"Do I Disappoint You?" as written by and Rufus Wainwright....
Do I disappoint you, in just being human?
And not one of the elements that you can light your cigar on
Why does it always have to be fire?
Why does it always have to be brimstone?
Desire
Cool this body down

Do I disappoint you, in just being lonely?
And not one of the elements that you can call your one and only
Why does it always have to be water?
Why does it always have to be holy wine?
Destruction
Of all mankind

And do I disappoint you?
Do I disappoint you in just being like you?

Tired of being the reason the road has a shoulder
And it could be argued, why they all return to the order
Why does it always have to be chaos?
Why does it always have to be wanderlust?
Sensational
I'm gonna smash your bloody skull
'Cause, baby, no, you can't see inside
No, baby, no, you can't see my soul

Do I disappoint you?
Do I disappoint you?


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"Do I Disappoint You" as written by Rufus Wainwright

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    General CommentFire, brimstone, water, holy wine, chaos: he feels like he's being shoved into the seat of a Messiah. He's fully aware that he's only human, and wants to please, which is why he asks if he's being disappointing. At the same time, he wants to hold on to his privacy. There are limits to what he's willing to do to be adored.
    floodlineon June 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I'm thinking it's either about how fans will always start to believe the person they admire is greater than human or about how the homophobes belive that gays are so different than them when really everyone is just human. Or maybe it's about both?
    deja derangeon May 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes this seem like an anthssis to Taylor Hicks "Do I Make You Proud?"
    A nice way to start off the new album
    fakethulceon June 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes this seem like an anthssis to Taylor Hicks "Do I Make You Proud?"
    A nice way to start off the new album
    fakethulceon June 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that in this song the scene is the tension between a celebrity (Rufus) and a real beauty who the celebrity is interested in.

    In this case, the beauty is a muscled, macho, cigar-smoking stud who floors Rufus.

    The stud shows interest in Rufus, since he's a celebrity, but Rufus is wracked with insecurity and doubt by the situation.
    Tguyomaon September 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about his relationship with his dad loudon wainwright.
    calebdavison June 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentguys, it's fairly obvious that the song is about how religion goes out of its way to focus on the sin of homosexuality.

    the last line is also 'no baby no you can't SAVE my soul'
    gleefulbeautyon January 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWow, according to many fan's interpretations here, I feel as though I have totally got this song wrong. To me it was blatantly about Rufus making peace with his atheism. He imagines the god figure as being spiteful, judgmental and destructive, yet Rufus realises its all bravado and he mocks back as if faced with a (hu)man displaying the same weak personality traits. He is done with religion and wakes up to the fact that maintaining any belief in it weakens his self-worth. This song is the moment of realisation that he is a stronger person without religion beating him down for not upholding its ridiculous dogmatic rules. Being gay, he falls outside the hardcore religious clique, but his unrestrained singing and confidence in this song tells of somebody relieved to not fit in with such shallow rules. Rufus with this song, basically had the last word on religious bigotry. He said it all.
    lateleighon May 11, 2011   Link

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