"I See You" as written by Michael Holbrook Penniman and Walter N. Afanasieff....
I'm sitting across from you
And dreaming of the things I do
I don't speak, you don't know me at all

For fear of what you might do
I say nothing but stare at you
And I'm dreaming
I'm trippin' over you

Truth be told
My problems solved
You mean the world to me but you'll never know
You could be cruel to me
While we're risking the way that I see you
That I see you
That I see you
That I see you
That I see

Conversations
Not me at all
I'm hesitating
Only to fall
And I'm waiting, I'm hating everyone

Could it be you fell for me?
And any possible similarity
If its all, how would I know?
You never knew me at all but I see you
But I see you
But I see you
But I see you
But I see you

I'm standing across from you (But I see you)
I've dreamt alone, now the dreams won't do (But I see you)
I'm standing across from you (But I see you)
I've dreamt alone, now the dreams won't do (But I see you)

Truth be told, my problem solved
You mean the world to me
But you'll never know
You could be cruel to me
While we're risking the way that I see you
But I see you
But I see you
But I see you
But I see you

I'm standing across from you (But I see you)
I've dreamt alone, now the dreams won't do (But I see you)
I've dreamt alone, now the dreams won't do (But I see you)
I've dreamt alone, now the dreams won't do (But I see you)
I've dreamt alone, now the dreams won't do (But I see you)

But I see you
But I see you
But I see you


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"I See You" as written by Walter N. Afanasieff Michael Holbrook Penniman

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  • +6
    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song yet!! To me it's one of the most powerful songs on the entire album. Not to mention musically genius. I think this song is about falling for someone who knows nothing about you. But you've spent so much time thinking about them that they mean the world to you. It's about wanting to be with someone so badly that all you see is them in your mind. You think about them all day, every day. And if you could only let them know how you truly felt then maybe something could happen. MAYBE they would fall for you too. But until then, you keep dreaming.
    Campbell292on September 23, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTo me, this song is about a guy who is always sort of staring at the girl (or guy), across the room but is too nervous to actually go up and ask the person out.
    But after spending so much time dreaming about the girl/guy without even talking to them, the main guy is too scared that the girl/other guy won't live up to his dreams and he doesn't want it to end badly. He's built up this perfect image of the girl/guy but doesn't want to take a chance that s/he will say no so he just continue staring from afar.
    nightsky13on October 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOne of the best and most powerful songs i've heard in years.

    By far my favorite Mika song and my favorite song of the year.
    RetroDanceFreakon September 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me it feels like this person who's singing actually SAW how cruel that one can be. That he/she SEES him/her true appearance.

    I'm not sure how to explain it, but... try to imagine that these two in the lyrics actually know each other, that they even were in some kind of relationship. Suddenly one of them is hurt by the other one. He's afraid of talking to the one who hurt him, he won't be able to open to that one person anymore, or to trust him. And though he dreams they could be together once again, though this person means a whole world to him, he doesn't want to take chances anymore, in fear of risking his way of seeing this person. He doesn't want to conceive this person as cruel, doesn't want to admit it, but he perceives it anyway

    -> "You could be cruel to me
    While we're risking the way that I see you
    But I see you

    But I see you."
    Lillienon April 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove is Blind. I know this because you dont see me. This basicly sums the song up <3
    Kelly007on May 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song describes my feelings and situation perfectly...

    it is about loving someone who knows nothing about you, and you might know nothing about them as well. but the feeling when you have when you see them is just incredible. no matter what they do, they seem sepcial to you. you hope that one day he/she will see you as well, one day that he/she will wake up and wondering where you are and realizing that no one loved them more than you do. doesn't matter what he/she does to you, you forgive him/her and you tell yourself that they didn't mean it because that person is the only thing that matters to you now. you dream about everything that could happen between you too, you want miracles, you want him/her to give you a smile or simply just talk to you. these small conversations might mean nothing to them but it means the world to you. you see him/her as a person that you want to be with more than anything, you want him/her to give you a chance or just realize that you exist because all you see is him/her now.
    viclullabyon May 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that the song is about being in love with someone, you want to act so badly, to be with that someone, but at the same time you're scared that this person may hurt you, changing the way you see them.

    a beautiful, powerful, sad and awesome song. :)
    luiiisaon October 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou want them (and I think the other person too) but you know that it won't work.

    "Truth be told, My problems solved
    You mean the world to be but you'll never know
    You could be cruel to me
    While we're risking the way that I see you"

    LOVE this song, and the whole album so muxxxx!
    Dynahon October 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this song last night on Gossip Girl.
    I went to school today, and saw the guy I liked twice. But I already secretly know he has feelings for someone else, I think.
    Listening to this song I don't even know how to explain it, it is the story of what is going on.

    This song is about what it feels like to have unacquainted love. The repetition of "that I see you" is exactly what it means. This person sees you, realizes you, knows you're there. "That I see you" but you don't see me. Then towards the progression it says "BUT I see you" meaning BUT I do see you, I always have. This person is feeling the full affect, and letting the person know how "You'll never know, you could be cruel to me, I'm dreaming of the things I'd do...I don't speak, You don't know me at all"

    The person is saying how you are all that surrounds him/her. He/she notices you, dreams about you, but they won't speak because they realize YOU don't notice them. What is the point? You could be cruel to me, but I SEE YOU. You think you go unnoticed? I SEE YOU. I SEE YOU. I'm standing ACROSS FROM YOU, and I SEE YOU, yet you have the slightest realization, you DON'T REALIZE ME AT ALL.
    katewantscaliforniaon November 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the lyrics are "truth be told, my problem's old" not "my problem's solved."
    udokieron November 06, 2009   Link

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