"Achin' To Be" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
Well she's kind of like an artist
Sittin' on the floor
Never finishes, she abandons
Never shows a soul

And she's kind of like a movie
Everyone rushes to see
And no one understands it
Sittin' in their seats

She opens her mouth to speak and
What comes out's a mystery
Thought about, not understood
She's achin' to be

Well she dances alone in nightclubs
Every other day of the week
People look right through her
Baby doll, check your cheek

And she's kind of like a poet
Who finds it hard to speak
Poems come so slowly
Like the colors down a sheet

She opens her mouth to speak and
What comes out's a mystery
Thought about, not understood
She's achin' to be

I've been achin' for a while now, friend
I've been achin' hard for years

Well she's kind of like an artist
Who uses paints no more
You never show me what you're doing
Never show a soul

Well, I saw one of your pictures
There was nothin' that I could see
If no one's on your canvas
Well, I'm achin' to be

She closes her mouth to speak and
Closes her eyes to see
Thought about an' only loved
She's achin' to be
Just like me

Lyrics submitted by krushzed

"Achin' to Be" as written by Paul Westerberg

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  • +2
    General Comment5th verse is actually "Poems come so slowly
    Like the colors down her cheek" (meaning her tears are running her mascara/makeup down her cheek)
    cpwkakon May 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe the actual lyric is "Thought about, not understood"
    Keeps with the whole motif of a mysterious woman.
    bradleybon February 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about paul's sister mary (as is merry-go-round).
    when i met mary she was working at the guthrie theater (she was also an artist) but of course had not had anywhere near the success of paul ... this is about how mary is "achin' to be" a successful well-known artist like her brother paul, "like me."
    as with all of paul's lyrics about people who knows (even like this someone he deeply loves) his harsh judgemental views shine forth.
    anyone else ever listen to "something to du" ??
    thunderbatson August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is my anthem. It's an amazing song. End of story.
    krushzedon January 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUsed to be my theme song around 1998/9.
    dorareeveron June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought the line was "I thought about it and I understood, she's achin' to be," like he finally figured out why this girl he likes is so weird.
    owennnnnnnnnnon January 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy least favorite replacements song. it sounds like they were trying to be hot adult contemporary or something. this is latter-day goo goo dolls.
    danupon June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about Chris Mars
    swankymodeon August 30, 2006   Link

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