I waited 'til I saw the sun
I don't know why I didn't come
I left you by the house of fun
I don't know why I didn't come
I don't know why I didn't come

When I saw the break of day
I wished that I could fly away
Instead of kneeling in the sand
Catching teardrops in my hand

My heart is drenched in wine
But you'll be on my mind
Forever

Out across the endless sea
I would die in ecstasy
But I'll be a bag of bones
Driving down the road alone

My heart is drenched in wine
But you'll be on my mind
Forever

Something has to make you run
I don't know why I didn't come
I feel as empty as a drum
I don't know why I didn't come
I don't know why I didn't come



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"Don't Know Why" as written by Jesse Harris

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  • +4
    General Comment:I think Norah's singing about a lost chance with a lover. I'm thinking that she let a man that's come into her live leave because of trepidation and now, she is slowly regretting that she didn't "come" with to him to a lover's paradise.
    Nightingale87on May 11, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:No doubt. She missed her chance to go with him.

    Something has to make you run...

    I swear, this is one of those songs that hit a nerve, like I was really there. What have I done? Why didn't I go? I want to go! What am I doing here? Oh, what have I done!

    Seriously, she really tells the story...

    (Actually I just came to this site because another site had it "Something has to make you ~wrong~." I knew that was ~.)
    jotokaion July 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Of all the crap that has come out recently, nothing has triggered my interest so I listen to the older non-aggressive, sometimes male hating, overtly female, non-mainstrem music. I had read and article on new artists one of the artists was Norah Jones but dismissed them and a crop of new and uneventful crap. One night, I was idly watching network television, as I often do on lonely and boring week nights and I heard this song, a beautiful song. I literally hopped up out of my seat and screamed "i have to get this cd." It was this song about someone missing out on their chance with their soul mate. I have since bought the Cd and I now have my whole family listening to her. Hell, if you like her you might want to check out Diana Krall. Jazz is a truly lovely genre of music. I sound like such a nerd, but I likes good music.
    Eggos=yumon May 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Like Nightingale, I believe the song is about loss of love. When I analyze the lyrics, I find I think the song has to do with a lover who is permanently to another country, far across the sea. She says she "didn't know why she didn't come" to say goodbye to him and see him off. Why would she wait until the dawn? Perhaps because she then knew dawn was about the time her lover's flight left and at that point she knows he'll forever be off on a different path that will not return to her. She says if she was on the other side of the ocean, with him, she could be happy, but instead she predicts a destiny of being old and alone.

    I think the lyric of "I left you at the house of fun" means that her lover was having a going away party and at some point she couldn't take it and had to leave.

    And I think most of the lyrics is the story told after the long night at the beach. When she's still thinking of him and drinking in her misery.

    I'm not quite sure of the lyric "Something has to make you run" I think perhaps it could me that she didn't know what made her leave the party so abruptly, but it also could mean that she is aware that something is making her lover want to leave where he is for somewhere new.

    I like the analogy that she is an empty drum, with some sort of beating of her heart to keep her alive, but essentially, she's empty inside.

    All in all, these poignant lyrics in contrast with such a sweetly composed song instead of mopey dramatacism make for a very touching and beautiful song.
    place8on May 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I hear this song from 10 am till 4 pm... n still not boring.
    it's a great song, great lyrics, great voice and great music. I think the other musician whose back up norah are very great too.....
    arezaon July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Norah Jones has a beautiful voice!! This is a great song, I'm going out to buy the CD as soon as possible!
    Trudieon May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I absolutely LOVE Norah Jones' album. This was the first song I heard. I saw the music video and then downloaded a few other songs. Then i went out to buy her CD...it's a great comfort and is very soothing/relaxing! =)
    SiLLyHeADon May 07, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:does anyone happen to know if Norah Jones' music (piano book or sheet music) has come out yet? or when it's expected to come out?? i've been wanting to play her music since i've gotten the album, but i can't seem to find it anywhere! =I
    SiLLyHeADon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is so deep to me. It came out and I was like who is that never heard of her before. But the song is incredible. I just wonder is the rest of her music the same way.
    sweetshyon May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:No doubt about it! Great song!!! Bona Fide HIT!

    Is it just me or does the first verse sound a bit 'perverse'?

    "I dun't know why I didn't come"??

    Could be a double meaning here folks. Comments please. I am lost!
    fbliangon May 10, 2002   Link

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