Autumn, Emilie - What If Lyrics

Here you sit in your high-backed chair
Wonder how the view is from there
I wouldn't know 'cause I like to sit
Upon the floor, yeah upon the floor
If you like we could play a game
Let's pretend that we are the same
But you will have to look much closer
Than you do, closer than you do
And I'm far too tired to stay here anymore
And I don't care what you think anyway
'Cause I think you were wrong about me
Yeah what if you were, what if you were
And what if I'm a snowstorm burning
What if I'm a world unturning
What if I'm an ocean, far too shallow, much too deep
What if I'm the kindest demon
Something you may not believe in
What if I'm a siren singing gentlemen to sleep

I know you've got it figured out
Tell me what I am all about
And I just might learn a thing or two
Hundred about you, maybe about you
I'm the end of your telescope
I don't change just to suit your vision
'Cause I am bound by a fraying rope
Around my hands, tied around my hands
And you close your eyes when I say I'm breaking free
And put your hands over both your ears
Because you cannot stand to believe I'm not
The perfect girl you thought
Well what have I got to lose
And what if I'm a weeping willow
Laughing tears upon my pillow
What if I'm a socialite who wants to be alone
What if I'm a toothless leopard
What if I'm a sheepless shepherd
What if I'm an angel without wings to take me home

You don't know me
Never will, never will
I'm outside your picture frame
And the glass is breaking now
You can't see me
Never will, never will
If you're never gonna see
What if I'm a crowded desert
Too much pain with little pleasure
What if I'm the nicest place you never want to go
What if I don't know who I am
Will that keep us both from trying
To find out and when you have
Be sure to let me know
What if I'm a snowstorm burning
What if I'm a world unturning
What if I'm an ocean, far too shallow, much too deep
What if I'm the kindest demon
Something you may not believe in
What if I'm a siren singing gentlemen to sleep

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Autumn, Emilie What If Comments
  1. ccbib

    man i miss the enchant era :/

  2. Luna Sanguine

    The vibes of the music remind me of Disney but I mean that as a compliment.

  3. BenG694

    Wow this comment section is way too serious lol.

  4. Horst S

    Underrated af.

  5. Aya Afterlife

    Her best vocals for sure <3

  6. Murder Motion TV

    I regained my childish sense of wonder at 25

  7. Gabriel Aderre

    The sound of this reminds me of Tori Amos' Silent All These Years. In a way.

  8. miranda v

    I love this song since I was 13, my sister penina showed me to her and I love all of her songs and albums, and she's literally perfection!

  9. cadence piper

    I love the oppositional lyrics in this song. Perfectly bipolar.

  10. mea's investigatives wohnzimmer

    the german translation

    da sitzt du in deinem ohrenbackensessel, ich frage mich wie die aussicht von da oben ist?
    ich werds nie erfahren, denn ich bevorzuge es am Boden zu sitzen, ja, am Boden.

    wenn du magst können wir ein spiel spielen.
    lass uns so tun als seien wir gleich .
    aber du wirst viel genauer hinsehen müssen als bislang.
    und ich bin viel zu müde noch länger hier zu verweilen.
    und es ist mir ohnehin egal was du denkst.
    denn ich denke du hast mir unrecht getan.
    was wenn dem so wäre?

    was, wenn ich ein brennender Schneesturm bin,
    was, wenn eine Welt bin die still steht?
    was , wenn ich ein Ozean bin viel zu oberflächlich, viel zu tiefgründig?
    was, wenn ich der freundlichste dämon bin
    etwas an das du vielleicht nicht glaubst?

    was, wenn ich eine Sirene bin die Ehrenmänner in den schlaf singt?
    ich weiss, du hast raus.
    sag mir wie ich bin!
    und vielleicht lern ich ein zwei Sachen draus
    und hundert über dich,
    ja über dich.

    ich bin das ende deines Teleskops, ich wandele mich nicht um deiner Vision gerecht zu werden.
    denn ich bin gefesselt mit einem brüchigen seil ,
    gewickelt um meine Hände,
    gewickelt um meine Hände.

    und du verschliesst deine Augen wenn ich sage ich breche aus.
    und hälst dir mit beiden Händen die ohren zu.
    denn du kannst es nicht ertragen zu glauben, dass ich nicht das perfekte Mädchen bin für das du mich gehalten hast.
    nun, was hab ich zu verlieren?

    was , wenn ich eine trauerweide bin?
    tränen auf mein Kissen lache?
    was , wenn ich ein sozialist bin, der allein sein will?
    was, wenn ich ein zahnloser leopard bin?
    was, wenn ich ein schafloser Schäfer bin?
    was,wenn ich ein Engel bin ohne Flügel die mich nach hause tragen ?

    du kennst mich nicht und wirst es nie, wirst es nie.
    ich liege außerhalb deines bilderrahmens und das glas beginnt zu splittern.

    du kannst mich nicht sehen und wirst es nie können, nie können.
    wenn du nie sehen wirst

    was, wenn ich eine überfüllte wüste bin?
    zuviel schmerz mit einem Quäntchen spass?
    was, wenn ich der schönste platz bin, den du niemals besuchen willst?
    was, wenn ich nicht weiss wer ich bin ?
    wird das uns beide davon abhalten zu versuchen es zu ergründen?
    und wenn dus weisst lass es mich unbedingt wissen.!

    was, wenn ich ein brennender Schneesturm bin,
    was, wenn eine Welt bin die still steht?
    was , wenn ich ein Ozean bin viel zu oberflächlich, viel zu tiefgründig?
    was, wenn ich der freundlichste dämon bin
    etwas an das du vielleicht nicht glaubst?

    was, wenn ich eine Sirene bin, die Ehrenmänner in den schlaf singt?

  11. davehshs

    Emilie is a very talented singer and songwriter -- who seems to have made a career with songs about how misunderstood and victimized she is. Being her must be hard.

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  13. AlwaysElisabethian

    Does anyone know where I can find the sheet music for the violin part of this?

  14. Charlotte Autumn

    i love this song so much. get AWAY from me ohhh my gosh

  15. Andrew Ragland

    I'm 54, male, and bipolar. Emilie's work appeals to me for a number of reasons. This particular song has a lot to say about how people form opinions of others and then try to work from handy labels instead of seeing the complexities that are actually there.

  16. tezka2

    yup its good real good, but across the sky still the best ...

  17. Obsidian Garbage

    this was posted on 11/11/11 don't think you can put it past me

  18. Iulian Boicu

    22 animals disliked. Probably feminazi.

    I hate twats

    but Emilie is 100% femisnist. Listen her others songs and you'll see how feminist she's.

  19. Virginia and Red Rose

    I absolutely love this song, it describes how I think, how I feel, how I view things, the way my mind works.. And how not many really understand me and try to advoid me at all costs, lol

  20. PetulantKim

    I'm 65 yrs old last week. Emilie is much younger than me, but a kindred spirit and a fellow traveler. nuff said!

    Gala of the Truth

    When we are the original we all know who we really are as trust me we both know who we really are and now I know that together we will find out what the truth behind this truth we can really do because now she knows I have proven more than we have believe we could ever return to I'm pretty sure she will be returning to me very soon because we have been wishing for this to be true and I have seen and done what we use to do long before we were human

  21. JonnyBoyMach2

    Do Tori Amos' lawyers know about this?

  22. PetulantKim

    i love this song and i'm 64 yrs old!

  23. HadenXCharm

    This song is very empowering.

  24. HoursofMovies

    I love this song! Don't get me wrong. I prefer Emilie Autumn's darker and more Gothic work, but seeing this as the last happy and lighter song before the morbid song 'Opheliac' brings out the sensitivity in me.

    La Sauvageonne

    +HoursofMovies Well, couldn't agree more.

    Isidora S.

    I find this lovely, I wouldn't say it's happy though...

    Balázs Dukát

    This is far from happy, more like a calm admission of having bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder.

  25. Alycia Lindsey

    So much love

  26. Crystal Cottage Tarot

    i am a paradox

    Belladonna Noir

    Everyone is a paradox.

  27. Aviv S

    Just... brilliant.

  28. Luca Da Silva

    i like emilie but some of her songs r scary! but this is one of the best ones that arent :D

  29. Ivory Alice

    beautiful music, amazing lyrics, this song is just gorgeous ♥

  30. Ivana Mihajlovic

    Lyrics are that slow so if they were just a little slower, they would start in next song, god dammit! But every other thing in the video is amazing.

  31. Adala S

    Sounds like she was channeling Tori Amos here :).

    Sarah Holmwood

    Nah, their music is pretty deep and much the same but they don't... ok what ever lol

    Isidora S.

    You're right! This sounds a lot like Tori's work. I love them both.


    By channeling Tori Amos do you mean it sounds like Silent All These Years as in same key and same time signature and more or less the same tune and the choruses both start with What if? Yeah.... I guess I can sort of see that

    Jessica Grout

    I noticed that too. LOL

    autumn rain

    Emilie Autumn Plagiarisms

  32. Jenya March

    No matter how much I dislike Emilie now, I will ALWAYS love this song. ♥

    Mituna-Senpai/ Psiioniic Captor/karkat Vantas

    how come you dislike her??


    Could be because her later work is much more morbid and gritty. But I like her either way, Hauntingly beautiful, or brutally morbid.

    † Kouyou Biersack †

    HoursofMovies I really prefer her now but i like this song too.

  33. Calico C

    I haven't listened to this in several months.  I forgot how calming it was.  :)

  34. Skai Rose

    oh yeah i love captain magets to! i wanna be a bloody crumpet!!

  35. Skai Rose

    I LOVE YOU EMILIE! my sis said shed take me to your concert one day!!! but im not even 10

  36. gnvrlnn

    I had these lyrics in my head & had to play this song : What if I'm the nicest demon, something you may not believe in. I love this entire song.

  37. Shisco

    What if I'm a sheepless Shepard? :D I know one, the first human Spectre :)

    Celia Bennett

    Shisco ....and in the 3 years since you posted this, I have a feeling I may very well be one in a small handful of people who got that reference (if not the only one) I don't know whether or not to hate you because I will forever make that connection now, or if I should just be entertained... kinda chilling somewhere in between XD

  38. Ravyn Black

    I care <3. That is awesome. :]

  39. MadStrawberryPie

    I've always loved this song but this is the first time I can fully, fully identify with the lyrics. It feels so different now. I know no one cares but I'm totally fascinated by how much that changes how I feel about this song.

  40. PersephoneWatching

    This may be my favourite song purely for the line "I like to sit upon the floor"

    Sitting on the floor is great. Go ahead, try it. :-)

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  42. Ani Davis

    So beautiful.

  43. bubby260

    the part that most relates to me is " what if I'm a socialite who wants to be alone" I connect with that and get that lyrics, because I love people, but I'm also a HUGE be a homebody =^D

  44. bibidi babidi buu

    She's just so amazing,her music relaxes me♥ *-*

  45. stela k

    what if i am a siren singing gentlemen to sleep....

  46. piegirl333

    The most amazing song

  47. AlieNczech

    I love this song.
    I hate this song.

  48. nicolas cepeda

    Thank you!

  49. jenny14711

    I love this song so much!!! Keep it up! <3