She's writing she's writing she's writing a novel
She's writing she's weaving conceiving a plot
It quickens it thickens you can't put it down now
It takes you it shakes you it makes you lose your thought
But you're caught in your own glory
You are believing your own stories
Writing your own headlines
Ignoring your own deadlines
But now you've gotta' write them all again

You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you?
You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you, do you, do?

You want her, confront her, just open your window
Unbolt it, unlock it, unfasten your latch
You want it, confront it, just open your window
All you really have to do is ask
But you're caught in your own glory
You are believing your own stories
Timing your contractions
Inventing small contraptions
That will roll across your parlor's hardwood floors

You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you?
You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you, do you, do you?

You think she's an open book
But you don't know which page to turn to
Do you, do you, do you, do you?


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    i think all the wacky harmonizations represent all the confusion going on in the guys head.
    spacepirateon August 16, 2005   Link
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    what LaChoy said. Cake has more songs about relationships than most bands would be able to justify, but they always come with insightful lyrics. This guy wants a girl who has a pretty complete image of herself and what she wants from life. What she is writing is her own life story, and she wants a man who will achieve those goals with her. The "you" in the song is a guy who is probably not thinking of those goals - likely he has other ones, possibly his career. But he wants this girl. They are very much attracted to eachother and he thinks the way to conquest is clear, she's an open book to him, he knows her inside and out ... or so he thinks. And he gets a few surprises in his courting attempt.
    Ayleneon June 26, 2007   Link
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    It's about people in a relationship making assumptions, instead of communicating. They guy has a script written in his head about how to live his life, and how his partner will fit in with them, and what she wants, and what he wants, and so on -- but now she is turning his world upside down, with her own complex inner life. Instead of asking her what is going on, he creates more and more elaborate stories in his head about what is happening.
    guest2718on October 22, 2010   Link
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    I think it's all a beautiful metaphor for courting (old fashioned, I know)
    canrockson January 02, 2005   Link
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    It means that you're too shy to tell her that you love her, and you begin to lie to yourself and tell yourself that she isn't interested in you, to the point of self destruction.
    moeburnon January 14, 2005   Link
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    Also, have you noticed that a lot of cake songs are about either cars, relationships, or both (a la "The Distance)?
    Raven92on May 07, 2010   Link
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    Seems to me about a neglected, ignored, or otherwise dysfunctional relationship with a muse. Probably directed at the people who'll talk a lot about writing narratives but never have anything to show. The muse--the woman--is doing all the actual story creation, meanwhile "you" are caught in the imagined glory she could be bringing you, if only you'd do some actual writing. "But you're caught in your own glory You are believing your own stories Writing your own headlines Ignoring your own deadlines But now you've gotta' write them all again." The artist is saying all you have to do is write-- "You want her, confront her, just open your window Unbolt it, unlock it, unfasten your latch You want it, confront it, just open your window All you really have to do is ask" But if you don't, you'll only have fantasized success and regrets.
    Yudamanon September 22, 2017   Link
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    i don't really know what this song means, but i love the guitar riff at the beginning and the horn solo over the riff after the first chorus and verse. however, i can't stand the note at the end of the chorus. This would be a great song without it.
    tunasandwich77on December 24, 2004   Link
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    you want her, confront her. just open your window. unbolt it, unlock it, unfasten your latch. you want it, confront it. just open your window. all you really have to do is ask. he's saying unzip your zipper and rail your girlfriend, but make sure you ask her first.
    oswenon January 08, 2005   Link
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    In the first stanza it is describing either her life or yours with her, and how she is giving you free reign to pick at her brain as if reading a book. However, the real problem is that you don't know which "page" to turn to, or what to really ask her. You are incredibly attracted to her, and she is probably attracted to you, but you keep on turning to the wrong pages, your conversations with her getting insights to her mind but not getting you closer to being with her when you want to be, aka "your own deadlines". I also think that the bad chords and odd timed joining of the chorus to the main singer is perfect for this song. It emphasizes the dischord between what you really want and what is going on. And, oswen, when I read what you wrote I laughed out loud. Brilliant description of that stanza.
    MtMan900on March 25, 2005   Link

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