"Like Smoke" as written by Salaam Remi, Amy Winehouse and Nasir Jones....
I never wanted you to be my man
I just wanted to see what you could do, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I feel it my heart like you were there
I never wanted you, many times when I tried to set you right, it's just too hard
I never wanted you to be my man but I really couldn't control myself


Lyrics submitted by mkei, edited by miranders

"Like Smoke" as written by Salaam Remi Amy Winehouse

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    General Commentthis was finally a song that she felt some kind of redemption for the love history she's had...and with Nas, it was perfect, the lyrics and the flow are beyond perfection...i pray everyday that her death never happened
    ariana826on December 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo good listen to song at work on the bus when i get home one of my favs
    MacBlueson December 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've been listening to this song non-stop since I got the album. Amy is just absolutely wonderful.
    ivegotamouseon December 29, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti think the lyrics in the chorus are

    I never wanted you to be my man,
    I just needed company,
    Don't wanna get dependent on
    Your time or who you spend it on
    But I lose it when you look at me.

    Love this bitch man
    ariana826on December 16, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionO.K., I think I finally figured it out. There are two versions of the chorus: the first chorus and then the last two. The first, as printed in the liner notes, is:
    I never wanted you to be my man
    I just need your company
    Don't want to get dependent on
    Your time or who you spend it on
    Or lose the way you love me
    Like smoke I hung around
    And be your balance

    The second, used twice, is:
    I never wanted you to be my man
    I just needed company
    Don't want to get dependent on
    Your time or who you spend it on
    And lose the way you look at me
    Like smoke I hang around
    In the unbalance

    Great song.
    Ulmanoron January 22, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationUlmanor, "Like smoke, I hung around and be your balance" is incorrect (and doesn't make sense, grammatically), but you are right when you say that the lyric is "Like smoke, I hang around in the unbalance" rather than "unbalanceD", which seems to be the most common mix-up here. I fixed that and made some other edits to the lyrics on this page (still pending approval) so hopefully that will be fixed soon.

    My interpretation of this song (specifically, the chorus) is that she has developed more romantic feelings for a guy with whom she has a casual, sexual relationship. She knows that she's one of his many 'lady friends' and that he's too cool to settle down with her, but she doesn't want to break it off, so she's trying not to blow it with him by getting too clingy or revealing her true feelings and scaring him off... "I never wanted you to be my man, I just need your company" sounds to me like she's being a bit defensive, possibly after being accused of trying to tie him down or worm her way into a 'girlfriend' position, while "Don't wanna get dependent on your time or who you spend it on and lose the way you look at me" sounds more like her inner monologue as she's trying to remind herself to be cool and not let him catch on that she's become attached to him.

    I believe she's using a play on words with the phrase "hanging in the balance", which means to be reliant on some external factor that you can't control in order to survive or succeed (or in Amy's case, get what she wants)... She's holding her breath waiting for him to come around and fulfill her secret wish to be his one and only, even though she's pretty sure it won't happen. There is very little chance that she'll get what she wants, but she's choosing to stay anyway, because she thinks that breaking it off completely would be worse than being strung along (because in that scenario, at least she still gets to spend time with him). She's hanging in the UNbalance. Just my thoughts.

    Also, Nas kind of echoes that idea when he says "Like smoke, girls linger 'round a player"... he's a bit cocky and he knows that he can keep girls on the hook, getting what he wants from them sexually without having to commit, and that they'll keep coming back for more because his lovin' is just THAT good. lol. It's kind of true... a lot of women can't resist trying to tame the wild ones, even though they know all too well that they'll get scratched up a bit in the struggle!
    miranderson October 09, 2012   Link

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