I cannot help it I couldn't stop it if I tried
The same old heartbeat fills the emptiness I have inside
And I've heard that you can't fight love, so I won't complain
'Cause why would I stop the fire that keeps me going on?

'Cause when there's you, I feel whole
And there's no better feeling in the world
But without you I'm alone
And I'd rather be in love with you

Turn out the lights now
To see is to believe
I just want you near me
I just want you here with me
And I'd give up everything only for you
It's the least that I could do

'Cause when there's you, I feel whole
And there's no better feeling in the world
But without you I'm alone
And I'd rather be in love with you

And I feel you holding me

Why are we afraid to be in love?
To be loved
I can't explain it
I know it's tough to be loved

And I feel you holding me

Oh, oh
And when there's you, I feel whole
And there's no better feeling in the world
But without you I'm alone

And I'd rather be in love
Yes, I'd rather be in love
Oh, I'd rather be in love with you

And I feel you holding me, oh


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I'd Rather Be in Love Lyrics as written by Michelle Jacquet Branch Michelle Branch

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    A semi-skeptical woman, has her heart stolen when she wasn't looking. And too confused inside to fight it, she lets herself be swept off her feet. After all, she felt so great and happy and giddy as a result. She wanted to stay in his arms forever. Not being with him left her feeling bereft and incomplete. And in this song she is basically questioning why others constantly fear and reject love. Why? As far as she was concerned, being in love was the most wonderful thing shed ever experienced.

    LittleCryson March 01, 2002   Link
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    A semi-skeptical woman, has her heart stolen when she wasn't looking. And too confused inside to fight it, she lets herself be swept off her feet. After all, she felt so great and happy and giddy as a result. She wanted to stay in his arms forever. Not being with him left her feeling bereft and incomplete. And in this song she is basically questioning why others constantly fear and reject love. Why? As far as she was concerned, being in love was the most wonderful thing shed ever experienced.

    LittleCryson March 01, 2002   Link
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    i love this song, the lyrics are great as are all of Michelles work!

    *mLe*on June 29, 2002   Link
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    i love this song!!!

    muzik bitchon July 14, 2002   Link
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    what I think this song means is that the woman has a hard time in love and tries to make herself believe she doesn't need love but secretly knows she needs it. and then she finds someone who has stolen for her heart and realzies the loneliness is not what she wants and finds herself much much happier being in love.

    shaynesson August 05, 2002   Link
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    to me this song is talking about a girl that falls in love and doesnt understand why people are afraid to experience such a wonderful feeling. but hey...if you get burned, you are gonna be a little scared to jump back in there(in my opinion). all i know is i am not scared to be head over heals in love with my joe. :)

    volcomhottieon August 26, 2002   Link
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    Okay this is the perfect song for me. Its excatally how I feel about this one person, its crazy!

    LowRider4504on August 29, 2002   Link
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    omg. that is so weird how lots of songs can apply to you, but then there's just this ONE SONG, that totally describes somthing in your life. this one is to Cooper, also. :) -ha ha-and if he sees this, then, um, oh well. now he knows.

    loves_punk;)on September 05, 2002   Link
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    Sad song, it's exactly how I feel. God, why are guys so freakin complicated?!?!?!

    lizzyleaon October 18, 2002   Link
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    its pretty freaky that the lines of this song are telling my heart without me even trying!! when i sit down to write my own songs i am so tempted to actually start my song with the lines "I cannot help it, I couldn't stop it if I tried. The same old heartbeat fills the emptiness I have inside...and I've heard that u cant fight love so i wont complain cuz why would i stop the fire that keeps me going on.." damn its like other people's words describe my emotions better than my own.....i think this is sad, and this person is in love and feels that she has to give up but really cant because "why would she stop the fire that keeps her going on?" Michelle Branch is my favorite female artist ever, and she is extremely talented especially in song writing. she is my idol and i look up to her so damn much. michelle branch fans, rock on!!

    SmacMusicon June 17, 2003   Link

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