"Undertow" as written by and Sara Bareilles....
Silly me, look what I did again.
I found what I want is what I cannot have
I didn't mean to be so predictable,
But I blame it all on who made you irresistible

And it isn't something I need 'til you tell me I can't
Why wear my heart on my sleeve when it looks so good in your hand.

My heart breaks in a heart beat
And you storm me when you come and go
The taste of something so sweet should have
Warned me 'bout the undertow.
Oh, I couldn't find a better man to let me go.

Little girl, I don't know why you stay.
If I had a feather for every time daddy said that I could fly away.
Old habits are so hard to break
It'd be a shame to stop now that I've started to make really good mistakes.

And I don't know why I must ask for the forbidden fruit.
I saw the snake in the grass, but I had bitten too soon.

My heart breaks in a heart beat
And you storm me when you come and go
The taste of something so sweet should have
Warned me 'bout the undertow.
Oh, I couldn't find a better man to let me go.

I should have seen you coming in
Should recognize the signs a wave's gonna break
Now, I've given in, why fight it when
I'm resigned to simply live in your wake.
Your wake

My heart breaks in a heart beat
And you storm me when you come and go
The taste of something so sweet should have
Warned me 'bout the undertow.
Oh, I couldn't find a better man to let me go.


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"Undertow" as written by Sara Bareilles

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    General CommentI seriously cannot believe that no one has commented on this! Well I think that Sara's voice is amazing in this, it's irresistible. This song is great. I'm not sure if I'm 100% correct but to me, it seems like she has a habit of getting back together with the same guy, even though she knows what she's getting herself into. It hurts her everytime he leaves but she can't help but love him.

    "Oh, I couldn't find a better man to let me go."
    Even after he leaves her, she still thinks he's the most amazing man she's been with.

    "Now, I’ve given in, why fight it when
    I’m resigned to simply live in your wake."
    She knows that she'll take him back no matter what and there's nothing she can or wants to do about it.


    LOVE IT! and again, if im wrong, don't kill me :)
    silverbullet1753on July 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorites by Ms. Bareilles. I agree with silverbullet - her voice is irresistable and I simply love the bluesy feel to this song.
    SageSoulon October 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"why wear my heart on my sleeve when it looks so good in your hand?" amazing.
    remycole12on October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSUCH a good song for someone who finds themself in this situation. How is it that someone can have you so wrapped around his finger that even though you've been hurt time after time you'll always take him back instantaneously?
    But somehow she describes it perfectly so it makes sense.
    Even though it doesn't. UGH.
    warhol34on March 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLove this song.... it's about heartbreak but not really... the song is just to upbeat for that. The situation in this song is like that of a dieter who keeps on ending up eating the things she's not supposed to because it just feels too good to give up...
    holaluon September 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics of this song are ridiculously beautiful.
    erikawearspradaon April 15, 2009   Link

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