Can’t Get You Out of My System

Song Notes

TK/Michael Lille/Tom Prasada-Rao)

©1998

Michael and TPR were in my living room on Cambridge Avenue playing a samba-like groove, and I thought to show them an idea I’d had on my mind. My girlfriend had moved away, and I often felt her presence, like I was indeed living with her ghost. We slipped over to my dining room table and wrote it in one sitting.

I go out walking and you follow me
I feel your shadow at my back
You’re supposed to be a memory
But no one’s satisfied with that

You left to find another life
On another coast
You disappear and I’m still here
Living with your ghost

I concede impossibility
But I guess I fell too far
I can say this hurt don’t bother me
But I can’t conceal the scar
I know better but my heart just won’t listen
Cause I can’t get you out of my system

I hear you breathing when I close my eyes
I see you leaving on the train
I hear your laughter on the street outside
I see you dancing in the rain

Time should bring an end to things
But we go on and on
And I should be back on my feet
But I’m not that strong

I concede impossibility
But I guess I fell too far
I can say this hurt don’t bother me
But I can’t conceal the scar
I know better but my heart just won’t listen
Cause I can’t get you out of my system

I’m not saying I’m not crazy
I’ve been that from the start
But I can’t see how to let you go
When I’m still right here in the dark

Time should bring an end to things
But we go on and on
And I should be back on my feet
But I’m not that strong

I concede impossibility
But I guess I fell too far
I can say this hurt don’t bother me
But I can’t conceal the scar
I know better but my heart just won’t listen
Cause I can’t get you out of my system
I know better but my heart just won’t listen
Cause I can’t get you out of my system

words & music: Tom Kimmel, Michael Lille & Tom Prasada-Rao
©1998 Chrysalis Music / Drala Music (ASCAP) / Downstream Lean Music (BMI) / Simple Gift Music (ASCAP)

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