I dont want to hold you and feel so helpless
I dont want to smell you and lose my senses
And smile in slow motion with eyes in love

I twist like a corkscrew, the sweetness rising
I drink from the bottle weeping
Why won't you last?
Why can't you last?
So I will walk without care
Beat my snare
Look like a man who means business
Go to all the poshest places
With their familiar faces
Terminate all signs of weakness

Oh, all for the sake
All for the sake
Of a foolish love

I will take my coffee black, never snack
Hang with the wolves who are sheepish
Flow through the veins of town, always frown
Me and my mistress the princess

Oh, all for the sake
All for the sake
Of a foolish love

So the day Noah's Ark floats down park
My eyes will be simply glazed over
Or better yet
I'll wear shades on sunless days
And when the sun's out I'll stay and slumber

Oh, all for the sake
All for the sake
Of a foolish love

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    General CommentThis song is so endearing, and gorgeous.
    It's so full of adoration and admiration.. It makes me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy. :D
    anna118kon February 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyes.. it makes me dance in my chair when i listen to it :o) Rufus Wainwright's voice makes me happy, in general; but this song makes me absolutely giddy.
    velouriaon March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentmmmmmmmmm. couldn't be better. love the voice, love the music, want to stalk the lyrics i love them so much. SO my life right now
    chickonstageon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song is pretty much utterly perfect
    YourPerfectVerseon October 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with YourPerfectVerse. totally.
    moldbyhandon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPretty much describes my take on relationships
    rufusworshipperon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow, this song is amazing!
    i love how the song changes after
    "Why can't you last?"
    so pretty..
    rufus can sing anything
    imgunnin4uon May 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI guess his love for someone has got him depending too much on his feelings rather than his common sense. So he tries to tone that down cuz he doesn't want to be or look like a fool. So I guess he's trying to hide how crazy he is for this somebody and attempt to be more professional. The Noah's Ark thing was confusin' though. But shades hide your eyes... This song has a gentle and classy feel to it. Nice.
    Orange Morendoon April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAgreed Morendo. Even the melody agrees. First part is emotional and after "So I will walk" it's more classy.
    Scaremongeringon July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAbout the Noah's Ark bit.
    The whole song is about hiding from love, because he doesn't want to be controlled by his feelings.
    My guess is that Noah's Ark simply symbolizes something extra-ordinary, but he does not want to get involved, he's hiding from love, and his eyes just glazes over.

    "Or better yet, I'll wear shades on sunless days
    And when the sun's out I'll stay and slumber"
    Sun=love, he shields himself from it.
    Scaremongeringon August 13, 2007   Link

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