"Never There" as written by and John Mccrea....
I need your arms around me
I need to feel your touch
I need your understanding
I need your love so much

You tell me that you love me so
You tell me that you care
But when I need you (baby)
Baby, you're never there

On the phone
long, long distance
always through such strong resistance
First you say you're to busy
I wonder if you even miss me

Never there
You're never there
You're never ever ever ever there

A golden bird that flies away
A candle's fickle flame
To think I held you yesterday
Your love was just a game

You tell me that you love me so
You tell me that you care
But when I need you (baby)
Baby

Take the time to get to know me
If you want me why can't you just show me
Well, always on this roller coaster
If you want me why can't you get closer

Never there
You're never there
You're never ever ever ever there
Never there
You're never there
You're never ever ever ever there


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by CakeEater42

"Never There" as written by John Mccrea

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  • +3
    General CommentI think its about some girl who's never there. . . just maybe.
    holysweeton April 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song rocks my socks, i think its about how his girlfriend or someone was good for him, but now is never around and never calls him or anything.
    cashtohateon July 01, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about his girlfriend whose never their when he needs her, yet he's always there for her.

    "A golden bird that flies away
    A candle's fickle flame"

    I think this refers to him buying stuff for her to keep her interested.
    TheMalletManon April 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEvery time i listen to this, i like it even more.
    And it so describes my situation right now.
    =(
    technicolorxgirlon June 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the ultimate frustrated long distance relationship song. It's about a girlfriend who only uses words and never demonstrates her supposed love with actions. She never has time for him anymore, even to talk. Thus he wonders if he was only imagining that she cared. On second thought, maybe the missing loved one is not a girl and the singer is in a homosexual relationship, because it could easily be describing my boyfriend!
    goddesscarolineon September 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment(I'm pretty sure) Your wrong noodlesluvr1. It's pretty clear that it's fickle.

    Does anyone laugh at almost all their songs or am I the only one. All of their songs are sung in a sarcastic sounding voice. I might be the only one.
    dynosaurunoon September 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe, "A golden bird that flies away" is really an ironic thing, birds made of gold can't fly, such as the one in the jack and the giant beanstalk. Although this is ironic, I think it symbolizes the girl who seems pretty and perfect but once you get close she flies or runs away (refers to that later in the song, "if you want me why can't you get closer.") As for the "candle's fickle flame,"; I believe Cake was inspired to use this by Elton John's song, candle in the wind, in which he compared the way Marilyn Monroe's life went with a candle's flame also. You can look up all of the things a candle's flame could symbolize but the possibilities are endless so I would just go with the one that you enjoy the most.
    Dcore45on January 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCake is delicious. This song especially
    warfishon May 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song! I must
    be a fatty cuz....
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    I LOVE CAKE! hahaha
    Udahoon November 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the few song by Cake I'm familiar with.. but I adore it all the same. The beat is great.
    anna118kon April 15, 2002   Link

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