"Lingering Still" as written by and Zooey Deschanel....
I like to learn things slow
I like learning a lot
I like to get it all again and in the end
You know you get what you got
I like to mean what I say
But it don't always come through
'Cause if I say it all again, again, again
It doesn't make it all true

And the world's like a science
And I'm like a secret
And I saw you lingering still, still
I saw you lingering still

It's all just news to me
Don't really care if it hurts
'Cause if I knock it I won't know it
Then I know that it will only get worse
He was different at first
But then he won't understand
Because he's never gonna know me
If he doesn't want to just shake my hand

And the world's like a science
And I'm like a secret
And I saw you lingering still, still
I saw you lingering still

And the world's like a science
And I'm like a secret
And I saw you lingering still, still
I saw you lingering still

And the world's like a science
And I'm like a secret
And I saw you lingering still
I saw you lingering still


Lyrics submitted by jaynecobb, edited by kakuncio

"Lingering Still" as written by Zooey Deschanel

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    My OpinionI always felt like this was about a woman who felt a connection with a man she barley meant at job (or coffee shop, party, bar, - anywhere really) but is unsure if the man felt that connection too.

    The first phases make me think this girl is no rush to start a relationship with this guy. She likes to learn along the way, even if going slow means making mistakes. Then, in the next few lines, she's preferring to expressing what she feels (I like to mean what I say), however, what she feels on the inside, doesn't ways come out right on the outside, leaving the other person in confusion as she mumbles things out of nerves. Ultimately, she'll start saying things that aren't true. (Because if I say it all again, again, again - It doesn't make it all true).

    In the main chorus lines, I think it shifts points of views between how the other person (man) feels, then back to the girl's. The girl 'is a secret' he has, he might like her, but the 'world is like a science', meaning he can't express his feelings because the world is not ready for it yet (or won't agree with it). (Basically like science, it's confusing, and is usually missing bits of information. For example a scientist who loves his job but believes in God; that's his "secret".) By 'lingering', it simply means that even though their relationship is at a still, he still hangs around her, making her feel there's still hope for whatever is next.

    Then, the 'It's all just news to me, Don't really care if it hurts' is talking about possibly things or rumors the girl hears about the guy - yet she's heard so much, it doesn't really hurt, she just wants to know more about him. This:'Because if I knock it I won't know it, Then I know that it will only get worse' Is talking about her curiosity about the 'news' she's heard about him. She knows that if she gets involved she might make things worse between them. Having this to her knowledge, she moves along and decides not to 'knock on his door'.

    Then she talks about how he was when they first saw each other. He seemed genuine and real, and that's what caught her attention about him. But then, when she tried to approach him, to get to know him - he won't even 'shake her hand'. She wants to get to know the guy, but the guy seems to be standing still - 'Because he's never going to know me, If he doesn't want to just shake my hand'.

    Then it goes back to the chorus lines where she's left wondering with hope and confusion. The world's like a science, and she's like a secret. This is my interpretation about the song, maybe about two completely different people (opposites) finding they might have more then common then what they thought ?

    I love this song, btw. Overall, I view this as a happy song with a clam tone - hope. <3
    BeautyWithPersonalityon February 09, 2012   Link
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    General Commentit is "knock" it not "know"
    hearthatsongagainon March 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh, whoops.
    i fixed it
    jaynecobbon March 24, 2010   Link

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