"Reservations" as written by and Jeffrey Scott Tweedy....
How can I convince you it's me I don't like
When I've always been distant
And I've always told lies for love

I'm bound by these choices so hard to make
I'm bound by the feeling so easy to fake
None of this is real enough to take me from you

Oh I've got reservations
About so many things
But not about you

I know this isn't what you were wanting me to say
How can I get closer and be further away
From the truth that proves it's beautiful to lie

I've got reservations
About so many things
But not about you
I've reservations
About so many things
But not about you
Not about you
Not about you
Not about you
It's not about you

Lyrics submitted by followmearound, edited by NathanWestwood

"Reservations" as written by Jay Bennett Jeff Tweedy

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  • +4
    General CommentIn the summer of 2001, I saw Wilco perform at the Pageant, the first time they had played in St. Louis in roughly 5 years. This was also the first time I had seen them since Jay Bennet and Ken Coomer had left the band, so I was nervous as to how they would sound. I had heard "Reservations" before, but was not prepared for what I heard that night. Jeff Tweedy has truly found beauty in noise. I was astounded at how gorgeous of an arrangement was created. For the majority of the song Tweedy was on the floor, using not his guitar, but his guitar pedals as the instrument. It was unreal. You were able to close your eyes and the sound enveloped you. If you can see this band live, it is worth every penny.
    Fredrickon June 05, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is definetly about depression in one way or another. Jeff Tweedy once said, "“I’ve failed. I’ve let the band down. I sound like the most depressed person in the world.” This album was made during this time in his life.

    It's really sad, because he doesn't love this girl. He can't. He can't be close or intimate with her. He tries to pretend he is, but it's just a joke, or a lie.

    He has reservations about everything because he has no idea what the hell he's doing. He's so uncertain about himself that, until he figures that part of his life out, nothing makes sense.

    I like this song. I saw them once, but they never performed it live.
    BustedLawnChairson November 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHell, My first important crush/love was this song!

    His Name's Billy. I liked him instantly, and he liked me (this was when I was a freshman) but i didn't know that. He was damn good at hiding it. he was two years older than me, and I just felt like he hated me. We were friends, but there'd be periods of weeks where we wouldn't talk, or he'd just be a complete jackass.

    Well, recently, or moreover January 7th, we started dating. (I'm a junior now) For awhile i wasn't sure if he was dating me just because i wanted him to, but then he sang this song to me, and it made me realize that he was just scared.

    Billy's reserved about everything, he couldn't make up his mind whatsoever when he was in highschool, and now he's a freshman in college, and he's still unsure of himself. We talk about his future a lot, and he always tells me that the only thing he's sure of is me.

    I know, gross disgusting love story. Sadly, it's true.

    It's a simple song, there's no real hidden message. It's laid right out in front of you, and i think that's what makes it so perfect. I hope to see Wilco in concert!
    AndixOptimiston February 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a song that makes me wish I was a musician...its such a simple, but powerful song-

    I agree about the meaning....a man has so many issues and problems, so many fears and anxieties. But this person is the oly thing he's sure about, the only thing that makes sense.
    gish33on May 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song means so much to me. I had someone basically say this to me - and it sucks when that happens, because there is really nothing you can do. yeah. he knows this girl is awesome and cares a lot for her ... but he's afraid of commitment or something. he's worried he's just going to mess things up for her if he gets too close. he's probably messing her up more by feeling that way, though.
    catherinekson September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its a man (who after f#cking up lots of times) finally coming to his senses. He is telling a woman that he is unsure about everything in this world.........everything but her and his love for her.
    danny_Horneyon April 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere's nothing for me to say except this is just one of those songs that touches my spine, my heart, my toenails, everything....
    filled with the passion that is missing from so much music out there today
    ieatseedson October 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wish someone would write me a song like this.
    soundgoroundon November 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, i think this song's pretty obvious what it's about: a man who's very apprehensive and reserved about most things, just not about his love.
    ottovonbismarckon March 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmost beautiful song ever
    commutronon December 10, 2005   Link

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