"Don't Do It" as written by and Sharon Van Etten....
Said you need to do it,
'Cause you can't feel it tonight,
Well you can if you want to,
Want to take you outside,
Want to show you the sky,
To remind you why you shouldn't,

Do your worst if you can,
Do your worst if you can do it,
You can if you want,
You can take it, yeah, you want to run,
Said you wanted to then kissed the gun,
You can if you want to,

And you want to do it,
And you want to do it,
If you want to do it,
You are going to do it,
Even if I don't want you to,

Say it outright,
That you don't want to see me tonight,
And you won't if you don't want to,
Hide it from me if you must,
Hide it from me if you don't trust,
Anything I say right to you,

And you want to do it,
If you want to do it,
You will if you want to,
And you want to do it,
If you want to do it,
You will if you want to,

And you want to do it,
And you want to do it,
If you want to do it,
You are going to do it,
Even if I don't want you to,

I was inside,
Painting your name on the window,
I was somewhere in sight,
And I wanted to find out why you're hiding,
I was tired of the fight,

Look me in the eyes, say you can't do it,
Look me in the eyes, say you can't do it,
but you will if you want to,
Look me in the eyes, say you can't do it,
Look me in the eyes, say you can't do it,
but you will if you want to,

And you want to do it,
And you want to do it,
If you want to do it,
You are going to do it,
Even if I don't want you to,

Shake it down,
So much better,
Tell me that you don't know what you do,

And you want to do it,
If you want to do it,
You will if you want to,
And you want to do it,
If you want to do it,
You will if you want to,
And you want to do it,
If you want to do it,
You will if you want to,

I wish I could make you right.


Lyrics submitted by goonerfan, edited by wdrd

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    General Commentfrom the cd booklet:


    Said you need to do it 'cause you can't feel it tonight
    Well you can if you want to
    Want to take you outside, want to show you the sky
    To remind you why you shouldn't.
    Do your worst if you can, do your worst if you can do it.
    You can if you want. You can take it -- yeah, you want to run.
    Said you wanted to then kissed the gun.
    You can if you want to do it.
    And you want to do it, and you want to do it
    If you want to do it, you are going to do it,
    even if I don't want you to.
    Say it outright that you don't want to see me tonight
    and you won't if you don't want to
    Hide it from me if you must hide it from me
    if you don't trust anything I say right to you.
    And you want to do it, if you want to do it
    You will if you want to.
    And you want to do it, if you want to do it,
    you will if you want to.
    And you want to do it, and you want to do it,
    if you want to do it, you are going to do it,
    even if I don't want you to.
    I was inside painting your name on the window
    I was somewhere in sight.
    And I wanted to find out why you're hiding
    I was tired of the fight.
    Look me in the eyes say you can't do it,
    look me in the eyes say you can't do it,
    but you will if you want to.
    Look me in the eyes say you can't do it,
    look me in the eyes say you can't do it,
    but you will if you want to.
    And you want to do it, and you want to do it.
    If you want to do it, you are going to do it,
    even if I don't want you to.

    Shake it down. So much better.
    Tell me that you don't know what you do.

    And you want to do it, if you want to do it
    You will if you want to.
    And you want to do it, if you want to do it
    You will if you want to.
    And you want to do it, if you want to do it
    You will if you want to.

    I wish I could make you right.
    TheWrongGirlon March 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere were one or two spots where i was unsure of the words, if anyone else has corrections go for it :)

    such an awesome and powerful song, her voice is just total perfection.

    seems very obviously to be about her talking someone down from committing suicide
    goonerfanon October 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHi Goonerfan, thanks for the lyrics.

    I'm not sure, but where you have "I was terrified" the lyrics may actually be "I was tired of the fight".

    I like the thought that she may have purposely sung that line in a way that says both, if that makes sense.

    Beautiful song.
    Kittenclawon February 06, 2011   Link
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    General Commentsorry, goonerfan -- i said i'd post these quite a while ago. does anyone actually know if the lyrics are inside the booklet? for some reason, whenever i buy a cd from itunes, i can never get the artwork. (i know, i know... who buys cds??) anyway, this is just going by ear, so corrections are welcome:

    said you need to do it
    'cause you can't feel it tonight
    well, you can if you want to
    wanna take you outside
    wanna show you the sky
    to remind you why you shouldn't

    do your worst if you can
    do your worst if you can do it
    you can if you want
    you can take a year, you want to run
    said you wanted to, then kiss(ed) the gun
    you can if you want to

    and you want to do it
    and you want to do it
    if you want to do it
    you are going to do it
    even i don't want you to

    say it outright
    that you don't wanna see me tonight
    and you won't if you don't want to
    hide it from me if you must
    hide it from me if you don't trust
    anything i say right to ya

    and you want to do it
    if you want to do it
    you will if you want to
    and you want to do it
    if you want to do it
    you will if you want to

    and you want to do it
    and you want to do it
    if you want to do it
    you are going to do it
    even i don't want you to

    i was inside
    painting your name on the window
    i was somewhere in sight
    and i wanted to find out why you're hiding
    i was tired of the fight

    look me in the eye, say you can't do it
    look me in the eye, say you can't do it
    but you will if you want to
    look me in the eye, say you can't do it
    look me in the eye, say you can't do it
    but you will if you want to

    and you want to do it
    and you want to do it
    if you want to do it
    you are going to do it
    even i don't want you to

    shake it down
    so(sound) much better
    tell me that you don't know what you do

    and you want to do it
    if you want to do it
    you will if you want to
    and you want to do it
    if you want to do it
    you will if you want to
    and you want to do it
    if you want to do it
    you will if you want to

    i wish i could make you right
    TheWrongGirlon March 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAt first i thought it was about drug abuse but if you keep hearing the lines over and over you come across the lines "Said you wanted to then kissed the gun" and it' an object she's talking about that he has "Hide it from me if you must" she doesn't want to see the gun at all she can't stand him wanting to end his life. I agree with the first comment about committing suicide.
    CrystalCastleson April 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAt first i thought it was about drug abuse but if you keep hearing the lines over and over you come across the lines "Said you wanted to then kissed the gun" and it' an object she's talking about that he has "Hide it from me if you must" she doesn't want to see the gun at all she can't stand him wanting to end his life. I agree with the first comment about committing suicide.
    CrystalCastleson April 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentShe did struggle with a person who had drug issues but it is interwoven for her person struggles and alludes to a desire for suicide but i think in a song from a NYC TAPES website she opens up about how she would have killed herself in Tennessee if it wasn't for her other friend.
    Love this girls voice.
    Belovedlifeon April 24, 2011   Link

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