"Answering Machine" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
I met a new one and she looks just like you
She gives me everything that you didn't want to
And maybe I don't need saving after all
She sticks in my ribs almost better than you did
And maybe I'm tired or maybe she glows

I wonder if you're still defending
I wonder if you're still defending

Met someone with your eyes and skin
I can convince her of everything
And baby, it's so delicious you should

Come here and see for yourself
"I'm gone", you said, "if this is all there isâ?¦
You'll never shine alone

And I wonder if you're still defending
I wonder if you're still defending

You've been so wrong
For so long now

(I can fall alone if all
If I can fall away)

I've kissed others lips
And they promised me healing
It's easy if you try


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"Answering Machine" as written by Paul Westerberg

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    General CommentIt seems like everyone so far is really close to hitting the nail on the head. But I think he really is over her. Sure he wants to rub it in his ex's face... but that's because she was wrong about him. "So wrong for so long now."

    In her message that he has kept on his machine, she told him "I'm gone if this is all there is. You'll never shine alone." As in, "You aren't good enough. You'll never find someone like me. And you can't make it without me." And now that he is over her, that message is humorous to him. It used to serve as motivation, now it serves as comic relief.

    He found it VERY easy to get over her. He is kinda surprised at how easy it was. He found someone just as good looking, someone that is just as addicting(well almost), someone with beautiful eyes, someone with soft skin... someone great. And he is happy his ex set him free. Free from her harping and her 'better than you' attitdue. Free from her emotional baggage.("I wonder if you're still defending.")

    On the whole, he is telling her "Hey look. I do just fine without you. You were wrong about me. But I bet YOU're still having problems."
    GoDeeperon May 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, he hasn't moved on. He's faking it. He still has her on his answering machine, for God's sake. He said he kissed other lips with the hopes that it would help him get over his ex, but that obviously wasn't the case.

    It's kinda' like John Waite's "Missing You" in that he's basically lying to himself when Waite says, "I ain't missing you at all."
    cubbyblueson February 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about moving on, or at least trying to. Love this song!!!
    sadhappyon February 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the song is more about trying to convince himself and his ex that he has moved on, and then rubbin git in his ex's face. just a thought.
    cec36pitton July 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, he's still in the "i want to make you jealous" phase of the breakup. but he's still keeping his ex on his answering machine, he can't quite delete her yet.
    fivedollarstoryon August 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw him in concert and he said when he moved out to California he plugged in the answering machine he had and there was a message from his ex and the song is about all of the feelings that came to him while he was listening to the message. Love the song
    cphillips2on July 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's actually the opposite of what GoDeeper said, though I think his or her analysis was quite good.

    I think he is being stubborn, but the fact that he's singing the song, the fact that he wants her to see how great he is, the fact that his new girlfriend is just like his ex all belies that he is not really over her at all.
    Raust84on January 14, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI definitely think he's in the "rub it in your face stage". He's trying to move on but still really feels for the ex.

    I met a new one and she looks just like you
    She gives me everything that you didn't want to
    And maybe I don't need saving after all
    She sticks in my ribs almost better than you did
    And maybe I'm tired or maybe she glows

    He even found someone that looks like his ex. The problem was he loved her but she didn't treat him right, but somehow he still feels like she would be better for him because his new girl sticks ALMOST better.
    jessica114on October 04, 2016   Link

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