"Detlef Schrempf" as written by and Rob Hampton Benjamin Bridwell....
And take a little walk when the worst is to come
When I saw you looking like I never thought
And say you're at a loss or forgot that words can do more than harm

Oh
Oh
Oh
Oh

The town is gonna talk, but these people do not
See things through to the very minimal
But what's it gonna cost to be gone?
If we see you like I hoped we never would

Oh
Oh
Oh
Oh

My eyes can't look at you any other way
Any other way, any other way
My eyes can't look at you any other way
Any other way, any other way

So take it as a song or a lesson to learn
And sometime soon be better than you were
If you say you're gonna go, then be careful
And watch how you treat every living soul

Oh
Oh
Oh
Oh

My eyes can't look at you any other way
Any other way, any other way
When eyes can't look at you any other way
Any other way, any other way


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"Detlef Schrempf" as written by Creighton Barrett Benjamin Bridwell

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  • +5
    General Commentthe absolute most beautiful song ive ever heard without question.
    darkglobe2008on February 22, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti may be completely wrong, but i took this song to be about a group of guys who are close friends with a girl and in this case, the guy or all of the guys start to develop feelings for this girl but she doesn't feel the same way about them. but because of this, things get awkward and the girl starts separating herself from the group of guy friends without really dealing with the problem ("whats it gonna cost to be gone? when we start seeing you like i hope we never would") Kinda saying they never meant to develop feelings for her but it was a natural transition from them seeing her as a friend to seeing her as something more. Hence the line "eyes can't look at you any other way" just emphasizing that he can't control the way he feels. and at the end of the song, he knows their friendship is over and maybe she didn't let him down gently enough so he gives this song as a lesson to "be careful and watch how you treat every living soul" so maybe she'll be more empathetic with the next heart she breaks.


    again, i may be very wrong.
    shoefly785on October 26, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentStraight from Ben's mouth:
    “I traded some e-mails with [Schrempf], and I explained to him that I wasn’t slagging his name or anything. He was very cool about it. The song’s not really about him. It has some Seattle themes is all, but I’m so bad about making up song titles I just used his name as a working title.”

    So sorry it really has nothing to do with the actual basketball player.
    Rebeckycon March 02, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song gives me goose pimples.
    bigsp1313on October 17, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti've always loved this song, but it seems that out of no where, i seem to have gotten a different notion of what this song may be saying. previously, i concured with the ideas of it being somewhat about unrequited love, but something seemed askew...

    well, i think it's not really that. i think it's more trying to explain to a person the speaker loves and values (maybe a partner, maybe a best friend, maybe both in one), that regardless of how badly they see things around them and view themselves, that the speaker cannot help but continue to view the person with loving eyes. people make mistakes, bad choices, say and do terrible things, but when you really love and know someone for who they are, you cannot help but feel like "my eyes can't look at you any other way." the person may beat themselves up about these things, but the speaker continues to be the champion and cheerleader for that person, unconditionally.

    amazing song.
    chicananerdon July 20, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Dude could shoot the three, rebound, and sported a haircut you could set your watch to. Also, I don't think "Jim McIlvaine" makes too forch a song title.
    RiseConvergeon November 08, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI really love the line "eyes can't look at you any other way'. Whatever the song may actually be about, I think that line is just very sweet and romantic.
    ima_introverton May 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe opening lines are a spot-on description of that moment when your relationship's gone irreparably wrong, and both of you know it and can tell by the other's eyes, but getting the words out is a lot harder than, say, taking a walk.
    it reminds me of every time i've gone through a breakup (or any controversy, really) that's damaged the way people perceive me or caused me to lose friends. because your mutual friends often feel the need to choose sides ("the town is gonna talk," making judgments with minimal information), and sometimes they just can't "look at you any other way" than as so-and-so's ex, or as the person who caused or was the victim of such pain.
    it's tempting to just say f*ck it and run headlong into the next one (taking it as just a sad song, and repeating history). but the best thing to do is learn each lesson and transmute your acute awareness of psychological pain into an increased care and regard for every living soul. and hopefully, if your love was real, your eyes will still see all the good inside that made you love each other in the first place.

    this song means a lot to me.
    thecatspajamason June 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about the end of a relationship. The beginning is initially about a fight and saying things you didn't mean. You take a walk to clear your head after forgetting words can do more then harm and said some bad things to a person you've loved.

    The second stanza is about when the gossip occurs and everyone knows that something beautiful has ended. Her friends that became your friends and your friends that became hers are now forced to pick sides. They make a big decision on poor information. What's the cost of leaving everything behind when you split? You lose your friends, your way of life, and you're lonely. The chorus to me is the the answer to the age old question "Can't we be friends?" and the response is "My eyes can't see you any other way" than a lover.

    The third stanza is the dialogue back to it.It probably would be like this. Okay, well if we can't be friends. Then take it as a song or a lesson to learn And sometime soon be better than you were If you say you're gonna go, then be careful And watch how you treat every living soul.

    Basically it's step by step reenactment of the ending of a relationship. The opening argument that takes place. The question of "Can't we still be friends?" the person says "My eyes can't see you other than a lover." The response is "Okay if you're gonna go remember this and don't repeat it again.
    DreamsinDigitalon November 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first time I heard this song I was stuck in traffic in the middle of a light snow storm. There was something about this song and that moment that has always stuck with me. It is a common for me on compilations. Gorgeous...
    lurpinoon February 26, 2009   Link

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