"The Book" as written by Sheryl Crow and Jeffrey Trott....
I read your book
And I find it strange
That I know that girl and I know her world
A little too well

And I didn't know
By giving my hand
That I would be written down sliced around passed down
Among stranger's hands

Three days in Rome
Where do we go
I'll always remember
Three days in Rome

Never again
Would I see your face
You carry a pen and a paper and no time and no words you waste
Oh you're a voyeur

The worst kind of thief
To take what happened to us
To write down everything that went on between you and me

Three days in Rome
And I stand alone
I'll always remember
Three days in Rome

And what do I get
Do I get revenge
While you lay it all out
Without any doubt

Of how this would end
Sometimes it goes
Sometimes we come
To learn by mistake that the love you once made
Can't be undone

Three days in Rome
I laid my heart out
I laid my soul down
I'll always remember

Three days in rome


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"The Book" as written by Sheryl Crow Jeffrey Trott

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    General CommentI think this song is about a woman (possibly Ms. Crow) scorned by a writer she had a three day one-night-stand with--obviously in Rome. It's a tad self explanatory. Anyway, she thought they really had something and yet he wrote down their experiences and made what they shared seem cheap and lowly. "You carry a pen and a paper, and no time and no words you waste" implies that he has either done this before or that he had it all planned out. "And I didn't know, By giving my hand, That I would be written down, sliced around, Passed down, Among strangers hands" hints more at the lowness of his writing and how the experience was written down, cut in the publishing process, and passed around for the general public to read.
    There are some lyrics missing here after the last chorus. They are:
    "And what do I get
    Do I get revenge
    While you let all out
    Without any doubt
    How this will end

    Sometimes it goes
    Sometimes we come
    To learn by mistake
    That the love you once made
    Can't be undone

    Oh
    But three days in Rome
    I laid my heart out
    I laid my soul down alone
    I'll always remember
    Three days in Rome"
    unspeakablemeon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentundoubtedly my favorite sheryl crow song. the chord progressions are amazing and the tale-spinning fashion of the lyrics are the ideal scorned lover fodder. i always thought the worst way to get revenge on someone would be to write a song about how terrible they were to you.. onya, ms. crow! this guy, if it really happened, is probably cowering now.
    violenzaon August 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlistening to this song for 10 years now - just can add to the lyrics that they are the best about disappointement. Terrifying me still, love this song even when it's very sad.

    P.S. Why no one writing any comment to this GREAT song. The LP "Sheryl Crow" was her best one I think (maybe Globe Session can reach it). so long
    KisstheRain1980on November 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'You're a voyeur
    The worst kind of thief'

    I think it's about leaving a relationship or encounter feeling completely stripped of dignity. She obviously feels exploited by this person who has completely marginalized their experience on paper
    abey85on July 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"to learn by mistake that the love you once made can't be undone" .... speachless.
    birdcansingon September 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIf you've read Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, it seems obvious that this is Sheryl Crow's version of what the character "The Monkey" (Portnoy's lover) would have written about those 3 days in Rome (which is the amount of time that they spend there in the book and where she is treated as indicated in the lyrics). Even more telling is the title of the song, "The Book". I've always wanted to find some fan site where I could ask if this was indeed what the song was about. If not, it's a hell of a coincidence.
    lindyparon February 04, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation"You're a voyeur
    The worst kind of thief"

    For the longest time I thought she was saying "You're a lawyer, the worst kind of thief."
    justduckygalon June 20, 2011   Link

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