"All I Want" as written by and James Jeremiah Murphy....
Wait for the day you come home from the lonely park
Look for the girl who has put up with all of your shit
You've never needed anyone for so long

You look in the bed; you've been gone for too long
To put in the time, but it's too late to make it strong

And all I want is your pity
Oh all I want are your bitter tears
Yeah, all I want is your pity
At least all I want are your bitter tears

All I want is your pity
Oh all I want are your bitter tears
Yeah, all I want is your pity
Oh all I want are your bitter tears

When will it start getting dark and the girls are gone
So you're back again and into the late unknown
You never needed anything for so long

All I want is your pity
And all I want are your bitter tears
Now all I want is your pity
And all I want are your bitter tears

From now on, I'm someone different
'Cause it's no fun to be predicting
From now on, there's
'Cause I just want what I want

Take me home
Take me home
Take me home
Take me home


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  • +5
    General CommentI think the is the best song in the album along with "Home", which is kind of interesting I since think they portray kind of the same message. I believe this talks about the moment James Murphy realizes he has to let go the band. Going back to your home after touring and realizing you are a stranger in your own house, practically begging his wife to notice him (the one who has put up with all his shit). Maybe at the beginning when he began touring they got into constant fights which ended in pity tears from her but now she just doesn´t care anymore, everyone just got used to live without him. I picture this moment kind of like in the Godfather II when Michael Corleone arrives to his house after going to Cuba and finds his house very cold and distant to him and notices he has been pushing away everyone around him, its a very devastating moment realizing you are completely alone, even Francis Ford Coppola said that he thought this was the worst punishment for a man.

    What I think is very interesting is the final distortion of the song. I don´t know but I really think thats how the mind feels with all this chaos going on and mixed feelings, you know, loving to tour and loving his band but also knowing that this is destroying his personal life. Its like the mind being very confused and in pain. I think he nailed that feeling in a sound, its really impressive for me. I believe he is going to be known as one of the greatest music geniuses of this century, his music is waaaaaay superior to almost anything I´ve heard.
    Arthoson September 10, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentwe can be heroes
    holguinon April 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"When will it start getting dark and the girls are gone
    So you're back again and into the late unknown"

    should be

    Wake up with a start, the dog and the girl are gone
    so you pack up your things and head off into the lame unknown
    partenopeion May 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe last part should be:

    From now on, I'm someone different
    'Cause it's no fun to be predictably lame
    From now on, there's true indifference
    'Cause I just want what I want
    brodiebankyazon May 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentexact lyrics from the album booklet:

    wait for the day you come home from the lonely part
    and look for the girl who has put up with all of your shit.
    you never have needed anyone for so long.

    you learn in your bed you've been gone for too long,
    so you put in the time, but it's too late to make it strong.

    now all i want is your pity,
    or all i want is your bitter tears.
    yeah all i want is your pity,
    or at least all i want are your bitter tears.

    wake with a start and the dog and the girl are gone.
    so you pack up your things and head into the lame unknown.
    you never had needed anyone for so long

    and now all i want is your pity.
    and all i want are your bitter tears.

    from now on i'm someone different
    cuz it's no fun to be predictably lame.
    from now on let's do it different
    cuz i just want what i want.

    take me home.
    kayemgeeon April 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction"pities" is "bitter tears" every single time.
    junglejapeson April 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song. My favourite from the album I think, though it's a tough call cause there are so many great ones. In essence it's about longing. Don't think it takes a rocket scientist.
    thecritic06on April 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what Interpol should have tried to sound like after Turn On The Bright Lights... oh my god that cd is dated
    css136on May 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas a very similar guitar and piano part to "Heroes" and I initially hated it for that reason since it seemed like a ripoff, but taking a closer look at the lyrics... they almost parallel "Heroes" in a way where this seems like a direct homage while Murphy also applies it to his own life.

    Really grew on me.
    ArsMoridenion February 29, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General Commentwent to the LCD show at Terminal 5 on Friday night (5/21/10) and I was the only one who loves this song :-(

    sounds VERY Strokes-ey to me.

    Love the lovelorn lyrics
    partenopeion May 23, 2010   Link

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