"Solitaire" as written by and Jeff Tweedy....
Once I thought the world was crazy
Everyone was sad and chasing
Happiness and love and
I was the only one above it

Once I thought without a doubt
I had it all figured out
Universe with hands unseen
I was cold as gasoline

Took too long to think
I was wrong to believe, in me only

Once my life was a game so unfair
It beat me down and kept me there
Unaware of my naysayer
Solitaire was all I was playing

Took too long to see
I was wrong to believe, in me only

Lyrics submitted by asianschoolgirl

"Solitaire" as written by Mikael Jorgensen Nels Cline

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  • +1
    General CommentThe words of this song are sort of connected to the other song in this album: "Deeper down"
    That song start with "He felt the insult of a kiss" and ends with "He felt the comfort of a kiss"
    The ability to accept love is something we learn with time.
    The message also reminds of the Beatles song "Help":
    When I was younger, so much younger than today,
    I never needed anybody's help in any way,
    But now these days are gone and I'm not so self assured,
    Now I find I've changed my mind I've opened up the doors

    OddHaton July 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel a little differently about this song, that is I don't think it's coming to a point where you think that happiness can occur by some action taking place in the outer world we live in. But at first I felt the same way as you Ninalapinta-but see that's it! That's the song to me. That my thoughts are your thoughts too, and how foolish of me to isolate myself from others, and proclaim myself as holier than thou.
    benjaminteddyon September 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSolitaire is a losing game. The odds of winning are not very good. So when he says that's all he was playing, it's a metaphor for him being a loser basically.
    PrenticeGTon May 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsavation in monogamy, i guess tweedy deserves it
    stengalion June 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPfff...I really liked this song's melody, but then when I focused on the lyrics I was sooo disappointed. He sums up everything I disagree with...lack of self esteem, constant need for other people...he's saying that you need other people to be truly happy...I think it's the opposite. I think you can be truly happy only when you reach happiness by yourself, without anyone or anything. Of course I'm not talking about completely refusing other people, but...we should just keep in mind that we are worth also as individuals...by the way...good song...for the melody. It's a pity that I really can't relate to it, and it annoys
    me listening to those words...always the same point of view...when will someone dare to see things from
    a different perspective?
    Ninalapintaon July 06, 2009   Link
  • -2
    General CommentNo man is an island. I think that's the message here. It's easy to look at the world with contempt and think that you're running your own race, that you don't need anyone else. But that's a very lonely road to walk. One needs to have faith in others as well, whether that faith is in God or loved ones or whomever. It's not a bad thing to rely on other people for help and encouragement. That way you can also return the favour and be a source of help and encouragement to them.
    NorthWriteron May 18, 2009   Link

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