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What If
Emilie Autumn Lyrics


Here you sit in your high-backed chair
Wonder how the view is from there
I wouldn't know 'cause I like to sit
Upon the floor, yeah upon the floor
If you like we could play a game
Let's pretend that we are the same
But you will have to look much closer
Than you do, closer than you do
And I'm far too tired to stay here anymore
And I don't care what you think anyway
‘Cause I think you were wrong about me
Yeah what if you were, what if you were
And what if I'm a snowstorm burning
What if I'm a world unturning
What if I'm an ocean, far too shallow, much too deep
What if I'm the kindest demon
Something you may not believe in
What if I'm a siren singing gentlemen to sleep

I know you've got it figured out
Tell me what I am all about
And I just might learn a thing or two
Hundred about you, maybe about you
I'm the end of your telescope
I don't change just to suit your vision
‘Cause I am bound by a fraying rope
Around my hands, tied around my hands
And you close your eyes when I say I'm breaking free
And put your hands over both your ears
Because you cannot stand to believe I'm not
The perfect girl you thought
Well what have I got to lose
And what if I'm a weeping willow
Laughing tears upon my pillow
What if I'm a socialite who wants to be alone
What if I'm a toothless leopard
What if I'm a sheepless shepherd
What if I'm an angel without wings to take me home

You don't know me
Never will, never will
I'm outside your picture frame
And the glass is breaking now
You can't see me
Never will, never will
If you're never gonna see
What if I'm a crowded desert
Too much pain with little pleasure
What if I'm the nicest place you never want to go
What if I don't know who I am
Will that keep us both from trying
To find out and when you have
Be sure to let me know
What if I'm a snowstorm burning
What if I'm a world unturning
What if I'm an ocean, far too shallow, much too deep
What if I'm the kindest demon
Something you may not believe in
What if I'm a siren singing gentlemen to sleep
Sleep…
Sleep…

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PetulantKim

I'm 65 yrs old last week. Emilie is much younger than me, but a kindred spirit and a fellow traveler. nuff said!

Gala of the Truth

When we are the original we all know who we really are as trust me we both know who we really are and now I know that together we will find out what the truth behind this truth we can really do because now she knows I have proven more than we have believe we could ever return to I'm pretty sure she will be returning to me very soon because we have been wishing for this to be true and I have seen and done what we use to do long before we were human

Andrew Ragland

I'm 54, male, and bipolar. Emilie's work appeals to me for a number of reasons. This particular song has a lot to say about how people form opinions of others and then try to work from handy labels instead of seeing the complexities that are actually there.

HoursofMovies

I love this song! Don't get me wrong. I prefer Emilie Autumn's darker and more Gothic work, but seeing this as the last happy and lighter song before the morbid song 'Opheliac' brings out the sensitivity in me.

Rachel Fourie

Balázs Dukát I’ve always interpreted this as a song about being misunderstood

Balázs Dukát

This is far from happy, more like a calm admission of having bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder.

Isidora S.

I find this lovely, I wouldn't say it's happy though...

La Sauvageonne

+HoursofMovies Well, couldn't agree more.

PetulantKim

i love this song and i'm 64 yrs old!

Gabriel Aderre

The sound of this reminds me of Tori Amos' Silent All These Years. In a way.

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