All of the books
On my shelf are unread
I keep them there
So that they will impress
When you come to stay
You'll be swept away

As you thumb through the spines
I'm sure that you'll be mine
When your eyes rest upon
Miranda DuLisle
She's a fiery way with words
Or so you have heard
From your friends

And, what will you do
With those hopeless two
Both pretending to be literature lovers instead

La da da
La da da
La da da da da da da
La da da
La da da
La da da da

They can print a thousand pages
All the paper filled with words
And a multitude of metaphors
That I have never heard
Makes no difference to me
In the end, well, I'll say "I've read it all"

But as the weight of these words
Start to settle in my mind
I'll never wait for a person
To genuinely find
Something deep inside myself
Something more than just the books on my shelf

And, what will you do
With those hopeless two
Both pretending to be literature lovers instead

All of the books
On my shelf are unread
I keep them there
So that they will impress
When you come to stay
You'll be swept away

And me, I am just like
The books on my shelf
You have never read my cover
I have never read myself
There are words to be saved, and,
Words to be erased

And, what will you do
With those hopeless two
Both pretending to be literature lovers instead
Both pretending to be literature lovers instead


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Literature Lovers song meanings
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    My InterpretationThis song is about how this girl tries to impress people, specifically lovers, with her intelligence, 'the books on [her] shelf' perhaps being literal or metaphorical. The fact that she hasn't read any of the books demonstrates how she is attempting to be something she isn't because she may think it will make her seem more attractive, or perhaps because she likes praise. However, the last verse is a self-reflection, exploring how this girl (ironically) doesn't want to try and understand herself, and neither does anyone else, perhaps because she knows she is fooling people for her pride. Essentially, this is about keeping secrets from yourself because you care so much what other people think. Intriguingly, the chorus evaluates how both the lovers are pretending, and the fact that the girl notices this suggests that the meaning of this song is softer and more light-hearted than the verses imply, 'hopeless two' connoting silliness rather than some kind of failure or human weakness.
    esalanon June 12, 2017   Link

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