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Little Hands Lyrics Meanings
by Duncan Sheik

Pop
1996
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Little Hands Lyrics

Some sweet perversion
On the telephone line
I've been waiting for such a very long time
For her to be free
The evening was nice
But there were too many people
And all my thoughts so depraved and evil
Oh lord what would she say

(she says)
I'm afraid it's not to be
You're a sweet guy but you ain't for me
I live my life in a different way
You know those things you're thinking
Are a big mistake

We stayed out late 'til morning came
I said "I'll take you home
If its all the same"
Her indifference fills the room
Some weak seduction on the morning after
How it slays me every time I touch her
But she just wants to sleep

(she says:) How long 'til you understand
The last thing that I need is another man
Didn't you promise to give it a rest
Right now I need a lover
Like a hole, like a hole in the head Oh well, can't blame a guy for tryin'
And I'm smiling even though I'm dying
To know the love she says will never be

One last conversation in the crowded bar
And even thought the music is louder by far
I hear every word she says

(she says)
Don't take it bad don't worry about it
You're a friend of mine and there's no way around it
Sometimes you there early sometimes you get there late
But even if you had a chance you never knew the game

Little hands, open smile
I'm glad we got to talk for a while
I feel O.K. yeah I'm feeling better
I'll let it go but I'll never say never
It's O.K. yeah, it's O.K.

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She's just come out of a relationship, or series of relationships. He and she flirt on the phone. They go out together. He's wanted her for a very long time; he lusts for her. Sadly, he isn't her type. It's not to be. She's more world-weary (just wants to sleep) and world-wary. She warns him: "Those things you are thinking are a big mistake." He's kind, naive, but not immune to lust. He obtusely mimics the line he's heard: "Can't blame a guy for trying." She is indifferent to being invited home with him. She only wants to sleep and "needs a lover like a hole in the head." And he craves her. But he can't have her. She assures him he's a friend (...yeah). But he won't give up on the love she says will never be. A beautifully sad song, that evokes the siren who men crave, the type men lust for and can be destroyed by. She is rarely loved by the men who want her. She is tired of the men who use her up. Possibly, his kindness and naïveté save him, even while the rejection pains him. He doesn't get to play the using game--that game which he's unwittingly trying to play.

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