How've you been? Can I come in?
Just came to get my things and then I guess I'm leaving
If I could say what you'd like to hear
I'd whisper in your ear it's only temporary
But I've been taking you for granted

I thought you'd feel the same as me
It's time that I come clean, but
But for now can we just both pretend to sleep
Sometimes the one you want is not the one you need
What goes around don't come around
You should know me by now

Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
I should know you as well
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me by now

Our talk is small, I'm seven inches tall
And you should keep the apartment
So here's my keys, changed all the bills
We're only built to spill and wonder where the heart went
You've been taking me for granted.

I thought you'd feel the same as me
It's time that I come clean, but
But for now can we just both pretend to sleep
Sometimes the one you want is not the one you need
What goes around don't come around
You should know me by now

Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
I should know you as well
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me by now

I know that I remember you
I think that you remember me too
How can one of us still feel blessed when the other one's lost
I know you've got to feel the change
It just gets worse when it stays the same
How can one of us still feel blessed when the other one's so lost

By now
Oh yeah

Sometimes the one you want is not the one you need
What goes around don't come around
Don't you know me by now?

Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
I should know you as well
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than
You should know me by now


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  • +1
    General CommentAnother great song of the album

    I would say the main line is 'Sometimes the one you want is not the one you need'
    he loved the idea of having this person and never really got to know this person
    therefore leading to it not working sadly
    that's my opinion
    jamez09on January 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSome probably won't feel the same, but I just felt like I should share my interpretation.

    I don't believe this song was written with the purpose of it coming across as only a love song. I think it's more about that one person who is always there for you, whether it be a close friend or a lover, it's that one person. But then, all the sudden that person isn't there anymore. Kind of like the relationship was a teeter totter, one end feels so much differently then the other.

    'Sometimes the one you want, is not the person you need.'

    We want that one person who is always there for us, and though we feel we need them, sometimes they aren't the one we need. Sometimes that person and you just weren't meant to have whatever connection you thought you had.

    Err... The more I write this the more I feel I have a bad interpretation. Oh, well! Suits the situation I'm in, so I'll keep it. :P
    theAteamon June 19, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationStory of my life once upon a time. A relationship between two people is ending but they don't want to face it; they just want to "pretend to sleep," instead of talking about it.
    "Sometimes the one you want is not the one you need,"
    LyricalSymphonyon June 30, 2013   Link
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    General CommentHow've you been? Can I come in?
    Just came to get my things and then I guess I'm leaving

    They broke up, and he was coming back to the apartment to get his stuff, it's super awkward because of what had happened between them.

    If I could say what you'd like to hear
    I'd whisper in your ear it's only temporary
    But I've been taking you for granted

    He would like to say what she wants, that everything is temporary and it will go back to the way it was, but it's not true. He can't lie like that. He's been taking there relationship for granted and now it's over, and it's never going back to how it was.

    I thought you'd feel the same as me
    It's time that I come clean, but
    But for now can we just both pretend to sleep
    Sometimes the one you want is not the one you need
    What goes around don't come around
    You should know me by now

    He thought she loved him the way he loved her, but she actually didn't. It should be the time that he tells the truth, but he's going to put it off, and pretend to sleep. Just because he loves her doesn't mean she loves him back. She should know all of this by now, but she doesn't.

    Better than, better than, better than
    You should know me
    Better than, better than, better than
    You should know me
    Better than, better than, better than
    You should know me
    Better than, better than, better than
    I should know you as well
    Better than, better than, better than
    You should know me
    Better than, better than, better than
    You should know me
    Better than, better than, better than
    You should know me
    Better than, better than, better than
    You should know me by now

    She should know him by now, know it by now. There's things he's been keeping from her but also things that she hasn't picked up on.

    Our talk is small, I'm seven inches tall
    And you should keep the apartment
    So here's my keys, changed all the bills
    We're only built to spill and wonder where the heart went
    You've been taking me for granted.

    They're talking, but it's nothing imortant, just mindless chatter. He feels small, and nothing he says seems to matter. He's giving up, he wants to leave so bad and he just gives up everything, gives her the apartment and leaves. They're only created to tear themselves apart and wonder what happened. He realizes that he hasn't been taking her for granted, it's the other way around.

    I know that I remember you
    I think that you remember me too

    He remembers who she used to be, and he is hoping she remembers who he used to be, because they're different people now.

    How can one of us still feel blessed when the other one's lost
    I know you've got to feel the change
    It just gets worse when it stays the same
    How can one of us still feel blessed when the other one's so lost

    He's questioning how she can she be happy when he's falling apart. He knows she knows things have changed yet he's frusturated that she acts like things are fine. They continue to descend into madness because they're not doing anything about it.

    Sometimes the one you want is not the one you need
    What goes around don't come around
    Don't you know me by now?

    Just because he wants to be with her doesn't mean it's the right thing to do to stay. he doesn't need this, even though he wants it.
    Emnm2468on December 17, 2014   Link

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