If I had you I'd hold you like a guitar
I could slay you with a well-placed F sharp barre
If you don't want to hear that tune I'll leave my fingers where they are

And every time I see your face I want to touch it
And I know I'll never touch it
I get by, I get by

And I can't tell how hard I tried
I can't reveal what I can't hide
I said that I was fine, I lied
But I can stick around and see you smile from the side

I say William Shakespeare had the right idea
Put your passion in a poem she won't hear
If your heart is whole again you can publish it next year

And every time I see your neck I want to kiss it
And I know I'll never kiss it
I get by, I get by

And I've been in my head too long
To know when what I think is wrong
But I can write another song
And I can stick around and see you as you sing along

I had another set of words to use instead of what I'm singing here
The rhymes were intricate and every line was filled with alliteration and the best poetic tricks
It demonstrated just how clearly I'm the perfect guy for you to hear
But in reality perfection isn't really what we want so we just throw words at the page
And we call it a masterpiece if any part of it sticks

I've been waiting on another bright idea
I've been waiting on another bright idea
I've been waiting on another bright idea
I've been waiting on another bright idea
I've been waiting on another bright idea
I've been waiting on another bright idea
I've been waiting on another bright idea
I've been working on a song that you won't hear
I've been working on a song that you won't hear
I've been working on a song for you, dear

And everybody tells me that I'm fine
And everybody tells me not to mind
And everybody says just toe the line
And everybody tells me that the world was made for me to play in but I don't believe them


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    General Commentwoo! first comment
    i think its simply about the singer writing a song for a girl
    nouveau bohemeon March 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah this is the perfect ode or love song for a person I love it XD
    sonicskazombie42on June 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah this is the perfect ode or love song for a person I love it XD
    sonicskazombie42on June 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA guy hopelessly romancing over a girl. Simple.

    He gets by... and that is all.
    YoYoMonkeyon July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat a great song. You know why? It's simple :P

    The singer knows he'll never be with the girl/guy (well, it never said...)

    I like the part that says:

    I had another set of words to use instead of what I'm singing here
    The rhymes were intricate and every line was filled with alliteration and the best poetic tricks
    It demonstrated just how clearly I'm the perfect guy for you to hear
    But in reality perfection isn't really what we want so we just throw words at the page
    And we call it a masterpiece if any part of it sticks

    Maybe it refers to how poetry is often forced, lacking true meaning. His simple words of love mean much more.

    Regardless... He gets by.

    :D

    --Thylacine
    Thylacineon April 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Thylacine on this, and it seems like the "I've been waiting on another bright idea" bit was exactly what they tell you to do in elementary school: "I can't think of something to write!" "Then write about that!", which is a neat idea.
    kaleRegson December 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is (in my opinion) about a guy telling a girl that he loves her but she dosen't love him back.

    "If I had you I'd hold you like a guitar
    I could slay you with a well-placed F sharp barre
    If you don't want to hear that tune I'll leave my fingers where they are"


    he wishes he never told her and thinks it was a bad decision.

    "I say William Shakespeare had the right idea
    Put your passion in a poem she won't hear
    If your heart is whole again you can publish it next year"


    he tries to prove to her that he is awesome and perfect for her and starts writing a song but realizes that even though that song would be perfect and show that he is perfect the girl wont love him for being perfect.

    "I had another set of words to use instead of what I'm singing here
    The rhymes were intricate and every line was filled with alliteration and the best poetic tricks
    It demonstrated just how clearly I'm the perfect guy for you to hear
    But in reality perfection isn't really what we want so we just throw words at the page
    And we call it a masterpiece if any part of it sticks"


    he is obiously a talented singer and people like him because of that but he dosen't care about that, he just wants the girl to love him back

    "And everybody tells me that I'm fine
    And everybody tells me not to mind
    And everybody says just toe the line
    And everybody tells me that the world was made for me to play in but I don't believe them"
    JackTheRipper78963on February 01, 2010   Link

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