The Only One I Know
The Charlatans Lyrics


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The only one I know, has come to take me away
The only one I know, is mine when she stitches me

The only one I see, has found an aching in me
The only one I see, has turned her tongue into me

Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain

The only one I know, never cries, never opens her eyes
The only one I know, wide awake and then she's away

The only one I see, is mine when she walks down the street
The only one I see, has carved her way into me

Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain
Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain

Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain




Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Charlatans' song The Only One I Know are full of enigmatic and mysterious images that seem to evoke the idea of someone who has come to take the singer away, someone who has found a place inside of him, someone who has turned her tongue into him. The song seems to be about the experience of being haunted by a presence; the sense that there is something out there that is both attractive and dangerous, both alluring and frighteningly powerful. The singer in the song is both drawn to this presence and also somewhat scared of it.


The repeated refrain, "Everyone has been burned before, everybody knows the pain," seems to tie the song together thematically, suggesting that the experience of being haunted by something or someone is a universal one, and that everyone has felt the pain of longing and desire at some point in their lives. The song is full of tension and ambiguity, with its seemingly contradictory lyrics only adding to the sense of unease.


Overall, The Only One I Know is a haunting and enigmatic song that seems to be about the experience of being consumed by desire for something or someone that is both alluring and frighteningly powerful.


Line by Line Meaning

The only one I know, has come to take me away
The person whom I trust the most has arrived to rescue me from my problems or responsibilities.


The only one I know, is mine when she stitches me
The trustworthy person who always supports me is like a nurse who mends my emotional wounds and helps me recover.


The only one I see, has found an aching in me
The person who understands me the most has detected my pain and sorrow, and wants to help alleviate them.


The only one I see, has turned her tongue into me
The person who understands me the most can speak my language and empathize with me deeply.


Everyone has been burned before
All people have suffered emotional pain from past relationships or experiences.


Everybody knows the pain
The experience of emotional pain is common and universal.


The only one I know, never cries, never opens her eyes
The person who is always there for me never shows vulnerability or weakness, but remains stoic no matter the circumstance.


The only one I know, wide awake and then she's away
The person who is always there for me is alert and reliable, but can also disappear suddenly if needed.


The only one I see, is mine when she walks down the street
The person who always understands me is recognizable even from a distance, and is always devoted to me.


The only one I see, has carved her way into me
The person who understands me the most has left an indelible mark on me and has become an essential part of my life.




Lyrics © Roba Music Verlag GMBH, BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jon Baker, Jon Brookes, Timothy Burgess, Robert James Collins, Martin Victor Blunt

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@antonyvillenueve9246

The only one I know, has come to take me away
The only one I know, is mine when she stitches me
The only one I see, has found an aching in me
The only one I see, has turned her tongue into me
Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain
The only one I know, never cries, never opens her eyes
The only one I know, wide awake and then she's away
The only one I see, is mine when she walks down the street
The only one I see, has carved her way into me
Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain
Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain
Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain
Everyone has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain



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@ianbeeston2881

Every time I hear this I’m transported back to being 21 again, going clubbing with my 19 year old girlfriend!!! We’ve been married 30 years this year 😂

@jamesrmorris1952

fantastic, I'm still with my girl from the 90's I was 21 she was 18 nearly we are still together im 48 now

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@waynevincent4112

These songs are hypothetical

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madchester sound was incredible

@rickyribs8032

We were so lucky to have been around at this time

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@russc.9618

In my opinion this is one of the greatest songs in British rock history. It’s hypnotic and magical and has aged incredibly well.

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It's just brilliant and uber cool,glad I grew up in that era because all subsequent music has paled into insignificance.

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YEAH MAN!!

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