I used to know this girl
Who gave her love away
To every guy she met
And with all the games they played
She never seemed to cry
She never got upset
And one by one they came
And one by one they left
I thought that I could fix her
If she would let me in
But all of my advances
Were shut down in the end
When days turned into months
I begged her to explain
And this is what she sang

It's not like I'm a slut
Or that I really like to fuck
I just want every boy I see
To walk away with part of me
Until there's nothing left to hold
Until there's nothing left to hate
I appreciate your help
But even you can't save me from myself

I used to know this boy
Who took notes in a book
But he ripped out all the pages
Before I got a look
At all the words he scribbled
At all the lines he filled
But the ink stains on his fingers
Told me he was skilled
At capturing a feeling
That most of us just miss
The simple pain of living
With goodbyes on our lips
I found one of the pages
Crumpled by her bed
And this is how it read

It's not like I am weak
Or that I don't know how to leave
It's just that every time you cheat
You bring me closer to defeat

Until there's nothing left to love
Until there's nothing left to say
I know that you need help
But even I can't save you from yourself

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Japanese Gum song meanings
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    General CommentI'm listening to this song as I write. Obviously, the guy is singing about a girl he knew who was the cliched "beautiful but broken." She "gave her love away" and the guy saw the disadvantages of that. He saw her as someone who needed help, and he thought that he could grow close to her and fix her problems.

    Apparently the problems were too many, and his plan fell. After months of trying to get under her skin - which was probably longer than any guy had spent on her - his plan seemed to have failed, and he begged for an explanation to her ways. (note: the narrator of the song seems to be one of the "nice guys" who finish last. He could have gotten sex, or whatever he wanted, from the girl, yet he cared more. I just thought it was interesting considering how most guys treated her.) The girl tells the boy that she's not a slut or really likes to fuck, but wants to give part of herself to every boy she meets. (This is a lyric almost all teenage girls can relate to.)

    She thinks that by giving herself away it will take away the pain of relationships or broken hearts, the like. She thanks the boy for trying to help her, but tells him it's a lost cause. She then tells about a boy "who took notes in a book." This guy was a former lover of hers who she seems to have loved. He kept a journal but wouldn't let her see it. This distantness reflects the way the girl won't let guy # 1 (the narrator) grow close to her.

    Anyway, the guy who writes tells the girl that he, unlike most people, feels the pain of always foreseeing the end of friendships/relationships. That was hard to type, what he means is he recognizes that everything ends harshly and sadly. This too is later reflected in the girl. She won't let guys get close to her because she fears the pain that writer guy was talking about.

    The narrator finds one of the writer's journal pages by the girl's bed. The writer is saying to the girl that he's capable of leaving her (imagining they are together at the time) but that when she cheats on him it makes him want to leave. He then says that he's not going to stick around and let him cheat on her, and that even though she needs help he can't fix her, because the problem comes from her.

    I would really like feedback on my interperitation, it's one of my first posts.
    Chellion December 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so catchy.. I always walk around work singing it and everyone thinks I'm nuts
    "It's not like I'm a slut or that I really like to fuck.. etc"
    atarisemokidon June 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhat a great song. I think the lyrics are pretty much self-explanatory but I love the way they tell a story and the delivery is fantastic. I love the description of how someone gets stuck in a bad relationship too - I'm not sure I've ever heard it put that succinctly before...'It's not like I am weak or that I don't know how to leave, it's just that every time you cheat you bring me closer to defeat'.
    Tikkaon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthe's just great, these lyrics
    precipitateon November 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment' just want every boy I see to walk away with part of me' -- its weird seeing one lyric sum up pretty much my life so far. i cant stop listening to this song
    kindoflikethaton November 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much and my friends think im so weird because of it. anyway, i think that the song shows that this person is trying to help these two other people with their problems in their lives. but then it seems that they are both shutting him off or at least think that he can't do anything to help them.
    xtellaron January 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing. no lie. its such a catchy tune, and its always in my head. its sad lyrics if you just read them, but then when you hear it its just...amazing.
    __megaliciouson February 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, but something funny happened today. The commercial for Avlimil (The Chick Viagra) came on and this song is in the background without the lyrics. I thought it was hilarious even though some women could be offended.
    BadlyDrawnGurLon March 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthah i saw that commercial.
    it was... bizarre.
    _aeronauticalon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthis lyrics are awesome. i like his style of music and writing. it explains a lot in a litle time.
    marley_22181on April 10, 2005   Link

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