[Verse 1]
This would have not 've happened
If I hadn't missed my plane
I would've been there when they told you
I'm the rat within the grain
Within this big misunderstanding, now
We'll be misunderstood
I'm thinking someone's trying to fuck with me, and
Set fire to my wood

I wouldn't want you to want
To be wanted by me
I wouldn't want you to worry
You'd be drowned within my sea
I only wanted to be wonderful,
In wonderful is true, in truth
I only really wanted to be wanted by you

[Verse 2]
This stupid situation now,
Where everything goes wrong,
If you can't tell I am lying
Then you do not belong
In my bed go rest your head
Upon the bones of a bigger man
He can cover you with rockwool,
And you can close up like a clam


[Verse 3]
So go play with your piano,
Write a mediocre song,
Out of the shell of mediocrity,
And pretend there's nothing wrong
I never thought you were a chicken shit,
I never thought of you at all
Until you asked me to be part of it,
Now you're showing me your wall


In truth,
I only really wanted to be wanted by you

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    General CommentThe first time i heard this song, i knew i must have it...This song is definetely about someone's self struggle about their feelings about the other person. It's clear when he sings "I wouldn't want you to want
    To be wanted by me" and "I only really wanted to be wanted by you" that he feels something for that person but does not want that person to feel anything, but of course he admits to really want the person to have feelings for him.

    I can totally relate to this song right now. I have feelings for someone and he does too, but I don't want him to feel anything. I'm glad he does, but I don't want him "to want to be wanted by me"
    what do i geton August 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreat song from Damien new album 9 crimes!. This song is really sad, remind me a past relationship, she want me to love her, but my love for her was over. I felt kind of guilty 'cause I couldnt love her anymore...
    jpruizson November 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is probably my favorite damien rice song
    adam1986on November 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmine also.
    julia06on January 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI had never heard this song until I heard him perform it live, but I instantly fell in love with it.
    midwest disasteron May 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe has feelings for this girl but he was refused, but she was influenced by what other pepole said. So she refudsed him, she thought he was lieing. And now he feels rejected and pretends it's all ok, that he doesn't feel anything for her. Yeh, in his heart, things go a little different.
    RealityVoidon September 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentone of y favourite damo songs!!!! also with one of my favourite lyrics ever (i believe to be misprinted on this page):
    "so go play on your piano
    and write a mediocre song
    about this shell of mediocrity
    and pretend there's nothing wrong"
    i think this song has three different assesments of one relationship shown throught the three verses:
    in the first the narrator is tryin to reassure his partner that whatever someone had told her (perhaps that the narrator had been unfaithful) that it isnt true
    in the second he is admitting that he has been lying to her and is nearly insulting her for not realising it
    and in the third he is saying that his partner refuses to believe that what he has told her is true
    oscarkev190on October 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentheard him do this on tv live i was in a little 'head zone' brilliante. Taped it on video replayed it so much the quality is now dire. Easy to remember lyrics aswell.
    Such a simple sounding song.
    BrianMon January 18, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthello all,
    I'm not English - maybe that's why I have some problems with english songs.
    Can you tell me, what exactly "rat within the grain" means? is it some kind of idiom? because I don't think it should be understood literally :)
    thanks for any help
    signalfireon March 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think the lyrics are "i never thought you were a chicken / shit, i never thought of you at all," as opposed to "chickenshit." in certain live versions, he enunciates this break in thought more clearly.
    tinto1123on September 27, 2010   Link

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