"Why" as written by Junior Giscombe, Alan M Glass and Robbie Taylor....
How many times do I have to try to tell you
That I'm sorry for the things I've done
But when I start to try to tell you
That's when you have to tell me
Hey, this kind of trouble's only just begun
I tell myself too many times
Why don't you ever learn to keep your big mouth shut
That's why it hurts so bad to hear the words
That keep on falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Tell me

Why
Why
I may be mad
I may be blind
I may be viciously unkind
But I can still read what you're thinking
And I've heard it said too many times
That you'd be better off
Besides

Why can't you see this boat is sinking
Let's go down to the water's edge
And we can cast away those doubts
Some things are better left unsaid

But they still turn me inside out
Turning inside out turning inside out
Tell me
Why
Tell me
Why
This is the book I never read
These are the words I never said
This is the path I'll never tread
These are the dreams I'll dream instead
This is the joy that's seldom spread
These are the tears

The tears we shed
This is the fear
This is the dread
These are the contents of my head
And these are the years that we have spent
And this is what they represent
And this is how I feel
Do you know how I feel?
'Cause I don't think you know how I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
You don't know what I feel


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"Why" as written by Calvin E. (gene) Taylor

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  • +2
    General CommentAnnie Lennox said "This song expresses some of the frustrations in certain situations in my life"
    angel2kisson March 04, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMs. Lennox discusses the meaning of this very beautiful song here,

    youtube.com/…
    tinto4on April 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song has very special meaning to me it covers a large section of human emotion and thought -----from--
    this is the book i never read ---through--
    and this is what they represent---is a section of the song wich should be carfuly thought through

    DiAnn
    meta4forasighon May 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere is my intepretation:

    The song is about someone who cheated on someone else ("How many times do I have to try to tell you
    That I'm sorry for the things I've done "/"I may be viciously unkind").

    They feel really bad and they aren't truly a bad person but they just got screwed up. They feel that the other person may be too good for them ("And I've heard it said too many times That you'd be better off ") so they got scared.

    She/He tries to apologize but the other person doesn't want to forgive right away. Instead they just say thinks to hurt the other person ("But when I start to try to tell you That's when you have to tell me Hey, this kind of trouble's only just begun"/"Some things are better left unsaid But they still turn me inside out ").

    The song in the point of view of the adulterer to show that they are human and have feelings even though they hurt the other.
    cactusdaveon August 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song represents to me my relationship with my mother, as fucked up as that seems.
    lilybarton June 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOf course when an artist conceives an idea, lyrics, and finally messes with melody..it means something to them, but also can mean whatever we want it to for ourselves...that is the beauty in art!
    For me it is my intense, ongoing emotional relationship with someone that, for years ,either needs fruition or closure..but we are too afraid to move in either direction.
    .......This is the book I never read
    These are the words I never said
    This is the path I'll never tread
    These are the dreams I'll dream instead
    This is the joy that's seldom spread
    These are the tears...
    The tears we shed
    This is the fear
    This is the dread
    These are the contents of my head
    And these are the years that we have spent
    And this is what they represent
    And this is how I feel
    Do you know how I feel
    'cause i don't think you know how I feel
    I don't think you know what I feel
    I don't think you know what I feel
    You don't know what I feel
    ShannyHon January 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. The saddest break up/heart-break song ever.

    The main purpose of this song is to reflect on a relationship ending and on how it still effects her still so much still emotionally.
    robinfioon August 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful it hurts....great breakup song....
    poetryforthesoulon April 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think that this is about a friendship or relationship that is at risk due to all the mannerisms given to the person who has done something so bad to tear their relationship apart and so, now the person who did is trying to earn their forgiveness and is trying to get back what they lost or is just tying to make things better :)please tell me your opinions aswell :P
    buizeljaymm89on December 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt has been widely said that song is about her relationship between Annie and Dave Stewart, her partner in Eurythmics, now reunited afte 10 years apart. Why was written after spliting in 1990.
    JaumeBCNon September 25, 2002   Link

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