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Zooey Deschanel

When I was a little bit younger
The strain I was under could make me cry.
Now I’m a little bit older,
A little bit bolder,
Never so shy.

Zooey Claire Deschanel (born 17 January 1980) is an American actress, song-writer and singer who performs with M. Ward as the group She & Him, and stars in the comedy television series New Girl.

QuotesEdit

I want to make people feel better, whether it’s myself, or a friend, or whoever.
O-o-old habits die hard when you got, when you got a sentimental heart.
  • I don't want to go to another roller-coaster ride of a movie. If I want that, I'll go to Magic Mountain. I'm really interested in the young directors that are doing different things in cinema. I think the movies people will hold onto are the Rushmores and the Being John Malkoviches. Those are the kind of films I want to do; that's what I'm passionate about.
  • I think a lot of what motivates me songwriting-wise is — this might sound silly — but, when I listen to a song that I love, it kind of makes me feel better. I think that’s the impetus behind everything I write; I want to make people feel better, whether it’s myself, or a friend, or whoever. I don’t know how to say this without sounding corny or banal, but I know a lot of people who are very hard on themselves. So this is sort of a cheerleading lullaby.
  • My goal as an actor is always to be as truthful as possible, and to find the truth in the material I am representing. So I think that it’s the same with performing music. But in a way, performing your own music, it’s easier to find the truth in it, because it’s coming from yourself. There’s no translation needed.
    • As quoted in "On Record : Zooey Deschanel of She & Him" at American Songwriter (18 March 2010)

She & Him : Volume One (2008)Edit

Piece of the puzzle, you're my missing part
Oh what can you do with a sentimental heart?
I got to get your presence
Let's make it known
Think of all the beauty that you left behind you.
You can take it if you want it, and then let it go.
I somehow see what's beautiful in things that are ephemeral
Love is just a piece of time
in the world
in the world
And I couldn't help but fall in love again
I've tried to express it
But I think its all a bore
Its at the heart of me,
A very part of me
It's nowhere in here
And its everywhere else that I don't wanna be,
But I'm stuck here getting misty over you
  • O-o-old habits die hard when you got, when you got a sentimental heart
    Piece of the puzzle, you're my missing part
    Oh what can you do with a sentimental heart?
    • "Sentimental Heart"
  • Why don't you sit right down and stay awhile?
    We like the same things and I like your style
    Its not a secret; why do you keep it?
    I'm just sitting on the shelf
    • Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
  • I got to get your presence
    Let's make it known

    I think you're just so pleasant
    I would like you for my own
    • Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
  • For those of you who tried, but didn't make it,
    Settle down — it's never what you think.
    The summit doesn't differ from the deep, dark valley,
    And the valley doesn't differ from the kitchen sink.
    • "This Is Not a Test"
  • For those of you who thought you'd be forgotten,
    The friends you've made will try their best, to make it so.
    Think of all the beauty that you left behind you.
    You can take it if you want it, and then let it go.
    • "This Is Not a Test"
  • For those of us who try to keep remembering,
    Try to do our better than our best.
    Think of all the children in the drifts of snow.
    Winners never quit, but winters never rest.
    • "This Is Not a Test"
  • I was never no, never no, never enough,
    But I can try, I can try to toughen up.
    • "Change Is Hard"
  • Change is hard, I should know.
    I should know.
    • "Change Is Hard"
  • I somehow see what's beautiful
    In things that are ephemeral

    I'm my only friend of mine
    And love is just a piece of time
    in the world
    in the world.
    And I couldn't help but fall in love again.
    • "I Thought I Saw Your Face Today"
  • Take it back
    Oh, take it back
    I don't want your lovin', anymore
    Let me live
    Oh, let me live
    It's not you who I sing for
    • "Take It Back"
  • I don't wanna' wonder whether you love me
    I don't wanna' wonder whether you care
    • "Take It Back"
  • When I saw you smile
    I saw a dream come true
    • "I Was Made For You"
  • I won't be waitin' any more cause I know
    Baby, baby
    I was made for you
    • "I Was Made For You"
  • My eyes are so bleary
    I guess I'm young but I feel so weary
    I've tried to express it
    But I think its all a bore
    Its at the heart of me,
    A very part of me
    • "Black Hole"
  • It's nowhere in here
    And its everywhere else that I don't wanna be,
    But I'm stuck here getting misty over you
    I'm alone on a bicycle for two.
    • "Black Hole"
  • Saw your face,
    My hand you took
    Just like in a story book,
    And you got me
    Yeah, you‘ve got me
    • "Got Me"
  • I can feel your heartbeat,
    Where I lay my head
    ‘Cause you’ve got me
    Yeah you’ve got me
    • "Got Me"
  • When I was a little bit younger
    The strain I was under could make me cry.
    Now I’m a little bit older,
    A little bit bolder,
    Never so shy
  • Sweet darlin’, come hold me,
    Just a little bit longer now
    • "Sweet Darlin"

Volume Two (2010)Edit

Full lyrics online
What's in my pocket?
You never knew
You didn't know me well
So well, as I knew you
Orpheus melted the heart of Persephone, but I never had yours
I followed you back to the end of the path, but I never found the door.
I like to learn things slow
I like learning alot
Goodbye shadows
  • There's thieves among us
    Painting the walls
    All kinds of lies, and lies
    I never told it all
    • "Thieves"
  • What's in my pocket?
    You never knew
    You didn't know me well
    So well, as I knew you
    • "Thieves"
  • And I know, and you know too
    That a love, like ours
    Is terrible news
    But that wont stop me crying
    No, that wont stop me crying over you
    • "Thieves"
  • It’s hard to be ignored
    When I look at you, you look so bored
    My baby, my darling, I’ve been taking a beating…
    Well alright (well alright)
    It’s okay (it’s okay)
    We all get the slip sometimes every day
    I’ll just keep it to myself in the sun
    In the sun
  • Orpheus melted the heart of Persephone, but I never had yours
    I followed you back to the end of the path, but I never found the door
  • Dont look back
    all youll ever get is the dust from the steps before
    I dont have to see you every day,
    but I just want to know youre there
    • "Don't Look Back"
  • I like to learn things slow
    I like learning alot
    I like to get it all again and in the end
    You know you get what you got
    • "Lingering Still"
  • And the world's like a science
    And I'm like a secret
    And I saw you lingering still, still
    I saw you lingering still
    • "Lingering Still"
  • He was different at first
    But then he won't understand
    Because he's never gonna know me
    If he doesn't want to just shake my hand
    • "Lingering Still"
  • Well Im back in your good graces again
    Remember when you told me that I was your only friend?
    • "Me and You"
  • Well I know that you worry a lot about
    Things you cant control
    There are so many things wed like to have
    But we just cannot hold

    You've got to be kind to yourself
    You've got to be kind to yourself

    • "Me and You"
  • California is a great big nation of one
    They never knew what they wanted ’til it was already gone
    • "Home"
  • Why don’t we just sit and stare and do nothing?
    Nothing at all for a while
    I like the way you smile
    I could be your state and I could be your nation
    It doesn’t get better than home, now does it?
    • "Home"
  • I want to be where your heart is home
    I want to see you with the light in the morning
    There’s never been such a beautiful warning to me, to me
    • "Home"
  • You never tried facing the sting
    Walking all in circles, take it all in stride
    Faces are not what they seem,
    I always dream
    lost in the tide
    • "I'm Gonna Make It Better"
  • The world’s been waiting, they’ve been
    waiting for years
    And they’ve just gotta hear it
    The kids are waiting, they’ve been shedding tears
    So open your arms and sing for us
    • "Sing"
  • Why do I always want to sock it to you hard?
    Let you know what love is like when I’m
    keeping all my cards up on the shelf
    Where you can’t see them
    Why do I always want to keep it to myself?
    • "Over It Over Again"
  • I had some brand new shoes
    They were all red but they gave me the blues
    And they're runnin' away, they left me a letter
    It's just like you told me it'd be
    It's nothin' nothin' nothin'
    nothin' at all
    • "Brand New Shoes"
  • We are all made of air
    There's stars in my eyes and there's sun in my hair
    And I'm runnin' away, it makes me feel better
    • "Brand New Shoes"
  • If you can't sleep, I'll be there in your dreams.
    I'll be there in your dreams if you can't sleep at all.
    And in your dreams, I'll touch your cheek
    And lay my head on your shoulder.
    Goodbye shadows
    • "If You Can't Sleep"
  • Shut your eyes, there are bluer skies
    For you're embraced in my heart
    • "If You Can't Sleep"
  • Hair got caught in the sunlight darling
    But I just wasted the day.
    I knew it would happen this way.
    • I Knew It Would Happen This Way (Bonus track on pre-orders)
  • Can't get up in the morning lately
    and I'm just sunk in a dream
    I'm always the ship in the stream
    • I Knew It Would Happen This Way (Bonus track on pre-orders)

Volume 3 (2013)Edit

Quotes about DeschanelEdit

I think that one of Zooey's skills in songwriting is the storytelling, and I hope that the production doesn't get in the way of that, and I hope that the era that we're living in doesn't get in the way of that… ~ M. Ward

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