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I know it won't work
Gracie Abrams Lyrics


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I left you here
Heard you keep the extra closet empty
In case this year
I come back and stay throughout my twenties
What if I won't?
How am I supposed to put that gently?
And down the road
You will love me until you resent me
Mm, mm, mm

I've had the thought
Tried to work it out through anxious pacing
What if I'm not
Worth the time and breath I know you're saving?
But it's a lot
All the shine of half a decade fading
The whole facade
Seemed to fall apart, it's complicated
Mm, mm, hmm-mm

And part of me wants to walk away 'til you really listen
I hate to look at your face and know that we're feeling different
'Cause part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?
Why won't you try moving on for once? That might make it easy
I know we cut all the ties but you're never really leaving
And part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?

I know it won't work like that

I'll open up
I'm thinking everything you wish I wasn't
The call was tough
But you're better off, I'm being honest
So won't you stop
Holding out for me when I don't want it?
Just brush me off
'Cause I'm your ghost right now, your house is haunted

And part of me wants to walk away 'til you really listen
I hate to look at your face and know that we're feeling different
'Cause part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?
Why won't you try moving on for once? That might make it easy
I know we cut all the ties but you're never really leaving
And part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?

(Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah) oh, oh
I know it won't work like that, huh?
(Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah) oh, oh, oh
I know it won't work like that, huh?

And part of me wants to walk away 'til you really listen
I hate to look at your face and know that we're feeling different
'Cause part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?
Why won't you try moving on for once? That might make it easy
I know we cut all the ties but you're never really leaving
And part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?

Overall Meaning

The song "I know it won't work" by Gracie Abrams is about the struggle of moving on from someone you care about, but know is not right for you. The song starts with the singer leaving someone who still keeps an extra closet for them, showing that they are still holding on to the hope that they will come back. However, the singer knows that it's not going to work out between them and feels guilty about it. They express their worthlessness and doubts about themselves, but also feel conflicted because they want their ex-partner back.


The chorus of the song shows the inner conflicts of the singer, as they want to walk away but still care about their ex-partner. They urge their partner to move on and try to forget about them, but at the same time, they keep coming back. The final verse of the song takes a slight turn of the narrative as the singer opens up and tells their partner to move on and that they're better off without them. They know that there's no point in holding out hope because they have already moved on.


Overall, "I know it won't work" is a poignant and emotional song about the complexities of love and relationships. It shows how difficult it can be to let go of someone you care about, even when you know that it's not meant to be.


Line by Line Meaning

I left you here
I abandoned you and now I regret it


Heard you keep the extra closet empty
I'm aware of the space you left for me, but I'm not sure if I'll return or not


In case this year
I don't know if I'll come back this year or not


I come back and stay throughout my twenties
If I do come back, it might be for a long time


What if I won't?
What if I can't give you what you want?


How am I supposed to put that gently?
I don't want to hurt you, but I don't know how to say it without causing pain


And down the road
In the future


You will love me until you resent me
You'll love me until I disappoint you one too many times


I've had the thought
I've been thinking


Tried to work it out through anxious pacing
I've been anxious and restless, trying to figure out my feelings


What if I'm not
What if I'm not good enough for you?


Worth the time and breath I know you're saving?
Am I worth the effort you're putting into waiting for me?


But it's a lot
It's a big weight on my shoulders


All the shine of half a decade fading
The bright, happy memories of our past are starting to fade


The whole facade
Our relationship was built on something that wasn't real


Seemed to fall apart, it's complicated
Our relationship is complex and difficult to navigate


And part of me wants to walk away 'til you really listen
I feel like you're not listening to me and it makes me want to leave


I hate to look at your face and know that we're feeling different
It pains me to see that we're not on the same page


'Cause part of me wants you back, but
I have conflicting feelings about you


I know it won't work like that, huh?
I know our relationship won't be the same again


Why won't you try moving on for once? That might make it easy
If you could move on and let me go, it would make things easier for both of us


I know we cut all the ties but you're never really leaving
Even though we've tried to move on, we're still connected in some way


I'll open up
I'll be honest with you


I'm thinking everything you wish I wasn't
There are things on my mind that I know you don't want to hear


The call was tough
Breaking things off was difficult for both of us


But you're better off, I'm being honest
I know it's for the best that we're not together


So won't you stop
Please stop holding onto hope that we'll get back together


Holding out for me when I don't want it?
Why are you waiting when I've already moved on?


Just brush me off
Don't hold onto me anymore


'Cause I'm your ghost right now, your house is haunted
Even though I'm gone, I'm still haunting you and holding you back


I know it won't work like that
Our relationship won't be able to go back to the way it was




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Aaron Dessner, Gracie Madigan Abrams

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@kayleeatkins6202

[Verse 1]
I left you here
Heard you keep the extra closet empty
In case this year
I come back and stay throughout my twenties
What if I won't?
How am I supposed to put that gently?
And down the road
You will love me until you resent me, mmm

[Verse 2]
I've had the thought
Tried to work it out through anxious pacin'
What if I'm not
Worth the time and breath I know you're savin'?
But it's a lot
All the shine of half a decade fadin'
The whole facade
Seemed to fall apart, it's complicated, mmm


Chorus]
And part of me wants to walk away 'til you really listen
I hate to look at your face and know that we're feelin' different
'Cause part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?
Why won't you try movin' on for once? That might make it easy
I know we cut all the ties, but you're never really leavin'
And part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?
I know it won't work like that

[Verse 3]
I'll open up
And thinkin' everythin' you wish I wasn't
The call was tough
But you're better off, I'm bein' honest
So, won't you stop
Holdin' out for me when I don't want it?
Just brush me off
'Cause I'm your ghost right now, your house is haunted

[Chorus]
And part of me wants to walk away 'til you really listen
I hate to look at your face and know that we're feelin' different
'Cause part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?
Why won't you try movin' on for once? That might make it easy
I know we cut all the ties, but you're never really leavin'
And part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?



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"I Know It Won't Work" (Lyrics)

I left you here
Heard you keep the extra closet empty
In case this year
I come back and stay throughout my twenties
What if I won't?
How am I supposed to put that gently?
And down the road
You will love me until you resent me

I've had the thought
Tried to work it out through anxious pacing
What if I'm not
Worth the time and breath I know you're saving?
But it's a lot
All the shine of half a decade fading
The whole facade
Seemed to fall apart, it's complicated

And part of me wants to walk away till you really listen
I hate to look at your face and know that we're feeling different
'Cause part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?
Why won't you try moving on for once? That might make it easy
I know we cut all the ties but you're never really leaving
And part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?

I know it won't work like that

I'll open up
I'm thinking everything you wish I wasn't
The call was tough
But you're better off, I'm being honest
So won't you stop
Holding out for me when I don't want it
Just brush me off
'Cause I'm your ghost right now, your house is haunted

And part of me wants to walk away till you really listen
I hate to look at your face and know that we're feeling different
'Cause part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?
Why won't you try moving on for once? That might make it easy
I know we cut all the ties but you're never really leaving
And part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?

I know it won't work like that, huh?
I know it won't work like that, huh?

And part of me wants to walk away till you really listen
I hate to look at your face and know that we're feeling different
'Cause part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?
Why won't you try moving on for once? That might make it easy
I know we cut all the ties but you're never really leaving
And part of me wants you back, but
I know it won't work like that, huh?



All comments from YouTube:

@lamp12.

good riddance is not just an album. it's truly a blessing. it brought out the words we never got to word out. it's a gift from your loved ones. in this case, gracie. it's the heart that keeps us going even if it crushes your soul to listen to. it's oxygen. it's a hug from gracie through music. an invicible love from her to us, from us to her ♡

@CherArsen

🧢

@sir-any-tea

This is what it feels like too. Or any gracie songs 🧎🏻‍♀️

@oliviakaraj1682

They are so Emotional…..I love herrr

@iyaj5557

​@@CherArsen stop being toxic bulshit

@PeachShortcake_

This is fkn creepy. Parasocial relationships w the younger generation are seriously unhinged

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@du9308

im absolutely so proud of gracie for opening her heart out like she did with this album. her writing improved so much and her storytelling is magnificent. good riddance is such a good debut album it doesn’t even even feel like one! can’t’ wait to cry my eyes out and scream those beautiful lyrics on tour. proud is an understatement

@professorquinsonsnib

it doesn’t even *feels like one

@rebeccaphillips9632

I love the reference of “Your House is haunted” in this song, like how she talks about their “old apartment” and “Every corner of this house(their old apartment) is haunted” in her song, “I miss you, I’m sorry.”

@kreea

we dont have to leave the apartment in feels like

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