"Simple And Clean" as written by and Hikaru Utada....
When you walk away
You don't hear me say please
Oh baby, don't go
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight
It's hard to let it go

You're giving me too many things
Lately you're all I need
You smiled at me and said

Don't get me wrong I love you
But does that mean I have to meet your father?
When we are older you'll understand
What I meant when I said no
I don't think life is quite that simple

When you walk away
You don't hear me say please
Oh baby, don't go
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight
It's hard to let it go

(So simple and clean, baby)

The daily things
(like this and that and what, what)
That keep us all busy
Are confusing me
That's when you came to me and said

"Wish I could prove I love you
But does that mean I have to walk on water?
When we are older you'll understand
It's enough when I say so
And maybe somethings are that simple"

When you walk away
You don't hear me say please
Oh baby, don't go
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight
It's hard to let it go

Hold me
Whatever lies beyond this morning
Is a little later on
Regardless of warnings, the future doesn't scare me at all
Nothing's like before

When you walk away
You don't hear me say please
Oh baby, don't go
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight
It's hard to let it go

Hold me
Whatever lies beyond this morning
Is a little later on
Regardless of warnings, the future doesn't scare me at all
Nothing's like before

Hold me
Whatever lies beyond this morning
Is a little later on
Regardless of warnings the future doesn't scare me at all
Nothing's like before


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"Simple and Clean" as written by Hikaru Utada

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  • +4
    General CommentIn response to the above, I don't think she was too demanding at all. Maybe the guy THINKS she's too demanding, but in reality I think he's the one who is making things overly complicated.

    "You're giving me too many things" - he's showering her with presents, but all she wants is to be with him. "Don't get me wrong, I love you, but does that mean I have to meet your father?" She's just enjoying being with him, but he's already worrying about things like meeting her dad instead of enjoying her company too. In his mind, you meet someone, you pursue a relationship, you meet their parents and then marriage, but as she says life isn't that simple. But because she doesn't want presents and she's not worrying about him meeting her dad, he doesn't know how to prove his love for her. He thinks she's being demanding and that she wants him to walk on water, but that's not it. But in asking her these questions, he's not really proving his love for her at all, just worrying, so she says "it's enough when I say so."

    "Hold me
    Whatever lies beyond this morning
    Is a little later on
    Regardless of warnings the future doesn't scare me at all
    Nothing's like before "

    Again, she's not worried about what's in store for them later (whereas he probably is.) She's just happy in the moment and wants to be held.
    Omgwowon January 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"punker" *rolls eys* I hate thar word.

    Yes, this is one of the only J-Pop songs I really like...she has an AMAZING voice. Notr suprising she's sold more cd's in Japan then anyone EVER!
    hirotheavitaron March 27, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts obviously about dating a more mature lover, someone taking a differnt stance from the rush in attitude the writer has taken.
    Don't get me wrong I love you
    But does that mean I have to meet your father?
    When we are older you'll understand
    What I meant when I said "No,
    I don't think life is quite that simple"

    Puppy love, phewww. Maybe in a year or two i'll escape it's grasp. lol.
    Mr_sarajevoon January 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am normally a pretty much punk and metal only type of person, but when i hear this song, i can feel my soul being torn to shreds. It makes me think of my far off love, and then of why i lover her so much. This song is definatly one makes me smile in a sad sort of way.
    hellainon October 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbut basicly, she doesn't want to complicate her relationship when it's the only thing in the world that can make her feel 'simple and clean'

    The daily things that keep us all busy
    Are confusing me
    That's when you came to me and said,

    Wish I could prove I love you
    But does that mean I have to walk on water?
    tigersroamfreeon January 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust listening to it at work, looking for a break from the grind. (I've loved it since it was first featured in the PS2 game "Kingdom Hearts" -- the monstrous joint success from Square Enix and Disney. Anyway.)

    It occurred to me, rather suddenly, that it fits EXACTLY what I'm going through. Utada's in her what, twenties, I think? Not sure. Anyhow, curious to hear the Japanese version as apparently the meaning is quite different. But for me, the English version seems to be a commentary on the traditions of commitment. (I think it was featured in the game more for marketing reasons than it truly being indicative of the characters and story.)

    Follow me, here.

    It's at first a fairly new couple, both wanting to commit to each other, but retain their independence as people. He loves her, he says, but does that mean they have to marry? (Meeting the parents being a typical first step in the process of wedding.)

    She agrees that no, the simplicity of the relationship is what she's been looking for and she'll try to take it at face value that they are committed to one another.

    Now. Fast forward. They've been together for awhile, happy, or relatively so. But the "daily things that keep us all busy" are "confusing" her. Shouldn't they settle down? Isn't that what people do? But they're happy the way they are. But if they don't, what will happen to the relationship? However, he agrees that the way things are is fine, and why upset the status quo? He wishes he could "prove that he loves her", but is seems an impossible feat short of doing something of which they're both unsure.

    In an effort to quell her fears, he offers that, as time continues on, the longer they stay together exactly as they are, she won't need reaffirmation and will come to believe that he does love her as he says, even if their union is not legally bound for all the world to see.

    Eventually she comes to ponder ... maybe they could just stay as they are. Perhaps things really "are that simple".

    The ending refrain is the conclusion of the decision, and she doesn't want to walk away from something that fulfills them both just to be traditional and as she's always been instructed to be. So, "hold me", she says, quite literally. And whatever lies down the road years from now isn't today or now. Even though the little voice inside her head, and quite possibly friends and relatives tell her that this man may never marry her, ("regardless of warnings") -- she doesn't care and is willing to accept the possibility.

    Should he love her as he says, when they are older, they'll both understand that whatever they choose to do is perfectly acceptable, as they captain their relationship and no one else. Should they ever make it official or just official between the two of them.

    As a quick addendum, the chorus, "when you walk away ..." essentially is her grasp of her own independence she's equally unwilling to relinquish. When he tells her that marriage isn't for him, she's not giving any ultimatums, or that she demands anything from him. In fact, "simple and clean" is the way she's enjoying it. And despite the criticisms from marriage proponents, she's enjoying her relationship the way it is.

    Just my $0.02.
    mindhuntresson June 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentis it Utada Hikaru, or Hikaru Utada???
    cause I know she gets called Hikki
    chic-a-cherry-colaon August 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. First time I heard part of it it was on a Gisney playstation commercial. It rocks
    tigger1280on September 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is beautiful.
    LoveIsARoseon September 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song a lot. I played the game and it's been stuck in my head since. Gisney rocks!
    Daos714on October 05, 2002   Link

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