"This One (Crying Like A Child)" as written by Hikaru Utada, Tor Erik Hermansen, Teruzane Utada and Mikkel Eriksen....
How can I put this I I I
I'm an independent woman, I,
I've been crying like a child
I just wanted you to know the person that I am
More than any other your fans
I would love you for a thousand years
Yours truly

I ain't gonna play it cool
Let me tell you I've tried that
Already
Every day, and every night, your words
Ring through me
Who am I trying to fool, honey I've been living on my own
like Freddy
But I'm still a woman, baby tell me how

How could I ever love another?
How could you say you don't remember?
God knows I'd give anything
For just one more night together
Today I'll miss you more than ever
How could you say you don't remember?
This one's for the happiness I'll be wishing you forever

It's just another Friday night
For you and your accessory
And there you are before my eyes
Two hours and for fifteen minutes you are here
I don't wanna scream lest I should tear
A whisper in the darkness disappears
Sincerely

We should get back on the road
Like Simon and Garfunkel
Let's get married
You were all the shelter that I need above me
Who am I trying to fool
Honey I've got your ring tone on my
Blackberry
And I won't give a damn if only I knew how

How could I ever love another?
How could you say you don't remember?
God knows I'd give anything
For just one more night together
Today I'll miss you more than ever
How could you say you don't remember?
This one's for the happiness I'll be wishing you forever

You got me crying like a child
Ain't no need for me to lie
A hundred j-peg files fillin' up my herd-drive
You got me crying like a child
And the crowd is going wild
This one, this is the one
Come on and give it up

How could I ever love another?
How could you say you don't remember?
God knows I'd give anything
For just one more night together
Today I'll miss you more than ever
How could you say you don't remember?
This one's for the happiness I'll be wishing you forever

How could I ever love another?
How could you say you don't remember?
God knows I'd give anything
For just one more night together
Today I'll miss you more than ever
How could you say you don't remember?
This one's for the happiness I'll be wishing you forever


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"This One (Crying Like a Child)" as written by Mikkel Eriksen Hikaru Utada

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    My InterpretationI'll start by saying this is one of my favourite Utada songs ever. They lyrics are heart-wrenching, with plenty of whispers in the dark and nods to various people (Freddie Mercury and Simon & Garfunkel) and technology (Blackberry). The chorus is truly heart-breaking to me, and is some of the deepest lyrics Utada has come out with.

    Anyway, the song is pretty straight forward.
    The protagonist has just gone through a break-up, but she is still independent and trying to move on, but she's not fooling anyone because the guy meant everything to her. They may not have known each other too well before getting into the relationship, as per the line "I just wanted you to know the person that I am, More than any other of your fans" (fans possibly meaning other love interests?)
    The relationship could've possibly ended on bad terms, with the line "Every day and every night your words ring through me".

    Then the chorus kicks in with the line "How could I ever love another?"; pretty self-explanatory, she feels she can never share that kind of connection with someone else ever again. "How could you say you don't remember?"; possibly the man is denying their relationship, or special moments spent together?
    God knows I've give anything for just one more night together"; self-explanatory too, she wants one more night with the man, possibly to get some closure, or for more intimate and sexual reasons. "Today I'll miss you more than ever"; possibly some kind of anniversary or other special occasion? "How could you say you don't remember?"; reiterating the previous line, could link back to ignoring special occasions. "This one's for the happiness I'll be wishing you forever"; she wants the man to be happy no matter what makes him happy.

    It's Friday night, and she's out and sees him, surrounded by his "accessories" (women?), "I'll whisper in the darkness 'disappear', sincerely"; she doesn't want to see him in this situation.
    We get to the bridge and she still feels very much for him, and wants him to marry her, as he is all she needs to be happy.

    And she's taking the end badly, as she's crying, looking back at old photos (or possibly ignoring them, they're just taking up space on her computer). "And the crowd is going wild"; possibly meaning the "crowd" (his friends, or other women) are happy to see the guy a free man again. "This is the one, Come on and give it up"; possibly meaning she thinks this is the one person for her, and she hopes he feels the same.

    The chorus just reiterates her feelings over and over, that no matter what makes him happy, she wants him to be happy, even if it means they can't be together.
    JAMIEIncon January 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wonder if she had delaney, bonnie & friends's superstar in mind when she wrote this. i love how she's referenced freddie merc in both her english albums now hahaha
    joeyjoeyon April 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is nice, definately heart-felt. Lyrics are somewhat cryptic and somewhat not, she is a fan, and talking as a fan as well, about the love she has for a star, love to obsession, to almost a stalker level, really well done.
    Soaron July 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionthis song is really catchy. the lyrics are cheesy, funny and cute all at the same time. nice.
    desertroseon July 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a powerful song! People sometimes fall in love with musicians, authors, etc. This song makes me think that maybe that isn't so crazy. After all artists often reveal a lot about themselves through their work; their art becomes like a window to their thoughts and I can see how you can end up really feeling like you know them personally. I think the human heart just needs to love. Even if you know you could never have a chance with someone, this will not necessarily stop the heart from becoming linked to that person. Yet the person won't even know you exist, you're just a face in their crowd. It's the ultimate unrequited love isn't it?
    overcome02on March 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I think its about a guy she went on tour with or a famous person she was crushing on. and got obsessed but the chorus is easy to relate too. My favorite parts were. How can I put this III im an independent woman I..
    and How could I ever love another? How could you say you dont remember?
    Lastly its justa nother friday night for you and your accesesory lights.

    How can I put this
    Aye aye aye
    I'm an independent woman, aye
    I've been crying like a child
    I just wanted you to know the person that I am
    More than any other of your fans
    I will love you for a thousand years
    Yours truly

    She feels like shes being immature, from her crying and heartbreak. she just wanted him to know the real her, more than any of his fans, and shes saying shes sincere.


    I ain't gonna play it cool
    Let me tell you, I've tried that already

    shes not going to lie to herself anymore, she just wants him

    Every day and every night
    Your words ring through me

    she remembers the things he said about her that made her feel better.

    Who am I trying to fool
    Honey, I've been living on my own like Freddie
    But I'm still a woman
    Baby tell me how

    Shes lonely, but she still has needs, and she wants to know how to deal with the pain

    How could I ever love another
    How could you say you don't remember
    God knows I'd give anything
    For just one more night together

    She doesnt believe shell feel the same about anyone except him. She wonders why he ignores her pretends he didnt remember what happened between them, she just wants one more night with him

    Today I miss you more than ever
    How could you say you don't remember
    This one's for the happiness
    I'll be wishing you forever

    Might be a special day they had, she wonders why he doesnt care. yet she still wishes him the best.

    It's just another Friday night
    For you and your accessories (lights)

    it just another concert

    And there you are before my eyes
    Two hours and for fifteen minutes
    You are here
    I don't wanna scream
    Lest I should tear
    A whisper in the darkness disappears
    Sincerely

    she went to his concert and confesses in the dark crowd.

    We should get back on the road
    Like Simon and Garfunkel

    Lets go on tour again

    Let's get married
    You are all the shelter that
    I need above me

    she just needs him

    Who am I trying to fool
    Honey, I got your ringtone on my BlackBerry
    she eve has his song on her phone
    And I won't give a damn
    If only I knew how
    she doesnt want to act obssesed but she doesnt know how to stop.

    You got me crying like a child
    Ain't no need for me to lie
    shes not kidding herself anymore, he has her.
    A hundred JPEG files
    Filling up my hard drive

    pictures of him lol.

    You got me crying like a child
    And the crowd is going wild

    crying at his concert

    This one
    This is the one
    Come on and give it up

    this is it, its over.


    So she eithther has unrequited love from a celebrity. and shes obsessively in love with him, and shes making fun of herself.

    or its a heart felt song about a guy she fell in love with who she went on tour with, who forgot about her and shes left wondering what happened? and goes to his concert and starts downloading his pictures, and wishing to be with him again.
    RolyPolyxoon June 25, 2014   Link

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