Read Between the Lines – Song and Lyrics by Aaliyah

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Discover the poetic beauty in ‘Read Between the Lines’ by Aaliyah. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of Aaliyah or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

Late afternoon, the sun’s going down
I call on your cell (Why’s he in such a hurry?)
Leaving the room, he’s mumbling too
Asking for his shoes (just leaving out he blue)
No explanation, no actual location
Just watching him pacing (wonder who he’s stressing)
Little conversation, leavin’ no debating, he left the door swingin’

[Chorus]
You better open your mind
To read between the lines
You gotta read between the lines [Repeat: x3]

Nine in the morning, up, up, up way before breakfast
Homeboy gettin’ restless
(The room is full of questions)
Little replyin’, whole lot of denyin’
You’re steady collidin’
(So why do he keep on trying?)
I search for the median, now he’s a comedian
That’s all the more reason
(He’s changing like the seasons)
Are you still pleasing?
Well, soon you’ll be leaving
Which one will be grieving?

[Chorus]

Your replies are getting old
It’s in his eyes, you gotta read between the lines
Lies are gettin’ told
Look in his eyes
You gotta read between the lines

Your replies are getting old
It’s in his eyes, you gotta read between the lines
Lies are gettin’ told
Look in his eyes
You gotta read between the lines

Hope you don’t think you can throw the line over me
‘Cause I, I know what’s going on
I hope you ain’t making plans on running me
‘Cause that, that ain’t what I’m on
Hope you don’t think you can throw the line over me
‘Cause you’ll look up, and I’ll be gone
I hope you ain’t making plans on running me
‘Cause I read between the lines

Who got you thinkin’ you ishh ain’t been stinkin’?
My temperature’s peakin’
(Why are you barely speakin’?)
I’m bustin’ his bubble, and he know he in trouble
He’s talkin’ in doubles
(I’m listening but hardly believing)
Changing the story, or trying to ignore me
Still reaching out for me
(But, still, I’m hardly reaching)
Give me a reason to put you back on line
You’ve wasted enough time

I had to open my mind
To read between the lines
You gotta read between the lines [Repeats]

Your replies are getting old
It’s in his eyes, you gotta read between the lines
Lies are gettin’ told
Look in his eyes
You gotta read between the lines

Your replies are getting old
It’s in his eyes, you gotta read between the lines
Lies are gettin’ told
Look in his eyes
You gotta read between the lines