Aimee Mann

American indie rock singer-songwriter (born 1960)
Why don't you save me?
If you could save me,
From the ranks of the freaks,
Who suspect they could never love anyone,
Except the freaks,
Who suspect they could never love anyone…

Aimee Mann (born September 8, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, bassist, singer, and songwriter, who became famous as the songwriter and vocalist for the new wave band 'Til Tuesday. She began her solo career in the early 1990s and won further acclaim through her work on original songs for the soundtrack to the film Magnolia. She is currently collaborating and touring with Ted Leo in their joint project The Both.

In the dark, I like to read his mind
But I'm frightened of the things I might find.

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Song lyricsEdit

He wants me,
but only part of the time.
He wants me
if he can keep me in line.

Voices Carry (1985)Edit

With 'Til Tuesday
I look in your eyes
I realize what you've sold me
is love in a vacuum.
Love in a vacuum.
  • When I tell him that Im falling in love
    Why does he say
    "Hush, hush, keep it down now.
    Voices carry
    "?
    • "Voices Carry"
  • I try so hard not to get upset
    Because I know all the trouble Ill get
    Oh, he tells me tears are something to hide
    And something to fear
    And I try so hard to keep it inside
    So no one can hear.
    • "Voices Carry"
  • He wants me,
    but only part of the time.
    He wants me
    if he can keep me in line.
    • "Voices Carry"
  • I look in your eyes
    I realize what you've sold me
    is love in a vacuum.
    Love in a vacuum.

Welcome Home (1986)Edit

Don't you know that I could make a dream that's barely half-awake come true?
With 'Til Tuesday
  • Living on silence,
    Living by the book.
    You get it to a science
    Of living on one good look.
    So put out all the fires
    And blow away the smoke.
    I'm getting pretty tired
    Of living on hope.
    • "What About Love"
  • Coming up close
    Everything sounds like welcome home.
    Come home and oh, by the way,
    Don't you know that I could make a dream that's barely half-awake come true?
    I wanted to say — but anything I could have said I felt somehow that you already knew.
    • "Coming up Close"

Everything's Different Now (1988)Edit

You'll see me off in the distance, I hope
At the other end
At the other end of the telescope.
With 'Til Tuesday
  • There's always something that's smoldering somewhere
    I know it don't make a difference to you
    But oh! It sure made a difference to me
    You'll see me off in the distance, I hope
    At the other end
    At the other end of the telescope.

Whatever (1993)Edit

  • I should've known
    It was coming down to this.
    I should've known
    You would betray me but without the kiss.
    I should've known
    The kind of set-up it is.
    • "I Should've Known"

I'm with Stupid (1995)Edit

  • I don't know how to break the news, but
    It's pretty clear you'll be asked to choose between
    What you lack and what you excuse

    In this tug of war
    You can't say that they didn't warn you
    Though you'd rather that they just ignore you
    Cause your devices are not working for you anymore

    What you want, you don't know
    You're with stupid now

  • Though you pay for the hands they're shaking
    The speeches and the mistakes they're making
    As they struggle with the undertaking
    Of simple thought

    What you want, you don't know
    You're with stupid now
    What you know, you don't want to know
    You're with stupid now.

    • "You're With Stupid Now"
  • In our endeavor we are never seeing eye to eye;
    No guts to sever so forever may we wave goodbye.
    And you're always telling me that it's my turn to move,
    When I wonder what could make the needle jump the groove.
    I won't fall for the oldest trick in the book,
    So don't sit there and think you're off of the hook.
    By saying there is no use changing 'cause

    That's just what you are.
    That's just what you are.

    • "That's Just What You Are" · Video

Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture (1999)Edit

Oh, for the sake of momentum
I've allowed my fears to get larger than life.
Songs by Mann used in Magnolia (1999)
It's not going to stop.
It's not going to stop
'Til you wise up.
Like Peter Pan, or Superman,
You have come... to save me.
  • Oh, for the sake of momentum
    I've allowed my fears to get larger than life.

    And it's brought me to my current agendum
    Whereupon I deny fulfillment has yet to arrive.

    And I know life is getting shorter,
    I can't bring myself to set the scene.
    Even when it's approaching torture,
    I've got my routine.

    • "Momentum"
  • Now that I've met you,
    Would you object to
    Never seeing each other again?

    'Cause I can't afford to
    Climb aboard you.
    No one's got that much ego to spend.

    So don't work your stuff,
    Because I've got troubles enough.
    No, don't pick on me
    When one act of kindness could be
    Deathly,
    Deathly,
    Definitely.

    • "Deathly"
  • The sex you're trading up for
    What you hope is love
    Is just another thing that
    He'll be careless of.
    But though there are caveats galore,
    You've only got to love him more —
    And you do;
    You really do.
    Even when it's all too clear.
    • "You Do"
  • You struck me dumb, Like radium
    Like Peter Pan, or Superman,
    You have come... to save me.
    Come on and save me...
    Why don't you save me?
    If you could save me,
    From the ranks of the freaks,
    Who suspect they could never love anyone,
    Except the freaks,
    Who suspect they could never love anyone,
    Except the freaks,
    Who could never love anyone.
    • "Save Me"

Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo (2000)Edit

Everyone loves you —
Why should they not?
And I'm the only one who knows
That Disneyland's about to close.
So I'll do flips, and get paid in chips
From a diamond as big as the Ritz — 
Then I'm calling it quits.
  • I can't do it, I can't conceive
    You're everything you're trying to make me believe

    'Cause this show is too well designed
    Too well to be held with only me in mind

    And how, how am I different?
    How, how am I different?

  • I can't do it, and as for you
    Can you in good conscience even ask me to?

    'Cause what do you care about the great divide
    As long as you come down on the winner's side?

    • "How Am I Different"
  • They're all still on their honeymoon,
    Just read the dialogue balloon.
    Everyone loves you —
    Why should they not?
    And I'm the only one who knows
    That Disneyland's about to close.

    I don't suppose you'd give it a shot
    Knowing all that you've got

    Are cigarettes and Red Vines.
    Just close your eyes, 'cause, baby —
    You never do know.
    And I'll be on the sidelines,
    With my hands tied,
    Watching the show.

  • He's a serious mister
    Shake his hand and he'll twist your arm.
    With Monopoly money
    We'll be buying the funny farm.

    So I'll do flips, and get paid in chips
    From a diamond as big as the Ritz — 
    Then I'm calling it quits.

The Forgotten Arm (2005)Edit

Baby, there's something wrong with me
Baby, there's something wrong with me
Baby, there's something wrong with me
That I can't see.
  • I'll tell you a secret I don't even know.
    Baby, there's something wrong with me
    Baby, there's something wrong with me
    Baby, there's something wrong with me
    That I can't see.
    • "King of the Jailhouse"
  • Tell me why I feel so bad, honey
    Fighting left me plenty of money
    But didn't keep the promise of memory lapses
    Like a building that's been slated for blasting
    I'm the proof that nothing is lasting
    Counting to eleven as it collapses

@#%&*! Smilers (2008)Edit

  • You know it
    I know it
    Why don't you
    Just show it
    You got a lot of money but you can't afford the freeway
  • I thought my life would be different somehow
    I thought my life would be better by now
    But it's not, and I don't know where to turn
  • Little tornado
    You and the hurricane
    Close your eyes and go campaign
    Make it go faster
    Baby go faster
    Make it go twice the speed of you and me
    • "Little Tornado"

Charmer (2012)Edit

When you’re a charmer
you hate yourself
a victim of sideshow hypnosis
like everyone else.
  • When you’re a charmer
    people respond
    they can’t see the hidden agenda
    you got going on
  • When you’re a charmer
    the world applauds
    they don’t know that secretly charmers
    feel like they’re frauds

    When you’re a charmer
    you hate yourself
    a victim of sideshow hypnosis
    like everyone else.

    • "Charmer"
  • When we first met
    I was glad to be your pet
    like a Lab I once had that we called Maisie
    but fetching sticks
    was the best I had for tricks
    you got bored
    you got mad then you got crazy
    • "Labrador"
  • I could almost shed a tear
    but let’s shine in the time we have remaining
    you’re a tough old gal
    but a dog is just a pal
    and believe me, my dear,
    I’m not complaining
    • "Labrador"
  • Everybody’s got their differences
    too bad
    here’s a circumstance in which the stakes are high
    everybody’s got their secrets out
    so sad
    go around the room and see who doesn’t cry

    Soon enough
    you’ll be free to write it off
    you don’t know enough
    to call a bluff
    and the one who does
    will never ever tell

  • Soon enough
    you can say we made it up
    just for fun I guess
    to make a mess
    cause what’s more fun
    than other people’s hell
    • "Soon Enough"

The Both (2014)Edit

You can tell
By the laugh in the dark
at the sound of the bell
You can tell
It's the nucleus burning
inside of the cell…
Collaborations with Ted Leo
  • You can tell
    By the laugh in the dark
    at the sound of the bell
    You can tell
    It's the nucleus burning
    inside of the cell…

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