Are you going to the party on Saturday?
She asked, I said " I didn't know..."
See ever since I saw you on the back of some guy's bicycle,
well I've been feeling kind of so-so
So girl don't act so surprised you got that look in your light blue eyes you can stop pretending.
Yeah I've been watching the movie all along wondering if there was gonna be an ending,
to the story to the story to the story,
I guess I'll never know.
See I was running as fast as I could,
saying the things I thought I should,
but it was just a little too slow.

Oh! Elizabeth don't keep me guessing
I opened up the door and saw you undressing.
The words came out one after another,
You should have been my high school lover,
oh you shoulda been my,
Oh ooh oh oh.

Did you get the letters that I sent last summer?
You asked again and again.
Well they've been piling up on the top shelf in my closet and I read them every now and then.
It's got me feeling kind of stuck like what the fuck is going on,
someone tell me what is happening.
Yeah you'be been acting like you're too cool for far too long,
it's ok it's just kind of embarrassing.
See I've been sneaking I've been sneakin' I've been sneakin'
wondering just what I'll see.
You turned around and stared,
you squinted then you glared,
and I was leaning back in the passenger seat.

Oh! Elizabeth don't keep me guessing
I opened up the door and saw you undressing.
The words came out one after another,
You should have been my high school lover,
oh you shoulda been my,
Oh ooh oh oh.

High school lover.


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    My InterpretationI hear this as a guy talking to a long-time friend (since high school) he's developed feelings for. It seems like he's really important in her life (she sent him a pile of letters), but he wants her to be upfront about whether she sees him as a romantic interest or just a friend. Eventually, after accidentally seeing her partially undressed, he just blurts out his feelings.

    Even though I love this song, I find the narrator kind of unsympathetic. He seems to want Elizabeth to make the first move, he's a little contemptuous of her and her obvious affection --romantic or otherwise --for him, and when he does make his move, it's not exactly the most romantic of confessions ("why didn't you let me hit that back in our school days?") But maybe that's part of what makes it a good song. It's definitely true to a certain age and mindset.

    The overall narrative reminds me of "Come on Eileen" which has a similar theme.
    kitobaon September 16, 2013   Link

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