Tell me a story
How you beat the giants
How you make this little world spin
You're such a riot
You're a genius of the worst kind
You're a martyr in your own mind

Why do you have to be the one
That loves to hurt me so
Why must i be the one
That just cant let go

Tell me a story
Of your long lost desire
Of the weight of the world
And the beautiful liar
I've seen good intentions face down on the floor
You scratch my back
I'll stab yours

Why do you have to be the one
That loves to hurt me so
Why must i be the one
That just cant let go

I am a rock
With no hard feelings
The cynical backlash
Has got me reeling

We've lost your results
We've lost all ideals
So hows the wife doing
And how do you feel

Why do you have to be the one
That loves to hurt me so
Why must i be the one
That just cant let go


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    General CommentThis song, I like. But these lryics are the slightest bit off. The lryics I have that are on the CD These In-Between times just say "cynical backlash", not "the". and the part that says "has got me reeling" does not end a stanza (hope I used the right word). The lyrics I have, have all the lyrics/lines between "I am a rock" thorugh "and how do you feel?" as one stanza.

    Just trying to be helpful...again
    LastConservativeFanon June 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. i'm going to break it apart & put what i think it means.

    Tell me a story
    How you beat the giants
    How you make this little world spin
    You're such a riot
    You're a genius of the worst kind
    You're a martyr in your own mind

    he's complaining about her own opinions of herself... he's calling her arrogant, maybe trying to convince himself of this bad quality so he can feel better about the situation, maybe not. he talks to her in a tone that's ironically condescending for this particular accusation- "you're a genius of the worst kind, you're a martyr in your own mind" thus implying she's not all that great at all, still trying to convince himself he doesn't care. which leads to the chorus...

    Why do you have to be the one
    That loves to hurt me so
    Why must i be the one
    That just cant let go

    ohhh he's admitting it to himself, and to her! she "loves to hurt him" but he "can't let go" & he doesn't understand why. who hasn't been in this situation before? it bites.

    Tell me a story
    Of your long lost desire
    Of the weight of the world
    And the beautiful liar
    I've seen good intentions face down on the floor
    You scratch my back
    I'll stab yours

    here it's a little hard to tell if he's seriously looking up to her or mocking her. the beginning sounds like it could be that he really wants to hear of her adventures, but i don't think so. i think he's almost chastising her for having things in her life that she likes better than him. he's trying to make them seem smaller so he can convince himself he doesn't need her. the line "you scratch my back, i'll stab yours" shows that he's got anger with this issue- he wants to hurt her because she's hurting him.

    the chorus again is him admitting, as painful as it is, that he really does want to be with her, and "can't let go" of her.

    I am a rock
    With no hard feelings
    The cynical backlash
    Has got me reeling

    the line "i am a rock with no hard feelings" seems like he's trying to convince either her or himself that he doesn't care- he has no hard feelings toward her because she doesn't matter to him. the next line is maybe about the fact that he's trying & getting shut down- the cynical backlash (rejection?) has got him reeling.

    We've lost your results
    We've lost all ideals
    So hows the wife doing
    And how do you feel

    the first two lines, their relationship is basically horrible now, they've lost everything good they had, but he still can't walk away from her, or let her walk away. the line about the wife... seriously confuses me. i don't get it.

    the chorus closes it, & he's back where he has to admit to himself he's not over her & isn't ready yet to be without her.

    just my opinion.

    anyone have any ideas about the wife line?
    lin_neaon July 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthat part confused me too! Either she went from straight to...yeah...or he just seems to be talking to a friend of his who is a guy who's had a wonderful relationship...either that or he's just mocking her and trying to put her down and show her how she messed up. Just what I think...probably wrong...I'll ask TJ about it next time I talk to him.
    LastConservativeFanon July 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is actually about a guy at his record label [his old record label so no, not Robby.] who really just made him feel like crap. TJ was a teenager at the time. I have the video from the MIA Live at the Center where he explains it somewhere....
    Marbar7890on July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentReally? That's makes it much clearer. Wow, poor TJ! I feel so bad because all the bad things that have happened to him, and he's so young! =(
    LastConservativeFanon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis was GREAT when they started it off with a groove version at FYE.
    run4iton April 30, 2007   Link

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