"what you want" as written by Michael Oliviere, Andre Knight, James Todd Smith, Kijana Elcock, Albert Elias, Leslie Pridgen, Ian Heywood and Angelo / Badalamenti....
What you want to say
Wait till you get home
I'm sick of communicating over the telephone
But tell me how you feel
For I am lonely too
Need you to know
I'm just as cold and numb as you

But I could fly away
Or I could be no one
And you could be the sunshine falling over the mountains

Or you could come to stay
You could come right home
I don't see why I have to
Live this life all alone

I know there is a way to make up for old mistakes
I know what's happening is for a reason
I
I
I


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"What You Want" as written by Nuno Bettencourt

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    General Commentin an acoustic vh1 performance, john butler says this song is about being away from the ones you love. my favorite butler song.
    jetercpon July 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI lived in Fort Worth, Texas and met a girl going to school in Chicago in a very serendipitous way. After only talking in person for about 3 minutes I had to leave. We were able to go 6 months with texts, phone calls and even Skype "courting" one another. I fell in love with her from the moment I laid my eyes on her and never knew if she felt the same. Until one night, 1000 miles away from one another, she told me to download this song and that she thinks about me when she listens to it and cannot stop listening to it herself. I immediately loved the song. Fast forward a year...We live together, I am more in love with her than ever before and every time this song plays on either of our iTunes playlist, be it in the car, out and about or at home, we smile and have such a calming peace knowing that our long distance friendship-turned courtship-turned relationship was worth every second of the pain of being away from each other.
    TheCowboyon May 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentforgot one of the verses lol

    there's another verse after the 3rd verse and it goes like this.....

    You could come to stay
    or you could come right home
    don't see why i have to live this life all alone.

    i luv this song, i relate to almost every line in this song man, jbt is totally awsome!!
    green1on September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome stuff...John Butler Trio true champion man. I love the instrumentation on this song...its heaps sweet.
    Weishengon November 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis whole cd is the tits, I'm so impressed and to think the only reason I even bought the cd was cause I was interested in the music for the upcoming bonnaroo and now I'm even more excited to see them there!! This song is my favorite on the album, the lyrics are unbelievable and his voice makes it that much more meaningful!
    tayzha26on May 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis isnt the usual song I listen to, but it is so awesome! The violins in the back really make the difference. JBT Rules!
    Rocker_92on July 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is beautiful! Me and my boyfriend broke up and I went out to a party but then couldnt get home as I ran outa money so I called my ex as he lived closest and he came down to walk me home. On our way home I was listening to this song and I made him listen as well, he started to cry and and said that we should just forget about everything that had happened and we should get back together because he still loved me!

    Been together ever since, thanks to this beautiful song! Thanks JB!
    *baby_girl*on July 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis in my opinion is JBts Greatest song its so powerful and really makes u think and every1 can relate to it
    RockLovaon February 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA truly gorgeous and inspiring song...words cannot describe it....
    rachmacon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of my sister whenever I hear the first verse because she moved out and it's like she's not even part of my life anymore besides occasional talks on the phone. She can't come back home yet and I can't go up there but we both hate having to live so far away from each other. It's like he's singing this song through me to her.

    I love this song, it's beautiful.
    Kimik_Ohon May 06, 2006   Link

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