"Oh Well" as written by and James Samuel Iii/lewis Harris....
What you did to me made me
See myself something different
Though I try to talk sense to myself
But I just won't listen

Won't you go away
Turned yourself in
You're no good at confession
Before the image that you burned me in
Tries to teach you a lesson

What you did to me made me see myself somethin' awful
A voice once stentorian is now again meek and muffled
It took me such a long time to get back up the first time you did it
I spent all I had to get it back, and now it seems I've been outbidded

My peace and quiet was stolen from me
When I was looking with calm affection
You were searching out my imperfections

What wasted unconditional love
On somebody
Who doesn't believe in the stuff

You came upon me like a hypnic jerk
When I was just about settled
And when it counts you recoil
With a cryptic word and leave a love belittled

Oh what a cold and common old way to go
I was feeding on the need for you to know me
Devastated at the rate you fell below me

What wasted unconditional love
On somebody
Who doesn't believe in the stuff

Oh, well


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  • +2
    General CommentI was at a concert in Saratoga, CA on July 3rd 2006, and Fiona explained this song (along with a funny story)...

    She was dating a guy at the time (one would assume Paul Thomas Anderson), who then cheated on her with a very pretty, very famous "starlet". Fiona was, of course, massively upset... and at the time, this girl was starring in a movie so her picture was everywhere, magazine covers, TV screens, everywhere.

    So Fiona was going to buy a box radio with her brother, just for some reason or another... but on her way to the store, everywhere she turned was this girl. Newsstands, billboards, everywhere Fiona turned the girl was there. Fiona was getting more and more upset, to the point where she just couldn't stop sobbing. When she finally reached the store, she was feeling better; but this electronics store was one which had walls taken up entirely by dozens of TV's. And at the exact moment Fiona walked in, every single TV in the store was showing the face of the girl.

    Fiona looked at her brother, and for just a small, tiny, one second window, they were able to laugh... just for a second. Until, well... yeah.

    After the story, right before Fiona began to play the song, she said, "And being the inspiration for this song may be the only decent thing this girl has ever done."
    Ceptoron July 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song got me through a tough time in my life. I was dating this guy for the third time - we were very serious in our relationship, although he did talk down to me all the time. The relationship ended when I found out that he had cheated on me - illegally at that - so the whole "Won't you go away - Turn yourself in - You're no good at confession" part had extra meaning to me.
    I Love You Fiona! I Can not wait for the next album! Spring 2011!!
    variaon December 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so powerful. freefiona.com people! we want this album.
    brownbunny116on March 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttentorian is not a word. i'm pretty sure she's saying "stentorian" which means loud and strong. that fits.

    this is probably the saddest song i've ever heard. it's so beautiful.
    basilthehamsteron March 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh also, its "somone who doesn't believe in THE STUFF" not "this life".
    basilthehamsteron March 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe says stuff the first time and life the second. listen close. gorgeous song.
    shadowboxer_kon March 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow
    Chelseaon May 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song great i love it from the frist time i listen to it ......the line i was looking for calm affection you were serching my inperfections is the best this song is right up there with i know love ridden and never is a promise why wont thay come out with the fucking album if a lot of wont to listen to ???
    mastershakeon May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is about a guy she dated who turned aroundand started just talking down about and to her and possibly critisizing the relationship they have and her in general. And while he's doing this she's still giving her love and affection to him. "When I was lookin with calm affection you were searchin out my imperfections" and obviously she thinks that either this one sided love is being waster "what wasted unconditional love on somebody who doesnt belive in the stuff"
    jaydeejjon January 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's absolutly amazing, that's all I can say.. Vulnerable power!
    Sickerthon February 23, 2006   Link

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