"Photograph" as written by and Antonio Carlos Jobim Ray Gilbert....
If you want it (oo-oo-oo)
You can have it (oo-oo-oo)
But you gotta learn to reach up there
And grab it (oo-oo-oo)

'Cause everybody wants some love (oh baby)
Shoot it from the stars above (oh baby)
And though my heart would break
It's more than I can take
I can never get enough

If you need it (oo-oo-oo)
You should show it (oo-oo-oo)
'Cause at my place overnight
Suggest you grow it (oo-oo-oo)

'Cause everybody wants some hope (oh baby)
Something they can barely know (oh baby)
And though my heart would break
It's more than I could take
I can never let it go

It's in the photograph
It's in the photograph
It's in the photograph of love

'Cause everybody wants a dream (oh baby)
Something they can barely see (oh baby)
And though my heart would break
It's more than I could take
I could never let it be

It's in the photograph
It's in the photograph
It's in the photograph of love

If you blew it (oo-oo-oo)
Don't reject it (oo-oo-oo)
Just keep drawing up the plans and re-erect it
(oo-oo-oo) (x 3)


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by PocketMkey

"Photograph" as written by Rivers Cuomo

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about imperfect love. How people date and date and fall in love over and over and it doesn't work with this person and that person.

    "It's in the Photograph of love" If you just stumbled upon my senior prom picture, not knowing me, you would think me and my gal were madly in love...But the picture doesn't show that we were fighting, falling apart, berating eachother....In a picture of love it's perfect, but in the real world love is never perfect.

    That last sentence sounded really pompous.
    thisboyon January 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard this song for the firs time the other day, by accident, actually, and I loved it! but yeah, it's basically saying, if you want something, then just get off your ass and go for it; sitting there won't get you anything.

    I love you, Rivers! You're so amazing....
    *sigh*
    mykonstantineon September 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about a blowjob

    dont believe me? check it out:

    "If you want it, you can have it
    But you've got to learn to reach out there and grab it"

    "Shooting"

    "It's more than I can take
    I could never get enough"

    "that you blow it"

    "'Cause everybody wants some"

    "It's more than I can take
    I could never let it go"

    "If blew it, don't reject it
    Just keep drawing up the plans and re-erect it"
    whybother737on May 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaha yeah whybother, I always thought it was about blowjob too.
    starsfinallyxplodeon December 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correctionit's ''Cause you might play so monastic that you blow it", not "'Cause at my place overnight, suggest that you grow it".
    That latter sounds pretty perverted, man.
    PocketMkeyon September 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is the best live.
    fiverbunny9on January 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, i agree with you thisboy. love really isn't perfect, it's great..but you can't expect it to be wonderful all the time. i like this song..one of the good ones on the green album. the hand claps in the beginning are cool.
    weezerific:cutleryon March 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me happy. It's a happy song. Hehe.
    EatMeon April 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the whole photograph thing represents the split second, the moment that you tell someone you love them. it's only going to happen if you make it happen, so when he says 'though my heart will break, it's more than I can take, I could never let it be' means that it would hurt more not knowing if she felt the same than if she just said no. that's what i think anyways...
    xpankfrisston April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is obviously about drugs!!! Marijuana imparticular.. If you think about the line ïf you want it, you can have it, but you gotta reach out there and grab it""änd ëverybody wants some ooh"and ï could never let IT go". Not to mention that this song is on the GREEN ALBUM!
    OkComputer67on May 24, 2002   Link

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