Said the voice from afar:
Everything you ever told me
could have been a lie, we
may never have been in love.
Stuck on thinking that there is
always something to lose,
or a hit from above.

I don't need what I'm holding
onto to. I wish I knew.

But meanwhile

Fluctuations are aching my
soul, Expectation is taking its
toll. Fluctuations are aching
my soul'cause everything you
ever told me could have been
a lie we may never have
been in love.

And then I will escape, I'll
never ever have to see another
disappointed face, no one to
please. Every now and then,
it feels like, in all of the uni-
verse, there is nobody for me.

I told myself I wouldn't care,
no I wouldn't care.
But when she said she'd come
round I combed my hair,
yes I checked my hair.

Fluctuations are aching
my soul,Expectation is
taking its toll.


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  • +3
    General CommentAbsolute gem of a song..this has to be my fave Tame Impala song <3
    liintuon August 08, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSuch a great song. This brought back memories of how I felt when I ended the relationship with my first love. Thoughts of how it all could have been a lie based on how expectations of "love" and how I couldn't let go because I felt there may have been so much to lose.
    1ntr3p1dtrav3l3ron December 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionthe lyrics are so haunting and memorable, hits home to me. i love how most of the songs from Innerspeaker are lyrically relatable to everyday life. everything is perfectly worded in this song describing a relationship that was led under false pretense. amazing.
    scorpiorising85on October 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctiongorgeous song, and i really feel it big time..

    just correcting a lyric though--where you wrote 'hit from above'..i'm pretty sure it's 'hint from above' as it is some kind of celestial idea coming to the person..just think it makes more sense to me because he talks about how theyre thinking there's something to lose or looking for excuse or something
    langosteon January 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI don't need what I'm holding on to, but is that a good enough reason to leave this relationship? I wish I knew. I've recently come out of a 5 year relationship and I feel exactly like this. I could have stayed. My ex didn't understand. I'm going through changes even I don't understand. I'm not even sure what I want. I wish I knew.

    The horrible thing is I've had brief romances with a couple of people since. And then I will escape, I'll never ever have to see another disappointed face, no one to please. Every now and then, it feels like, in all of the uni-verse, there is nobody for me.
    BadBansheeon October 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song definitely hits home with me "everything you ever told me could've been a lie we may never have been in love" "I told myself I wouldn't care no I wouldn't care, but when you said you'd come around I combed my hair" you always have expectations that the next one will be "the one" and with each failure the expectations keep taking a greater and greater toll on your will to continue
    kenw268on November 16, 2013   Link

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