I'm gonna turn and walk away
You can wait 'til I am far along
Then run and come and catch my arm
And say you'd die if I were gone

I want to hear you call my name
It's too easy just to say it soft
I don't like my language watered down
I don't like my edges rounded off

I can't always wait for your circumstance to improve
Love is loose it shifts each time you move
Go ahead, put my back against the wall
Give it all up or don't give it to me at all

You never know this could be our last night
So step back, step back into the light
So I can see your silhouette
I'm not done looking yet

Safe the profile for the camera
Give me your eye to eye
I know all your secrets
And you know all of mine

Mostly I don't go
For the soft focus and the fantasy
I need something real
I can think and say and see so

I'm going to turn and walk away
You wait til I am far along
Then run and come
And catch my arm and say you'd die

If I were gone
Yes, I'm going to turn
And walk away
You can watch me go or make me stay

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Make Me Stay Lyrics as written by Ani Difranco


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    how much do i mean to you? am i just a fill in or would you really die if i was gone... i want to see your raw unmasked feelings when you are put in the situation of leaving me forever i dont want fakey

    regardemylasheskgmon May 31, 2004   Link
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    I think she wants a real, true, love. She's tired of "the soft focus & fantasy" & would like something a bit more demanding from a romance. If not that I think she's singing about being frusterated with a man, wanting him to challenge her or create some excitement in their love.

    SweetInsanity_3on January 25, 2005   Link
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    I'm just tired of feeling indispensable. I want to be loved and needed and told that I'm beautiful. I want you to miss me. If I left, would you try to catch me, or would you let me leave? "You can watch me go, or you can make me stay."

    bex2408on June 11, 2006   Link
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    She's saying to her/him (it could easily be either, neither one is more likely), that she wants more than for them just to like her/love her/be with her.

    She wants them to crave her, to NEED her. She wants to grab this thing they have together by the horns and run with it, not just leave it to meander along, as she says "love is loose it shifts each time you move" and "this could be our last night".

    plonkehon June 13, 2006   Link
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    she wants something to 'think and say and see' she wants words backed up with actions. she wants them to need her. and she wants it to be exciting.

    xjenixon June 24, 2006   Link
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    To me she is singing to a non-committal girl who she is trying to encourage to be real and invest some emotion into their relationship..

    Rebaon September 22, 2009   Link

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