Album: Maybe You Should Drive (1994)
  • The girl works at the store, sweet Jane St. Clair
    Was dazzled by her smile while I shopped there
    It wasn't long before I lived with her
    I sang her songs while she dyed my hair

    Jane, divided, but I can't decide which side I'm on
    Jane decided only cowards stay, while traitors run
    Jane, Jane

    I'd bring her gold and frankincense and myrrh
    She thought that I was making fun of her
    She made me feel I was fourteen again
    That's why she thinks it's cooler if we'd just stay friends (she thinks it's cooler being)

    Jane doesn't think a man could ever be faithful
    Jane isn't giving me a chance to be shameful
    Jane, Jane

    I wrote a letter, she should have got it yesterday
    That life could be better by being together
    Is what I cannot explain to Jane

    The girl works at the store, sweet Jane St. Clair (still dazzled by her smile while I shop there)
    Still dazzled by her smile while I shoplift there (the girl works at the store, sweet Jane St. Clair)
    No promises as vague as Heaven (no promises as vague as Heaven)
    No Juliana next to my Evan (no Juliana next to)

    Jane, desired by the people at her school and work
    Jane is tired, 'cause every man becomes a lovesick jerk
    Jane, Jane (come on) Writer/s: Stephen Duffy, Steven Page
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 6

  • Julianna from TorontoThe name choice of Julianna actually came from me. The lead singer got the idea to use my name when he met me and my mom when he took his daughter Hannah to this gymboree class when she was young. My mom and him were always partners and he got the idea of the name from learning my name!
  • Sam from Lincoln, NeIn live performances of the song, Steven Page has been known to change the line "no Julianna next to my Evan" to "no Julie Andrews next to my Evan".
  • Herbie from Toronto, CanadaJane and St clair was the home of the slaughter yards in toronto and to this day on hot days you can smell the dead meat
  • Sweet Billy from Colchester, CtThe Julianna / Evan line refers to Julianna Hatfield and Evan Dando, who were dating at the time that Jane was written.
  • Annabeth from Kutztown, PaWhat's w/ the Julianna and Evan line?
  • Elrond47 from Hamilton, CanadaApparently, when Steven Page was taking his friend Stephen Duffy (who also writes some songs with/for BNL) around Toronto for a bit of a tour, Duffy saw the intersection and claimed it would be a beautiful name for a person/song. Page didn't have the heart to tell him that that intersection, as well as the neighbouring areas of those specific streets were anything but beautiful, but came up with the idea for the song anyways. The song itslef seems to be about a relationship the singer had that "Jane" broke off, but that the singer thinks could still work.
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