"(Nice to Meet You) Anyway" as written by and Gavin Degraw....
I don't want to get too close
I don't want to get too close
You see this isn't where my head is
If you knew me I'm not like this
But I just found someone special
And that's really something special
If you knew me

Nice to meet you anyway
I believe you're very fine
Still I haven't got the time
Cause I just found someone special
And that's really something special
If you knew me

Nice to meet you anyway
And the sky opened up
With the soil of the sun
Dreaming of my true love
I don't mean to be so strange
But my life just took a change
Cause I just found someone special
And that's really something special
If you knew me

Nice to meet you anyway
And the sky opened up
With the soil of the sun
Dreaming of my true love
So before this goes too far
Let me tell you what you are
You're amazing, I'm attracted
But I'm terribly distracted
And I'm trying to be verbal
And I'm back into this circle
Cause I just found someone special
And that's really something special
If you knew me

Nice to meet you
Nice to meet you
Nice to meet you anyway [Repeats]


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"(Nice to Meet You) Anyway" as written by Gavin Degraw

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    General CommentI love this song. Its about being with someone and going out and meeting other people yet telling those other people that you have someone and are very much happy with that other person. Its saying back off nicely. I would hope any boyfriend would say this to a girl who tries to hit on him when he is in a relationship. But we all know this doesnt happen all the time.
    Jess0628on April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIf you've ever heard the Stripped version...I think I like it even better. Sounds really good toned down and smoothed out.

    Asta!!
    K-Wiseon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJess0628...you said it again. :)
    diegorockusaon September 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much n i agree with jess0628, its the type ofthing you woul dlove your bf 2 say if he was approached. i love gavinss voice its so sweet n i just love the song and i play it so loud and it sounds even better!
    nolovenogloryon July 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song, he nails it in the stripped version... I played this to a girlfriends bestfriend after she confronted me and made things awkard by saying she like me... Made her realise how much my girlfriend and her frined actually means to me! Great work Gav, awesome song...
    the_archangelon October 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI saw Gavin live last night in london and he was incredible. Better than on any cd I've ever heard. He did this song especially well, and it's one of my favourite. I agree with everyone, saying that while there may be some nice people that you meet, there'll always be the one you truly love!
    butterflies12345on November 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou know I never look at this song like that (although it does make a lot more sense). But honestly...when i first heard this song i thought it was about a guy who started dating someone and then soon later met someone else who had he not been dating this other person he would be interested in. "Before this goes too far let me tell you what you are...you're amazing, im attracted but im terribly distracted" Hes (ovbiously) attracted to this person because its not enough to throw away what he already has for something that unfamiliar.


    just my two cents though
    Just_for_youon January 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a guy who's afraid of love and dating etc. because of past experience, it has caused him to be that way.

    "I don't want to get too close"

    "You see this isn't where my head is
    If you knew me I'm not like this
    But I just found someone special
    And that's really something special
    If you knew me
    Nice to meet you anyway "

    He goes from girl to girl but he doesn't date them. He is just a good friend to them. He's falling for the girl but he tells himself that he shouldn't.

    "And the sky opened up
    With the soil of the sun
    Dreaming of my true love "

    "So before this goes too far
    Let me tell you what you are
    You're amazing, I'm attracted
    But I'm terribly distraced
    And I'm trying to be verbal
    And I'm back into this circle"

    He thinks she's amazing but he won't let himself get too close and get emotionally fucked up like he did in the past. So he goes back to his little "circle".

    That's what it means to me. But I could also see how it would mean that he's taken and he's not interested.
    ITRboi8c5on April 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a guy who's afraid of love and dating etc. because of past experience, it has caused him to be that way.

    "I don't want to get too close"

    "You see this isn't where my head is
    If you knew me I'm not like this
    But I just found someone special
    And that's really something special
    If you knew me
    Nice to meet you anyway "

    He goes from girl to girl but he doesn't date them. He is just a good friend to them. He's falling for the girl but he tells himself that he shouldn't.

    "And the sky opened up
    With the soil of the sun
    Dreaming of my true love "

    "So before this goes too far
    Let me tell you what you are
    You're amazing, I'm attracted
    But I'm terribly distraced
    And I'm trying to be verbal
    And I'm back into this circle"

    He thinks she's amazing but he won't let himself get too close and get emotionally fucked up like he did in the past. So he goes back to his little "circle".

    That's what it means to me. But I could also see how it would mean that he's taken and he's not interested.
    ITRboi8c5on April 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAfter porusing this site for a while, and reading the comments on this song, I felt compelled to join so I could share how this song is now my personal anthem. It's an anthem of frustration, but also of hope and respect.

    My best friend and I only became best friends after a year of knowing each other and then another year of knowing each other a little better... it was a rough start. This past fall semester we discussed his plans to study abroad, which was a debate that ended with him leaving for Spain and thusly, separating us for the first time in so many months. At the end of the fall semester we were closer than ever, and I was perfectly content to be best friends. I love how good we are at being friends. However, in those final weeks, I realized how much in love with him I was. Saying goodbye to him--well, "see you in five months" was the hardest thing I've had to do in a friendship. We had prepared for it, discussing how we would only grow stronger as friends. It was our test to endure.

    But there's a few glitches that complicate things...

    Our friendship had stemmed from involvement at our college. We had been involved in so much together and with the end of junior year approaching, we tinkered with the idea of running for student body president and vice-president. I loved the idea: it would give us more of a reason to talk every day. It would allow us to work together when he came back. I was so excited at the prospect!

    Then he called me from abroad on Valentine's Day... how sweet! No. Not sweet. In fact, quite sour. He broke me the awful news: He was in a relationship with a girl there. A girl from our college. I crippled at the news... she wasn't just any girl. She was the girl whom I would be living with in the fall.

    Why am I telling you this? I guess to get the story out there so it stops hurting so much... so if you care to see what happened next? keep reading.

    Well as luck would have it, we WON. My best friend became my vice-president overnight, and continued to be in a deep relationship with my roommate. I would call him and she'd answer his phone. I knew something was up--I knew everyone knew I had feelings for him, although I fought so hard to deny it to myself.

    And here we are, approaching July and they're still together. And he and I call each other everyday. Last night we went out to dinner and his family, so excited to meet his running mate, invited me to spend the night since we all had such fun later than I expected. He left the room on a phone call and then I knew it was too late--when he returned I asked him not to tell his girlfriend/my roommate that I'd be spending the night on the couch. He cringed, said he told her and that she was surprised. It ended in a fight between us as he asked when it would ever be normal for the three of us--I wanted to tell him never, that I'll never be okay with her dating him because I know so much about her past. I wanted to tell him that I feel ruined, unable to put up with any men that come into my life because they're not him. But I bite my tongue--I love him and love our friendship. I don't know how much longer I can deal with this hurt, minute after minute, day after day.

    So what does that all mean with this song? Heh. "Nice to meet you anyway" is how I feel about this man. Yeah, it's great that you're in my life but doesn't look like I can do much about it, so when I have the chance, I'm getting away from you. I'm stuck with him for the whole year, and I love him to death but I can't bear to see him with my roommate--all I want to do is escape, run away, so he can be happy and I can learn to forget about him.

    I don't want to get too close-- How can I? I want to respect their relationship and the friendships I have with the two of them, but I was friends with him first. I have to censor my feelings.

    You see this isn't where my head is
    If you knew me I'm not like this --- I tear through guys rapidly because they tend to not entertain me enough, or like me too much too soon. I'm not one to stay interested for long.

    But I just found someone special
    And that's really something special
    If you knew me
    Nice to meet you anyway --- such a rarity in my life, and I have to walk away from it. Great.

    I believe you're very fine
    Still I haven't got the time -- a common excuse I use, all the time.

    And the sky opened up
    With the soil of the sun
    Dreaming of my true love --- again, great! I found someone I adore! But we all know already... useless.

    I don't mean to be so strange
    But my life just took a change -- honestly. I did not see any of this coming.

    So before this goes too far
    Let me tell you what you are
    You're amazing, I'm attracted
    But I'm terribly distracted --- maybe I'm distracted by the fact that I have to work with the guy every day and then go home and live with his girlfriend? SWEET.

    And I'm trying to be verbal
    And I'm back into this circle -- I can't say the words I want to, so we have these circular conversations where I express I'm upset but can't say why.

    And even if you want me to stay here
    Nice to meet you anyway
    I'm telling you right now I should leave, yeah, yeah
    Nice to meet you anyway
    Before I get to changing my mind, dear
    Nice to meet you anyway
    I hope you understand what I mean, yeah

    Last night all I wanted to do was leave, and ended up booking out of his house at 6am this morning. I didn't even say goodbye.
    chimes320on June 17, 2007   Link

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