"Waves" as written by and Joshua Winstead James Shaw....
Saw the water, not the waves
Caught your eye, forgot your name
Always leaving, either way
I want you to stop me

Episodes to fantasize
TV movie of our lives
The future is all mine
I'll find it on my way back

When I'm gone
I'll know what I've done
I'll go where I don't belong

It's all, not one
I love everything
No sleep; I lose everything
Oh don't tell me again
I won't see you again

Not one
I love everything
No sleep; I lose everything
Oh, don't tell me again
I won't see you again

Saw the waves, but not the tide
I couldn't stay, I don't know why
A sailor married to the sea
My luck is a lost key

The door is locked from the inside
Don't wait around, I won't arrive
Keep a room somewhere for me
I'll find it on my way back

When I'm gone
I'll know what I've done
I'll go where I don't belong

It's all, not one
I love everything
No sleep; I lose everything
Oh don't tell me again
I won't see you again

Not one
I love everything
No sleep; I lose everything
Oh, don't tell me again
I won't see you again


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    General CommentI have a feeling this song is about the overall process of Fantasies. The verses speak about not being able to see the brightside, or the big picture ("Saw the water, not the waves," and "Always leaving either way") Whereas the build up leads to being able to finally see positive things ("I'll go where I don't belong") If you're familiar with Metric's previous works, this will make sense because before Fantasies, they had never written a happy song EVER :P And the chorus is more happy stuff ("All not one, I love everything")
    SatelliteMindedon October 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn you I was about to post this! LOL
    dustybreezeon March 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat cd is this one on?

    i thought i'd heard all the metric songs, guess not!
    it looks good though.
    justlikethemovieson March 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhat cd is this one on?

    i thought i'd heard all the metric songs, guess not!
    it looks good though.
    justlikethemovieson March 15, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"I couldn't stay, I don't know why
    A sailor married to the sea"
    these 2 lines give me goosebumps every time 0.O
    "It's all, not one
    I love everything"
    <3 METRIC = LOVE
    ah.yes.please.on March 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't know why this song was a B-side, it's as good or better then any album launching single I've heard in a long time, and one of the best tracks on 'Fantasies Ltd Edition' Although any of the tracks on Fantasies would make a great single.
    RoverIACon January 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI haven't loved a song this much since I heard Emily play piano acoustic version of Help I'm alive.
    I think the first verse is referring to how people perceive her. They see her for a moment at a show and even though you may have gotten your money's worth with front row tickets, catching her eye for a split second, at the end of the show she's gone but at the same time I think she wants to stay in one place for a little longer than she gets to.

    The 2nd verse and the pre-chorus confuse me, but I love it!
    Episodes to fantasize
    TV movie of our lives
    The future is all mine
    I'll find it on my way back

    It makes me think that she hasn't gotten exactly what she wants yet in the first line or it's maybe a referrance to how people rely on television too often like how we fantasize about what we watch on tv with jelousy and envy
    get2close2theflameon April 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentto me this song seems to refer to the struggle of knowing what you want. the first verse it seems as tho she is discussing how she always wants to leave but at the same time she wants to be stopped..and then goes on to say that when she is gone she'll know what she's done, meaning taking the risk of what you want might leave you feeling regret afterwards.
    "The door is locked from the inside, Don't wait around, I won't arrive" Her mind is made up and she's not going back (locked from the inside)

    maybe I'm completely wrong but those are my thoughts!
    metricfanon September 06, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI agree with get2close2theflame that the song is about Emily's experience at shows on the road. In the refrain "It's all, not one" could refer to her solo efforts and how she's feeling more upbeat about being part of a group again. "No sleep; I lose everything" on the road including losing your bearings and sense of being. "Oh don't tell me again, I won't see you again." could refer to what guys in the crowd always yell... "I love you Emily!!", etc.
    didiwinon June 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI really get where she's coming from. It has a lot to do with commitment issues. She always wants to have something new in her life, every experience etc. It happens partially because she's afraid of seeing what will happen if she stays on one place. Her heart seems to be locked on the inside so this passion for "new" is a way of distracting herself.
    She knows that for building up the future she should move to the past. So she's hoping someone will actually stop her, hold a warm place for her. Like a safe place to settle down.
    She's worried about these issues and can't sleep. She wants everything, like she doesn't really want to give up her freedom or touring.
    "When I'm gone, I know what I've done" - can be understood in two ways. Like she could only reap the benefit if she would stay (old friends, relationships etc). Or in another meaning she will only discover what she has lost after she left...
    Rockmoreon February 15, 2013   Link

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