"Caramel" as written by and Suzanne Vega....
It won't do
To dream of caramel,
To think of cinnamon
And long for you.

It won't do
To stir a deep desire,
To fan a hidden fire
That can never burn true.

I know your name,
I know your skin,
I know the way
These things begin;

But I don't know
How I would live with myself,
What I'd forgive of myself
If you don't go.

So goodbye,
Sweet appetite,
No single bite
Could satisfy...

I know your name,
I know your skin,
I know the way
These things begin;

But I don't know
What I would give of myself,
How I would live with myself
If you don't go.

It won't do
To dream of caramel,
To think of cinnamon
And long
For you.


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"Caramel" as written by Suzanne Vega

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  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful, simple song. Reminds me that you don't need electronics, loud guitars, amps, etc to get a feeling across. In fact, you're often better off without 'em.
    TK6022on January 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm feeling it now.. Sometimes it's not a matter of selfishness or egocentric-ness but more of.. I know I'm not who he's looking for and I know I can't have him so I tell myself I'll walk away. But somehow I still think of him when I'm alone and I still long for him. It's a devastating feeling and it has nothing to do with selfishness. It's... self-preservation.
    spinningfreeon October 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe emotion this song talks about is so common, so tragic, and so beautiful.
    caramel fireon June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd compare the meaning of this song to the movie in which Wynona Ryder and Johnny Depp starred in. It's pretty old and he falls in love with her, only his hands are scissors!! Yes, the pain of not being able to just hold somebody close, when that person is standing right infront of you, is very painful
    chineezeyeson October 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEdward Scissorhands is the name of the movie. It IS hard, not being able to be as close to someone as you want to.
    bloodybitchon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand the song is the ost of the new movie - Closer. julia roberts + jude law...
    eckraon January 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt also got into another movie - The truth about cats and dogs, with Janeane Garofalo and Uma Thurman. I really loved this movie, and finding this song for it's soundtrack was a wonderfull treat, since it really fitted in.
    bartoshekon March 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a beautiful song; it reminds me of an open-mic poetry coffeehouse. It is skillfully written; the music matches the tone and lyrics, and the simple images it evokes are accurate to the song's theme. Every line is memorable. A true favorite of mine.
    Tenniskh89on February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is beautiful, so simplistic yet so wonderful, the emotions it captures. The music is slow, sexy, and transfixing, reflecting the nature of the song.

    She wants someone so badly, but she can't be with them, she knows she has to walk away, because "it won't do/to stir a deep desire/to fan a hidden fire/that can never burn true." such a common feeling, she captures it beautifully.
    missmeon July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt my humble opinion, this song talks about a girl that intensely wants a guy but at the same time she knows herself very well for letting his love takes her heart, since she cannot deal with the things related to love. Maybe she's a bit immature or quite selfish/egocentric for doing this.
    circusjuggleron September 12, 2006   Link

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