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Although she's none the wiser
Although we've barely met
I can recognize her
From the treatment that I get

So it's my duty to advise her
If she breaks the rules
I've said I'll quit though
I'll admit that hasn't happened yet

I believe she's lying

I trust her to undermine my faith in her, in time
I have every confidence that she'll dismantle mine
Given time

As sure as she is sitting here
She's sure that she's awake
And as soon as we're committing
We're admitting our mistake

So of course it's only fitting
That the course we're going to take
Is drawn and whereupon I'm slamming on the brakes

I believe she's lying

I trust her to undermine my faith in her, in time
I have every confidence that she'll dismantle mine
Given time
It's a given, given time

The power of suggestion
The element of chance
And the subject now in question
Is the same old song and dance

And the time that we invest in
Setting traps out in advance
So we could spend the weekend staring in a trance

I believe she's lying
I trust her to undermine my faith in her, in time
I have every confidence that she'll dismantle mine
Given time




It's a given, given time
It's a given, given time

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jon Brion's song "I" describe a situation where the singer meets a woman who he believes to be deceptive. He recognizes the signs of her behavior and feels it is his duty to warn her against breaking the rules. Despite his reservations, he continues to be involved with her, trusting her abilities to undermine his faith in her over time. The song reflects on the power of suggestion and the subjectivity of truth, as the singer acknowledges that he too could be mistaken in his beliefs.


The first few lines of the song introduce the central conflict between the singer and the woman. He believes that she is lying to him, but she is unaware of his suspicions. The repetition of the phrase "I believe she's lying" emphasizes his certainty and underscores the tension between them. The use of conditional language, such as "if she breaks the rules," suggests that the singer is wary of her actions but not entirely convinced of her guilt.


As the song progresses, the singer's skepticism deepens, and he acknowledges the role he plays in perpetuating his doubts. He trusts her abilities to dismantle his beliefs and recognizes the power of suggestion and chance in shaping his perceptions. The phrase "It's a given, given time" highlights the inevitability of this process, as he becomes more convinced of her deception. The use of repetition in the chorus emphasizes the singer's growing unease and reinforces the song's central theme of doubt and uncertainty.


Overall, Jon Brion's "I" is a haunting and introspective song that explores the complexities of human interaction and the difficulty of discerning truth from deception. The lyrics convey a sense of unease and tension, and the imagery and repetition create a hypnotic effect that draws the listener into the singer's experience.


Line by Line Meaning

Although she's none the wiser
Even though she may not understand the situation fully


Although we've barely met
Despite knowing each other for only a short time


I can recognize her
I can perceive her true intentions, despite her words or actions


From the treatment that I get
Judging her behavior towards me


So it's my duty to advise her
It is my responsibility to inform her of my beliefs


If she breaks the rules
If she does something wrong or against what we have agreed on


I've said I'll quit though
I have previously stated that I would leave if this happened


I'll admit that hasn't happened yet
But I have not followed through with my statement


I believe she's lying
I have suspicions that she is not being truthful


I trust her to undermine my faith in her, in time
I am confident that she will eventually prove me right about her lying


I have every confidence that she'll dismantle mine
I am sure that I will lose my faith in her


Given time
Eventually, with enough time


As sure as she is sitting here
I am as certain as she is


She's sure that she's awake
That she is aware and fully conscious


And as soon as we're committing
Once we have committed to something, especially a mistake


We're admitting our mistake
We acknowledge that we have made an error


So of course it's only fitting
It is only logical and appropriate


That the course we're going to take
That we decide on a new direction


Is drawn and whereupon I'm slamming on the brakes
Is determined, and I am stopping our progress


The power of suggestion
The ability to influence someone's thoughts or actions


The element of chance
The unpredictable factor in a situation


And the subject now in question
The matter being discussed


Is the same old song and dance
Is a recurring pattern of behavior and conversation


And the time that we invest in
The effort that we put into something


Setting traps out in advance
Trying to prepare for or predict the future


So we could spend the weekend staring in a trance
So that we can just sit and do nothing, not making any significant progress


It's a given, given time
It is inevitable with enough time




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JON BRION, AIMEE MANN

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danielharrison

when you say mac miller i think blue slide park, best day ever but mac has ascended way beyond that. he transcended to something so much more than rap music and his whole body of work has shaped me as a person.
although the idea that i'll never hear what his next album will sound like hurts i know he's happy on the other side and that brings me solace.


love you forever easy mac with the cheesy raps

right

He may not be the "greatest ever" but he's everyone's bestfriend. I may sound crazy, but if the rapper I consider as the "greatest ever" dies, I wouldn't be that affected, but losing Mac? It's different, it's like losing a childhood bestfriend.

yuthefL erlim

💯 this

Patrick Rosington

@right right. Mac made you feel like you were friends. Like you knew him

RepThe616

Happy Kid you summed it up perfectly man.

Spirit Raps

@Patrick Rosington he made us feel like we knew him but what he said made me feel like he knew me on a personal level, like he knew all the shit ive been going through and I wasnt alone in it. I think we all share that connection with him. Thats our big brother.

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SouL Animation

It truly pains my soul knowing we won't be able to hear circles live.

alec bowler

i often wonder if thats what was his final self conscious demon...

Mathew Hiscock

I have to be honest, circles is amazing, but I don’t think it’s the type of album that’s supposed to be played live like at show. It feels way to personal for the type of hype shows mac put on but idk

Jake Kulik

@Mathew Hiscock well sounds like you may need to try some mushrooms at a more chill show/set

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