Well it's a big big city and it's always the same
Can never be too pretty, tell me your name
Is it out of line if I was to be bold and say "Would you be mine"?

Because I may be a beggar and you may be the queen
I know I may be on a downer I'm still ready to dream
Though it's three o'clock, the time is just the time it takes for you to talk

So if you're lonely why'd you say you're not lonely
Oh you're a silly girl, I know I hurt it so
It's just like you to come and go
And you know me, no you don't even know me
You're so sweet to try, oh my, you caught my eye
A girl like you's just irresistible

Well it's a big big city and the lights are all out
But it's as much as I can do you know to figure you out
And I must confess, my heart's in broken pieces
And my head's a mess
And it's four in the morning, and I'm walking along
Beside the ghost of every drinker here who has ever done wrong
And it's you, woo hoo, that's got me going crazy for the things you do

So if you're crazy I don't care you amaze me
But you're a stupid girl, oh me, oh my, you talk
I die, you smile, you laugh, I cry
And only, a girl like you could be lonely
And it's a crying shame, if you would think the same
A boy like me's just irresistible

So if you're lonely, why'd you say you're not lonely
Oh you're a silly girl, I know I hurt it so
It's just like you to come and go
And know me, no you don't even know me
You're so sweet to try, oh my, you caught my eye
A girl like you's just irresistible



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"Whistle for the Choir" as written by John Lawler

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  • +5
    General Comment:I'm going to disagree with all the people who think she says she's not lonely because she's not interested in him. I think it's the opposite. She doesn't want to sound desperate or pathetic so she claims to be happy alone, not lonely at all, when in reality all she wants is to be with him. She has her guard up as she's been hurt before. He sees through this and calls her silly for pretending to be more calloused than she is.

    I think this song is about the union between two people who have been hurt and are cautious entering into anything. Perhaps they are casually seeing each other and both want it to be more but are worried that the other one isn't interested so they put up a front.

    As far as saying "So if you're crazy, I don't care you amaze me" I don't think he is saying that she is crazy. She's so amazing that even if she WAS crazy, he wouldn't care.

    That's my interpretation of it. It has a lot to do with personal experiences though.
    Maia90on August 03, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Well first this is an incredible song i love it, each time i hear it i found a new meaning to it. Like if each line had it's own story.
    The one i like the most is the one in which this boy who has a broken heart from an earlier relationship meets this girl and founds her amazing even if she's kinda crazy, and so amazing he can't belive she's lonely even if she says opposite and so amazing he feels inferior to her so he wants her to know him and found him as irresistible as he think she is.
    milalestarlon August 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I think it's about the boy, who's in love with a girl, but he's not sure if she feels the same way for him. He says she's "the Queen" for him, and he's only the beggar. He thinks all the time about her (til 4 in the morning). But she's hiding her feelings, she says: I'm not lonely! and shows that. But she is lonely. That's why he calls her a silly/stupid girl. Well, she's not sure if she feels the same way for him, that's why she keeps on coming and going. Maybe they know each other, but not well, so he says: And know me, no, you don't even know me! But she's trying to, she doesn't know what she wants. And her crazy behaviour is making her irresistable for him. She keeps on playing and messes him totally up (my heart's in broken pieces and my head's a mess). He thinks it would be a crying shame if she is only hiding her feelings for him and would think he's irresistable.
    WastedLittleDJaneon June 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I'll add a comment! Love this song too. Especially love the line 'So if your crazy I don't care you amaze me' because it shows how individuality and a unique persona is 'amazing' and important and in this case can make a person attractive.
    Out In LAon September 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i think it's about a boy and a girl, (obviously) and they were together for a while, until she broke it off. he's trying to get back with her, and she is giving him excuses (such as her being crazy, and him not caring or her saying "she's not lonely" when really she is) and he can see through them cause he knew they were "meant to be".



    that's the way i see it, at least.
    torymcdougallon February 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i really understand this song because i feel like this girl is close to my personality.
    (strangely my name is chelsea..)
    when i heard this song i was freaked out by how much i felt it was perfect for me.
    i think that its about this guy waiting around for an interesting pretty perfect girl, and he's sick of all the mindless pretty girls around who arent interesting.
    this girl "come(s) and goe(s)" and has not been able to commit to anyone and is lost in life just like the author of the song.
    she insists shes crazy, she's different, and that's exactly what the author likes about her.
    she is painfully lonely but too strong to admit and he has such a deep understanding for her immediately that he calls her out on it.
    this song is so romantic and one of my favorites.
    cjacobsnon July 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i lav this song!! why has no1 commented!! :(
    mrsjcasablancason September 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"well its a big big city and its always the same"- Lots of girls, same old same old bimbos. wants somethin abit different. "can never be too pretty tell me your name" - Wants somethin more exciting"

    "cos i my be a begger and u maybe the queen" - Meets tgthis amazing girl that stands out. he feels inferior hence the begger and shes like this grreeat person....The Queen.

    This girl first messes with him, but in a playfull way....at first he doesnt realise she could be sum1 special...then "yoh my, you caught my eye" he likes her...shes "irresistable"

    Verse 2 - "And it's 4 in the morning, and I’m walking along
    Beside the ghost of every drinker here who has ever done wrong
    And it's you, woo hoo" he is walkin back from somewhere then realises he is with this amazinng girl hence the "and its you - woo hoo"

    Chorus 2 - "So if your crazy I don't care you amaze me" - he is amazed by her crazyness. he loves it.
    "shes a stupid girl" - but he lovces it. he worships her, she talks, he dies,
    he now asks "a girl like you could be lonely"? its like omg, how can someone like u be so lonely its not possible. "its a crying shame" to think that she could be lonely. he wants her to think he is just as irrresistable.
    "So if your lonely, why'd you say you're not lonely" - shes lying about her not really being lonely either because she doesnt want to be with him..."its just like u to come and go" shes arrived but now she is gone ....shes irresistable but he cant let go and he will persist..


    i lvoe this song.

    anyone agree with me and my meaning?

    Alexx

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    alexsmedson November 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:ill alter my opinion from abvoe...

    basically i think its about this guy...he sees this girl thats amazing. shes fantastic.... this crazy but amazing person...he doesnt beleive he is good enough. he wants her to think he is just as irrrestistable as he thinks she is...

    im confused with the ending but i beleive he lost out...he hung around "its just like u t ocome and go"

    he waited too loong his insecurities got the better.

    other than that i still agree with my first explaination above.

    Alexx
    alexsmedson November 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Some corrections to the lyrics, I think this is a bit more accurate or maybe my hearing is bad! ;-)

    "I'm still ready to dream" no "am still..."

    "time is the just time it takes for you to talk"

    "So if your lonely why'd ya say your not lonely"

    And I think that's about, so the latest is below, until someone else comes along and corrects my effort.

    ;-)

    The Frattelis - Whistle for the Choir


    Well it's a big big city and it's always the same
    Can never be too pretty tell me your name
    Is it out of line if I was to be bold and say would you be mine

    Because I maybe a beggar and you maybe the queen
    I know I maybe on a downer Im still ready to dream
    Now it's 3 o'clock, time is the just time it takes for you to talk

    So if your lonely why'd ya say your not lonely
    O your a silly girl, I know I heard it so
    It's just like you to come And go
    And know me no you don't even know me
    Your so sweet to try, oh my you caught my eye
    A girl like you is just irresistable

    Well it's a big big city and the lights are all out
    But its as much as I can do you know to figure you out
    And I must confess, my hearts in broken peices
    And my heads a mess
    And it's 4 in the morning, and am walking along
    Beside the ghost of every drinker here who's ever done wrong
    And it's you, woo hoo
    That's got me going crazy for the thing's you do

    So if your crazy I don't care you amaze me
    O your a stupid girl, o me, o my, you talk
    I die, you smile, you laugh, I cry
    And only, a girl like you could be lonely
    And it's a crying shame, if you, would think, the same
    A boy like me is just irressitable

    So if your lonely, why'd you say your not lonely
    O your a silly girl, I know, I heard it so
    It's just like you, to come, and go
    And know me, you don't even know me
    Your so sweet to try oh my, you caught, my eye
    A girl like you just irressistable
    rennyrennyon December 02, 2006   Link

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