"What About" as written by and Thao Nguyen....
You were not what I needed
Was not drunk, just defeated
So I stayed
And of course, I don't want you
I just want to hear what you would say

And on my way home
I screamed, "I get it!"
And the sky screamed right back
"So why'd you let it
do you this way?"

Don't write me lines
from your still box
All propped on wheels
Worn by exhaust

Clothes line, clothes line
For hearts who share
with the holes to my heart
Like the linen I wear

And all the popular girls they stare
At the hundred and odd
guns I bear

So what about me?
Me on top of you
All soft in your ear
Time tested radio tunes

So what about me?
Me on top of you
All soft in your ears
Time tested radio tunes

Hey, hey man with the ramblin' machine
Steady in the place of your memory
On and on and on to space
Where they don't duck and roll at the crash of your name

I will grant you a cameo, Baby
With the sound of a stage and the sway of a lady
of a lady

So what about me?
Me on top of you
All soft in your ears
Time tested radio tunes

You are not what I needed
Was not drunk, just defeated
So I stayed
And of course I don't want you
I just want to hear what you would say

And on my way home
I screamed, "I get it!"
And the sky screamed back
"So why'd you let it
do you this way?"

So what about me?
Me on top of you
All soft in your ears
Time tested radio tunes
Time tested radio tunes
Time tested radio tunes


Lyrics submitted by RaineBM1185

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    General Comment"Was not drawn just to feed it"
    I think it's actually "was not drunk, just defeated"
    but I could definitely be wrong.
    makhon March 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAt the hundred and up
    guns I bear

    at the hundred and odd
    pounds i bear

    she skinny not in the nra
    lobsternoobergon July 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentlobsternooberg is right about the lyrics.

    what a great song!!!
    backyon January 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou were not what I needed
    Was not drunk, just defeated
    So I stayed
    And of course, I don't want you
    I just want to hear what you would say

    And on my way home
    I screamed, "I get it!"
    And the sky screamed right back
    "So why'd you let it
    do you this way?"

    i think these lyrics are perfectly non specific
    those lines have meant different things to me depending on
    what is happening in my life or my head
    psxdumyon December 26, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhy would popular girls stare or care at her being 100+ lbs?

    it's a song discussing a tough chick. she's a lady, but she still knows how to take care of herself. she gets hung up on a guy, but doesn't let it get to her. she gets caught up in her emotions, but at least she knows that's all it is.
    RaineBM1185on January 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPS. If you listen to her other music, you wouldn't think she'd be opposed to using gun lyrics.

    In "Beat (Health, Life and Fire)" she says "And oh my / Gunpowder / In an emergency / I must battle without her she is surely killing me."

    In "Hills," she sings "I stole his name off the old army flight suit / He wore in the war / when he thought he was fighting you."

    Just 'cause she's little, it doesn't mean she's not tough. Hence what I said the song was about in the first place.
    RaineBM1185on January 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI do think she's saying "all of the popular girls will stare at the hundred and odd pounds I bear"
    I think she's talking about emotional baggage that makes her different than the happy-go-lucky "popular girls.
    Unlucky435on March 24, 2010   Link

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