I have wandered far and wide
For something real something to die for
But I have found you and you do not see
All that is me all that is true

I am more than you will see,
I am more than you will need
I am more than you will see,
More than wanted

As you float the flimsy surface
You should know life lies beneath it
Don't pretend you feel what I feel for you
Live illusion and I am real


I know, I know you like the way
You feel when I play
I know, I know you don't really
Hear what I say
I know, I know you are waiting
For something to raid
I know, I know you wish you could be
More than you say

I have wandered far and wide
For something real something to die for
But I have found you and you do not see
All that is me all that is true and


More than you'll love, more than you'll hate,
More than you'll hold, more than wanted
More than you'll crave, more than you'll cherish,
More than you'll have, more than wanted

Lyrics submitted by brutal_kids

"Wanted" as written by Vanessa Carlton

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    General CommentGreat song, and it always makes me almost angry when I listen to it - but not a "I'm gonna destroy stuff" angry but more of one that makes you want to do something about something... or something
    captainbackfireon July 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone seeing through shallow eyes
    bma7on April 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits so hard to love someone and know they dont really feel the same, they more like you for other aspects...
    regardemylasheskgmon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis songs is about not being able to show your self...like when someone says they know you...but they know nothing about you..."i am more than you will see" and its also about how people take other people for granted "more than you'll cherish"

    vanessarox_09on October 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentVanessa had an apartment with a roommate in Hell's Kitchen, she thought her neighbor was cute but was disappointed that he never paid her as much attention as she wanted ... one day she was playing the piano and her roommate invited the guy over ... the guy then was so smitten with her and she was kinda angry thinking 'I am so much more than a piano player..' and this is what it is about.
    solidground86on March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif that's true, that's such a cool story :).
    torrance21on March 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song (I recently learned it on the piano, but I'm definitely not as good as Vanessa!) but anyway, I feel it's about maybe having a boyfriend or a guy that you like, and they only appreciate you for one thing (and according to solidground86) that seems about right! I can really relate to this song, it shows shallowness in guys and how we are really more than we seem.
    Rinse_It_Awayon June 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentshe is talking in a very real real way about sex (i know you like the way you feel when i play) but the guy shes with does not even see her as a person he is so shallow (and as u float the flimsy surface you should know life lies beneath it) she wants to be more than just wanted by some guy.

    and also yes this song makes me very angry..like angry tears mad cause i can understand it so well...im glad that she always writes about things that are real.
    C301626on June 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI saw her in concert a few years ago after her first album release...she told us (the crowd) her story behind it. She fell in love with her best friend, but as she was about to tell him, he came out to her, breaking her heart because he was gay and she was more than he wanted...he wished he could be more than he said he could, but it wasn't who he was, though he loved her as a best friend, in the end, he was gay.
    uselessinfofreakon December 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have absolutely fallen in love with Vanessa Carlton after this song! Ironic, isn't it? Maybe not.

    As for the story posted above this comment - wow. That's such a deep story, and I'm kind of speechless.

    This is my favorite song by Vanessa Carlton.

    My favorite line - aside from the chorus:
    "and don't pretend you feel what I feel/you live illusion and I'm real."
    Also, I really like:
    "I know, I know you like the way you feel when I play."

    Man. This song is brilliant.
    mad about the boyon September 11, 2008   Link

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