She's taking her time making up the reasons
To justify all the hurt inside
Guess she knows from the smiles and the look in their eyes
Everyone's got a theory about the bitter one

They're saying
Mamma never loved her much
And daddy never keeps in touch
That's why she shies away from human affection
But somewhere in a private place
She packs her bags for outer space
And now she's waiting for the right kind of pilot to come
And she'll say to him

I would fly to the moon and back
If you'll be, if you'll be my baby
Got a ticket for a world where we belong
So would you be my baby?

She can't remember a time when she feel needed
If love was red then she was color blind
All her friends they've been tried for treason
And crimes that were never defined

She's saying
Love is like a barren place
And reaching out for human faith
Is like a journey I just don't have a map for
So baby's gonna take a dive and
Push the shift to overdrive
Send a signal that she's hanging all her hopes on the stars
What a pleasant dream

I would fly to the moon and back
If you'll be, if you'll be my baby
Got a ticket for a world where we belong
So would you be my baby?

Mamma never loved her much
And daddy never keeps in touch
That's why she shies away from human affection
But somewhere in a private place
She packs her bags for outer space
And now she's waiting for the right kind of pilot to come
And she'll say to him

I would fly to the moon and back
If you'll be, if you'll be my baby
Got a ticket for a world where we could belong
So would you be my baby?


Lyrics submitted by spitfirek7, edited by butterboy

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  • +4
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    yep this song is definitely about a girl that has been hurt badly ...by her parents and everybody she trusts...so shes just waiting for somebody that is like her and will love her enough to make up for all the hurt she has had..to come along...and "take her another world where she belongs"..love this song ..its cool and i think most people can relate ...

    unknown_lalaon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +3
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    This song is great, but it's really sad too. The girl in the song seems to be isolated from the outside world, and she can't seem to find the world where she belongs. Amazing song!!

    SomeGirl_Jadziaon August 28, 2002   Link
  • +3
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    This song is just excellent. I always liked it, but only recently have I fully realized its meaning, well, at least, in my own eyes...!

    Its about feeling lost, unloved, unaappreciated... u fill in the blanks. The list goes on. Its about having a bad day, a bad series of days, weeks, months... time is irrelevent. You feel like u can relate to no one... and you're dreaming of the one who will be able to relate to u... AND understand u. Your soulmate.

    "I would fly to the moon and back... if you'll be my baby." I think 'to the moon and back' implies happiness.... elation, rather. U'll feel rejuvenated, motivated... like u could run a marathon type of thing... All u need is to be able to relate to somebody.

    I dunno. That doesn't sound quite like I wanted it to, but then again, getting your thoughts out is never how u picture it to be.

    SmileStruckon April 21, 2004   Link
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    One of my few very good friends says that this song decribes me....and well i guess it does. With that in mind i think it's about a girl who's been torn apart by the world such as her parents and other influences, and that she's been hurt so much she just shys away from the world. And people just see her as a sadened creature who doesn't want to love...or can't...when all she wants is someone who needs her and can understand her the same way she can understand them.....i only say this because that is how my life is....

    RayvinFaeon June 03, 2002   Link
  • +2
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    I always thought this song was about a girl who had grown up and moved out of home, but, because she never had much love or support as a child, she's grown up not knowing how to love, (love is like a barren place, reaching out for human faith is like a journey i just don't have a map for) even though she wants to, its really very sad, like alot of savage garden songs, one of my favourites, savage garden rock

    Summerlily_215on March 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    Beautiful. When you want to love again, but you can't bring yourself to break down those barriers. You just want someone to be there - the type of person who you can sit with in silence and feel like it was the best conversation you've ever had. They don't have to break down any barriers - the bricks just melt away.

    jessipuffon May 26, 2004   Link
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    All her friends they've been tried for treason And crimes that were never defined

    Means that she's already tried and sentenced her friends in her mind even though they may not really have done anything yet. She just can't trust them so she automatically finds them guilty.

    nemo305on August 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    I really love this song and can relate to it in a twisted way somehow. My head was messed up pretty bad when I was I a teenager, was bullied and/or ignored by schoolmates, especially by the boys and it's pretty much like a sad "ugly duckling" story. I changed, became pretty rather late, by the age of 18 or something and suddenly alle the guys seemed to be interrested...though I seem to have difficulties trusting them and often question their real intentions. I know I can get almost any guys attention, but I'm afraid they will se the real me insde of me if I get to close to them. To me the lyrics tell a tale of a girl that has been hurt so many times over that she don't want to go into any deeper relations, she can take them to the moon and then back again (i.e. dump them) because the were already trialed and found guilty. She gets her kicks from getting that boys attention and love, but ends it before he does. The "pilot" could be anyone, whenever she needs it, like out on town, a one night stand, etc. She doesn't want to go further, she doesn't "have a map" for the stuff that involves feelings, so she goes for the alternative.

    Some of "Garbage"s lyrics describe some of the same feelings, like "Stupid Girl" and many others.

    Arctic_angelon September 02, 2005   Link
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    A woman who's disconnected from human emotion because of her upbringing, a very sad and deep meaningful song. She's waiting for the right guy to come along and give the affection she needs to be driven by. she's trying to find out why she's so hurt. who's going to be the one. privately she needs a different life path with a man who gives real human emotion. even her friends were against her. a very moving song one of my favourites. X

    waddingtonphilipon April 06, 2007   Link
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    To me, it feels like the song is about somebody who has definitely gone through something to distance herself from the world, but instead of trying to heal herself she uses this as an excuse to be even more cut off. So she isn’t understood by the people around her “everyone's got a theory about the bitter one”, she doesn’t trust them while she doesn’t always have the reason not to, and at the same time she isn’t making enough effort to make any of this better. “And reaching out for human faith is like a journey I just don't have a map for" So in her world, she sits and waits “hanging all her hopes on the stars” for the magical presence to come and take her away from this place she supposedly doesn’t belong. (“what a pleasant dream”)

    chrysalideon January 25, 2007   Link

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