I Do

Album: Firecracker (1997)
Charted: 17

Songfacts®:

  • In our interview with Lisa Loeb, the singer/songwriter explained: "'I Do' is a song that people often tell me they relate to as a relationship song, but it was written like a number of other songs I've heard have been written: about the record company asking for more music. When I felt like my record was done, they wanted to hear a single. And the song was, 'You don't hear it, but I do. When I'm done with thinking, then I'm done with you.' It's like, you know what? I'm fed up with you. I was fed up with the record company. 'When I'm done with crying, then I'm done with you.' And I was using some really straightforward lyrics, like 'When I'm done with crying,' I wasn't literally crying over the record company. But it just seemed really easy to sing, and I was trying to write something that was not so wordy, and not so poetic. Something that was really straightforward that people could understand when they heard it immediately. 'Everybody feels this way sometime,' da da da da da, 'I do. You don't hear it, but I do.' Literally, the record company said they didn't hear a single. And it was so annoying, because they had already told me they did, and then here they were coming back saying that they didn't. I guess a relationship with a record company is somewhat of a relationship, although you put up with things with a record company that you would never put up with in a relationship. That's what that song started as, but I'm sure I probably took things from real relationship issues."

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