"I Can I Will I Do" as written by Steven Page and Ed Robertson....
Friend, this shouldn't be the way things end
But then, a break is just around the bend.
And when you tell me as I leave
You're scared you'll never see my face again
Well, I'm not sure it's the truth
You don't think I can love you
You don't think I can love you
You don't think I can love you
But I can and I will and I do
You write, I read your letters every night
All right, I skim then just to be polite.
I fight embarrassment and shame
The mention of your name makes me turn white
But guilt still makes me refrain
You don't think I can love you
You don't think I can love you
You don't think I can love you
But I can and I will and I do
I imagine you think I don't think of you
You know you couldn't be more wrong
If good intentions paved the road that gets me through
Then I've got a six-lane highway
And I intend to someday
Do all the things I say I can and I will and I do
Hey, it's hard for me to go away
Okay, I know it's not adult
But it's just as difficult for me to stay
And anyway you say
You don't think I can love you
You don't think I can love you
You don't think I can love you love you love you
But I can and I will and I do. I can and I will and I do.


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"I Can I Will I Do" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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    General CommentThis is some sort of messed up relationship.

    He is leaving her, he knows if he doesn't know he'll have to eventually ("a break is just around the bend"). Why is he leaving? You could infer that maybe he is having an affair with this woman. Any other ideas?
    He truly does love her, or at least thinks he does. However he knows that she doesn't think he does.
    One day, he says, he will prove to her how much he does love her and always will.

    I also like the line "but guilt still makes me refrain" - to me it has a double meaning - he feels guilty about being with her and reading the letters that she writes to him and that guilt is making him stop or "refrain"- but also "refrain" can refer to the chorus of song which is exactly what that line leads into.
    whoson1st0on October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about someone who tells his girlfriend that he loves her, and maybe he does, but he finds it difficult to stay around her, and is going away, and he doubts she'll be too unhappy. He reads her letters, and still thinks that he loves her, but doesn't really. Although it's difficult to leave, it's just as difficult to stay.
    Occams_Harmonyon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about a man who has a girlfriend/wife but he is cheating on her with another woman. This song is about the other woman. He feels guilty over the fact that he loves the other woman more than he loves his girlfriend/wife. He also feels guilty that he can't leave his girlfriend/wife for this other woman. ("The mention of your name makes me turn white. But guilt still makes me refrain.") He wants to do right by this other woman but he can't end the relationship he is in. The other woman doesn't think he really loves her, he thinks he does love her. He is "intending" to eventually show her how much he loves her, but whether or not he does isn't clear. I think this song is about guilt and indecisiveness, and how in the end both of them will end up hurt and alone.
    Bellabeaon March 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that he knows he hasn't been doing a good job being there for her, or whatever, there's something he hasn't done for her that he should have, because he says "I can and I will" as if he's promising to better, and then, almost as an afterthought, he says, "and I do", as if saying, "wait a minute, why am I admitting I was wrong?"
    historybuffon August 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEven though this song is about a romantic relationship, it really sums up a falling out (or growing apart i guess) I had with my friend. It boiled down to her thinking I didn't care about her, but I did and I still do. But I can't keep trying when it won't change how she feels.

    This is why I love this band.
    mrsmeloyon October 15, 2007   Link

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