"All I Want" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Boris Williams....
I don't want another lover
So don't keep holding out your hands
There's no room beside me
I'm not looking for romance
Say I'll be here, I'll be here
But there's no way you'd understand

All I want
All I want
All I want
When I don't even know myself

I don't want another partner
So don't try and break the spell
I can't even understand me
So don't think that you can help
When I say things and see things
That's no way on earth to tell

What I want
What I want
What I want
'Cos I don't even know myself

No-one wants to be lonely
But what am I to do?
I'm just trying to be honest
I don't want to hurt you too
When I'll be there, I'll be there
I know I sound confused

But all I want
All I want
All I want
All I want
All I want
See, all I want
All I want
Is to one day come to know myself


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"All I Want" as written by Laurence Andrew Tolhurst Boris Williams

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    General CommentI think she wants to know what she wants. She seems lost, and pulls away from relationships with people to avoid hurting them. And she knows she needs to sort herself out first, to come to an understanding with herself, before she can move on and let other people in. She knows only she can help herself, but she doesn't know how to, and just hopes that she'll get there one day. She's desperately lonely, but she knows she can't open up to other people without opening up to herself first.

    I really like this song.
    GaHeRiSon June 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpersonally, in how i relate to it, it's pretty simple to understand. what can you give another person, if you're not certain what you have to give? if you can't understand yourself, if you're unsure what it is you want, how can you let someone help? and, it's true, generally no one wants to be lonely, but it can be quite a struggle when you're lost, and confused, and just trying to figure things out. you're still finding out what it takes and how to be fulfilled or satisfied with yourself, at all, let alone completely (this can be a lifelong process). is there anything unreasonable in the idea of the inability "to be" for someone else, when you don't even know what that means? what would you, how should you be? what defines you, how do you represent yourself? when someone says they love you, what do they love you for? is it how you'd want to be loved? perhaps, some people just are, and they don't think so much about it. clearly, i'm not one of those people... :)
    TheWrongGirlon December 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about wanting to be happy-single, or sort yourself out before being involved with someone.
    Or, maybe as in my situation, kinda resisting any dating because you're still in love with someone else, and you dont want that to change, and so what you kinda say to ppl - like she's not dating, she doesnt want 'another' partner, and she's using this time to 'know herself' a little better. (i realise tht might sound creepy n weird, but he loves me too and i fly to england soon lol).
    Dorothy11on June 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentalso, it sounds like she's trying to explain something to someone that's not always so easy to say the right way... because it can so easily be misconstrued and taken personally. this seeems most evident just in your interpretations above about a past love, or another love, etc... none of which have anything to do with it, imo. i think the song's basically rather straightforward, and honest, as when she says, "i'm just trying to be honest, i don't want to hurt you too"... and, it is really easy to hurt someone by getting involved with them at a time when you're not ready to.
    TheWrongGirlon December 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhen woman is alone, everybody is suprised.... It is so uncommon to live on your own, choose another way. It is so usually to use people to fill in all our disadvantages, but when we don't know ourselves.... how can we gingerly be with others ? For me it is about it.
    vitnianon May 31, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentBehind all these thoughts that might sound confused there's one truth bigger than the rest:

    No-one wants to be lonely
    But what am I to do?

    I'm just trying to be honest
    I don't want to hurt you too

    She seems to be with someone who loves her but she doesn't, someone who, in different circumstances she would never be with, she's telling him and accepting for herself that she's using someone, this is no good but by the moment she's unable to refused the proposal, in a non-compromising way.

    When I'll be there, I'll be there

    This waekness moments when you wish you were stronger enough to face it all by yourself, but you realized you don't, you haven't got over the past. Obviously (like you say guys) she's dueling herself after a breakup.
    Deircasson August 03, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationBehind all these thoughts that might sound confused there's one truth bigger than the rest:

    No-one wants to be lonely
    But what am I to do?

    I'm just trying to be honest
    I don't want to hurt you too

    She seems to be with someone who loves her but she doesn't, someone who, in different circumstances she would never be with, she's telling him and accepting for herself that she's using someone, this is no good but by the moment she's unable to refused the proposal, in a non-compromising way.

    When I'll be there, I'll be there

    This waekness moments when you wish you were stronger enough to face it all by yourself, but you realized you don't, you haven't got over the past. Obviously (like you say guys) she's dueling herself after a breakup.
    Deircasson August 03, 2009   Link

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