How many times do I have to try to tell you
That I'm sorry for the things I've done
But when I start to try to tell you
That's when you have to tell me
Hey, this kind of trouble's only just begun
I tell myself too many times
Why don't you ever learn to keep your big mouth shut
That's why it hurts so bad to hear the words
That keep on falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Tell me
Why
Why
I may be mad
I may be blind
I may be viciously unkind
But I can still read what you're thinking
And I've heard it said too many times
That you'd be better off
Besides
Why can't you see this boat is sinking
Let's go down to the water's edge
And we can cast away those doubts
Some things are better left unsaid

But they still turn me inside out
Turning inside out turning inside out
Tell me
Why
Tell me
Why
This is the book I never read
These are the words I never said
This is the path I'll never tread
These are the dreams I'll dream instead
This is the joy that's seldom spread
These are the tears
The tears we shed
This is the fear
This is the dread
These are the contents of my head
And these are the years that we have spent
And this is what they represent
And this is how I feel
Do you know how I feel?
'Cause I don't think you know how I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
You don't know what I feel


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    My InterpretationAlthough not Jewish herself, Annie Lennox married a Jewish man. There's a religious commandment in Judaism during the first day of Rosh Hashonah to go to a body of water and cast bread crumbs as a symbol of moving past your sins and towards becoming a better person. This ritual is known as "Tashlich". Annie writes "Let's go down to the water's edge
    And we can cast away those doubts"
    She is expressing her desire accept and to move past her sins in the hope of becoming a better person.

    As a perspective on a different phrase in this song, the very last line is "You don't know what I feel". But if you listen very carefully, I believe what she's singing is "You don't know what I fear"
    Empathizeron May 04, 2019   Link

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