the wind is ruthless
the trees shake angry fingers at the sky
the people hunch their shoulders
hold their collars over their ears and run by
it's a cold rain
it's a hard rain
like the kind you find in songs
i guess that makes me the jerk with the heartache
here to sing to you about how i been done wrong

i am sitting, watching
out the window of the coffee show
and i'm waiting, waiting
waiting for it to let up
i am rocking like a cradle
warming my hands with the cup in between
i am leaning over the table
holding my face over the steam

and before it gets so cold
that the rain turns to snow
there's just a couple things
i'd like to know

like how could you do nothing
and say, i'm doing my best
how could you take almost everything
and then come back for the rest
how could you beg me to stay
reach out your hands and plead
and then pack up your eyes and run away
as soon as i agreed

it just all slips
away so slowly
you don't even notice till you've lost a lot
i've been like one of those zombies
in vegas
pouring quarters into a slot
and now i'm tired
and i am broke
and i feel stupid and i feel used
and i'm at the end of my little rope
and i am swinging back and forth
about you

and before it gets so cold
that the rain turns to snow
there's just a couple things
i'd like to know

like how could you do nothing
and say, i'm doing my best
how could you take almost everything
and then come back for the rest
how could you beg me to stay
reach out your hands and plead
and then pack up your eyes and run away
as soon as i agreed


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    I know it's not intended to be about this, but this song sounds like a coping cycle of abuse. I don't know. It goes from people observations, and then to feelings of herself, and then about the perpatrator.

    Once again, I know there are many expamles to disprove this point, but this website is called songmeanings, and I thought I'd share what this song means to me.

    shavannah7on October 14, 2008   Link
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    One of the songs I always discuss when teaching poetry. The fact its name and style makes reference to country music without actually being a country song is fantastic, but the language and imagery is beautiful. The opening, a perfect example of personification. But my favourite part is the imagery she creates by combining two very different cliches: I'm at the end of my rope means simply you've had enough; swinging back and forth about you, means she's in two minds about her relationship with him. But put them together and you have a suicidal desire image that wasn't there in either one of them. Beautiful in its simplicity.

    Pretentious arseon May 29, 2005   Link
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    "like how could you do nothing and say, i'm doing my best how could you take almost everything and then come back for the rest how could you beg me to stay reach out your hands and plead and then pack up your eyes and run away as soon as i agreed" ~good part

    sarah1262on May 07, 2003   Link
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    I have been on either end of the bitter end of a relationshhip she describes.. Neither side is any fun.. I wish I'd learn my lesson and quit trying romance..

    xinniefulon March 11, 2005   Link
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    I still don't get your country observation. Just because a song has slide guitar doesn't necessarily make its style or sound country.

    fierceflawlesson June 15, 2005   Link
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    You're right about slide guitar doesn't necessarily mean country, but listen to the song again after thinking about what we stereotypically associate with country music. Ani doesn't usually use slide guitar or that little twang in her voice, so in this when she uses it, it sticks out like dog's balls. I don't presume to to say definitely that's what she intended, but the links (if you look for them) are there.

    Pretentious arseon July 14, 2005   Link
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    I think the slide just gives the song that desolate and aching tone.

    Now I sound like a pretentious arse.

    fierceflawlesson August 13, 2005   Link
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    i guess this about the breakdown of a relationship... there were obviously problems that needed sorting out, and she feels her lover was pretending to try and work at it but not didn't: "like how could you do nothing, and say, 'i'm doing my best'". and then he begged her to stay & upped and left: "how could you beg me to stay, reach out your hands and plead, and then pack up your eyes and run away, as soon as i agreed ". i love when she sings "i guess that makes me the jerk with the heartache"...it is, indeed, heartbreaking. it's a heartbreaking song, sung with such passion. aching, yes...

    missmeon April 02, 2007   Link
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    I can't find anything "country" in this song, although she makes a reference to Bob Dylan's A hard rain's a gonna fall... I love this song and all Ani´s music, she is a wonder-

    astridronderoon September 21, 2007   Link
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    These lyrics have some stunning imagery, and they do well at showing the confusion in a relationship that has rocked back and forth between breaking up before ending on a go to hell note

    River Wolfon February 28, 2008   Link

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