"Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" as written by and Zooey Deschanel....
Why do you let me stay here?
All by myself
Why don't you come and play here
I'm just sitting on the shelf

Why don't you sit right down and stay a while
We like the same things and I like your style
It's not a secret, why do you keep it?
I'm just sitting on the shelf

I got to get your presence
Let's make it known
I think you're just so pleasant
I would like you for my own

Why don't you sit right down and make me smile
You make me feel like I am just a child
Why do you end it?
Just give me credit
I'm just sitting on the shelf

Lyrics submitted by amyelizzzabeth, edited by ArmchairRadio

"Why Do You Let Me Stay Here" as written by Zooey Deschanel

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    Song MeaningI disagree with the other commenters. I don't think "I'm just sitting on the shelf" represents her inaction, to me it represents him not noticing her. She's saying she wants him and they've got a lot in common but he takes no notice.
    peacelovemusic717on December 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWhy is she "sitting on a shelf"? Is it a metaphor for her acting like a "doll" or a lady and not wanting to make the first move?
    charliesmom4on January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song! it's so sweet & simple, yet has a great beat. i've been listening to this song all day non-stop.
    eastcoasteon March 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song! im so excited for the new album! i just hope you can hear m.ward on the album more than you can in this song.
    JACKIE THE HOBOon March 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe album is pretty zooey-centric, but m. ward's presence is definitely more pronounced in other songs!

    'i should have known known better' in particular. :)
    amyelizzzabethon March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a cute song; I love it so much!
    VivaLaNegritaon August 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery cute song. I'm loving this group...I think they complement each other.
    shockdelicaon April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is pretty cute, I like Zooey's voice alot. But anyway, basically she's just kind of chilling waiting for him to approach her and ask her out cuz she thinks they'd hti it off!
    serenity23on November 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwikipedia says she wrote the song. one assumes that actresses are just performers, but that's a great surprise.
    GrungyBeatleon April 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is how I picture the song based on the situation I've had ever been into. There is a girl and a guy. The guy is in that popular lot while the girl is cool in her own way. Her quirks charmed him but he was hesitated to bet his reputation. While the girl has realized his feeling for her, she confused what has gotten into him cause he was so genuine when they were talking just together but acting the other way around people - representable on the lines 'It's not a secret. Why do you keep it? I'm just sitting on the shelf'
    My suggestion, just leave him. He's not worthwhile. At least, for the present : P
    TheWalnutTreeon August 31, 2010   Link

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