Why? Why'd you do that?
You shouldn't have done that
If I told you once, I told you three times
You'll get your punishment when you
Show me your crimes

It's not a spell or a curse you put on me
Or the way you smile so tenderly
But how I wish it was your temper you were throwing
Damn you for being so easygoing

I thought that time would tell
My sins would provoke you to raise some hell

Not a chance
Whatever happened to fiery romance
Oh how I wish it was those dishes you were throwing
Damn you for being so easygoing

No, don't give me that line
Don't try to tell me inaction is not a crime
Can't you see what kind of seeds you're sowing?
Damn you for being so easygoing

Lyrics submitted by j.enslow

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  • +6
    General CommentAnd not just physically, but trying to drag a response ANY response out of the object of your affections. This includes just getting them to get angry to prove that they have feelings.

    "damn you for being so easygoing" indeed.
    JDSalingeron August 09, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthe emotional abuse of indifference
    j.enslowon August 22, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentMy favorite Andrew Bird song. The emotion and rawness of the way he sings/performs this are amazing.

    I think it's about being with someone you're completely crazy for but they aren't really doing anything about it. Like, when you're sitting next to your love on the couch and you're completely ready to tear their clothes off but they're just watching the TV and laughing at you.

    you know?

    So. Wonderful.
    JDSalingeron August 09, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAn amazing song really. It makes me shudder every time I hear it. To me it is more like you are crazy about someone, and you are fine with him, but you realize that's only because he is a good person and gets on well with you, that's all. Like it's a confusion betweem friendship, good manners, and love.
    Saritenon January 04, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentj.enslow got it.

    this song is sooo sexy.
    spanwayhitson March 19, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Commentgod, I wish I could hear this song live. The first time I heard it, I thought it was the sexiest thing ever. Then, I looked up some youtube vids an man, that Bird is damn emotional. But in a good way, you can see his whole entire body get into the song, where you feel like the person is in the room, amongst the audience. You kind of just want him, right there. Ha. Or maybe that's just me.
    hennyjenon April 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningabout two years ago i went to see bird perform at northwestern university, his alma mater. when he introduced "Why" he explained that it was his roommate in college who he wrote the song after. his roommate was apparently quite a partier (bird of course wasn't), and one time they began arguing about it. His roommate actually said the words to bird, "damn you for being so easygoing."
    anotherplaneton February 24, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTELL me this isn't Sexy (yes, with a capital S)
    aworldlikenootheron December 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe live performance of this song is almost obscene - Bird just lets go and his muse fully possesses him in entirety...it is amazing to behold.

    JasonBuntingon April 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJasonBunting is not kidding. I actually saw Andrew Bird live last night, and this song was completely out of control. He started arguing with himself, and his whole body took on the stance of someone desperate, reaching out his hands to the audience and asking them, "Can't you see what kind of seeds yo're sowing?"
    bodishmoshersonon May 21, 2007   Link

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