"Let's Do the Things We Normally Do" as written by and Dido/brion Armstrong....
Let's pretend that we'll be here tomorrow
And I'll try for you to be a little more on time
I know you need to say you know you've let me down
But you haven't, and it's hard to talk with people all around

Please don't say how proud you are
Let's do the things we normally do
Well I'll say see you later
You'll sing a line or two
From your rebel songs sung out of tune
Don't hold my hand for longer than you need to

Lets forget that we're here and make some plans
We'll go for walks
Sit together on the bench we always sat
I'll tell you every little detail of my day and so will you
But don't try to stay awake
I'm feeling tired too

This is just another day
Let's do the things we normally do
Well I'll say see you later you'll sing a line or two
From your rebel songs sung out of tune
Don't hold my hand for longer than you need to

Armored cars and tanks and guns, came to take away our sons
And everybody stood behind
The man behind the wire
There's a fight to love
A fight to have
Your bed's a battlefield and back
And all of this will just be stripped away

Let's do the things we normally do
I'll say see you later you'll sing a line or two
From your rebel songs sung out of tune
Don't hold my hand for longer than you need to
Don't look me in the eye more than you need to

Don't try to say goodbye if I don't want to
Don't say how proud you are
And say I'm far away
And take along
And say a word
And I can say I fade away


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"Let's Do the Things We Normally Do" as written by Dido Armstrong Jon Brion

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    General CommentBeautiful song. I love the introduction. It really reminds me of the flimsy flings I've been through.
    johl7thaion January 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song, and it also struck me as really sad. Any alternate interpretations? The reference to tanks and rebel songs made me think of a more troubled setting...
    hazirahMon February 15, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThis song is really nice and mellow, and I especially love the video. C:
    musingson March 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1092551/…

    This in particular makes me wonder now if the other person in the song is supposed to be her father:

    "Dido’s new album is said to have been inspired in part by the death in 2006 of her father William O’Malley Armstrong, a publishing executive."

    As always on SongMeanings, all down to individual interpretation though!
    hazirahMon April 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me like it's about visiting her father every day, knowing he's going to die any minute but pretending he's not. Really sad stuff.
    greenphoenixon April 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell it could be about dating her having a relationship with an Irish guy who sings rebel songs?

    "Armored cars and tanks and guns came to take away our sons
    And everybody?s stood behind
    The man behind the wire"

    These are lyrics to a song about internment of IRA volunteers in Northern Ireland.
    Squirt_gunon March 14, 2011   Link

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