"Rinse" as written by and Vanessa Carlton....
She'd do anything to sparkle in his eye
She would suffer, she would fight, and compromise
She's been wishin' on the stars that shine so bright
For answers to the questions that will haunt her tonight

She must rinse this all away
She can't hold him this way
She must rinse this all away
She can't love him this way

How she'd be soothed, how she'd be saved if he could see
She needs to be held in his arms to be free
But everything happens for reasons that she will never understand
'til she knows the heart of a woman will never be found in the arms of a man

[Chorus]

And if she runs away she fears she won't be followed
What could be the worse than leaving something behind
And as the depth of oceans slowly become shallow
It's loneliness she finds
If only he was mine

She'd do anything to sparkle in his eye
She would suffer, she would fight, and compromise
She's been wishin' on the stars that shine so bright
For answers to the questions that will haunt her tonight

She must rinse him
She must rinse him
She can't rinse him
She can't rinse him
She can't, she won't, she must rinse him
She can't, she won't, she must rinse him
She must rinse this all away
She can't hold him this way
She must rinse this all away
She can't love him this way


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"Rinse" as written by Vanessa Carlton

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    General CommentPersonally, I think this song is about wanting something you know you can't have. She's not in a relationship, but she desperately wants to be. But in the back of her mind, she knows nothing can never happen. Sadly, it's hard to let go. Everytime she holds him and loves him, she knows it's not real... even though she has such strong feelings for him
    forkyforkon September 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"She'd do anything to sparkle in his eye."
    Love it, Love it, Love it! She has great lyrics.
    maybabyon September 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe song's meaning is so clear. It's about obsessive love. The girl is obsessed with this guy. You can catch that clearly in the first verse, particularly with the lines: "She'd do anything to sparkle in his eye. She would suffer; she would fight and compromise". She's desparate to have him. But, in the same token, she know's it's wrong. She knows what she feels isn't really love. So she tries to make herself stop, but she can't.

    The bridge is one of my favorite parts because it's the turning point in the song. She's choosing to do the right thing and give him up. But she almost regrets it, because she knows that he's not going to chase her. And so she ends up all alone, still feeling the exact same way as she did before. She's still obsessed with him and it's tearing her apart.

    Those are my thoughts. Take 'em or leave 'em.
    fairyinblacknwhiteon August 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell... sorry guys, but Vanessa wrote this song about me and my freakish tendency to obsess over this guy - five years before I even met him! She's good like that.

    But seriously, fairyinblacknwhite has got the song down. It's about obsession and coming to terms with the fact that a guy is not going to make you who you are, or happy with yourself. It's an unhealthy thing and getting over it is a cleansing process - rinse.

    My favorite part is that "if she runs away, she fears she won't be followed," because for me that's the worst part of getting over this. There's a void that's gotta be filled there.
    cloudy eyeon April 29, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationWhen she says "she can't hold anybody this way" instead of just "hold him this way", i think the girl the song's about feels like nobody would ever want her so she has to forget about the feelings she has.
    Another way i heard the song was, the girl is in a "friends with benefits" kind of thing,and shes in love with him but she knows he'll never feel the same way so she has to stop her feelings.
    zebrafishyon April 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so awesome. God the truth is just everywhere in this song. I can't pick out one truthful line, cause they ALL are.
    letterstonoelleon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definitly my favorite on her album. Every line in this song is so powerful..im surprised that only one other person commented on this song. I love that part- "But everything happens for reasons that she will never understand.
    'Til she knows that the heart of a woman will never be found in the arms of a man."
    ..GO VANESSA!!!
    sierra80on June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe the most personal song on the album? (still thinking about this one)
    sarahjfon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis definitely sums up my life. Even more so with the line of ~'Til she knows that the heart of a woman will never be found in the arms of a/this man~. It depicts every emotion I have right now, to the guy that I've come to love even though I know I shouldn't, because he's gay.
    PunkNerd915on July 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics of this song are great, i agree with sierra my favorite part is one other person commented on this song. I love that part..
    "But everything happens for reasons that she will never understand. 'Til she knows that the heart of a woman will never be found in the arms of a man."
    even thoughh the lyrics are good i think the piano in the background at times, like the beginning is just beautiful, she's an amazing performer!
    Heavenly5640on July 19, 2002   Link

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