If I were to go away
Would you follow me to the ends of the earth
To show me what your love is worth
Or would you go and buy a car
Shrug your shoulders, say there you are
She didn’t love me anyway
If she had she would have stayed

If I were to go away
Would I always look for your beautiful face
In every crowd, every place
Or would I go and buy a hat
Turn my shoulders, say that is that
He didn’t love me, now it’s clear
If he had he would be here

Lyrics submitted by macramebird, edited by No Good

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    General CommentI love this song. You wrote it out a bit weird though
    othatzsokewlon September 19, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe first half of each verse is romantic and optimistic, with the man proving his love and the woman searching for him, while the second half is overcome by the narrator's cynicism, each figure deciding against the action. Bunyan’s voice emphasizes the narrator’s insecurity and the tenuousness of the relationship. She doubts that the man loves her, but though imagines him giving up, also imagines that he is disappointed in her leaving. She is hopeful that he does love her in reality, but is equally insecure and unable to express his love. She admits how it would be hypocritical to leave and expect him to still think that she loves him, that she would also give up because of insecurity and disappointment.

    They fail to conform to gender roles, him not proving his love with a grand gesture and her not being loyal. They only conform through materialism. His car shows a subconscious desire to travel and find her, and willingness to sacrifice, since a car costs a lot. The woman’s hat can conceal, but also stand out, reflecting uncertainty about whether she wishes to be spotted. Buying things is how they express emotions and fill the emptiness caused by each other’s absence. The song warns against using materialism in place of sincere, direct communication.
    No Goodon November 23, 2017   Link

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