I was perched outside in the pouring rain
Trying to make myself a sail
Then I'll float to you my darlin'
With the evening on my tail
Although not the most honest means of travel
It gets me there nonetheless
I'm a heartless man at worst, babe
And a helpless one at best

Darling I'll bathe your skin
I'll even wash your clothes
Just give me some candy
Before I go
Oh, darling I'll kiss your eyes
And lay you down on your rug
Just give me some candy
After my heart

Oh, and I'm often false explaining
But to her it plays out all the same
And although I'm left defeated
It gets held against my name
I know you got plenty to offer baby
But I guess I've taken quite enough
Well I'm some stain there on your bed sheet
You're my diamond in the rough

Darling I'll bathe your skin
I'll even wash your clothes
Just give me some candy
Before I go
Oh, darling I'll kiss your eyes
And lay you down on your rug
Just give me some candy
After my heart
I know that there writings on the wall
But darling I'll bathe your skin
I'll even wash your clothes
Just give me some candy
After my heart

Oh, and I'll be there waiting for you
Oh, I'll be there waiting for you
I'll be there waiting for you
Oh, I'll be there waiting for you
Oh, I'll be there waiting for you
Oh, then I'll be there waiting for you
I'll be there waiting for you
Oh, then I'll be there waiting on you
I'll be there waiting for you
I'll be there waiting for you



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"Candy" as written by Paolo Giovanni Nutini

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  • +4
    General Comment:the man desperately wants to make love with this woman and he's willing to do anything - bathe her skin, wash her clothes, kiss her eyes, ect.

    his feelings for her are sincere but naturally he wants more - he wants sex. candy=sex.

    "Oh, and I'm often found explaining
    But to her it plays out all the same
    and although I'm left defeated
    It gets held against my name
    I know you got plenty to offer baby
    But I guess I've taken quite enough
    well I'm some stain there on your bed sheet
    You're my diamond in the rough"

    - these lines sum up the situation. he's trying to explain to her that his feelings for her are true, but to her, it doesn't matter, he's like every other man and she wont give up her virginity because she's afraid that's all he's after. she says no, and tries to tell him "i've got more to offer than just sex".

    so he says to her, I'll be here waiting for you - you're worth it.

    the last lines are all the possible reasons that the woman is waiting.. the things that are keeping him from having sex with her.
    cut throats/jagged ends = surrounding world,relatives, judgemental people, ect
    cheap and sugary philosophies= old fashioned values/morals that people live by such as the saying "waiting till marriage"
    angels and their halos = one's religion
    honeyplumon January 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:A man who loves a woman who isn't returning his love but once did. The man would do anything to have her back.

    Thought "Just give me some candy" may be him metaphorically asking her to return his love...?

    Any ideas?
    emily264on May 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:i think he's singing this to a girl who's tired of feeling let down and not wanted and has given up on their relationship but he's saying i'll take care of u, i'll look after u i realise what i've done just give me some candy (love) Oh, and i'm often false explaining
    But to her it plays out all the same -hes not been completly open with her...so yeah kinda like the 1st comment. My boyfriend told me this song reminds him of me particulary the verse Oh, and i'm often false explaining ( he didnt tell me everything that was going on)
    But to her it plays out all the same (when he told me bits of it, it sounded really dumb and i was like yeah yeah)
    and although i'm left defeated (he didnt know what to do cause he couldnt open up)
    It gets held against my name (my friends thought he was talking rubbish)
    i know you got plenty to offer baby (self explanitory)
    But I guess I've taken quite enough (i've had my own problems to deal with and he hasn't helped)
    well i'm some stain there on your bedsheet (i went out on a date cause i thought it was over cause he hadnt been in touch for ages)
    You're my diamond in the rough (i'm his escape from the daily problems he has to face)

    This is just how it means to us, i've no idea what paolo nutini was thinking about when he wrote it, he could even be refering to drugs by the word candy...as candy in the uk well u can get it in like white powder in plastic tubes (can't remember the name of them lol)...so i dunno


    lala910on May 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Beautiful song! And Paolo got lyrics so nicely, but idea for it came from a simple moment in life.

    Here's the quote:
    - The first single will be heart tugging ballad 'Candy' which was written after an argument with his girlfriend, when it suddenly occurred to him that the fault lay with him. "That doesn't necessarily portray the state our relationship is in, or anything more than just one evening of defeat. But that's all a song has to be."

    Paolo's back :))))
    sanasyon June 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:At the very end, he says

    All the cutthroats and their jagged ends
    All of them have got me waiting and waiting
    All the cheap and the sugary philosophies
    Have got me on the fence just waiting and waiting
    All the angels, and their halos
    All they do is keep me waiting and waiting

    I love that part, his voice is surreal, full of longing and pain.
    gia00on June 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:this song is his best yet.
    AlixandraRichieon June 24, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:hello people?! this song is clearly about him being an addict. He traveled in the rain, all the way to his ex's house; for some drugs. She's pretty much his pusher 'man', and he's begging for some drugs. Or some shot, whatever drug addicts do. But she's all like 'I don't think so, babe. You've had enough. And I love you--I don't want you to die."

    But he's not having it...he seduces her for some crack. And him being Paolo Nutuni, (a gorgeous gentleman) she falls for it.

    Haha, yeah I'm just joking. This song is obviously about him wanting her but she's doesn't want him anymore. So he's like saying all these romantic/passionate stuff that he'll do for her--to show how much he wants her.
    He is so hot btw..like this man wouldn't have to ask me twice. I'll lay it all for him in a heartbeat.!
    spunkchickon September 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:I'm sure Paolo has spoken about this song on the radio here in Scotland.
    As I understand it the song is about the difficulty in knowing the difference between love and lust.
    Many of us (especially when we're young) mistakenly fall in 'lust' thinking we have fallen in love.
    If it's lust it doesn't last, whereas love really is forever.
    Unfortunately it often happens that one person in the relationship is 'in love' and the other is in lust. For the person who is in love it is painful beyond words to experience such a situation. Each passing day they are bewildered as they notice the other person is inexplicably pulling away from them. In 'Candy' Paolo sings about a man who finds himself in such a situation, and he uses the word 'candy' to try and explain that 'feeling' experienced during the early part of a relationship. The 'feeling' he is talking about is the utter joy they had before, and which he now fears he is losing, and he yearns for it to return. That is why he begs once more for 'candy'.


    It's a sore learning Paolo, but you're the better for it. The hurt will heal, and you will know by now that it really is better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all.
    God bless ye wee man.
    strugglerCoGon August 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Are you people really that damn naive? You really think candy is a metaphor for love?? Pay attention children. He's talking about sex. He's simply stating that he will do anything that she wants if she will just sleep with him one more time before he leaves out... hence the you have a lot to offer baby but i guess ive taken quite enough im just a stain on there on your bedsheet. you poor kids are just obsessed with love. get over it.
    jeffballew911on July 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song is about the spark(candy) in relationships and finding it after it is lost.

    "Darling I'll bathe your skin
    I'll even wash your clothes
    Just give me some candy"

    He is basically saving I will do anything to save us
    kla1957on July 24, 2009   Link

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