"You Don't Know What's Going On" as written by and Christopher Scott Thile Sara Watkins....
Well, it's time for me to live
The good life on the road
And to forgive her
For the lies that she sold me
We were falling in love and that's what you do

I didn't know and I feel like a fool
Now watching her go
'Cause I played by the rules
I guess we were above
And that's what I get for trying my best

To believe in her
To believe I could turn it around
To keep bailing out the water while the ship went down
To keep calling her name when we started to drown

You can tell me I should have known better
You can ask me why
I didn't see it coming
'Til it got inside me
You can say it's all right
You can think it's all wrong
But you don't know what's going on
You don't know what's going on

So the road led to your door
The good life ain't the good life anymore
If it doesn't include you
If you send me away
'Cause you don’t believe I tried my best

To believe in her
To believe I could turn it around
To keep bailing out the water while the ship went down
To keep calling her name when we started to drown

You can tell me I should have known better
You can ask me why
I didn't see it coming
'Til it got inside me
You can think it's all wrong
I can hope it's all right
But I don't know what's going on

I just know that I tried and I tried and I'll try for you
If you want me to
If you can be the girl who

Believes in me
Who believes I can turn it around
Who keeps bailing out the water while the ship goes down
Who keeps calling my name when we're starting to drown

I'll never tell you you should have known better
Never ask you why
You didn't see it coming
'Til it got inside you
It can turn out all right
Or it can turn out all wrong
We just don't know what's going on
I don't know what's going on
You don't know what's going on
You don't know what's going on


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"You Don't Know What's Going On" as written by Sara Watkins Christopher Scott Thile

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    General Comment“You Don’t Know What’s Going On” dates back to Why Should the Fire Die?, but Chris, whose youthful first marriage was unraveling at the time, admits “I was too in the moment to write anything anyone else would want to listen to.” from nonesuch.com/artists/…

    I also can't help but notice the "bailing water while the ship goes down" lyric that also shows up in Punch Brothers' "Don't Get Married Without Me." Obviously similar themes, probably from Chris Thile's personal experience, but it's fun to contrast them.
    kitabon April 01, 2014   Link

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