The other day I was walking through the grocery store when the 1995 song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something started playing. It’s one of those songs I’ve heard hundreds of times, but it was on this day that I finally acknowledged that I have absolutely no idea what the song is about.
In the name of science, I thought I’d dissect the lyrics of the song on my blog. This is particularly easy because the song only has 12 unique lines, most of which repeat several times. Let’s take a look:
You say that we’ve got nothing in common: The song is sung by a dude, so I’m going to assume that he’s talking about a girl he likes or is dating, but the girl has told him that they’re not a good match.
No common ground to start from and we’re falling apart: I’m pretty sure this means they’re dating (“we’re falling apart” insinuates that they once had something good, and now it’s not as good), though surely he could have seen this coming if they didn’t have any shared interests or beliefs from the beginning.
You’ll say the world has come between us: This doesn’t even make sense out of the context of the song. When does the entire world come between anyone? Be more specific, lady!
Our lives have come between us still I know you just don’t care: This is clearer–things have changed in their lives. Is the guy suggesting that despite what the girl is telling him, he thinks the truth is that she just doesn’t care? I’m pretty sure that’s it.
And I said, What about breakfast at Tiffany’s?: Wait, what? This is his big argument for convincing the girl they should continue dating? He’s essentially saying, “We watched a movie together one time.” Okay…
She said, “I think I remember the film: That’s a perfectly acceptable response. She’s clearly not interested.
And as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it: Ah, I see. So the guy is trying to show the girl that they do actually have something in common: They “kinda” like the same movie. That’s a 95% match on OkCupid.
And I said, “Well, that’s the one thing we’ve got”: Yes. That is literally the one thing you’ve got. The conversation should end here…but it doesn’t.
I see you, the only one who knew me: Really? She’s the only one who truly knows you? You have exactly one thing in common: You “kinda” like the same movie.
And now your eyes see through me I guess I was wrong: I guess you were right, actually. The girl does know you well enough to see through your charade.
So what now it’s plain to see we’re over: Absolutely. There is zero doubt about this. But I bet you’re going to keep singing about the movie for 12 more verses, aren’t you?
And I hate when things are over when so much is left undone: Thanks for sharing your feelings, but there really aren’t any loose strings here. Wrap it up.
Here’s my final conclusion about the untold story here: I think the guy was delusional from the start and that he was never actually dating the girl, but he convinced himself that they were together after they watched a movie (perhaps with other friends). It’s all in his head, and it continues for a while until the girl realizes what’s going on. That’s why it’s so tough for her to explain that there’s literally nothing between them, and it’s why he’s grasping at strings. He’s has an idealized image of this perfect date that he’s probably played over and over in his mind, but to the girl it was nothing, just a regular night hanging out with friends.
Catchy song, though. What’s your theory?