"Grey Matter" as written by and Jewel / Kilcher....
Hate you, I love you
Leave, please
Don't go away
Can't decide if
I like your face
Or if I wish
It would stray
You're a child but
You're malicious
You're sweet but
Don't remember my name
And heads you win
And tails I'm lost
And love equals pain

[Chorus]
I am drifting
Without an anchor
Through your ambiguous region
A strange continent
Immune to all reason
And I'm flattered by
Your gray matter

Inside my skin
I feel your tongue
Telling me I'm dirty
And licking my bones
A surge against silence
A knife across a plate
Makes the sound
Of need on hate

[Chorus]

And I do not understand
Why a woman can't
Just love a man

You're amusing
You're a real cool show
With your meat hooks
And barbed wire carnival
You got glitter in your pocket
You got mothballs in your soul
From too many false teeth
And greasy flash bulbs

[Chorus]

I love you
I hate you


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"Grey Matter [Live]" as written by Jewel / Kilcher

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    General Commentthis is one of my fav. songs
    .paradox.on January 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitely one of my favorite songs, and probably my favorite song by Jewel. The lyrics are powerful (inside my skin I feel your tongue / it's telling me I'm dirty and licking my bones), it's very passionately sung, and the melody fits the words perfectly.
    MissMaweeon June 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitely one of my favorite songs, and probably my favorite song by Jewel. The lyrics are powerful (inside my skin I feel your tongue / it's telling me I'm dirty and licking my bones), it's very passionately sung, and the melody fits the words perfectly.
    MissMaweeon June 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so meaningful. it's all about the oxymorons of love and how easy it is to hate and love someone at the same time.
    becca0688on March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song rocks. I learned how to play it on guitar and it surprised me how easy it is to play. I love the lyrics. Jewel uses simple words and simple music to describe complex feelings. It's an oxymoron within itself. I love how she can get her point across so easily because she uses powerful analogies, metaphors, and personification. This song is especially good because of the way she shows the mixed emotions she is experiencing through the tone of her voice as well as the lyrics. The way the note goes up at the end of the line "Leave, don't go away" gives me the impression that it's a question rather than a statement. It shows that she's unsure of her feelings toward the man. While the notes steadily go down on the line "Love equals pain.", I am under the impression that this line is a statement that she is sure of. I love Jewel. This song equals awesome.
    zeroangelon February 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is my theme song. i am glad it has comments on it.
    Christian Hedoniston February 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentaaahhh so amazing.

    just the whole " i am flattered by your grey matter"

    its so amazing
    silhouettedon July 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti loveeee
    kiss_kiss_bang_bangon February 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti loveeee
    kiss_kiss_bang_bangon February 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentafter she sings "from too many false teeth and greasy flash bulbs" the last chorus is beautiful. how she holds "i am drifting without an anchor" all in one breathe. her voice seems like it is doing exactly what she is singing...drifting without an anchor.
    Marie0891on March 12, 2007   Link

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