"The Listening" as written by David Thomson and Valerie Poxleitner....
Please excuse me, I'm not thinking clear
It must just be stress
But I likely shouldn't be here, I'm such a mess

I never really ever know what to say
When all of my emotions get in the way
I'm just trying to get us on the same page

I always get it better right afterward
When all the wrong impressions are said and heard
How come I can never get the right words, I need to convey
Wish I could explain the things that I have to work out

I don't feel right
What has come over me, I'm about
To lose my mind

I never really ever know what to say
When all of my emotions get in the way
I'm just trying to get us on the same page (Wish I could explain)

I always get it better right afterward
When all the wrong impressions are said and heard
How come I can never get the right words, I need to convey
Wish I could explain

Can I let the trees do the talking
Can I let the ground do the walking
Can I let the sky fill what's missing
Can I let my mouth do the listening, the listening

I never really ever know what to say
When all of my emotions get in the way
I'm just trying to get us on the same page

I always get it better right afterward
When all the wrong impressions are said and heard
How come I can never get the right words, I need to convey
Wish I could explain
What I mean to say


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"The Listening" as written by Valerie Poxleitner David Thomson

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  • +2
    General CommentPlease excuse me, I'm not thinking clear
    It must just be stress
    But I likely shouldn't be here
    I'm such a mess

    I never really ever know what to say
    When all of my emotions get in the way
    I'm just trying to get us on the same page
    I always get it better right afterwards
    When all the wrong impressions are said and heard
    How come I can never get the right words?
    I need to convey, Wish I could explain

    The things that I have to work out
    I don't feel right
    What has come over me, I'm about to lose my mind

    I never really ever know what to say
    When all of my emotions get in the way
    I'm just trying to get us on the same page
    I always get it better right afterwards
    When all the wrong impressions are said and heard
    How come I can never get the right words?
    I need to convey, Wish I could explain

    Can I let the trees do the talking?
    Can I let the ground do the walking?
    Can I let the sky fill what missing?
    And can I let my mouth do the listening?
    The listening

    I never really ever know what to say
    When all of my emotions get in the way
    I'm just trying to get us on the same page
    I always get it better right afterwards
    When all the wrong impressions are said and heard
    How come I can never get the right words?
    I need to convey, Wish I could explain what I mean to say
    triplextinaaon September 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentloveloveLOVE this song & soo excited for the new album!

    Great job on figuring out the lyrics! [:
    LovelyMauveon September 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI Love this Song.
    Can't Wait For The Full Album.

    I feel a connection to this song.
    Lights is the best :]
    2cute2bstraiton September 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOfficial lyrics were recently posted here:
    facebook.com/…

    Alecspen did a pretty good job for trying to figure out the lyrics by ear [:
    LovelyMauveon September 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim sure it's CAN not CAN'T I let....
    pastlimitfutureon December 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think she says, "when all the wrong impressions are said and heard."
    And instead of, "fight in it afterwards" I think she says right instead of it.

    Anyway, love this song and Lights. Can't wait for her new album.
    pattyveeon September 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment` Love , Love, Love LIGHTS !
    She's not like every other girl singer talking about love && boys :)
    x
    Keykeykinszx3on April 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationGoing by the official lyrics, I feel like the song is more or less straightforward. She's got a lot on her mind, so much that she can't speak clearly and she's really nervous. The things she says are coming out all wrong, and in the end, she wants to just kiss whoever she's trying to talk to and let that say everything she means to say. The bridge is exactly why I love this song so much. [:
    Kznon April 22, 2010   Link

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