Album: Reality Bites Soundtrack (1994)
Charted: 6 1
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  • You say I only hear what I want to
    You say I talk so all the time so.

    And I thought what I felt was simple,
    And I thought that I don't belong,
    And now that I am leaving,
    Now I know that I did something wrong 'cause I missed you.
    Yeah, I missed you.

    And you say I only hear what I want to:
    I don't listen hard,
    I don't pay attention to the distance that you're running
    Or to anyone, anywhere,
    I don't understand if you really care,
    I'm only hearing negative: no, no, no (bad)

    And so I, I turned the radio on, I turned the radio up
    And this woman was singin' my song:
    The lover's in love and the other's run away,
    The lover is cryin' 'cause the other won't stay.

    Some of us hover when we weep for the other who was
    Dying since the day they were born.
    Well, this is not that:
    I think that I'm throwing, but I'm thrown.

    And I thought I'd live forever, but now I'm not so sure.

    You try to tell me that I'm clever,
    But that won't take my anyhow, or anywhere with you.

    You said that I was naive,
    And I thought that I was strong.
    I thought, "hey, I can leave, I can leave."
    Oh but now I know that I was wrong, 'cause I missed you.

    You said, "I caught you 'cause I want you and one day I'll let you go."
    You try to give away a keeper, or keep me 'cause you know you're just so scared to lose.
    And you say, "Stay."

    You say I only hear what I want to. Writer/s: Lisa A. Loeb
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 13

  • Chyanne from San Diego, CaWhy are there men in the comments, giving their opinion about her glasses like it matters?
    Lisa isn't going to take them off just to look more desirable to you, little Dominick from New York. :/
  • Piper from San FranciscoI've never known Lisa Loeb until I found her on the Geico commercial, now she speaks for all women, women can buy their own car insurance and be confident in who they live for, thank you Lisa for 2021 and coming out on tv.
  • Cherilyn from Houston/beaumont TexasGreat tune I have the Tails album on which this was on and the movie Reality Bites I thought Lisa's glasses were cool '50s cat's-eyes. I have the same glasses but they black and though I like them I hate wearing them.
  • Eduardo from San Jose, OtherI love Lisa, glasses included. They may not be the best glasses for her, but definitely she's OK. One thing I like about her is that she's not only a singer, but writes songs and plays. I also love the way Lisa sings this song (she's got a great voice), especially that part when she says 'hey' in the sixth verse, every time I hear it I get a thrill. By the way, she appears soooooooo gorgeous in the video.
  • Dominick from New York, NyOne thing I never liked was those awful glasses that she wears. They're horrible looking. Those glasses are very unflattering on a woman. She's the first one I remember wearing them. If she has to wear glasses, she should at least wear nice ones. Now, Tina Fey and many other women wear those ridiculous looking glasses. Do they think they are trendy or cool looking? From my perspective, they are not. Any woman I have ever seen who wears those kinds of glasses looks better NOT wearing those glasses. Why would a woman purposely choose to look worse by wearing them? Any woman who wears those glasses instantly loses her sex appeal. They are the modern day equivalent of the old "Buddy Holly" glasses of the 1950s.
  • Momo from Tokyo, JapanI said same phrase to my ex-girlfriend in 1992.
    Like "You try to give away a keeper, or keep me
    'Cause you know you're just scared to lose".
    So,when this song started to climb up ,I was relly really surprised.

  • Jazzz from Frankfurt, GermanyBeautiful song, ever touching. One fact I liked was that the director was about to kick out the song again. But Hawke and Winona Ryder intervened and the whole cast said that the song fit indeed into the movie. So the song "stay"ed in the movie- and made it big in the top ten. What is good has got to come out eventually.
  • Lisa from Manchester, Ctto buzzy - the song that you reference with the lyrics is actually this song - Stay. The lyric is "So I turned the radio on, I turned the radio up, And this woman was singing my song:
    Lover's in love, and the other's run away,
    Lover is crying 'cause the other won't stay."

    Complete lyrics are listed.
  • Buzzy from Washington Dc, DcLisa is an Ivy Leauger -- she attended Brown University. Also, does anyone know what song she references when she says she turned the radio on "and someone was playing my song......who were dying since the day they were born." I thought that line was quoting another song that mentions "dying since they day I was born." Anyway that maybe too obscure but thought I'd toss it out there.
  • Tom from Houston, TxThis is a great song. The changes in tempo throughout the song are what make it so pleasing to the ears. There's a great recording of this from Letterman with Paul Schaefer playing a soulful organ riff.
  • Michelle from Long Island, NyWhat happened to singer/songwriters like her? I have so much respect for her.. These days, all we have is bubble gum pop singers, and their siblings that think they can sing.. This song is 10 years old, and it's still one of my favorites.. It's a relationship song with meaning, I love it..
  • Mara from Las Vegas, Nvok this is my FAVORITE song of all time seriously! I mean my top three are 1 Stay, by lisa loeb, 2 I'll Be, by Edwin Mccain, 3 Criminal by Fiona apple. which is prolly the weirdest top three but yea i love this song!!
  • Britney from Calabasas, CaLittle known fact is Lisa is severely alergic to contacts so she has to wear her glasses. I love Lisa she rox!
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