"Don't Ask Me to Explain" as written by and Kevin Barnes....
How will I ever know you enough to love you
If you're hiding who you are?
Don't ask me to explain.
Who are you hiding you from,
Across the table with a penny in each eye?
Don't ask me to explain.

I'd like to marry all of my close friends,
And live in a big house together by an angry sea.
Am I the devil's marbles don't move on without me
Who will be watching my body when I sleep?
Who will I believe in?

How am I supposed to let it show when I don't even know?
Don't ask me to explain.
Besides, I don't want to be the one whose coming out first,
I'd really like to but I'm just too shy.
Don't ask me to explain.

I'd want to marry all of my close friends,
And live in a big house together by an angry sea.
Am I the devil's marbles don't move on without me
Who will be watching my body when I sleep?
Who will I believe in?

It's so easy to lie to myself
And pretend that I could love you but I can't


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    My InterpretationIt's so easy to lie to myself
    And pretend that I could love you
    But I can't

    This song is spot-on homosex love the way I'm seeing it. It's all about not accepting yourself and not wanting to explain... an explanation would force him to accept whatever confusion is going on. The angry sea stays outside the comfy house this way..
    If he marries all of his close friends, he can be gay without being gay, yet he'd never be intimate with who he wants, thus the saddening "who will be watching my body when I sleep/who will i believe in?"
    It's also expressing responsibility. "How will I ever know you enough to love you/if you're hiding who you are?" If he never gets over the shyness, isn't ready to come out, lalala, he can't blame anyone else for not finding love. Pretending to love the people you can't love gets you pretty much nowhere real.
    repudiatedmortalon November 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis, to me, is about loving someone, but being unsure of whether or not the person really reciprocates the feelings or not. the person happens to be of the same sex, which complicates things further. both people are "in the closet" so to speak, and so he doesn't want to be the one coming out first, but he doesn't want to bring up the subject with the other person for fear they aren't really feeling the same way.

    "who are you hiding you from
    across the table with a penny in each eye?"

    this means to me that the person won't actually come out and say anything, but all the same the narrator has strong feelings that the person feels SOMETHING, because he can see it in the person's eyes(2 pennies = 2 cents, 2 cents = someone's thoughts on something)since the eyes ARE the windows to the soul... so he's wondering why the person bothers to hide things when it's so obvious how he feels.

    "it's so easy to lie to myself and pretend that i could love you
    but i can't,"

    this says to me that if the other guy won't hurry up and admit his feelings and be HONEST about everything, they'll never have a chance to be together, regardless of how they both might feel, because if the guy won't even try, there's nothing the narrator can do to make things work.

    Edited by delial on May 28 2008, at 03:12AM

    delialon July 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think the person above me is on the right track but i don't think it's necessarily about people of the same sex, just two people who are unsure of the other person's feelings and don't want to be the first to say something.
    perintasticon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, don't go to songmeanings.net and try to explain your interpretation of the meaning of the song.

    I mean, that would be completely ridiculous, and pretentious. Right, smokeychamplain?
    blueoftheskyon November 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgood call he's definitely talking about explaining to someone how he feels...not explaining the lyrics of the song he's singing. but sure.
    hey-lushon November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSuch a sweet song. It describes my situation perfectly. I like a guy, but I'm afraid to tell him how I feel, and I don't know how he feels, because he's very mysterious and hides his true feelings. And I can't tell him how I feel, because I don't even know anymore. But I don't want him to go off with other girls/guys, because then who will I belive in? Plus, my best friends and I like to pretend we're in a giant polygamist organisations. We do meetings and everything.
    TerroristCakeson August 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a friend of mine lol no seriously
    elderlymechanicon August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSO BEYOND AWESOME.
    schizometricon August 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSO BEYOND AWESOME.
    schizometricon August 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am feeling exactly like this, have been for the past two years. Been in love with a boy who's out in Iowa in college now, and I think I'm going to send him a love letter soon...
    sirsquilliumon September 08, 2007   Link

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