"3 Times" as written by and Cat Power Chan Marshall....
I've seen you a couple of times
Guess I've seen you three times
Walking circles around me
When you stand in front of my eyes
I'll make sure I'll look
I'll make sure I'll look
I'll make sure I'll look
Away, away
She like a little Chinese
She is Chinese
Maybe it would be nicer if I said Japanese
She comes around you and me
And when you stand in front of my eyes
I will look
I will look
I will look
Away, away, away
Away, away, away
She looks in distress
She looks impressive
When she is dancing her little home dance on me
Roll, roll, roll away, away, away, away

Lyrics submitted by MarsTheStrange, edited by scottdoesntknow628

"3 Times" as written by Chan Marshall


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    General CommentI'm not sure what Chan meant when she wrote this, but I interpret it as how we're so preoccupied with what other's think about us in everything we do that we can't face it. Whether it be an attraction to someone and we can't look them in the eye when we see them or maybe we see someone different from us, and we worry ourselves with what we say about them.

    I don't know, maybe it's just me.
    autumninloveon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"i'll make sure i look,...away" i imagine that being what autumninlove said about not being able to face this person.the part where she sings "She comes around you and me" makes me think it could be someone besides her lover,someone cheats or considers it and the end is never seeing this person again.hence the title 3 times.walking circles around me.. this person is watching her?
    staygoldenon August 14, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI take this as she is chastising an ex-lover who has left her for someone else; maybe a boyfriend who is with a new woman and now she is seeing them together. "She's like a little Chinese / She is Chinese" – that says to me that she is attacking the other woman, possibly making fun of the way she looks as a defense mechanism ("maybe it would be nicer if I said Japanese"). It also sounds like she is seeing them together now ("she comes around you and me" ), but doesn't want to look at it because it hurts her ("I will, I will, I will look away").
    scottdoesntknow628on November 30, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's less about a relationship, and more about gossip and how politically incorrect things can be in casual conversation, yet we'll just ignore it and turn our head, as if it's not a big deal.

    The specific example that plays out in my head when I hear this song is that of Chan talking to somebody about this Asian girl, the topic of their gossip. I think that they try to seem casual once the Asian girl gets physically closer to them, as if they weren't just talking about her.

    Just my interpretation. Not nearly as deep as all of yours, but whatever. Sometimes things just aren't as deep as we'd like them to be, perhaps.
    telesc0peon August 30, 2012   Link
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    General CommentShe loves the guy. The guy fucked her but changed her for another girl that she says is like a "chinese, is impressive and is in distress" etc...Probably they work at the same place, so she cant stand to look at him.
    toltec444on September 02, 2012   Link

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