I know he knocks you off your feet.
You're so bitter, you think he's sweet.
Well, he's wrong for you, I swear.

Did you forget to read the script?
There was never a role for him.
It was always you and me. Just me.

Popular Mechanics for Broken Hearts could help me now.

I know you never felt romance,
and we always lacked suspense.
But I can edit those parts out.

I never made you feel complete.
I'm a fault line beneath your feet.
I would never bring you down, so down.

Popular Mechanics for Broken Hearts could help me now.

Just because he loves you too,
he wouldn't ever take a bullet for you.
Don't believe a word he says.
He wouldn't ever cut his heart out for you.

I heard he wrote you a song, but so what?
Some guy wrote sixty-nine, and one just ain't enough.
And there's no sense even trying.
I know, cause I've been
trying all the time to find the song that would make you mine.
But all I ever find, my love, are clichés that don't rhyme.

Popular Mechanics for Broken Hearts could help me now.

Just because he loves you too,
he wouldn't ever take a bullet for you.
Don't believe a word he says.
He wouldn't ever cut his heart out for you.


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    General Comment[Some guy wrote sixty-nine]


    reference to the magnetic fields, 69 love songs?.. i think so, yes i do.
    run_me_redon March 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe narrator is bitter because the girl he loves is running to the arms of a man who will not love her as much as he does, and he feels that it is her and himself that are supposed to be together. He acknowledges that they never displayed the chemistry or spontaneity that is needed to ignite the spark of romance, but wishes they could just forget about those failures and start fresh.

    And of course, "some guy" = Stephin Merritt, composer and singer of most of the songs on the epic 69 Love Songs box set.

    Brilliant song. I love this band to pieces.
    jesslovesaprilon March 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsadness..
    starlightfadingon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment..but sadness, only because he's so desperate to have his ex-girlfriend back.

    FAVORITE PART: [depends on mood]
    starlightfadingon September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite beulah songs. i love songs that are sad but sound happy
    ps i love youon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was a reference to The Magnetic Fields too.

    Anyway, I love this song so much.
    gdson October 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwoa i never thought about that magnetic fields thing, thats very cool.
    float on OK?on October 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah I never thought about that either but I love this song! reminds me of the beach...
    epr4408on January 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about a slightly neurotic person who can never have things be spontaneous.

    "Did you forget to read the script?
    There was never a role for him.
    It was always you and me. Just me."

    He didn't plan on having another person enter the scene, which is why he doesn't know what to do now.

    "Popular Mechanics for Broken Hearts could help me now. "

    He wishes there was some sort of manual that could tell him exactly to handle the situation.

    "I know you never felt romance,
    and we always lacked suspense.
    But I can edit those parts out."

    This reiterates what I said about his lack of spontaneity, and I think the girlfriend has found another person because she is so bored by her romance with this guy. He is definitely not exciting.

    "I heard he wrote you a song, but so what?
    Some guy wrote sixty-nine, and one just ain't enough.
    And there's no sense even trying.
    I know, cause I've been
    trying all the time to find the song that would make you mine.
    But all I ever find, my love, are clichés that don't rhyme. "

    That entire thing is my favorite part.
    Fionar2001on January 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with fionar2001. he does seem kinda controlling and boring. this song definetley gives off a beachy feel. this is one of my favorite songs on oc mix 2.
    jenazababon February 12, 2005   Link

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