Why Lyrics - Annie Lennox

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How many times do I have to try to tell you
That I'm sorry for the things I've done
But when I start to try to tell you
That's when you have to tell me
Hey... this kind of trouble's only just begun
I tell myself too many times
Why don't you ever learn to keep your big mouth shut
That's why it hurts so bad to hear the words
That keep on falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Tell me...

I may be mad
I may be blind
I may be viciously unkind
But I can still read what you're thinking
And I've heard is said too many times
That you'd be better off
Why can't you see this boat is sinking
(this boat is sinking this boat is sinking)
Let's go down to the water's edge
And we can cast away those doubts
Some things are better left unsaid
But they still turn me inside out
Turning inside out turning inside out
Tell me...
Tell me...

This is the book I never read
These are the words I never said
This is the path I'll never tread
These are the dreams I'll dream instead
This is the joy that's seldom spread
These are the tears...
The tears we shed
This is the fear
This is the dread
These are the contents of my head
And these are the years that we have spent
And this is what they represent
And this is how I feel
Do you know how I feel ?
'cause i don't think you know how I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
You don't know what I feel

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So relatable | Reviewer: Robin | 6/27/13

I wanted to say that I relate to this song SO very much right now. After 9 years together and a marriage of 3 1/2 years, my relationship is destroyed due to alcoholism. This song has always gotten to me...but now, it's like it sings to me. Especially:

And this is how I feel
Do you know how I feel ?
'cause i don't think you know how I feel
I don't think you know what I feel

It actually makes me cry. It's so powerful.

Hauntinly powerful | Reviewer: Kristen | 3/17/13

My x and i luv this song.We were together for 9 yrs and he was soon after diagnosed with bipolar after being wrongly diagnosed for years. He tried to suicide a couple of times when we were together.
He has had gambling problems all of his life and is now on a disability pension and has diabetes as well. He is not exactly great partner material, but i connect with him like no one else and feel like i could well be on my own for the rest of my life and maybe there is no one else out there for me. We have been split up for two years now, but i can't connect with anyone like i do with him and he is a lost soul and would be back with me if he could and doesn't seem interested in meeting anyone.
This song is so powerful and and captures the achingly painful truth of a broken relationship. Annie is luminous and astonishingly vulnerable in this hauntingly sad song.One of my favourite singers of all time.......this song has always made me feel like crying.

family | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/27/12

the song 'Why' captures in the last verse for me feelings which describe my adoption and the relationship i now have with my birth mother. i am walking a path given to me through circumstances beyond my control. The very last words 'you don't know what i fear' speak so much truth, for me, and become the very essence of our relationship.

Guilty | Reviewer: Jaime | 8/12/11

We were a couple of many years, almost 10. He was a very complicated man. The first time i heared this amazing song, my couple saw me like saying "oh, i am so sorry, i am guilty of everything", I did not understand in this moment. I really loved him, but, i understood that our life could not be together. After two months i broke him up. Now he is looking for me again, but, i just remember his face in that moment, and the horrible feelings, how sad i was, and do not accept him again. I always remember him with this song.

Family relationships, too | Reviewer: Remy | 6/17/11

These words cut to the quick of every argument I have had with my mother as an adult. We are so alike but our lives are so different, I don't know how to connect with her anymore.

And this is how I feel
Do you know how I feel ?
'cause i don't think you know how I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
You don't know what I fear

from:dwayne why:dwayne | Reviewer: deena | 6/27/10

Incredible!! A man whom we will call Dwayne; has kept me passionately & intellectually bound for many years.yet in most recent of his escape (again) from complete commitment to intimacy from us; Dwayne chose to send me a quip about our OVERNESS & this came in the form of the song "WHY" Annie Lennox. I am even more confused as to his meaning of our relationship when saying this song & these lyrics sum up what we were.I really have no idea what he feels based on these words. Is this a good thing or bad thing that our past & memories are summed up with these words. Help me to understand this. Forever Dwaynes' girl.

Last night | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/5/10

Well last night was dumped by my girl, only the second woman I have ever truly loved, and this song (plus Greendays Boulevard Of Broken Dreams) ware going round in my head all night...The power of this song is overwhelming even when "in a relationship" but OMG almost unbearable when in the middle of a break up.... D x

So sad | Reviewer: Anon | 3/17/10

I had a letter today from an ex-partner. He tried to end his life on Monday. He was saved but not before he sent a funeral letter to me about his family and the music he wants at his funeral. He wants "Why" played at his funeral. I cannot tell you how sad I feel for him. He cannot live without me he says. I cannot live with him the way he is. Not sure whay I am writing this. Yes this is a song about relationships but for him it is a song about all the life he has missed out on because of his own actions, and the things he has never done and now he thinks he will never do. Sad for a man under 40.

To Jose | Reviewer: Rik | 12/26/09

Jose, your comments speak volumes. There are so many references to 'yourself'... Count how many times you use the words 'My' and 'I'... There are two people in a relationship, try and remember that so your next one doesn't end up in tatters too. I'm a tad concerned at your spelling of the word 'annals' too...!

The beauty of truth | Reviewer: Jose moreno | 12/22/09

I have been an admirer of Annie for decades. I have had my fair share of relationships but at this moment in time, Why represents every expression that exists known to mankind. The regret, anger, pain, anguish, vulnerability, hopelessness , and the ultimate emotion "this too shall pass.". WHY encompasses all of the above and breaks through the bare essence of human love and the stoic feeling that's left after the battle of love. My future wife and i have been through a roller coaster of love for 7 years! Me leaving my marriage twice and enduring the pain imposed on my wife and children. The duties of fatherhood were ovewhelming thus causing a great deal of friction. My girlfriend endured a great deal and gave me her all, body, mind, and soul! My opportunities of happiness have reached its pinnacle where she now has said no more! I respeft that. I need to look at my inner self and find that peace before i may plea for the love of my life to embrace me once more. In the interim i wish TARA the best. Even with her present choice of companionship. Of course the pain is deeply embedded within the anals of my mind. Only time, hope, good deeds, self improvement and faith of a higher being shall grant me the merest hope to one day embrace my future wife. Love u tara. Your soulmate. Jm. P. S. Pls feel free to reach out to me for any commentary or support either from me to you or vice versa, i would greatly appreciate it. Thank u all. Keep the faith.

Don't know why | Reviewer: Charles | 11/19/09

This song speaks volumes to me even now. My partner and I broke up about 2yrs. ago and this song reminds me of him everytime I hear it and immediately brings me to tears. The breakup was mostly my fault and every day I wake up I regret my actions that lead up to our separation. We're still friends and we stay in contact occasionally but it's not the same. We both have found other love interests and I think we both genuinely love our new partners and our new partners are very good to us but I also think he and I are still emotionally connected to one another and I don't think we're able to let that go. We can go for weeks or months without contacting one another and eventually when we touch base with one another we seem to always have the exact same experiences and issues in our lives. He's the one and only person that I honestly believe we were made for each other. I do know without a doubt that he was the love of my life and if things were to align perfectly I feel like we could possibly be together again but I'm not holding out for that to happen.

Annie Lennoxes Why | Reviewer: Morgan_Charlie | 8/10/09

I saw your video Annie Lennox as a kid! And You are the healer in my life! as Stevie Wonder aswell. Yoy! You are the golden lady of 80's-90's-2000's

I wish I had a gift like yours and when you sing the lyrics Its a golden Touch, I love, when u played the piano and when You wore that fantastic Diva outfit of Orange feathers.

05/27.2009 | Reviewer: maura | 5/27/09

To the person who corrected the lyrics, Ms. Lennox very deliberately shades from WHAT I FEEL to WHAT I FEAR at the end as she whispers- it is part of the genius of the song. This and ONE by U2 are powerful anthems to authentic human love, which is brutal and crushing and sublime and why we are here on earth. John Cameron Mitchell wrote a song (The Origin of Love from the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch) explaining that in the mythic past men and women were two halves of one being which was violently rent in two, and we now spend eternity trying to recapture that unity at all costs by crashing together in a messy and painful but heroic fight. We have no choice. I always say God never loves us more than when we TRY, no matter how many times we fail.

genuinely moving... | Reviewer: Steve | 5/8/09

This song still moves me to tears - a big 55yr old generally blokey man - it somehow just hits and represents the feelings of regret for loves lost and what you know you have never experienced because of it...

Why -Annie Lennox | Reviewer: Emsy | 10/21/08

I remember this song came out when I was in high school. I was 17 and had just broken up with my first genuine high school boyfriend. I used to play this song a lot. 20 or so years later and this song still holds the exact same context for me because, while I've greatly changed as a person over the years, my relationships have not.

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