"High Expectation" as written by Timothy John Gane and Laetitia Sadier....
Do you really want
To love someone
Who does not love you

Do you really want
To stab your
Enemy in the back

Stab him in front

I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.

Is it what you want
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.

Do you want to be the offshoot of delusion
Do you think they'll mind your decision
I'm sorry
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.

Do you feel you owe the errant foe
Anything at all

I don't, I don't, I don't, I sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I sorry.

Do you want to be the offshoot of delusion
give in to resignation
I'm sorry.
I won't, I won't, I won't, I sorry.
I won't, I won't, I won't, I sorry.
I won't, I won't, I won't, I sorry.

Do you feel you owe the errant foe
Anything at all
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.


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"High Expectation" as written by Timothy John Gane Laetitia Sadier

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    My InterpretationThe dynamic of this song is simple: it is a breakup that is asymmetrical. But the template for the song, who is speaking to whom, is very broad. In other words, multiple speaking positions can occupy the same lyrics. This song could be sung by the brokenhearted, the heartbreaker, or even as a dialogue between both. This interpretation of the song all turns on the generosity of the pronoun 'you'.

    In the opening it felt clear to me that she is speaking to herself when she asks whether 'you' want to love someone who doesn't love 'you' back. The answer is no.

    Do you really want
    To love someone
    Who does not love you

    I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.
    I don't, I don't, I don't, I'm sorry.

    This could be sung by someone who is being rejected, but it could also be sung by someone who is leaving her and speaking to him or herself using the pronoun 'you', as above. Consider the leaving lover saying: 'do you really want to love someone who does not love you?'. In this second interpretation, the second lover says 'I don't', no, I don't want to be with someone who doesn't love me, and that's why I'm leaving.

    In a third interpretation, the song is a dialogue where the 'I don't' refrain is an answer to the question posed by the other. One partner asks 'do you really want to love someone who does not love you' and the other answers 'I don't...'.

    The same interpretations can be applied to the other lines of the song with very little friction.

    Given the inherent multiplicity of the song, I see no reason that all three positions can't be at work at different points in the song, depending, perhaps, on what is relevant to your own life while listening. Maybe the brokenhearted is sometimes speaking to herself, sometimes it is the partner, and sometimes, and perhaps the most painful option of all, they are answering each other:

    I don't, I don't, I don't, I sorry.
    I don't, I don't, I don't, I sorry.
    I don't, I don't, I don't, I sorry.
    hearsongon January 27, 2017   Link

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