Anyone but Me
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker 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 song "Anyone But Me" by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker is a hauntingly beautiful ballad that centers on the singer's obsessive love and jealousy towards the person they love. The lyrics reveal a deeply disturbed mind, one that is willing to go to extreme lengths to hold onto their lover, including burying them in the woods and erasing their past. The singer is consumed with envy and anger towards anyone who has meant something to their lover, and it leads them to imagine a world where they are the only object of their affection.


The lyrics are a manifestation of an unhealthy and possessive love that can border on mental illness. The singer's words are a cry for help as they struggle to control their delusions, acknowledging that their thoughts are madness, and they are trying not to scream. The song explores themes of obsession, possessiveness, and jealousy and draws attention to the impact it can have on an individual.


Interestingly, the song's haunting melody is juxtaposed with the lyrics that reveal a dark and twisted love. The song plays with the listener's emotions, drawing them in with its beauty, while at the same time, suggesting a darker undercurrent. The song's power comes from its ability to tap into the listener's fears, making them question what they would do if they felt this way.


Line by Line Meaning

I'd go back
I wish I could go back in time


If I could
If it was possible


Take you down
Physically overpower you


And bury you in the woods
Hide you where nobody can find you


Steal your past
Take away your memories


And erase it if I could.
Make it like it never happened


Don't think I wouldn't.
I would do it without hesitation


I would.
I am capable of doing something like that


For how dare you love anyone but me?
You are not supposed to love anyone else but me


How could you love anyone but me?
It is impossible for you to love someone else


Like a captive I would keep you chained
I would imprison you


Keep every moment in every single day
Monitor your every move


And every person who's ever meant a thing to you
Get rid of everyone you care about


I'd erase them that's what I would do.
Make them vanish from your life


And it's madness
My thoughts are irrational


What am I thinking of?
Why am I having these thoughts?


So destructive
My thoughts are harmful


For my love
Due to my strong feelings for you


I'm a coward
I am too scared to confront my own feelings


And I'm trying not to scream
I am struggling to control my emotions


Oh you traitor what have you done to me?
You have hurt me by loving someone else


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


I see it over and over every night
It is a recurring and painful thought


And it's torture
It causes me anguish and agony


To think of you with her instead
Imagining you with someone else is unbearable


And it hurts no less for being only in my head
The pain feels just as real, despite being only in my thoughts


For how dare you love anyone but me?
You are only allowed to love me


How could you love anyone but me?
Your love should only be for me




Writer(s): Josienne Clarke

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Paul Brown

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?



All comments from YouTube:

White Eagle

There is a depth in her voice that makes it almost impossible to walk away. And with Ben they make a duo that is breath-taking and unbeatable. Everyone of her songs has that indefinable quality of "brilliance". We are gifted to have such talent as this.

Kentra Randle

Stumbled into a tent at a festival last year to see someone else and these two where on so I sat down to wait for my favoured act and hey I was blown away by the talent and the dry humour of Josienne ! sat through there whole set and then couldn't face the act I had gone into see after these chaps as they really got to me and im now a firm fan

Veronica Parada

I love their music. Lovely voice!

MultiAlxndr

Did Josienne and Ben do any more song with the orchestra or just the one I would love to hear more! This was amazing

Mile Mladenovic

unbelievably beautiful song!!!

Shell Donaldson

One of my favourite songs!

jarvis400

Ooh, I listen to your song again and again. Bother my friends,. too. One out of three them loves this, the two just listen their own voices. But that's the way it goes I guess. Many thanks! You too are superb!

Rod Bowes

Powerful emotions in the words and a depth of music which reminds me of Loreena Mckennitt's music.  Totally wonderful!

Jude Johnstone

This is a wonderful song.  It's choking me up.....it is exactly how I feel............JJ

David Delarre

gorgeous stuff guys. 

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