to say
Words only got in the way but then I found another way to communicate

Is this climbing up to the moon?
Or is it fadin' out too soon?
I know we didn't, I know we didn't wait too long

'Cause anytime's a good time to move on
Things I could say to myself
I could never say to anyone else
But what Madonna said really helped
She said "boy you better learn to express yourself!"
I know we didn't, I know we didn't wait too long
'Cause anytime's a good time to move on

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"Anytime" as written by Jim James


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  • +2
    My InterpretationI'd say without a doubt that this song is about a guy who's too afraid or doesn't know how to express his feelings around a girl he likes, probably a close friend. He really likes her, but when he's around her he just treats her like a friend, his anxiety is making him think he's coming on too strong or too weak to actually win her heart.

    - ("Is this "climbing up to the moon?")
    Wondering to himself if what he'd say to her would be too much or if it would go to far and scare her away.

    -("Or is it bailing out too soon?")
    Wondering if what he would say to her would be too little, not enough to express how much this girl means to him.

    -("I hope we didn't wait too long")
    He hopes they didn't wait too long too long in the friendship zone for him to advance to relationship status with the girl.

    -("All that I wanted to say, words only got in the way.
    But then I found another way to communicate.")
    What he actually wanted to tell her was just ruined by nervousness and not saying the right thing. But then he found another way to communicate, though music? Could be the song is actually about James.

    ("Things I could say to myself,
    I could never say to anyone else.")
    The thoughts and feelings towards her and what he would say to her would be safe in his mind, but he could never tell anyone for fear of being made fun of or rejection on the girls part.

    ("But what Madonna said really helped,
    She said, "Boy, you better learn to express yourself!")
    Obviously referencing Madonna's Express Yourself, particularly the chorus:

    Express yourself
    (You've got to make him)
    Express himself
    Hey, hey, hey, hey
    So if you want it right now, make him show you how
    Express what he's got, oh baby ready or not

    Madonna's song is from the girls perspective. She really does like this guy. She's trying help him (or hoping he would just) express his feelings to her.

    ("I know we didn't,
    I know we didn't wait too long,
    'Cause anytime's a good time to move on.")
    He finally gives in and tells this girl how much he likes her. The girl rejects him, and he knows that he didn't wait too long, because anytime was a good time to move on from her because she was always going to say no. He learned his lesson, next time he's going to climb up to the moon before he bails out.
    keiganmacleodon November 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe just about sings himself to death here.

    It's pretty clearly about ending a relationship and moving on. Unless anyone has any more insightful things to say.
    nicoloon August 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat's great about this song is; it sure is up-beat for a break up song.

    And spot on when it comes to: 'Anytime's a good time to move on'
    SofiaOon January 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs on Z, so I had to put it up. The other site I got it from had every word start with a capitol letter, which was really annoying.
    LetMenBurnStarson February 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an amazing song. I especially love how it begins. This is the song that introduced me to MMJ when i heard it on a college radio station, they always play the best music dont they?
    Patagonon March 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also like how the first phrase:

    Is this "climbing up to the moon?"
    Or is it bailing out too soon?

    can be applied to nearly anything, everyone can relate & thats what musics for
    axround3ron May 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI get the same impression that this song is about two people moving on in a relationship. However, I'm slightly miffed because I think that the tone of this song, to me, is the way love should sound. Great--no, fantastic song, though.
    Spongetasticon June 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe Madonna line is great. as is the "all i wanted to say--words just got in the way" line. goooood song.
    YouKnowStuffon June 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about Jim before he was famous... and it was his dream to cimb to the moon musically, at the same time he feard it might be to late. also i feel in the song he drops the idea of his time and thinks about what madonna says, " all i have to do is express mself.'' and we are glad jim james did because his shit is fire.
    collinstrandon October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe that this song deals with a man's trouble to express to a girl that he likes her and the anxiety he feels because he isn't sure if he is trying to hard, too little, or hesitating and letting too much time go by.

    It starts out with two questions; (is this trying too much or not enough?)
    The questions represent the self-doubt that a man may feel when trying to decide the right course of action in such delicate matters.

    The man portrayed in the song does alot of thinking and romanticizing 'behind the scenes' so to speak, and has difficulty bringing his feelings and thoughts constructivly into reality,
    thus, the need to learn to express himself.

    but ultimately, despite all of his contemplative efforts ... he learns that anytime is a good time to move on... that means that he learns not to hold back, and also that everything is a learning experience so... even if he made mistakes in the past ... he was atleast aware of his ignorance and has grown from it.

    anthraxqon June 04, 2009   Link

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