What I Say
Billy Thorpe Lyrics


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There's four words
On the tip of my tongue
That I couldn't say to just anyone
Maybe I'm crazy to say them to you
My hearts fighting
Sweet temptations - since you sparked my imagination
Baby baby - I'm bad about you
Trying hard to keep control
And tell you more than you need to know
Anything to keep my cool - tow the line not break the rules
I've been good for most of my life
But you could change all that tonight
Baby,baby I'm bad about you

Trying hard to keep control
And tell you more than you need to know
Anything to keep my cool - tow the line not break the rules
My hearts fighting
Sweet temptations - since you sparked my imagination
Baby baby - I'm bad about you

I've been good for most of my life
But you could change all that tonight




Baby,baby I'm bad about you
Baby,baby I'm bad about you

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Billy Thorpe's "What I Say" are about a person who is struggling to express their feelings to someone they are attracted to. The person has four words on the tip of their tongue that they want to say to this person but are hesitant to do so as they fear the other person may not feel the same way. The person acknowledges that they may seem crazy to express their feelings to this individual, but the attraction is too strong for them to ignore. The person is trying to resist temptation and maintain control over their emotions, but their heart is fighting against them, and they are finding it tough to keep their cool.


The individual wants to follow the rules and not break them, which explains their reluctance to say the four words out loud. The person has been good for most of their life but meeting this person has changed that, and they may not be able to resist their attraction tonight. The phrase "baby, baby, I'm bad about you" repeated throughout the song signifies the person's intense feelings towards this person and their inability to resist them.


Overall, the lyrics to "What I Say" suggest that the person is trying to navigate their emotions while attempting to express themselves without fear of rejection.


Line by Line Meaning

There's four words
On the verge of confessing deep feelings only meant for a special someone


On the tip of my tongue
Almost ready to utter words but not quite there yet


That I couldn't say to just anyone
Reserved for someone who is worth the emotional risk and vulnerability


Maybe I'm crazy to say them to you
Questioning the sanity of exposing oneself to potential rejection


My hearts fighting
Internal battle between the fear of love and the desire for connection


Sweet temptations - since you sparked my imagination
Fantasizing about a significant other since they've entered the picture


Baby baby - I'm bad about you
Acknowledging the emotional weakness and dependence on the person


Trying hard to keep control
Struggling to keep composure and not reveal too much too soon


And tell you more than you need to know
Wanting to express everything but recognizing it might be overwhelming or inappropriate


Anything to keep my cool - tow the line not break the rules
Holding back and adhering to social norms to avoid being deemed inappropriate or irrational


I've been good for most of my life
Historically following societal expectations and not taking emotional risks


But you could change all that tonight
Anticipating a major shift in life and attitude with the potential love interest


Baby,baby I'm bad about you
Reiterating the emotional attachment and love for the person


Baby,baby I'm bad about you
Expressing the emotional dependence and vulnerability once again for emphasis




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Written by: RAY CHARLES

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