He Needs Me
Jon Brion Lyrics


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He needs me
He doesn't know it,
But he needs me
And so no matter where he goes,
Though he doesn't care
He knows that I'm there

He needs me
I oughta leave him,
But he needs me
I know that I ain't very bright
Just to tag along
Oh, but right or wrong
I'm his... And I'm here

And I'm gonna be his friend,
Or his lover
Cause my one ambition is
To wake him and make him discover that
He needs me
I've got to follow where he leads me
Or else he'll never know




That I need him
Just as he needs me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jon Brion's song "He Needs Me" tell a story of a woman who has fallen in love with a man who doesn't realize he needs her. She follows him wherever he goes, even though he doesn't seem to care. She knows she should probably leave him, but she can't help herself. She admits that she's not very smart for sticking with him, but she can't help the way she feels. Despite her doubts, she is determined to be his friend or lover and help him discover that he needs her just as much as she needs him.


The song can be interpreted in different ways, but some common themes include abandonment and codependency. The woman in the song seems to be afraid of being abandoned by the man she loves, so she follows him wherever he goes. She also seems to believe that she can't be happy without him, which may suggest that she has low self-esteem or is addicted to the relationship.


On the other hand, the song can also be seen as a celebration of unconditional love. The woman in the song loves the man despite his faults and doesn't judge him for his choices. She is willing to be whatever he needs her to be and is dedicated to helping him discover his true self.


Overall, "He Needs Me" is a touching and poignant song that explores the complexities of love and relationships.


Line by Line Meaning

He needs me
The person in the song is convinced that the man she is singing about needs her in his life.


He doesn't know it,
The man in question is not aware of the fact that he needs the person singing the song.


But he needs me
Despite the man not realizing it, the person singing the song is certain that he needs her.


And so no matter where he goes,
Wherever the man goes in his life, the person singing the song will follow him, because she believes he needs her.


Though he doesn't care
Even if the man does not care about the person singing the song, she will still be there for him because of her conviction that he needs her.


He knows that I'm there
Even if the man does not care about the person singing the song, he is aware of her presence in his life.


I oughta leave him,
The person singing the song knows that it would be best to leave the man because their relationship is not healthy.


But he needs me
Despite knowing that she should leave, the person singing the song cannot bring herself to do so because she believes the man needs her in his life.


I know that I ain't very bright
The person singing the song acknowledges that she might not be making the smartest choice by staying with the man despite knowing that she should leave.


Just to tag along
The person singing the song knows that she is simply going along with the man's wishes instead of making her own choices in life.


Oh, but right or wrong
Regardless of whether her decision is right or wrong, the person singing the song is committed to staying with the man.


I'm his... And I'm here
The person singing the song is devoted to the man and will always be there for him.


And I'm gonna be his friend,
The person singing the song is not just in love with the man but wants to build a friendship with him as well.


Or his lover
However, she is also open to the idea of being in a romantic relationship with him if that is what he wants.


Cause my one ambition is
Her main life goal is to make the man realize that he needs her and to be an important part of his life.


To wake him and make him discover that
The person singing the song is determined to help the man discover his true feelings for her if he has not already done so.


He needs me
Once again, the person singing the song reiterates her belief that the man needs her.


I've got to follow where he leads me
The person singing the song is willing to follow the man wherever he goes in his life, hoping that he will realize that he needs her.


Or else he'll never know
If the person singing the song does not follow the man wherever he goes, he might never know how much she means to him or how much he needs her in his life.


That I need him
The person singing the song openly confesses that she needs the man in her life just as much as he needs her.


Just as he needs me
The person singing the song believes that the love and support she offers the man is just as important as the love and support he offers her.




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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@beans3532

~lyrics!~

And all at once I knew
I knew at once
I knew he needed me
Until the day I die
I won't know why
I knew he needed me
It could be fantasy, oh
Or maybe it's because
He really needs me, needs me, he needs me
He needs me, he needs me, he needs me
It's like a dime a dance
I'll take a chance
I will because he needs me
No one ever asked before
Before because they never needed me
But he does
Maybe it's because he's so alone
Maybe it's because he's never had a home
He needs me, he needs me
He needs me, he needs me
He needed me
For once, for once in life
I've finally felt
That someone needed me
And if it turns out real
Then love canspin the wheel
Because
He needs me, he needs me
He needs me, he needs me (I need him)
He needs me, he needs me (I need him)



@matt.smiler.9398

This song feels like so many things at once:
Being wrapped with sandpaper and being hugged.
Drinking glue and glitter at the table.
Being fed styrofoam fruits.
Waiting for them to show up to the picnic in the rain.
Velcro gloves.
Being unable to puke so always having that bad feeling in your stomach.
Coughing sandpaper feeling petals.
Hating each otherโ€™s existence but having no idea what to do when their gone.



@lilouohyeah2342

And all at once I knew
I knew at once
I knew he needed me




Until the day I die
I won't know why
I knew he needed me




It could be fantasy, o-oh
Or maybe it's because




He needs me he needs me
He needs me he needs me
He needs me he needs me




Dah de da da da da da da da da dah




It's like a dime a dance
I'll take a chance
I will because he needs me




Noone ever asked before
Before because they never needed me




[Popeye]
But I do




But he does!




Maybe it's because he's so alone
Maybe it's because he's never had a home




He needs me he needs me
He needs me he needs me
He needs me he needs me




For once, for once in life
I've finally felt
That someone needed me




And if it turns out real
Then love can turn the wheel




Because




He needs me he needs me
He needs me he needs me
He needs me he needs me




Dah de da da da da da da da da dum
Dah de da da da da da da da da dah



All comments from YouTube:

@yungdash4852

I have a love in my life and it makes me stronger then you could ever imagine. So id say that's that mattress man.

@eidsongregory5795

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@JosetheDopeLPs

@@eidsongregory5795 DIDN'T I WARN YOU?!

@eidsongregory5795

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@Celeste_bowe

This song is so beautiful yet so disturbing. I cant tell if it's the singing or the violins but it's just completely hypnotic

@dynamicdave2647

Why would you say its disturbing?

@DanielBrave

@cb81987 exactly. Plus the piano and the other non typical scenes

@gRIO904

โ€‹@@dynamicdave2647 The disonance in the violin chorus, the eerie, child-like singing

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