Anyone but Me
Josienne Clarke Lyrics


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I'd go back
if I could
take you down
and bury you in the woods
steal your past
and erase it if I could.
Don't think I wouldn't.
I would.
For how dare you love anyone but me?
How could you love anyone but me?
Like a captive I would keep you chained
Keep every moment in every single day
and every person who's ever meant a thing to you
I'd erase them that's what I would do.
For how dare you love anyone but me?
How could you love anyone but me?
And it's madness
What am I thinking of?
So destructive
for my love
I'm a coward
and I'm trying not to scream
oh you traitor what have you done to me?
For how dare you love anyone but me?
How could you love anyone but me?
And I've seen you laughing in the light
I see it over and over every night
And it's torture
to think of you with her instead
and it hurts no less for being only in my head




For how dare you love anyone but me?
How could you love anyone but me?

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Anyone But Me" by Josienne Clarke expresses the deep and possessive love of the singer towards their partner. The first verse starts with the singer confessing that they would go back in time and erase the past of their partner if they could, just to make sure that they would never have loved anyone else but the singer. This thought of possessing their partner to this extent reflects the singer's obsession with their lover's affection. The chorus of the song repeats the question of "how dare you love anyone but me?" emphasizing the singer's feeling of betrayal over their partner's past and present love interests. The second verse repeats this same obsessive desire, with an added threat of keeping their partner chained like a captive to keep their affection forever. The line about erasing every person who has meant something to their partner is reflective of the singer's controlling behavior that stems from their insecurities.


The bridge of the song brings self-awareness to the singer's destructive thoughts, labeling it as madness. The words "coward" and "traitor" that the singer uses to describe themselves and their partner respectively are reflective of their intense emotional turmoil. The final verse of the song tells of the singer's recurring thoughts of their partner laughing with someone else, feeling tortured over it, and imagining the pain of their partner's infidelity is no less even though it is only in their head.


Line by Line Meaning

I'd go back
I wish to go back to the past and undo things.


if I could
If it were possible for me to go back in time, I would.


take you down
I want to take you down emotionally and psychologically.


and bury you in the woods
I want to get rid of you by killing you and hiding your body in the woods.


steal your past
I want to steal your past experiences and memories to erase them.


and erase it if I could.
If it were possible, I would erase your past completely.


Don't think I wouldn't.
I am serious about my intentions.


I would.
I am willing to go to extreme lengths.


For how dare you love anyone but me?
I am angry and hurt that you could love someone other than me.


How could you love anyone but me?
I cannot imagine why you would choose to love someone other than me.


Like a captive I would keep you chained
I want to control you completely and make it impossible for you to leave me.


Keep every moment in every single day
I want to monitor and control every moment of your life.


and every person who's ever meant a thing to you
I want to remove everyone from your life who is important to you.


I'd erase them that's what I would do.
I am willing to erase people from your life so that you only have me.


And it's madness
My behavior is irrational and insane.


What am I thinking of?
I am aware that my thoughts and actions are illogical.


So destructive
I am aware that my behavior is harmful.


for my love
My love for you is so intense that it makes me act irrationally.


I'm a coward
I am weak and afraid of losing you.


and I'm trying not to scream
I am trying to hold back my emotions.


oh you traitor what have you done to me?
I feel betrayed and hurt by your actions and choices.


And I've seen you laughing in the light
I have seen you happy with someone else.


I see it over and over every night
I am tormented by thoughts of you with someone else.


And it's torture
It is unbearable and painful for me.


to think of you with her instead
I cannot bear the thought of you being with someone else.


and it hurts no less for being only in my head
Even though these thoughts are only in my head, they cause me immense pain.




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@johnbath616

One of my favourite songs

@karlofff28

As an old movie buff, this video is wonderful and the song is right up there with the best too!

@hedobannord1184

What a great song!

@sgoworld

Just brilliant.

@brian807

I heard this in the record shop in Kilkenny on Saturday 5th Aug. Incredible song - can't stop listening to it!

@KeithChesterton

Great song and spooky vid!

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Brilliant!

@HFStuart

This would make a superb theme song for a thriller of TV Drama

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Temazo

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