"Promise" as written by and Gordon Gano....
Y'know that I want your loving
But my logic tells me that it ain't never gonna happen
And then my defense'd say I didn't want it anyway
But you know sometimes I'm a liar

Could you ever want me to love you
Could you ever want me to care
Disregard my nervousness
Please ignore my vacant stares

'Cause just what I've been through
Is nothing like where I'm going to
Give me some sign to pursue
A promise

And your unhappy
This is only a guess
Do you know what it's like to hate
When it's way down deep inside

Oh god I hate what's been done to my life
I could rule the pain
I could rule the night
Or would I ruin my salvation

Ruin my mind rules your pains
Rulers of the night
Ruin your salvation
Ruin your mind


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"Promise" as written by Gordon James Gano

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    General CommentLike most (or all?) of the songs on their first album, this song brings us back to the high school days, all the frustration, all the anger, and the wish to be loved. This is like a document to the teenage days of most of the people I know, as we mostly had a time in our lives when we were deeply unhappy with ourselves - wishing to be loved by someone, but our logic told us it was never gonna happen. And hating - not someone in particular, but perhaps the allmighty himself, for making our lives miserable.

    Most of the people go through this stage unhurt, but the sensation, and the memories remain forever - strangely enough, we tend to remember these days as "nice days, good days" ... even though back then we would give anything to escape and get older... This song really has great lyrics, but you have to relate to it to get it completely. At least, that's how I feel about it - I have been listening to this song for almost 20 years now, it never fails to touch me deeply.
    alekssbgdon June 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWha? I thought it was, "And you're unhappy. This is only a guess."

    Anyway, this song, story of my life. My pathetic teenage life.
    americanmusicon March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfuck yeah!
    manda_mayhemon December 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDO you know what it's like to hate????
    socioon June 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreminds me that im not insane...or at least im not alone.
    ferguzzzon October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreminds me that im not insane...or at least im not alone.
    ferguzzzon October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Cause just what I've been through is nothing like where I'm going to..."

    I like this lyric for some reason.
    RaygunShaunon April 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentahh i love the femmes, pretty straightforward!

    could you ever want me to......
    bfyteon July 12, 2009   Link

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