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Lyrics:I Can't Own Her

by XTC

Album version:

   And I may as well wish for the moon in hand

   I own this river, I own this town
   All of its climbers and its winos sliding down

   But I can't own her and I never will
   No I can't own her and that's a bitter pill
   Taken with rain
   'Til the gutter shines like the swirling sky
   Like the swirling sky

   I've got all morning, I've got all year
   It's down in my pocket with the daylight folded there

   But I can't own her and I never will
   No I can't own her and that's a bitter pill
   Taken with rain
   How I'd wash her hair like the swirling sky
   Like the swirling sky

   And when I say I can't own her
   I don't mean to buy her
   It's nothing at all to do with money
   I simply want her in my arms
   Forever more, is that an odd request?
   Is that something so funny?

   And I may as well wish for the moon in hand
   As there's more chance of that coming true

   But I can't own her and I never will
   No I can't own her and that's a bitter pill

   So I can't own her
           Of all the things you've got the thing you want the most is her
   And I never will
           And she's the one thing that you just can't have
   No I can't own her
           Of all the things you've got the thing you want the most is her
   And that's a bitter pill
           And she's the one thing that you just can't have
   Taken with rain
   Which I swallow down with the swirling sky
   With the swirling sky

   But I can't own her
           And I may as well wish for the moon in hand
   No I can't own her
           As there's more chance of that coming true 


Demo version:

   And I may as well wish for the moon in hand

   I own this river
   I own this town
   All of the climbers
   And its wine all sliding down

   But I can't own her
   And I never will
   No I can't own her
   And that's a bitter pill
   Taken with rain
   'Til the gutter shines like the swirling sky
   Like the swirling sky

   I've got all morning
   I've got all year
   It's down in my pocket
   With the daylight folded there

   But I can't own her
   And I never will
   No I can't own her
   And that's a bitter pill
   Taken with rain
   How I'd wash her hair like the swirling sky
   Like the swirling sky

   And when I say I can't own her
   I don't mean to buy her
   It's nothing at all to do with money
   I merely want her in my arms
   Forever more. Is that an odd request?
   Is that something so funny?

   And I may as well wish for the moon in hand
   As this poor chance of love coming true

   But I can't own her
   And I never will
   No I can't own her
   And that's a bitter pill

   Of all the things you've got
   The thing you want the most
   Is there, and she's the one thing that you just can't have

   Of all the things you've got
   The thing you want the most
   Is there, and she's the one thing that you just can't have

   But I can't own her
   And I never will
   No I can't own her
   And that's a bitter pill
   Taken with rain
   Which I swallow down with the swirling sky
   Like the swirling sky

   And I can't own her
   And I may as well wish for the moon in hand

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