"Please Say No" as written by and Thomas Linton Zachary Lind....
It was a freezing night
And not a single cloud
I had a couple in me
So I reached out
And when I heard your voice
Felt you all inside
I prayed for the distance
To keep us in line

But there's things I've done
You understand like no one else
There's pain I kept buried deep inside myself
I've been saying for forever
Hey, that's not me
But me with you is who I think I'll always be

Please say no
Please say no
Please say no
Please say no

Say anything you will
Except how you'd have me still
Say anything but know
When I go, I go, I go

It was the peak of summer
And I thought I'd drown
We couldn't get close
All the kids were around
But I could read you plain
You want a different life
Someday, hell, you might ruin mine

I'd lately come to wonder
What it might feel like
If one last time
We went and did this right
And so no one possibly could know our names
So no one bothers to remembers a face

Please say no
Please say no
Please say no
Please say no, no, no, no, no

Say anything you will
Except how you'd have me still
Say anything but know
When I go, I go, I go

With you, with you, with you

If all you're really hoping for is peace of mind
Don't come to me with questions
You'll just waste your time
Exactly what you're looking for
Is what you'll find
All I see around me
Is a losing bag

Please say no
Please say no
Please say no
Please say no, no, no, no, no

Say anything you will
Except how you'd have me still
Say anything but know
When I'll go, I'll go, I'll go

Say anything but know
And I'll go, I'll go, I'll go


Lyrics submitted by catchfoxes, edited by bmclarnon, Fresko, Geoff11, BobTheRhino

"Please Say No" as written by Richard Burch James Adkins

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  • +3
    My InterpretationFirst, I'll preface this with the statement that Jimmy Eat World has been and always will be my favorite band. I love them with such a passion I can't possibly express. Their music has helped me through the toughest times in my life.
    Earlier this year I read an interview with the band and that they said that Damage would be more of an "adult" breakup record. Not full of breakup songs they would've written years ago. But breakups that have consequences in adult life. I think this song is the perfect representation of that.
    From the beginning, I get the impression of a now-divorced/separated couple who know that they're not meant for each other but (at least he) wants so desperately to work out. From the first verse, I imagine giving a phone call to his ex after he's had a couple drinks, realizing that their lives are so hopelessly tied that he doesn't feel he can be himself without her.
    From the chorus, I just get a lot of internal conflict. I'm not sure I'm interpreting it right because of the way it's phrased, but I imagine he's saying how badly he wants her to say that she's done, that they'll never be together because he doesn't have the conviction to walk away on his own. What I don't get are the last two lines, "Say anything but no, and I'd go, I'd go, I'd go." It seems to be in contradiction to what he was saying--that if she says yes or maybe, that he would leave. I'm a bit confused by this part. Any clarification would be welcomed.
    As for the second verse, I'm imagining a flashback to when they were together/married (I say married because of mention of kids, but that may not necessarily be the case). This flashback seems the moment he realized they shouldn't be together anymore. That they were hurting each other by remaining together.
    The continuation of the second verse seems to be in the here and now, wondering that if they were to get away from all of the people and circumstances that shaped their relationship if they could make it. Pretty heartbreaking.
    Actually, taking this part into consideration, and that the chorus is followed this time by "with you, with you, with you." I think maybe he's saying that if she said anything but no that he would go with her, leave his life and everything he knows and go anywhere with her... but with the rest of the chorus, he still wants her to say no so that he knows they've made the right decision, which leads beautifully into the last verse.
    The last verse seems to be her answer, in my opinion. I'm still imagining this as the phone call from the beginning of the song. She's basically saying that he already knows the answer he wants, why drudge up all of these feelings and memories when they both know that they could never be... however much they may wish it otherwise.

    Anyway, in my opinion, this is one of the most heartbreaking songs they've ever written. I love it.
    angelsnlullabieson June 17, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI believe that Jim is speaking of a girl that he had a relationship with once or maybe just a special night.

    He never actually says what the question is, but I think the "No" that he doesn't want her to say is in response to the question of something like "Do you think we could have worked out?"

    When he says "Say anything you will, Except how you'd have me still" its him saying that he has spent his life since their relationship wishing that he had her back and now that he's confronting her, its breaking his heart to hear her say that she wanted to get back with him just as bad. Now things can't be the same because of everything they've been through since the break up.

    Just my first impression! Such a beautiful song and I think we've all been in similar situations. Great album!
    Greatwaveon June 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationOptimistic crowd here hey?

    The way I see this the song is from the point of view of a guy who's tempted have an affair with another woman. He's saying please say no, because he's he's not strong enough to.
    GibberingFoolon November 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics shown here are mostly right, but just slightly inaccurate.
    I listened to the song several times, and I referred to both the lyrics shown here and the lyrics in the lyric booklet included with the album (which was almost totally accurate, but actually wrong on a few minor things such as having "all you're looking for" in place of "all you're hoping for").
    This is what I determined the lyrics to be:


    It was a freezing night
    And not a single cloud
    I had a couple in me
    So I reached out
    And when I heard your voice
    Felt you all inside
    I prayed for the distance
    To keep us in line

    But there's things I've done
    You understand like no one else
    There's pain I kept buried deep inside myself
    I've been saying for forever
    Hey, that's not me
    But me with you is who I think I'll always be

    Please say no
    Please say no
    Please say no
    Please say no

    Say anything you will
    Except how you'd have me still
    Say anything but no
    And I'd go, I'd go, I'd go

    It was the peak of summer
    And I thought I'd drown
    We couldn't get close
    All the kids were around
    But I could read you plain
    You want a different life
    Someday, hell, you might ruin mine

    I've lately come to wonder
    What it might feel like
    If one last time
    We went and did this right
    And somewhere no one possibly could know our names
    Somewhere no one bothers to remember a face

    Please say no
    Please say no
    Please say no
    Please say no, no, no, no, no

    Say anything you will
    Except how you'd have me still
    Say anything but no
    And I'd go, I'd go, I'd go

    With you, with you, with you

    If all you're really hoping for is peace of mind
    Don't come to me with questions
    You'll just waste your time
    Exactly what you're looking for
    Is what you'll find
    And all I see around me
    Is a losing fight

    Please say no
    Please say no
    Please say no
    Please say no, no, no, no, no

    Say anything you will
    Except how you'd have me still
    Say anything but no
    And I'll go, I'll go, I'll go

    Say anything but no
    And I'll go, I'll go, I'll go
    BobTheRhinoon August 26, 2014   Link

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