"Distractions" as written by Henry Binns, Sam Hardaker, Sia Kate I. Furler, Dorothy Elliot Allison and Tim Buckley....
Fancy a big house
Some kids and a horse
I can not quite, but nearly
Guarantee, a divorce
I think that I love you
I think that I do
So go on mister, make Miss me Mrs you.

I love you, I love you, I love you, I do
I only make jokes to distract myself
From the truth, from the truth.

Fancy a fast car
A bag full of loot
I can nearly guarantee
You'll end up with the boot

I love you, I love you, I love you , I do
I only make jokes to distract myself
From the truth, from the truth.
I love you, I love you, I love you , I do
I only make jokes to distract myself
From the truth, from the truth.

Lyrics submitted by smellycat

"Distractions" as written by Henry Bins Dorothy Allison

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  • +4
    General CommentI see this all as being directly said to her lover, presumably a rich man. In the main verses, shes predicting a divorce, talking about running away with his money, shown in "fancy a fast car, a bag full of loot". And in the chorus she's denying what she said in the other verses, calling it a joke, and claiming her love for him over and over.

    Depending on interpretation, that could either mean she really truly loves him, and when she tells him it'll end badly she's just joking to distract herself from how much she loves him. You could also interpret it as a kind of satirical song about a woman who is really seeking monetary gain, lets slip her intentions a few times, and has to cover it with monumental proclamations of love. I personally think the first interpretation is slightly more likely than the second.

    Either way you interpret it, there's some fear of commitment in there. If I was the man she was singing this to, I'd be pretty confused and apprehensive. So maybe she's trying to throw him off and keep him at arms length, because she's not ready to tie the knot yet. And the song title 'distractions' could be her trying to distract him from the idea of marriage.

    This song could really mean any number of things, but that doesn't stop it from being beautiful...
    Neaeraon May 09, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always thought this song was talking about a girl who loved someone who didn't love her back, so she made jokes about his future love life to distract herself from the fact that he doesn't love her. The intensity and repetition of "I love you" conveys she really loved him but it was impossible for that love to be returned. To make herself feel better she made assumptions that he would have a superficial marriage with everything perfect but real love which she felt for him.
    NA2008on January 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know what you guys are talking about, but I agree with FeyTH.

    She loves the person she's singing to, but she keeps on making sarcastic jokes to distance herself. She's scared, afterall.

    The things she talks about she doesn't care. The money, the big house, all of that.

    The song is called "Distractions" because she's trying to distract herself from the scary thought of commitment. That's why, every so often, she reassures him saying "I love you, I do. I only make jokes to distract myself from the truth". As a way to explain herself.
    forkyforkon June 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about throwing away all the cliches about what love should mean or need. its about real love, the kind that doesnt require marriage to show devotion or ' Fancy a big house
    Some kids and a horse" to show 'success'.
    listen to the conviction in sia's voice when she sings 'and i love you, i love you , i do'
    makes me wanna melt
    j.enslowon August 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOVE this song.
    omnivoreronon September 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti understand this whole cliched values of love that Zero 7 are playing on, but when I first heard this, I thought that Sia was using the song itself as a distraction from "the truth". I love this group!
    GoneAWallon December 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn, this is one sarcasting song..... I haven't fully understood it, but I think it's a sort of analog to pretty silicone-women who marry old bastards just to get the money... If you're a Zero 7 fan: Check out zeroseven.tk
    Zero7rockson May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with Zero7rocks...about the biting sarcasm.
    maybe it's a relationship that's sort of star-crossed, if you will, they love each other, but the singer seems to know it will only end badly...
    pinkoptimismon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure I agree with that. Yes, it's kinda sarcastic, but she makes jokes to distract herself from the truth that she loves him. So the jokes are that it's gonna end up in a divorce, etc. I think she's just scared of loving him, scared of the relationship ending badly ... nevertheless, she does love him and wants to have that big house, the kids and maybe even that horse ;)
    FeyTHon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy interpretation of this song is that she's mocking all of the old cliches and aspirations of those in love: a big house, kids, and a family pet. In the chorus she states that she makes these jokes because she wants to avoid the truth. . I feel that perhaps the reason she's so sarcastic is because she is in love and deep down she actually harbors these desires.
    talkieson March 12, 2005   Link

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