Why are you here?
Couldn't you tell him?
Were you afraid he'd hear?
You should have been thankful to be alone

You took off your shoes
Said anything further
Would be bad news
'Cause you'd already started to disappear

And he couldn't complain
Just looked at your lyric
And crossed over to play
A record of quiet instrumentals

Said I like what you wrote
This a record
full of sour notes
Should have been thankful to be alone

Said I like what you wrote
But don't say you mean it
When you know you don't

You should have been thankful to be alone, you know (x2)

You should have been thankful to be alone


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Antonio Carlos Jobim song meanings
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    General CommentI think it is about a friend who's visiting him. She used to be alone but now she is a guy and this person is intensely jealous. So now she can't really visit anyone and she's even afraid to take of her shoes because her boyfriend could take it the wrong way. And Elliott thinks that she would be better off alone. I think the instrumentals part is a metaphor.

    Okay so this interpretation isnt perfect but that's what i always think when i hear this song.
    Chrys0poeiaon April 16, 2011   Link

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