"Emily" as written by and Jewel Kilcher....
Woke up to find
I lost my mind
Lost heart, lost nerve
I lost my favorite word
Emily

I take my cigarettes
I give 'em a smoke
Oh god
My heart feels froze
I've lost something it seems
I've misplaced my favorite thing
Emily

Where does love go
If it can't find a home
One moment here then gone
With no forwarding address
Love no longer has a house
Or residence in flesh

Take the keys
I get in the car
To out run this man
I'd have to go real far
Where mercy wears lace
And bottles are thieves
Which of these took you from me?
Emily

I face myself
But there's this draft inside
Parts of me drowned
In perpetual tide
I want to call names
I want to throw things around
But no bar can buy
Forgiveness another round for
Emily

Where does love go
If it can't find a home
One moment here then gone
With no forwarding address
Love no longer has a house
Or residence in flesh

I go to the bedroom
Turn on the light
It's like an empty altar
No angel in sight
Religion with no temple
No place to take my worship to
No god for my eyes to see
No fruit to lay at the feet of
Emily
Gone
Gone


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"Emily [*]" as written by Jewel Kilcher

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    General CommentThis song is so sad....is so lovely and peaceful, i like to think its about me...only coz of the name but i love it
    Wicked Emon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYep, I second that, Wicked Em. We rock.
    emann333on June 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey girls, me too! any song with the name mle in it rocks!
    *mLe*on July 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey im an emily to hehe! *mLe* cute s/n thingy lolz
    muzikchickyon September 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey im an emily to hehe! *mLe* cute s/n thingy lolz
    muzikchickyon September 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOkay, so I suppose that I'm the first Emily that is commenting on this song. This should be interesting seeing as how I am able to respond without bias :). I am a Jewel fan, however, and I must say that this is a great song. I absolutely love it. I even love the name Emily.
    ars musicaon April 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentGuess I'm the first non-Emily to comment on this song. But I gotta say, this song is awesome!! I just love it! No one's said anything about what they think it means either, but I've got a few thoughts... I reckon she's singing about losing this girl Emily (I kinda imagine Emily to be a child/teen), and it's all about these strong feelings of how much she cared for Emily, and now there's no Emily to love anymore, and she's so sad...

    Woke up to find
    I lost my mind
    Lost heart, lost nerve
    I lost my favourite word -
    Emily

    I take my cigarettes
    I give 'em a smoke
    Oh god
    My heart feels froze
    I've lost something it seems
    I've misplaced my favourite thing -
    Emily

    (These 2 verses r simple- just saying how much losing Emily has affected her)

    Where does love go
    If it can't find a home
    One moment here then gone
    With no forwarding address
    Love no longer has a house
    Or residence in flesh

    (Chorus is simple too- Emily (is the 'home'/'flesh')is no longer there, so her love has no place to be. It used to be in Emily, but no that Emily's gone, her love has nowhere to go)

    Take the keys
    I get in the car
    To out run this
    man I'd have to go real far
    Where mercy wears lace
    And bottles are thieves
    Which of these took you from me?
    Emily

    (Well obviously, it's to outrun this pain, hurt, this situation... But I'm not quite sure what she means by the mercy, etc and bottles, etc lines. Any thoughts?)

    I face myself
    But there's this draft inside
    Parts of me drowned
    In perpetual tide
    I wanna call names
    I wanna throw things around
    But no bar can buy
    Forgiveness another round for
    Emily

    (Well, simply this 'draft inside' and the 'perpetual tide' is part of the gap and the hurt -grief- that's left behind now that she's lost Emily. She's angry and upset, which is why she wants to call names, etc. Once again, not quite sure about 'no bar can buy forgiveness'... Any thoughts on that? And I think she just means, lets have another round for Emily.)

    I go to the bedroom
    Turn on the light
    It's like an empty altar
    No angel in sight
    religion with no temple
    No place to take my worship to
    No god for my eyes to see
    No fruit to lay at the feet of
    Emily

    (I reckon it's Emily's bedroom she's gone into, and Emily is no longer, so therfore- no angel (Emily) in sight. And all that 'worship', 'god', 'fruit' stuff is just showing how deeply devoted she was to Emily, and now her devotion and love are homeless

    Gone
    Gone

    (Need I even explain this one? Duh... Haha. Uh yeh. She's gone.)
    anenome82on July 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentGuess I'm the first non-Emily to comment on this song. But I gotta say, this song is awesome!! I just love it! No one's said anything about what they think it means either, but I've got a few thoughts... I reckon she's singing about losing this girl Emily (I kinda imagine Emily to be a child/teen), and it's all about these strong feelings of how much she cared for Emily, and now there's no Emily to love anymore, and she's so sad...

    Woke up to find
    I lost my mind
    Lost heart, lost nerve
    I lost my favourite word -
    Emily

    I take my cigarettes
    I give 'em a smoke
    Oh god
    My heart feels froze
    I've lost something it seems
    I've misplaced my favourite thing -
    Emily

    (These 2 verses r simple- just saying how much losing Emily has affected her)

    Where does love go
    If it can't find a home
    One moment here then gone
    With no forwarding address
    Love no longer has a house
    Or residence in flesh

    (Chorus is simple too- Emily (is the 'home'/'flesh')is no longer there, so her love has no place to be. It used to be in Emily, but no that Emily's gone, her love has nowhere to go)

    Take the keys
    I get in the car
    To out run this
    man I'd have to go real far
    Where mercy wears lace
    And bottles are thieves
    Which of these took you from me?
    Emily

    (Well obviously, it's to outrun this pain, hurt, this situation... But I'm not quite sure what she means by the mercy, etc and bottles, etc lines. Any thoughts?)

    I face myself
    But there's this draft inside
    Parts of me drowned
    In perpetual tide
    I wanna call names
    I wanna throw things around
    But no bar can buy
    Forgiveness another round for
    Emily

    (Well, simply this 'draft inside' and the 'perpetual tide' is part of the gap and the hurt -grief- that's left behind now that she's lost Emily. She's angry and upset, which is why she wants to call names, etc. Once again, not quite sure about 'no bar can buy forgiveness'... Any thoughts on that? And I think she just means, lets have another round for Emily.)

    I go to the bedroom
    Turn on the light
    It's like an empty altar
    No angel in sight
    religion with no temple
    No place to take my worship to
    No god for my eyes to see
    No fruit to lay at the feet of
    Emily

    (I reckon it's Emily's bedroom she's gone into, and Emily is no longer, so therfore- no angel (Emily) in sight. And all that 'worship', 'god', 'fruit' stuff is just showing how deeply devoted she was to Emily, and now her devotion and love are homeless

    Gone
    Gone

    (Need I even explain this one? Duh... Haha. Uh yeh. She's gone.)
    anenome82on July 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThere's just so much feeling in this song, the way she sings it, you have no choice then to feel it yourself! it's great
    slaapmutske_1on December 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti'm another emily- part of the reason i was led to this song- i was always a jewel fan but i just searched any song with the name emily once and this came up. it's an amazing song- i dont know why but i always feel like it's her niece or someone like that- random of me i know- but i just get that sense- i feel like maybe thats just cause of chantal kreviazuk's song named "eve" cause it's about her neice- and apparently i put those two together? alrighty. anyways- yes she lost emily and it's about life with out her..in my opinion. alright- go jewel yah whoo.
    mle_loveon January 31, 2005   Link

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