Anyone but Me
Carly Simon Lyrics


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Straight from the hall of fame
One of the worlds great lovers
Darling you're not to blame
I'm just sorry that you've been discovered
When I look in you eyes
I know hundreds of girls have been there
I tried to be civilized
And pretend I don't care

Take me away, burn out the past
And hold me
To calm my jealousy
Hold me
Forget your history
I need you to show me
We'll be like Adam and Eve
That you love me
I wish you had never loved anyone but me

Breathless and overcome
Knowin' my desire is showing
Passion can make you dumb
But does so much to keep you going
Turn off the songs of the past romance and

Hold me
To calm my jealousy
Hold me
Forget your history
I need you to show me
We'll be like Adam and Eve
that you love me
I wish you had never loved anyone but me

With too many options
You spin like a top
you spin like a top - until you drop
But now that you've dropped I'm gonna pick you up




And love you until we just can't stop
And love you until we just can't stop

Overall Meaning

In the song Anyone But Me, Carly Simon is singing about a man who is considered to be one of the world's great lovers. She is expressing regret that he has already been discovered by hundreds of other women before her. She wishes that he had never loved anyone but her, and is jealous of the passion he has shared with these other women. Carly is hoping to start fresh with him and be his one and only love. She wants to forget about his past, but is also realizing that passion can make people do crazy things.


The chorus of the song repeats the phrase “Hold me, forget your history. I need you to show me,” which speaks to Carly’s desire to start fresh with this man, and put the past behind them so that they can truly start something new. The lyrics “We'll be like Adam and Eve” suggest a desire for a fresh start and to return to the garden of Eden, where they can be innocently in love with one another.


Overall, Anyone But Me is a song about love, jealousy, and the desire to start fresh with someone, even if they have a complicated love history. It speaks to the universal feeling of wanting to be someone's one and only.



Line by Line Meaning

Straight from the hall of fame
I am a well-known figure and easily recognizable.


One of the worlds great lovers
I have been in many relationships and am experienced in romance.


Darling you're not to blame
I am the one who is at fault in this situation.


I'm just sorry that you've been discovered
I regret that others have learned about our relationship.


When I look in you eyes
I can see that you have been with many other women.


I know hundreds of girls have been there
You have been with so many women that it is difficult to keep track.


I tried to be civilized
I attempted to deal with this situation in a calm and reasonable manner.


And pretend I don't care
I acted as though your past relationships did not bother me.


Take me away, burn out the past
Let's escape from the memories of your past relationships and start anew.


And hold me
Show me that you care for me and are committed to our relationship.


To calm my jealousy
I am feeling insecure and need reassurance that you love me.


Forget your history
Put the past behind you and focus on our present and future together.


I need you to show me
I require you to demonstrate your love and commitment to me.


We'll be like Adam and Eve
Our love will be pure and unblemished, like the first humans on Earth.


That you love me
I need you to prove your love for me.


I wish you had never loved anyone but me
I want to be the only woman you have ever loved and will ever love.


Breathless and overcome
I am overwhelmed with emotion and passion.


Knowin' my desire is showing
I am aware that I am being quite forward with my feelings.


Passion can make you dumb
Strong emotions can cause you to act without thinking intelligently.


But does so much to keep you going
Despite its negative aspects, passion is what drives us forward.


Turn off the songs of the past romance and
Let's stop dwelling on past relationships and instead focus on our own.


With too many options
You have had so many romantic partners that it is difficult to choose just one.


You spin like a top
You are indecisive and constantly changing your mind.


Until you drop
Eventually you come to a breaking point and must make a choice.


But now that you've dropped I'm gonna pick you up
Now that you have chosen me, I will be there for you.


And love you until we just can't stop
I will love you endlessly and without reservation.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
Written by: Carly E. Simon, Stuart Kimball, Arthur Henry Baker

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