"All I Ever Wanted" as written by and Stephen Chen Mikel Frans Jollett....
I can only say these things to you while you're sleeping
I hear the hum from the wires the sounds of the morning creepin'
So I lie awake and pretend you can hear me

Tell that you're scared of turning into your mother
I feel myself turn into my father
We could lie to each other like they do and say we're so happy
It's easy when you're young and you still want it so badly

And I feel my heart pounding
And I think I might scream

I can tell you that you're all I ever wanted, dear
And I can utter every word that you ever hoped to hear
I shudder when I think that I might not be here forever, forever, forever

Tonight you whisper like a ghost and you look so shaken
You're so quiet and small and you tell me you want to be taken
I just never think of you as the kind of girl that would say that
You suddenly seem like some faceless thing in my grasp

You eyes so wide, your face aglow
It's the face of someone I don't know

I can tell you that you're all I ever wanted, dear
And I can utter every word that you've ever hoped to hear
I shudder when I think that I might not be here forever, forever, forever

All I can think is that it must be a kind of rebellion
To arm your fears like soldiers and slay them

I can tell you that you're all I've ever wanted, dear
Thorough the din of your breathing while you're sleeping here
You wake and you ask me
If I'm going to be here forever, forever, forever

Your face so expressive
And your eyes a lie
I wanna to tell you I can change them
When you cry at night
But I'd be lying
Love is defying


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"All I Ever Wanted" as written by Steve Chen Mikel Frans Jollett

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  • +3
    General CommentI saw this song performed live, and I cried during it.
    It's such an emotional song I'm sure alot of people can relate too.
    When I saw them in concert, I was with my boyfriend with who we were having some relationship problems.
    And this song just hit home.
    It's a very very very good song.

    It's basically just talking about a young couple that really isnt working but they try to hold onto the relationship anyways.
    recyledxphraseson October 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI can only say these things to you when youre sleeping
    I hear the hum from the wires the sounds of the morning creep in
    I lie awake and pretend you can hear me

    You tell me that youre scared that you're turning into your mother
    I feel myself turn into my father
    we could lie to each other like they do and say were so happy
    its easy when youre young and you still want it so badly

    I feel my heart burning
    and I think that I might scream

    I can tell you that youre all I ever wanted, dear
    I can utter every word you'd ever hope to hear
    I shudder when I think that I might not be here forever, forever, forever

    At night you whisper like a ghost and you look so shaken
    You're so quiet and small and you tell me you want to be taken
    I just never think of you as the kind of girl who would say that
    You suddenly seem like some faceless thing in my grasp
    Your eyes so wide your face a glow
    It's the face of someone I don't know

    I can tell you that youre all I've ever wanted, dear
    I can utter every word you'd ever hope to hear
    I shudder when I think that I might not be here forever, forever, forever

    all I could think is that it must be a kind of rebellion
    To own your fears like soldiers and to slay them.

    I can tell you that youre all I ever wanted, dear
    Through the din of your breathing while youre sleeping here
    you wake and ask me if I'm gonna be here forever, forever, forever

    Your face all twisted and your eyes a lie
    I want to tell you I can change it when you cry at night
    But Id be lying
    Love is defying
    Were slowly dying
    200DiscChangeron April 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionThe lyrics from the live performance at the Disney Concert Hall:

    I can only say these things to you while you’re sleeping
    I hear the hum from the wires and the sounds of the morning creeping
    I lie awake and pretend you can hear me

    You tell me that you’re scared that you’re turning into your mother
    I feel myself turning into my father
    As we lie to each other like they do and say we’re so happy
    It’s easy when you’re young and you still want it so badly

    I turn over again and feel my heart beating faster
    I stare out the window and I think I might scream
    And I could tell you that you’re all I’ve ever wanted dear
    I could utter ever word you’ve ever hoped to hear
    I shudder when I think that I might not be here forever, forever, forever

    And the time when we were alone together at the station
    You were so quiet like a child and you told me you want to be taken
    Just never thought of you as the kind of girl who would do that
    You suddenly seem like some faceless thing in my grasp

    And I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t find it exciting
    Your eyes all wet your face so warm and inviting
    And I could tell you that you’re all I’ve ever wanted dear
    I could utter ever word you’ve ever hoped to hear
    I shudder when I think that I might not be here forever, forever, forever

    I could tell you that I’m always gonna love you like the virgin bride you were that night but
    I’d be lying
    Love is defying

    And all I can think is that it must be a kind of rebellion
    So on these fears like soldiers and slay them
    And I could tell you that you’re all I’ve ever wanted dear
    Through the dead of your breathing while you’re sleeping here
    And you waken and you ask me if I’m gonna be here forever, forever, forever

    Your face so twisted and your eyes alight
    I want to tell you I can save you when you cry at night but
    I’d be trying
    Love is defying
    Won’t you stop crying?
    dustycottonon February 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionThere are definitely different version, the best I've seen on youtube is the 'bombastic one' - however, there are lyrics that people seem to consistently get wrong that are the same in every version I've heard...

    On this site:
    We�re on these fears like soldiers and we slay them.

    What I hear:
    To ARM these fears like soldiers and slay them

    Arming soldiers, giving them guns - makes more sense and now that you know it I'm sure you'll hear it too
    GrimGrizon October 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWhen I first listened to this song it sounded like in most of it he was singing of a relationship falling to bits and how he felt like he was just going through the motions. Then end it takes a turn and he is saying these are just fears. Once he slays them in his mind he knows he truly does love her.
    Now that I've seen the video (youtube.com/…
    FyreFiendon September 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrect lyrics as well:

    I can only say these things to you when youre sleeping
    I hear the hum from the wires and the sounds of the morning creep in
    So I lie awake and I hope that you cant hear me

    I can tell that youre so scared of turning into your mother
    I feel myself turn into my father
    So we can lie to each other like they do and say were still happy
    I guess its easy when youre young and you know you still want it so badly

    I turn over again and I feel my heart beating faster
    I stare out the window and I think that I might scream

    I can tell you that youre all I ever wanted, dear
    And I still utter every word as I hold you near
    But I shudder when I think that we might not be here forever, forever, forever

    And then we find ourselves alone at the station
    And you smile like a child and you told me you want to be taken
    I never thought youd were the kind of girl that would say that
    And you suddenly seem like some faceless thing in my breast
    Id be lying if I said that I didnt find it exciting
    Your eyes all wet and your face so warm and inviting

    I can tell you that youre all I ever wanted, dear
    And I utter every word as I hold you near
    But I shudder when I think that I might not be here forever, forever, forever

    Id tell you that Im always gonna love you like some pristine doll that you hold at night
    Id be lying
    Love is defying

    And all I could think is that there must be some kind of rebellion
    To all these fears like soldiers and we slay them.

    So I can tell you that youre all I ever wanted, dear
    I still feel you breathing while youre sleeping here
    And you wake and ask me if I thought Id be here forever, forever, forever

    Your face all twisted and your eyes a lie
    I want to tell you I dont see you when you cry at night
    But Id be lying
    Love is defying
    Were slowly dying


    All the sound qualities are bad, so these proally arent 100 percent either.
    recyledxphraseson October 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgorgeous song. i think he switches up the lyrics for each show, or otherwise hasn't settled yet, so we probably won't know the official lyrics until the studio version comes out. for instance, sometimes he sings "i could utter every word as i hold you near," but in some versions it sounds like "i could utter every word you ever hoped you'd hear." also, sometimes he says "pristine doll," but others he says "virgin bride." so, yeah. but i absolutely cannot wait to have a studio version of this song, just so that i can have one that is good quality. i have two different live versions of it on my ipod and i listen to them all the time. the song is gorgeous.
    tinto1123on January 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThese are the lyrics from the CD booklet:

    I can only say these things to you when you're sleeping.
    I hear the hum from the wires, the sounds of the morning creep in.
    I lie awake pretending you can hear me.

    You tell me you're scared that you're turning into your mother.
    I feel myself turn into my father.
    We could lie to each other like they do and say we're still happy.
    It's easy when you're young and you still want it so badly.
    I feel my heart pounding and think I might scream.

    I can tell you that you're all I've ever wanted, Dear.
    I can utter every word you've ever hoped to hear.
    I shudder when I think I might not be here forever.

    All the nights we whisper like ghosts and you look so shaken.
    You're so quiet and small, you tell me you want to be taken.
    I just never think of you as the kind of girl who would say that.
    You suddenly seem like some faceless thing in my grasp.

    Your eyes alight, your face aglow.
    It's the face of someone I don't know.

    I can tell you that you're all I've ever wanted, Dear.
    I can utter every word you've ever hoped to hear.
    I shudder when I think I might not be here forever.

    And all I can think is that it must be a kind of rebellion -
    To arm your fears like soldiers and slay them.

    I can tell you that you're all I ever wanted, Dear,
    Through the din of your breathing while you're sleeping here,
    You wake and ask me if I'm going to be here forever.
    Your face so twisted and your eyes alight,
    I want to tell you I can change it when you cry at night, but I'd be lying.

    Love is defying.
    Lynnafredon December 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, cannot wait til the album drops. I can relate with this song so well...
    Kixur413on February 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe album version is amazing... I can't stop listening to this cd!
    Kixur413on April 26, 2011   Link

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