"It Beats 4 U" as written by and Jim James....
Who could see and not believe?
The heart that beats the wavelength
And who could say but never do
Things they've said to someone who
Through all that's been and all will be
So in line so thoughtfully

In tune with you
So in time for me
New thoughts arrive
So in time for me

Who can count the time I'm beating with my hands?
Who can stop the smoke from breathing in my head?
Words will come and words will go
Make believe and overthrow
Just believe and you can do

You know my heart - it beats for you
It beats for you - so in time we beat
Your thoughts align - so in time with me


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"It Beats 4 U" as written by Jim James

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    General CommentThere is definitely more to this song than love.

    "And who could say but never do
    Things they've said to someone who
    through all that's been and all will be
    So in line so thoughtfully

    In tune with you
    So in time for me
    New thoughts arrive
    So in time for me"

    When I hear the lyrics of this melodic tune, I think of the times when two people complete each others sentences, and it's as though they're minds are in complete syncopation. It's this kind of syncopation that is the foundation of the kind of connection that really brings two people together.

    "Who can count the time I'm beating with my hands?
    Who can stop the smoke from breathing in my head?"

    James ask's, "Who else could?"

    Your heart and your mind are always engaged in warfare. But not here, no, they're in complete alignment. At the moment of the utterance of these lyrics, the warfare subsides, and you experience the sensation of aligned thought and emotion. Synchronicity.

    Call me a romantic.

    This song is simply stunning, and one of my favorites on the album. The whistling after the final verse is beautiful. Jim James and MMJ at their finest.
    themainabysson January 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmeaning is pretty straightword...a guy is in love with a girl...

    clever masturbation metaphor though:
    "Who can count the time I'm beatin...with my hands?"
    biles1234on October 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And who could say but never do
    Things they've said to someone who,
    through all that's been and all will be
    so in line so thoughtfully.”
    >Seems to imply that he and this girl have a history and that his love was not obtainable for a while, whether it was unrequited, unknown or not possible for a more practical reason I am not sure.

    "Who can count the time I'm beating with my hands?” could have several possible meanings…
    >1. On the MMJ listing of songs this one is listed twice, and on the other one, a user suggested this was a reference to masturbation.
    >2. The time I’m beating with my hands could suggest nervousness, as in tapping ones hands (keeping time, with a beat, real or imagined) in anticipation of telling her.
    >3. If one was to anthropomorphize time, you could assume this means attacking/hating time itself, because you’re hurt that your time is wasted without her love.

    “Who can stop the smoke from breathing in my head?
    Words will come and words will go
    Make believe and overthrow
    Just believe and you can do”
    >I think the smoke is referring to a thought or thoughts that have prevented him from pursuing this girl, presumably caused by words they had at some point. Now he has cause to overthrow this thought and pretend it’s possible for them to have something.

    As for the rest of the lyrics they seem to explain his connection to this girl and the deepness of his feelings, that their thoughts align and their heartbeats are in time because his beats for her. Good song.
    SadLoveon January 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about love. "You know my heart- it beats for you" The vocals are amazing and i really enjoy the drumming in this song.
    lld3on January 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome beautiful whistling at the end by Mr. Andrew Bird.
    StrikeThePostmanon June 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's something more then love? .. theres something about this song, it's just not a simple love song.
    And yeah, the drums are so good on this track.
    SofiaOon January 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"and who can say but never do,
    things we'll say (we've said?) to someone new"
    this line and the one before implies there is love said but he doesnt see it from her

    this song is about a girl that he thinks he's not gonna end up with but theres a chance he could. its pretty
    straight forward, but it is well written.
    troyzb6on November 19, 2011   Link

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