Anna Begins

Album: August And Everything After (1993)
  • Lead singer Adam Duritz wrote this song about denial. It's about when you're in a relationship with someone and you keep denying it's anything but a fling, then you wise up and realize that all along while you were denying it, you were growing closer together.
  • There is a real Anna - she's a girl from Australia that Duritz met on vacation in Greece in 1989, and she broke his heart. Duritz was far from famous at the time - he saved up money doing landscaping work to afford the trip. At the end of the trip, he and Anna agreed that there was no way for their relationship to continue, and they went their separate ways. "The characters keep saying 'I'm not ready for this sort of thing' until at the end when they find out what they really aren't ready for is the loss, but then it's too late," Duritz explained.

    Adam says that they remained friends and occasionally spoke on the phone, even after Anna got married. She is a big fan of the song. >>
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    Beth - Charleston, SC, for above 2
  • Duritz says that while Anna is real, the song is really about him, and in this context she is a character.
  • Adam Duritz often uses real - or slightly varied - names in the songs he writes. "Proper names matter to me, and so I use them," he said in our 2013 interview. "I think that comes across to other people, even if it's not the name they're thinking of. People ask me questions like that all the time, like, 'Who's Anna?' She's Anna. You don't know her. She's in Australia. But she's every girl you ever felt that way about, too."

Comments: 9

  • Michigan Chet from MichiganAnd every word was nonsense
    But I understood
    And like the song says, I wasn’t ready for that sort of thing
  • Michigan Chet from MichiganThis song affects me deeply. Because I knew what it was about the first time i heard it. Because I had a very similar experience to What Adam had; my Anna was in Korea. And after she disappeared, the denial about how much I loved her broke down and a part of me misses her to this day
  • Natalie from Los Angeles, CaThis is my favorite song of all time. The lyrics of this song make me cry everytime I hear them. This song is very special to me and reminds me of how my relationship with my boyfriend was for the first few years we were together. Thanks Adam for such a beautiful song.
  • Hare from Cambridge, England"She's talking in her sleep, it's keeping me awake. And Anna begins to toss and turn. And every word is nonsense, but I understand." Are some of the most...understanding and beautiful words I've ever heard in a song.
  • Millerman from Dacusville, ScHere's something I've noticed about this incredibile song: Adam's vocal is delivered almost entirely without breaks or pauses between verse, chorus, and bridge. Once he starts singing he never really stops til after the last note is played. Awesome. There were no fade outs on their first album and most ended with Adam's voice being the last thing heard.
  • Taufuboy from Burke, Vaamazing song. about a person who isnt ready for a commitment and isnt ready to settle down. The singer doesnt knwo why or something. not sure. awsome song
  • Izzie from Lala, Hii love this song. my favorite line is "everytime she sneezes i believe its love," i dont know i just love it. this song is awesome
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandThis song is one of the finest songs ever written
  • Spence from Houston, Txthis song is about a girl named Anna Belle The Third starting her new life as a prostitute, and Adam Duritz happened to be the first guy for her.
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