"Asleep In The Back" as written by and Guy Edward John/potter Garvey....
Were you crushed
Did I rush you
All my time is yours
My twisted heart is yours
The faithless shit is yours
The shameless fits of love that only smother you for moments
Until I fold them up and leave
All yours

[Chorus]
Oh you had to ask didn't you
Oh you had to ask didn't you
Oh you had to know

Show your scars
Not to rush you
The hieroglyphic hints in all the toilet scrawl
Guilty little pins
And all the things I never talk about
Are spilling with the gin
Test how tough you are
All yours

[Chorus]

Not to rush you


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"Asleep in the Back" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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  • +4
    General Commenthello, i've never dared look at how my lyrics are interpreted but i'm glad i did today. i'm very flattered that everyone who posted took the time to look for meaning in our songs. firstly there are no wrong answers. whatever they mean to you is what they are about but i thought it may be interesting for you to know that of the above posts, CRUMBs interpretation is the closest to my motivation for those words.
    i'll go through the other songs on this list and just put the name of the closest interpreter.
    once again thanks for listening so intently.
    guy x
    munroekellyon July 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about a relationship that went too fast and fell apart. Like, they found out about each other more than they wanted to know.

    "The shameless fits of love that only smother you for moments
    Until I fold them up and leave
    All yours"
    Getting very close too fast and then ending it abruptly.

    "show your scars, not to rush you"
    talking about the things that have hurt her in the past, asking too much too soon.

    "And all the things I never talk about
    Are spilling with the gin
    Test how tough you are"
    getting drunk and talking about the past, things he wouldn't normally disclose, things that has hurt him, that might hurt her, and whether or not she can take to hear it.


    That's my initial interpretation at least, might not be what was intended to be heard but that's how I saw it.
    crumbon April 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy interpretation of the song is the guy finally telling the girl how much she means to him. i can imagine him having the feelings built up for ages, then she asks him "what's up", and all this comes out. "all my time is yours, my twisted heart is yours..." he's infatuated by her.
    "shameless fits of love that only smother you for moments" is how in the past he would have accidentally let his guard down and momentarily made it obvious how he didnt just see her as a friend.
    the lines "were you crushed" "did i rush you" and "not to rush you" all show his nervousness in finally telling her the truth.

    either way, whatever. fantastic song!
    dopefishon April 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like this song is a perfect description of impermanence in a relationship, the fact that many of us make poor decisions while in a relationship with someone who we truly care about.

    It sounds almost as though he confessed to an affair and feels bad about it, like he wants to re-establish his commitment.
    "All my time is yours
    My twisted heart is yours
    The faithless shit is yours
    The shameless fits of love that only smother you for moments
    Until I fold them up and leave
    All yours"
    bekahgoffon September 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a nice, slow song. Great video also. I think it's about a relationship about to end, the guy is asking the girl what went wrong.
    sillymofo15on June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song! and i agree, the video is really really great. very suitable for the song
    DontAskMeWhyon September 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutley a great song, love it! almost makes me cry everytime I hear it, It's about a guy thinking about his dying relationship and trying to figure out what he did to make it go bad, beautiful!
    aftonbelleon March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutley a great song, love it! almost makes me cry everytime I hear it, It's about a guy thinking about his dying relationship and trying to figure out what he did to make it go bad, beautiful!
    aftonbelleon March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere do you get that interpretation? The only evidence of it I see is in the first two lines and the "gin" segment, but nowhere else...
    archagonon November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought Elbow were shit but I love this song suddenly. It is quite gritty, lyrically, even though it sounds very gentle and unsevere.
    _ellieon February 26, 2006   Link

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