"Eve, The Apple of my Eye" as written by and Dave Brian Geraghty Brian Patrick Crosby....
You left it, I sent it
I want it back
You left it, I sent it
I want it back

If I had you here, I'd clip your wings
Snap you up and leave you sprawling on my pin
This plan of mine is oh so very lame
Can't you see the grass is greener where it rains

You left, I died
I went and you cried
You came, I think
But I never really know
I've served my time
I've watched you climb
The wrong incline
But what do I know

Accept it, don't let it
Turn the screw
Accept it, and let it
Scream back at you

Now this applies both equally to you and I
The only thing we share
Is the same sky
These empty metaphors
They're all in vain
Like can't you see the grass is greener where it rains

You left, I died
I went and you cried
You came, I think
But I never really know
I've served my time
I've watched you climb
The wrong incline
But what do I know
But what do I know

In the garden Snake was a charmin'
Eve said let's give it a try
Now lead us not into temptation
But no matter how hard I try
When in the garden snake is a charmin'
Eve says let's give it a try
Eve is the apple of my eye

Eve is the apple of my eye

Eve is the apple

And I lie behind you
And I cradle you in the palm of me
And I pat your hair down
I think will we sink or swim?
'Cause we could do either or none


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"Eve, the Apple of My Eye" as written by Dave Geraghty Brian Crosby

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    My InterpretationTo me, this song came off as a song about unrequited love with understanding of rejection.

    "You left it, I sent it;
    I want it back."
    The love interest disregarded the singer's affection and love, and he could only continue to share it with them. The love interest's constant cold shoulder towards his feelings make him wish he could take it back.
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    "If I had you here, I'd clip your wings, snap you up, and leave you sprawling on my pin."
    If he could have the love interest for his own, he would be less than willing to let them leave him to wallow in his affections, he'd continue to share them with the love interest for as long as they were bound to him.
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    "This plan of mine is oh so very lame. Can't you see the grass is greener where it rains?"
    Nevertheless, it's an idealistically lofty idea, one that would never come to fruition; however, that is the tragedy of unrequited love; it's part of the disaster of never having who you want that makes you inclined to thinking of such ideas, feeding off of the misery because it's the closest company you have. Hence "can't you see the grass is greener when it rains?"
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    "You left, I died; I went and you cried. You came, I think, but I never really know."
    From here, I feel that it speaks in more of a wishful-thinking manner. Just as he hurts seeing the love interest leave, be it permanently or even to just go home and such, he wished they hurt just as much when he parted from them briefly, or even follow him. But he could only be so sure of even his own imagination because their lack of response leaves him confused either way.
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    "I've served my time. I've watched you climb the wrong incline, but what do I know?"
    Often with unrequited love, you feel that the romantically-involved decisions the person you pine for are wrong because they're not with/towards you. But he realizes he knows no better just because he wishes for different.
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    "Accept it, don't let it; turn the screw. Accept it, and let it scream back at you."

    He wants his love interest to take his affection for what it is, he doesn't want them to drive him crazy or let his screws come loose because they keep shrugging it off. He wants them to accept what he feels, and drown in it.
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    "Now, this applies equally, to you and I; the only thing we share is the same sky."
    The two shared nothing but the air they breathe and the ground they walk on; he understands this. I almost feel like there's a tinge of hurt and resentment in his voice when he says this.
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    "These empty metaphors, they're all in vain; like 'Can't you see the grass is greener where it rains?'"
    This line depends on how you interpret and read it; I personally saw it as him scoffing at himself for how he tries to put his feelings into something poignant to attract the person or make them inclined to understand/feeling the way he feels.
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    "In the garden, Snake was a charmin'. And Eve said 'Let's give it a try.'
    Now, lead us not into temptation, but no matter how hard I try, when in the garden and Snake is a charmin' and Eve says "Let's give it a try.", Eve is the apple of my eye."
    Another idea of wishful thinking, with cleverly written personification. Temptation to be with the love interest drives him mad no matter how much he tries to stray from it.

    Now, Eve could either be interpreted as the love interest finally wanting to pursue the things the singer wishes to, or he could be interpreting himself and how he deals with his feelings as Eve, since he is the one entranced by the love interest/snake, and he wants to try to get somewhere with them, almost wishing the love-interest was like Eve. "Eve is the apple of my eye."
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    "And I lie behind you, and I cradle you in the palm of me, and I pat your hair down.
    I think, 'Will we sink, or swim?'" 'Cause we could do either on a whim."
    I feel like this stanza explains itself; he could be with this love interest sharing what seems like a romantic moment that isn't exactly meant to be conveyed as such. But he wonders to himself whether or not they could take a step further or take a step back, because they're only moments away from both.

    A beautifully tragic song, I have never grown tired of it.
    VinnyxVespertineon August 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"In the garden Snake was a charmin'
    And Eve said let's give it a try
    Now lead us not into temptation
    But no matter how hard I try
    When in the garden and
    Snake is a charmin'
    And Eve says let's give it a try
    Eve is the apple of my eye"

    I mean, sure, it can be sexual, but I think it's more of "temptation" rather than the actual act of sex. It's this guy's relationship with a girl, and how they have a great chemistry together, but something is wrong in the relationship. Except, no matter how hard he tries, he can't resist her. I guess you can put it into sexual terms, but let's get our minds out of the gutter, shall we?
    kala2007on October 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about paul's girlfriend who died in a car crash...uaneen fitzsimons. don't think it has anything to do with sex.
    Gnilsiaon October 17, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"You left it, I sent it
    I want it back
    You left it, I sent it
    I want it back" - He repeats this line, almost like it's an ongoing struggle - she gave her love to him, but he rejected it, now he want's it back.

    "If I had you here, I'd clip your wings
    Snap you up and leave you sprawling on my pin" - He's using imagery comparing her to a butterfly, which could mean that she "gets around"....just saying:) It's like butterfly collectors, they clip their wings and put them on a pin for display i.e. he wishes he had a way to make her stay.
    "This plan of mine is oh so very lame" - yep yep, what he's sayin is a bit silly innit?
    "Can't you see the grass is greener where it rains" - Beautiful... He means the grass is greener (things would be better for her) where he is, where it's "raining" (all the drama and depression he's going through at the moment without her).

    "You left, I died,
    I went and you cried" - When she left he died inside, but when he left she only cried, so his leaving had less of an effect on her and she got over it.
    "You came, I think
    But I never really know" - He doesn't know if she was there to begin with, or that she came back but he doesn't know if she was really that into it anymore.
    "I've served my time" - He's suffered long enough, or the time that she was using him for is over.
    "I've watched you climb" - She's moved onto bigger and better things.
    "the wrong incline
    But what do I know"- He thinks that who she has become and the direction she's headed in isn't right for her, but maybe he's wrong, maybe she is actually better off.

    "Accept it, Don't let it
    Turn the screw" - Could be talking to himself, won't let it get to him. Accept the way things are now and leave them be.
    "Accept it, And let it
    Scream back at you" - Consequences of her actions. Maybe she'll find out in due time what she's done.

    "Now this applies both equally to you and I" - Could be referring to the previous verse that both of them should just move on.
    "The only thing we share
    is the same sky" - They have nothing left of each other and have nothing to offer each other anymore.
    "These empty metaphors
    they're all in vain
    Like can't you see the grass is greener where it rains" - He thinks it's stupid trying to convince himself otherwise by using metaphors to try to find a reason for her to come back to him.

    "In the garden Snake was a charmin'
    And Eve said let's give it a try" - She might be a bit controlling, like whatever she says goes.
    "Now lead us not into temptation" - He's praying not to give into her. She could also be the temptation. (bad bad woman...evil! grrrr...)
    "But no matter how hard I try" - Yup, there it goes...
    "When in the garden and
    Snake is a charmin'
    And Eve says let's give it a try
    Eve is the apple of my eye" - While all this is happening and he tries to resist, he gives in t her because he loves her and will do anything for her, no matter the outcome.

    "And I lie behind you
    And I cradle you in the palm of me
    And I pat your hair down" - He's back with her again...silly boy
    "I think will we sink or swim?
    'Cause we could do either on a whim" - He wonders if it's gonna last this time. Because with the way things have been in the past for them it could go either way. But I guess he's just happy for the moment. Whoop whoop!
    ...Flakes...on October 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about two people who love each other but are either in a long distance relationship or an extra marital affair. :)

    "sharing under the same sky" could be about a distant lover - yearning to be with that girl. And if she were there with him he'd "clip her wing and set her sprawling on his pin" could mean, once she gets to him, he will never let him go and he's hinting he'll make love to her, show her how much he loves her...and when he says "grass is always greener when it rains" could mean, isn't it better when we're together?

    Eve here obviously have wronged the guy but it shows that the guy loves her dearly. They went through a break-up but despite everything they went through, he wants her back...Thus, "Eve, the apple of my eye"...He knows, he's aware of her mistakes but he can see nothing because, he loves her...


    aaaawwww...

    so much for dissecting this song...i love it and the sexual undertone to this song...

    definitely for make-out sesh. :)
    MisusHYDEon March 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe only thing that we share is the same sky <3333333
    Saturouson October 06, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningTo me this song is about a relationship that is either deteriorating or an on-again/off-again couple. The lyrics suggest that the couple is deciding whether to continue in the relationship or to end it for good.

    You left it, I sent it
    I want it back
    You left it, I sent it
    I want it back
    (Although his stanza could literally be about sending something back in the mail, perhaps an engagement ring, I think it's about a much more general concept, like love. If you consider the song to be about a failing relationship, it could be the man's last appeal to his significant other that he wants back whatever they lost.)

    If I had you here, I'd clip your wings
    Snap you up and leave you sprawling on my pin
    This plan of mine is oh so very lame
    Can't you see the grass is greener where it rains
    (The boyfriend/husband points out that if he could, he'd keep his girlfriend with him by clipping her wings so she can't stray. Collectors also pin butterfly and insect specimens. He realizes that this plan is futile, but he wants her to know that despite all of their problems, "the grass is always greener where it rains." Basically something beautiful can come out of their troubles.)

    You left, I died,
    I went and you cried
    You came, I think
    But I never really know
    I've served my time
    I've watched you climb
    the wrong incline
    But what do I know
    (I believe these lyrics suggest the couple has been in this type of rough situation before. "You left, I died. I went, you cried." But they've come back to try again. To me, the phrase, "You came, I think, but I never really know" is sexual. The man is expressing vulnerability by admitting that. The rest of the stanza is about the person realizing they are headed in different directions, more specifically that his partner is either changing or growing more distant. The "incline" in this case is leading her away from him.)

    Accept it, Don't let it
    Turn the screw
    Accept it, And let it
    Scream back at you
    (This is him trying to tell himself to accept the situation. To not "turn the screw" means to not make a bad situation worse.)

    Now this applies both equally to you and I
    The only thing we share
    is the same sky
    These empty metaphors
    they're all in vain
    Like can't you see the grass is greener where it rains
    (The person is trying to accept that they don't have anything to hold each other together anymore. While the person was previously more hopeful in the "grass is greener" metaphor, now he's saying he understands it's all in vain. It appears that this isn't his choice, however. That he's the one who is being left.)

    In the garden Snake was a charmin'
    And Eve said let's give it a try
    Now lead us not into temptation
    But no matter how hard I try
    When in the garden and
    Snake is a charmin'
    And Eve says let's give it a try
    Eve is the apple of my eye
    (The religious nature of this stanza is interesting. Biblically the snake/serpent represents the devil and temptation. In this song I believe the snake represents their relationship, or the promise of better times. They're deciding whether it's worth giving their relationship another try. According to the lyrics, Eve wants to "give it a try." The boyfriend seems like he wants to resist her temptation, as he knows they don't have anything anymore, but "Eve is the apple of [his] eye." When someone is the apple of your eye, you put them above all others. You cherish that person. An interesting twist is the play on words - Eve may be the apple of his eye, but the apple also represents the acceptance of sin in the bible. So he may allow Eve to convince him to give it another shot, even though he knows it will not lead to anything good.)

    And I lie behind you
    And I cradle you in the palm of me
    And I pat your hair down
    I think will we sink or swim?
    'Cause we could do either on a whim
    (Perhaps this scene is after an argument or a tiring discussion about their relationship. He's wondering if they will succeed at being together or not.)

    For me this song is beautiful because it seems like nothing has really been resolved. There's no easy happy ending.
    Kitschyon February 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is utterly beautiful. In my opinion, there can be so many intrepretations for it.

    But to me, this song is about a couple who have been through heaven and hell with each other. They keep breaking up and getting back together again - they have a lot of love in the relationship, but they've got too many unresolved problems to really be happy together.

    The singer is saying that no matter what happens between them, through thick and thin, he loves her with all his heart cause she makes him happy. He just doesn't wanna go through the pain of losing her again.
    SheenaIsAPunkRockeron February 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is an amazing piece of music. im surprised it isnt more commonly heard than it is. im not sure how to interpret this song. it has such a beautiful melody.
    zilla877on February 19, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"You came, I think
    But I never really know"

    I've always wondered if that lyric has a rather poorly hidden second meaning.
    tednolon February 22, 2005   Link

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