"Psychobabble" as written by Imogen Jennifer Heap, Guy Sigsworth and Peter Chill....
How did you get this number?
I can't get my head 'round you
Of course you're not coming over
Snap out of it
You're not making any sense

You couldn't be more wrong, darling
I never gave out these signs
You misunderstand all meaning
Snap out of it
I'm not falling for this one

If love is surrender
Then whose war is it anyway?

Do just what I tell you
And no one will get hurt
Don't come any closer
'Cause I dunno how long I can hold my heart in two

If you think that it's so damn easy
Then what do you need me for?
Just look at the state of you
Babe, snap out of it
You're not listening to this

And just for once could you
Let me finish my sentence?

Do just what I tell you
And no one will get hurt
Don't come any closer
'Cause I dunno how long I can hold my heart in two

Make no sudden movements
And no one will get hurt
You're not coming over
If you know what's good for me
Why would I be leaving you?

Now, I've had it up to here
Don't ever try that again
Why are you so quiet so suddenly?
Go on, have it
You're just dying to try me

Do just what I tell you
And no one will get hurt
Don't come any closer
'Cause I dunno how long I can hold my heart in two

So, what do we do now?
What do we do now?
What do we do now?
What do we do now?


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"Psychobabble" as written by Imogen Heap Pete Chill

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    General CommentTo me, Psychobabble gives off just a bit of a "stalker song" vibe. "How did you get this number/ . . . Of course you're not coming over/ . . . I never gave out those signs/You misunderstood the meaning." If that were actually true - which I doubt, it just has that aura - I can see how she's singing her side of the conversation (as noted above) with the stalker.
    Rachelizon January 03, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI do appreciate how songs can evoke different responses from different folks... But I'm surprised at how similar most interpretations of this are. Either a love song, or a stalker 'love' song, seems to be general consensus.

    Maybe I'm just taking it a little too literally, but between the inconsistencies in topic and the name of the song, I always took it as being the babble of a psycho. I find it very easy to imagine a girl sitting alone somewhere rocking back and forth, muttering all of this to herself.

    Whatever the subject matter, it's a fantastic song and I love it.
    JudeccaGunneron March 19, 2011   Link
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    General Commentto me this is about a girl who's in love with one guy and she's in a relationship with him, but she keeps getting the feeling its not going right, e.g.

    "Now, I've had it up to here
    Don't ever try that again" - showing she knows him and what he's trying to do

    "You couldn't be more wrong, darling
    I never gave out these signs
    You misunderstand all meaning
    Snap out of it
    I'm not falling for this one" - the darling showing she's trying to be nice, but failing, and she's in a really big argument with him.

    And at the same time, combined into the song, is her conversation with this other guy whos coming onto her a lot too much for comfort

    " How did you get this number?
    I can't get my head 'round you
    Of course you're not coming over" - she's really scared of all the attention, its been a long time since someone has really loved her like that

    So most of the song is her yelling at/talking to one of these guys, then in some bits she's suddenly talking to herself;

    "If love is surrender
    Then whose war is it anyway?"

    Then at the end she realises she is "torn in two" and feels so utterly helpless...

    "Do just what I tell you
    And no one will get hurt
    Don't come any closer
    'Cause I dunno how long I can hold my heart in two

    So, what do we do now?
    What do we do now?
    What do we do now?
    What do we do now?" - she's telling both of them to back off because she doesnt understand herself anymore.

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    Maybe this is just me - its where I was at the time I first heard the song anyway.
    aj_100on October 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf love is surrender
    Then whose war is it anyway?

    this is seriously the most beautiful line i have ever heard in a song, but i still dont exactally understand what it means. just listen to that part
    nikki0772002on May 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems to have several parallel meanings.
    First and most obvious is the hostage situation.
    Particularly the lines "Do just what I tell you and no one need get hurt" and "Don't ever try that again."
    and my personal favourite "Go on have it, you're just dying to try me"
    However it could easily be between Hostage and taker, Taker and negotiatior, a combination of those.
    The idea of the 2 people in the apartment with sexual tension is a possible notion.
    It may even blend into the hostage situation, perhaps a touch of stockholm syndrome.
    The stalker scenario is also very likely (I whent to a psychology convention on crime, Stalkers were covered in depth, and this songs relates well to it.)
    zenmaruon June 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am probably totally off on this, however: I see a response to a drunk dial. She still has feelings for the guy calling, but she's trying her hardest to get over him and BAM he shoves himself back in her face. She's talking to him, partly glad that he called her, partly mad because he's totally shitfaced, and partly irritated that he reminded her of him when she was so close to being over him. Not all of it makes sense, which is why I think I'm probably wrong, but some parts just work too perfectly and I was never able to think up anything better.

    I like the hostage idea, however. It definitely fits with the lyrics. :)
    superfedoraon July 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOL. the title is Psychobabble. she is mostly talking to herself!

    there's a guy involved but mostly the conversation is between herself.


    "Of course you're not coming over" - was also to herself, thats why she tells herself (again) to "Snap out of it
    You're not making any sense"

    What do we do now?
    momorocoon January 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is basically a one sided conversation. The speaker clearly has issues with allowing people in, however his/her lover has penetrated just enough of his barrier to scare him a bit. He feels almost tricked "i'm not falling for this one" and dont ever try that again".
    6TabY9on October 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about someone who doesn't want to fall for someone else because they've been hurt in the past. . ."I don't know how long I can hold my heart in two". . .It's been broken before and they don't want to put it back together in fear of having it break again. . .Def agree with the one-sided convo though. . .Totally didn't even see it till you mentioned it 6Tab..
    chillout16on October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with 6TabY9.

    this song is awesome anyway.
    catchinstarson March 12, 2005   Link

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