I won't try to explain what I cannot understand
It's a bird it's a plane it's a one night stand
If I only we could ride far enough
I'd forget you altogether
It's a bluff
There is no way I could not remember

don't ask me what I came here for
It is too delicate for words
I used to want to make you talk
Now I would rather you did not

I don't mind if you read while I'm coming
It's alright if you need the t.v.
To keep from noticing my mind going blank
What's the worst thing that could happen?
Is my back all that bad?
Strike the match and watch the doll come open

don't ask me what I want from you
It is not something you could purposely do
I used to want to make you mine
Now I have better things in mind...







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Will Lyrics as written by Amanda Palmer

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  • +1
    General Commentok everybody this isnt me its my sister she just wanted to write what the sogn emeans:

    Ok, I think this song is about a girl...ok, woman now who loved this guy and she got married to him. They didn't get along and were fighting and didn't have a good marriage. This song leads to her desire for a divorce.
    xrancidxrainbowxon February 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's the willing and wanting.. well, the urge, actually... to have an orgasm. She can't get one from the one she loves, so she's decided to go for it with a one night stand. Maybe his name is Will? Maybe she doesn't even know his name? Maybe the only way she can "get off" is when she's with a stranger? Or maybe... she and her lover have grown dull with each other, or perhaps it's just her lover that is bored with her. That's what it sounds like to me.
    dedgrrlsdanceon July 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is more along the lines of two people that normally don't like each other but have a physical attraction. They're just in it for the sex. It seems like the girl, at first, tried to get with the guy but then they try or something and she realizes its not working anymore...

    "if i only we could ride far enough
    i'd forget you altogether"

    She seems like she wants to stop. She just wants to run away. She used to want to stay and try to get them together so they won't have to go behind people's backs.

    "don't ask me what i came here for
    it is too delicate for words
    i used to want to make you talk
    now i would rather you did not"

    This part makes it sound like the girl is ashamed of what she and the guy do. When she says not to ask why she came she means that she doesn't quite understand herself. She can't tell if they are actually doing it for love or for lust.

    Also the very first line "I won't try to explain what I cannot understand" makes me think that she isn't certain of herself.
    Glass_slipperon December 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song's beautiful.
    & tragic.
    InkBleedsDeeperon May 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about a devotion to someone who doesnt really give a shit about you. Like a fuck buddy who you want more from and they just use you for sex, it takes places as the "relationship" is coming to an end and she realizes taht it will always just be sex to him and her pleasure means nothing.
    intoodeepon August 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song makes me think about the bell jar. its haunting.
    it stays with you all day.
    i love the line
    "if you need the TV to keep from noticing my mind
    going blank
    whats the worst thing that can happen"
    Nicola672on October 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with intoodeep.

    what's the worst thing that could happen?
    is my back all that bad?

    I think this means she wants him to initiate their sexual encounters with foreplay (like a sensual massage for instance), and be more affectionate and loving.

    strike the match and watch the doll come open

    Strike the match and light a candle to set the mood. She wants romance and passion out of him, but he only sees her as a sexual object... essentially no different than a blow-up doll.

    Like intoodeep said, her pleasure means nothing to him. He's taking what he can get out of her because she's offering it, though she's doing it in the hopes that other feelings will develop. It's the only way she can really be close to him at this point, and she too is taking what she can get out of him... even though it's tearing her up inside.

    Sad song :(
    Lovely though
    theamazingpillon May 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think it's about a woman, who just doesn't feel anything anymore. She wanted to be with this guy and then she sleeps with him and then there isn't anything more. She tries to keep up the charade the it doesn't bother her to just have meaningless sex with him and then in the process of trying to convince him, she convinces herself. "I used to want to make you talk,now I would rather you did not." She's saying that it went from her wanting more than a sexual relationship with him, to now she would just prefer they get straight to the sex and skip the social aspect of it. "I used to want to make you mine, now I have better things in mind..." Like she finally got what she wanted, but she doesn't want it anymore. It's a beautifully sad song that shows that sometimes people get tired of vying for the acceptance of someone. Very easy to relate to.
    awwberryon October 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg why havent people commented on this song? this is a great song! its really sad but it still great.

    i think its about this girl who used to like this guy and then he stopped noticing her and then she realized that he stopped so she stopped liking him but she still has hope for him to come back to him.
    xrancidxrainbowxon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont know... but whenver i hear this song i always think of a prostitute..

    "i won't try to explain what i cannot understand
    it's a bird it's a plane it's a one night stand"

    The sex has become so routine its like what a normal perosn would consider brushing thier teeth in the morning...

    but i dont know... i know thats kind of a weird interpritation of the song...
    Poop_Faceon March 09, 2006   Link

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