(one, two)
In our endeavor we are never seeing eye to eye
No guts to sever so forever may we wave good-bye
And you're always telling me that it's my turn to move
When I wonder what could make the needle jump the groove
I won't fall for the oldest trick in the book
So don't sit there and think you're off of the hook
By saying there is no use changing
'Cause that's just what you are
That's just what you are

Acting steady always ready to defend your fears
What's the matter with the truth did I offend your ears
By suggesting that a change might be a thing to try
Like it would kill you just to try and be a nicer guy
It's not like you would lose some critical piece
If somehow you moved point A to point be
Maintaining there is no point Changing
'Cause that's just what you are
That's just what you are

Now I could talk to you 'til I'm blue in the face
But we still would arrive at the very same place
With you running around and me out of the race
So maybe you're right nobody can take
Something older than time and hope you could make
It better that would be a mistake

So take it just so far
'Cause that's just what you are
That's just what you are
That's just what you are

Acting steady always ready
To defend your fears
(that's just what you are)
What's the matter with the truth
Did I offend your ears
(that's just what you are)

You're like a sleepwalking man
It's a danger to wake you
(that's just what you are)
Even when it is apparent
Where your actions will take you

(that's just what you are)
And that's just what you are
(that's just what you are)
And that's just what you are
(that's just what you are)
That's just what you are ?


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That's Just What You Are Lyrics as written by Aimee Mann Jon Brion

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    Aimee is amazing... she totally captures the whole point of falling into a rut. If you've ever been in a relationship where there's a lack of communication, you definately can relate to the line "I could talk to you till I'm blue in the face but we still would arrive at the very same place"?? Isn't that the truth sometimes... Anyway, I totally identify with this song.

    bex2408on March 08, 2002   Link
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    i think that aimee mann is one of those people that she connects with so many people and all of those connections are equally good. You know how there are some artists that just reach a bunch of people but they're songs are just catchy? Well she does the same thing but with the deepness of her lyrics.

    rainydayboyon May 14, 2002   Link
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    It seems to be about someone refusing to work in a relationship and wanting the other person to make all the sacrifices.

    ny156ukon April 13, 2006   Link
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    yes. definitely a good lyricist.

    lmr0329on July 06, 2007   Link
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    Women are always marrying men, hoping to change them, to exorcise their faults. But it's not possible. Men won't change for their mate, any more than women will. In the end, Aimee accepts her guy for what he is.

    freewneelon December 03, 2007   Link
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    Yes. And she dumps him.

    Wilder2on April 16, 2008   Link
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    Love this. I like how imperfect but incredibly clean the vocals are and how well the lyrics flow together to really illustrate relationships.

    peaceasyon July 08, 2008   Link

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