i know it's dumb to say
that you are on my mind
i know it's stupid to dream
that you might think of me as a man

i can loose my own tie knot
i can button up my own pants
i can buy my own cigarettes
i can pluck my own moustache

i read it's lame to wish
that you won't walk out on me
but i'm not embarassed to sing
plainly the words 'love' and your name

i can pay all my own bills
i can unroll my own tights
i can untuck all i have to untuck
i can weep through my own midnights

i can loose my own tie knot
i can button up my own pants
i can buy my own cigarettes
i can pluck my own moustache

i can pay all my own debts
i can rip off my own tights
i can humiliate myself to your face
i can weep through my own midnights


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    General Commenti think it is sexually ambiguous. i dont know that it is fair to say definitively that form the perspective of a man, it could be from the perspective of a woman, easily.

    i think it is about aloneness versus independence.
    jordan bakeron March 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I know it's dumb to say
    That you are on my mind"
    -I think it's her parents that are on her mind, unless she's in love

    "I know it's stupid to dream,
    that you might think of me as a man" -I think Both gender and age question of a freaked out teenager
    ..
    "I can buy my own cigarettes" -makes me think of the age question
    ..
    "I can rip off my own thigths" -makes me think of the gender question

    so the teenage girl can buy her own cigarettes so she thinks she can do anything now.. like play with gender roles..
    EuropeanJazzon December 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love the way that this song sounds. I've only heard it live, but it reminds me of a Harmony Korine film, just in its structure and the way it moves and the tones and sounds in it, and I'm huge Korine fan. It's obviously about a boy whose confronting his father, though. The lines, "I can rip off my own tights, I can humiliate myself to your face, I can weep through my own midnights" are just incredibly affecting for me for some reason. Also, Caralee sings it, which, even though I love Jamie, was a great move for this particular song. I really think they should start singing together, though... wonder why they never do that.
    GuerillaGlamon May 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, hearing them sing together would be wonderful.
    proposalson June 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter hearing this, I thought it was about about a young man who is trying to assure himself that everything is going to be fine as his lover leaves him for good. Also, it appears that the young man dresses as a woman. It sounds like the lover did everything for this man but it started to come apart when the man said "I love you" to the lover. Also, I get the feeling that the young man didn't want to live as woman anymore and that upset the lover as well.
    lowrentkickeron June 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can untuck all i have to untuck
    i can weep through my own midnights

    these lines fucking ache.
    precipitateon July 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about rape, and being harrassed, where this guy is trying to do all of this stuff for some woman, and she's had enough of it, and so finally he just takes her, which is where the tucking and buttoning comes in, but she is still conflicted about leaving him and so they stay together even though it absolutely kills them.
    disons_queon October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's about a lesbian who had a girlfriend, this girlfriend thinks that being lesbian is wrong and then she leave her for a man, so she sings to her to tell that she can do wahtever a man can do and that she is not embarassed of their love
    uli_poisonouson May 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like reading the fan's interpretations to this song.
    cjoybooon August 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a girl who, thoughout her entire life, has been a victim of rampant sexism. She's asserting herself as just as good as a male, but what's happened to her makes her unassured and depressed.
    robosexualon October 29, 2008   Link

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