This is how it goes
You'll get angry at yourself
And think you can think of somethinge else
And I'll hear the clanging of the bells
Cause I can't stop you baby

Cause I don't have the bribery in place
No bright shiny surface to my face
So I won't go near the marketplace
With what I'm selling lately
Cause this is how it goes

Cause it's all about drugs, it's all about shame
And whatever they want
Don't tell them your name

This is how it goes
One more failure to connect
With so many how could I object
And you, what on earth did you expect
Well I can't tell you baby
When this is how it goes

Cause it's all about drugs, it's all about shame
And whatever they want, don't tell them your name

So I try to hold on
While you try to let go
You won't tell me it's gone
But baby I'll know
Baby I'll know
Baby I'll know
Baby I'll know

Lyrics submitted by AgathaKavka

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    General CommentThis song deserves a comment, it's so beautiful:

    I think the song is about how the heartfelt artists (who maybe aren't so model-pretty) of our era don't get the airing they deserve ("No bright shiny surface to my face"), but the more pop-like music with less meaning does and in doing so doesn't send out the right messages ("it's all about drugs, it's all about shame"
    ny156ukon April 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree with ny156uk.
    it is about artists and how they are portrayed to the public, like if they get famous from their looks or their music.
    crystal-chicon May 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentso this song pretty much sums up all my relationships.. from beginning. i especially love the line after the chorus, it's great and so true.

    she is so brilliant. i love this woman aimee mann
    cloudgirlon January 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGoing to have to disagree with this song being about musicians/the music industry. A lot of the lines seem realllllllllllly specific to a relationship. I'm going to have to say I think the song's meaning is more straight forward than the struggles of the music industry. "I'll try to hold on while you try to let go" "you won't tell me it's gone but baby I'll know" "I don't have a bribery in place", etc etc. I haven't spoken with Aimee to verify but it sure seems to be about a relationship... Even the drug part is likely as straight forward as it seems.... Could be wrong, but just can't see how so many of the lines in this song could have anything to do with what was previously posted... hmm.
    sylviasovenon October 04, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningFirst, Buffy brought me here, it's a delicious music. I do agree the Aimee's song may want to allude to the music market. She'd said on a talk show that she create the music and the market should only sell it. As in "Cause I don't have the bribery in place" and "So I won't go near the marketplace/With what I'm selling lately" it goes for the CD that the industry sell and the ugly things that happens under it. Anyway, cause Buffy I like to remember/fell as a love song, although it's not. Wish I could ask Aimee about it.
    ErickRon September 11, 2013   Link

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