I light your cigarette, I bring you apples from the vine
How quickly you forget: I run the bath and pour the wine
I bring you everything that floats into your mind
You don't bring me anything but down (3x)

When you come 'round
You are a raging sea, I pull myself out everyday
I plead insanity, 'cause I can't leave and I can't stay
You say won't you come find me and yes is what I say

You don't bring me anything but down (2x)
Everything is crashing to the ground
Well, maybe I'm not your perfect kind,
Maybe I'm not what you had in mind,

And maybe were just killing time
Here with your silky words
And your eyes of green and blue
Here with your still beliefs that don't match anything you do

It was so much easier before you became you
You don't bring me anything but down (2x)
Everything just crashes to the ground
And you come around (2x)

Well, no more playing seek and hide
No more long and wasted nights
Can't you make it easy on yourself?
I know you wish you were strong;

You wish you were never wrong,
Well I've got some wishes of my own

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Anything But Down Lyrics as written by Sheryl Crow


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    General CommentThe meaning of this song is pretty clear: it's about a one-sided relationship, in which the other half does nothing to satisfy Sheryl as she sort of carries him. He is unavailable, both practically and emotionally. I just have to say that while topic-wise and sound-wise this song isn't really unique or special, I just think it's one of the most perfectly-crafted rock songs ever. It's just...unbelievable how flawless it is, from start to finish. I especially love the end..."I know you wish you were strong/You wish you were never wrong/Well I got some wishes of my own.." The way her voice carries on "own"...::drools::
    VegasJameson July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah, it's sad to realize everything you've ever done or said to a person has been totally taken for granted and really all you've been is used the entire time of knowing the person.

    i've known people like that... they like to say they're "so understanding, so level-headed, so thoughtful"...but in reality, they're nothing but a self-absorbed ass who passes judgment on others but feels free to do the things they supposedly are against. it's always ok for them to do it, but not ok for anyone else to. the type of person who believes in voting but never actually votes themselves.

    this is one of my favorites...and i love the end the most. for me, it's her summing up all of the times she's listened to him complain to her about things, as if she's singing the last part during her last statement to him before she walks out the door.

    "well, I've got some wishes of my own" ... and that's her closing bit in this song...very appropriate. people are so caught up in what they want they don't open their eyes long enough to give a damn about how anyone else feels. it's disgusting, and i like to think that after saying those last lines she's walking out the door, slamming it, then gets in the car and leaves the jerk for good.

    Edited by delial on May 28 2008, at 06:48AM

    delialon May 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFunny that some of my favourite Sheryl´s songs are about her rupture with Eric Clapton (my favourite mistake, it don´t hurt, anything but down...). This proves that love is a great inspiration but losing love is even more.
    Alatristeon July 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"You are a raging sea
    I pull myself out everyday
    I plea insanity
    Cause I can't leave but I can't stay"

    she's a genius.....
    thewashon March 08, 2007   Link

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