I can wait
I can wait
I can sit wondering what in the world you think about
I don't think I'm ever gonna figure it out
After all the alchohol, the pretty words that devolve down to slurs
And drunken shouts
I don't think I'm ever gonna figure it out
Like some wild last frontier
You never know what kind of fight's goin' on up here
That once begun can't be won
Started out losing already and go all ten rounds
I don't think I'm ever gonna figure it out
I don't think I'm ever gonna figure it out

The tired hits that fall below
I can't connect, yeah, yeah, I know
I can wait
I can wait
I can sit wondering what in the world you think about
I don't think I'm ever gonna figure it out
I don't think I'm ever gonna figure it out
I don't think I'm ever gonna figure it out


Lyrics submitted by EnjOy IncUbus, edited by dhmioyrgo

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    General CommentThis song reminds me of a quote from the "Inside the Actor's Studio" interview with Anthony Hopkins. When asked what his favorite swear word was, he answered "Fuck." He told the audience a story about asking a priest once what, in his opinion, was the quickest and most effective prayer. The priest told him "fuck it," because in so relinquishing responsibility for things you can't possibly influence, you admit that there is something larger than yourself (not necessarily religious, Anthony Hopkins certainly wasn't) that makes it impossible for you to insinuate yourself everywhere and be in control of every possible moment or passing thought that occurs outside yourself. Elliott seems to espouse almost jokingly about his lover's mind or the landscape of emotions between them being like "some wild last frontier," and I don't often hear him admitting that he doesn't understand feels okay about it very often, so, to me, this is his happiest song. Apart from "Happiness," of course.
    Figurekateon June 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAs to what its about, simply, the songs about him never going to figure it out. As to what hes trying to figure out, thats beyond me
    Bob_Dylan_Boyon April 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about misunderstood communication amongst people who put themselves in shitty(drunkeness) situations.
    icec0rpseon November 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome. beatles-esque
    maggotbrainon February 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseems to me like it's about his girlfriend with whom he is constantly arguing....could be the same girl as the girl in Baby Britain. i say this because in that song the girl is also "alcoholic and very bitter"..............................RIP
    badgeon June 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually no, its about DRUGS
    badgeon June 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    badgeon June 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSadly i think that he is trying to figure out what love is. for the last few weeks i've been thinking about what love is and this is pretty wuch how i've felt. like i'm never going to figure it out and wondering what "she" is up to. or thinking about.
    KingoftheIsoreson July 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is, quite possibly, the happiest Elliott Smith song. It's so upbeat for him that I thought, for the longest time, that it was a cover. Brilliant, playful and fun.
    facedownowlson January 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"after all the alcohol, the pretty words that devolve down
    to slurs and drunken shouts"
    kind of makes me think of the relationship he and jennifer chiba had? at least from what I heard...
    rollercoastersonjaon December 17, 2006   Link

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