"I Wouldn't Need You" as written by and Norah Jones....
If I touched myself
The way you touched me
If I could hold myself
The way you held me

Then I wouldn't need you
I wouldn't need you
No, I wouldn't need you
To love me

If I could replace
The things you gave me
If I could see my face
Without the tragedy


But I do
So come back
Come back

If you could see the way I act
When I'm alone
If you could hear my voice crack
Over the phone

Oh and I need you
Oh and I need you
To love me

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"I Wouldn't Need You" as written by Norah Jones

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  • +2
    My OpinionI really adore this song. She makes a very strong point, although I would have preferred the first line to be "If I could touch myself the way you touched me" instead of "If I touched myself the way you touched me". The first line just kinda makes me think dirty :P Unless that's what she intended :O
    kenji1nonlyon November 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit doesn't have to be "dirty." I mean, yeah, she's probably talking about sex, but not in a vulgar way. It doesn't mean he.. touched it privately, but maybe just how he would touch her sensually. maybe it was the way he grazed her shoulder or the way his fingers played with her ear lob. stuff like that. It's intimate, but not really dirty.
    frumstickon September 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with you, i think dirty too.
    But i am sure it was meant to be that way, and you could tell she is a little bit edgier, or tring to move into an edgier kind of thing simpl by her new haircut, she is trying to seem more sultry.
    Anywa enough of that, this is a very tender song, a gem from the new album, i actuallly enjoy the new album, but the reviews have been anything but impressed,
    shakelly_blackmouthon November 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that it seems dirty, but I think it's also very intimate. Aside from that, though, I absolutely adore this song. It's probably one of my favorites from the album. I especially love "If you could hear my voice crack over the phone." There's something so emotional about that particular line.
    mayabcdon November 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great in its simplicity. Love gone bad. One moves on, the other is deeply in love, but can do nothing to fix the relationship. A nice, bittersweet love song. And, with all respect to previous posts, I see nothing 'dirty' about the "... touch myself..." line. She misses his touch, something she cannot experience without him. I do agree that saying "touch me" would have been a bit less... literal, maybe. Also provide for a double meaning... literal touch, or emotional touch. Or both. Good tune.
    Scott1Buckeyeon December 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a beautiful yet tragic song. It was the best song to cry to during the worst heartbreak I have suffered. The song is so much about just needing someone after they have left you. I agree with mayabcd, the "If you could hear my voice crack over the phone" line is the real gut-wrencher for me.
    NashvilleDragonsBreathon February 15, 2011   Link

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