She's got a rich sense of style,
A believable smile
I don't
She paints colors on her eyes,
That cast a shadow of surprise
I don't

She doesn't know i know about it
I just smile back when she waves
(I could never do the same)
(I could never do the same)

She keeps a spotless place
She has selective taste
I don't
She'll find out where you are
She'll send you birthday cards
I won't

She doesn't know i know about it
I'll just smile back when she waves
(I could never do the same)
(I could never do the same)

She doesn't know i know about it
I just smile back when she waves
(I could never do the same)
(I could never do the same)
(I could never do the same)


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Smile and Wave song meanings
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    General Commentno one has commented this song yet.

    ok, i'll interpret it the way i see it (or how i would like to see it). she's comparing herself to this one girl, who seems to be perfect for this man. and perhaps, she could never compare?

    and for some reason,. i'm getting the vibe of infidelity, of some sort.

    'she doesn't know i know about it',
    'i could never do the same'
    'i'll just smile back when she waves'

    those lyrics kind of make me feel that way. hah, people smile like that when they're hiding a secret. .

    yeah, i know i'm way off about this song.
    wtfyourfaceon March 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, I mostly agree with wtfyourface, it seems as though she was choosen over this seemingly perfect girl, and she almost doesn't understand why
    tied2amelodyon March 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, ok scratch the infidelity part.
    wtfyourfaceon March 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI sensed the infidelity part earlier, but now i just think that the "I could never do the same" is how she wouldn't be a big enough person to wave at someone she'd 'lost' this man to.
    tied2amelodyon March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI dont know, i also assumed there was a connotation of infidelity, although i agree with both what both wtfyourface and tied2amelody said, i feel like her not being a big enough person accounts for the "i could never do the same" part but still doesnt explain the "she doesn't know i know about it" part. i think there still is some hint of infidelity in that part or at least another angle to the situation
    perfecttreebrancheson March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a boyfriend who cheated on her for this "perfect" other girl.
    She does this and that... I dont.

    She doesnt know i know about it.

    I could never do the same..

    I dont know, thats how I interpret it.
    yellow*birdon April 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with yellow*bird about the "plot" totally.
    EmancipationofJamieon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with the above, it seems to be a love triangle. however, its possible the girl has done something entirely non-love related which the persona knows and the girl doesn't know she knows, a betrayal of some kind perhaps.
    brookactonon April 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis girl is seemingly perfect, but if you think about the way it's worded, some things make it clear that she's not.

    "She's got...a believable smile" portrays that, eventhough she may not be sincere, the smile seems it, and Maria/the speaker's smile isn't believable, which makes it interesting when she later says "I just smile when she waves"

    Also, this other woman "paints colors on her eyes that cast a shadow of surprise"...eventhough she looks like she's surprised, she's not at all, and she's just painting on the facade.

    Also, the line "She'll find out where you are" is a little creepy and almost stalker-esque. Clearly this girl isn't as perfect as she seems at initial glance.

    Also, it seems as though this perfect girl has done something shameful with the line "she doesn't know I know about it" which is where any suggestions of infidelity come through for me, but really it could be anything.

    Mostly, I think this song is about not being able to put up that facade and fake it for people. Maria/the speaker smiles back when she waves, but we already know Maria's smile isn't believable....
    brenloon July 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe I'm interjecting too much of my own situation into the song, but to me, this song is about someone looking at their boyfriend's ex-girlfriend and wondering how she could possibly compare. The ex-girlfriend is beautiful and perfect (and NICE, to top it all off!) so she doesn't understand why her boyfriend would want to be with someone who is as flawed as she is. I think that it's all about how easy it is to perceive someone else as perfect when you don't really know them ("I just smile back when she waves.") I think the line "She doesn't know I know about it" refers to the fact that the ex-girlfriend doesn't seem to realize that she knows about the prior relationship. And the line "I could never do the same" means that she would not be a big enough person to be nice to the person she lost someone to (same interpretation as wtfyourface posted above). But again, maybe I'm just reading into this since I'm in a similar situation where I'm wondering why someone would leave their seemingly perfect ex and then choose to be with me.
    lizrunneron August 05, 2009   Link

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