Don't Misunderstand
Melody Gardot Lyrics


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I'm okay how you come and go
I don't mind if you ebb and flow
River-bound or a river stream
I don't question what the future means

I said now, mmm
I want you
I want you
I want you
I want you
I want you
I want you
I want you

Who we are is what we got
Whether fire or flame or not
Take me in under your embrace
I will be your kindlin' place

I said now, mmm
I want you
I want you
I want you
I want you
I want you
I want you
I want you

We are who we are
Who we are
We do what we can
When we can
We only have gotten this far now
So don't misunderstand
Don't misunderstand
Who I am

Come on, baby
Don't misunderstand me now
Come on, baby
Don't misunderstand




No, go on, take it like a man
Don't you go misunderstand

Overall Meaning

In Melody Gardot's song "Don't Misunderstand," the singer expresses her acceptance of the impermanence of relationships. She states that she is okay with how her partner comes and goes, just like a river ebbs and flows. She doesn't question what the future holds, but instead focuses on the present moment. Despite this nonchalant attitude, she declares her love and desire for her partner repeatedly, wanting them to know how she feels.


The chorus acknowledges that who they are and what they have is all they've got, whether it's passionate and fiery or calm and steady. The singer then asks her partner to accept her fully and take her in their loving embrace, promising to be their kindling place. The song concludes with the repeated chorus reminding listeners that they are who they are and have come this far in their relationship, so there should be no misunderstandings.


Overall, the song is a poignant reminder of the transience of relationships and the importance of cherishing the present moment. The singer's acceptance of her partner's movements makes this song so realistic and relatable. We all have people who come and go in our lives, but it is up to us to make the most of the time we spend with them.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm okay how you come and go
I'm fine with you entering and exiting my life at different times


I don't mind if you ebb and flow
I don't care if your presence increases and decreases


River-bound or a river stream
Whether you are on a path in life or just going with the flow


I don't question what the future means
I'm not concerned about the future or the fate of our relationship


I want you
I desire you


Who we are is what we got
Our true selves define us


Whether fire or flame or not
Regardless of whether our passion is burning bright or not


Take me in under your embrace
Hold me close to you


I will be your kindlin' place
I will be the one to ignite your passion


We are who we are
Our identity is fixed


Who we are
Our true selves


We do what we can
We make the best of what we have


When we can
In the moment


We only have gotten this far now
We've only come a certain distance so far


So don't misunderstand
Don't mistake my intentions or feelings


Come on, baby
Let's talk this out


No, go on, take it like a man
Don't be overly emotional or sensitive about it




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: MELODY GARDOT, JESSE HARRIS

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