"I Will Dare" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
How young are you?
How old am I?
Let's count the rings around my eyes

How smart are you?
How dumb am I?
Don't count any of my advice

Oh, meet me anyplace or anywhere or anytime
Now I don't care, meet me tonight
If you will dare, I might dare

Call me on Thursday, if you will
Or call me on Wednesday, better still
Ain't lost yet, so I gotta be a winner
Fingernails and a cigarette's a lousy dinner
Young, are you? Wo oo

C'mon meet me anyplace or anywhere or anytime
Now, I don't care, meet me tonight
If you will dare, I will dare
Meet me anyplace or anywhere or anytime
Now, I don't care, meet me tonight
If you will dare, I will dare

How young are you?
How old am I?
Let's count the rings around my eyes

How smart are you?
How smart are you?
How dumb am I?
Dumb am I

Meet me anyplace or anywhere or anytime
Now I don't care, meet me tonight
If you would dare, I would dare
Meet me anyplace or anywhere or anytime
Now I don't care, meet me tonight
If you will dare, I will dare


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"I Will Dare" as written by Paul Westerberg

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  • +4
    General CommentIf ever there was s ong meant to be sung along to at top volume, this is it. Beautifully simplistic, probably the prettiest song Westerberg ever wrote, almost Brian Wilsonish in its' perfection.
    bafflewiton June 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationpeople its not about a older guy trying to get a younger girl, its about feeling unworthy. and taking chances
    oldshoesfornewfeeton October 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite song by the Replacements. I think it's just about a person who is willing to take a chance in a relationship if the other person is also willing to.
    akira_256on October 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, I agree with akira, I love the line "fingernails and a cigarette's a lousy dinner" too true.
    mcooneyon July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, I agree with akira, I love the line "fingernails and a cigarette's a lousy dinner" too true.
    mcooneyon July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn awesome pop song. Guitar solo by REM's Peter Buck.
    Sluggoon February 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this song is about an older, self-described "dumb" rocker who is imploring a younger, educated girl to take a chance on him.
    JayneCampon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell put bafflewit -- "Beautifully simplistic." It's great, quick and straightforward. A damn good tune and one that takes me right back to those days.
    motorbaron September 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Fingernails and a cigarette's a lousy dinner"

    Ooh, someone is VERY nervous and tense. :)
    velmaxcorganon December 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn older guy interested in a younger girl. The count the rings around my eyes refers to his age. You can count the rings on a tree trunk to see how old a tree is.

    He also might be dumb because the girl might be younger than 18. In which case it could turn into a felony.
    robsunon May 27, 2010   Link

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