Phair, Liz - Why Can't I? Lyrics

Get a load of me, get a load of you
Walkin' down the street, and I hardly know you
It's just like we were meant to be

Holding hands with you when we're out at night
Got a girlfriend, you say it isn't right
And I've got someone waiting too

What if this is just the beginning
We're already wet, and we're gonna go swimming

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you
Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you
It's inevitable, it's a fact that we're gonna get down to it
So tell me
Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you

Isn't this the best part of breakin' up
Finding someone else you can't get enough of
Someone who wants to be with you too

It's an itch we know we are gonna scratch
Gonna take a while for this egg to hatch
But wouldn't it be beautiful

Here we go, we're at the beginning
We haven't fucked yet, but my heads spinning

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you
Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you
It's inevitable, it's a fact that we're gonna get down to it
So tell me
Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you

High enough for you to make me wonder
Where it's goin'
High enough for you to pull me under
Somethin's growin'
out of this that we can control
Baby I am dyin'

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you
Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you
Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you
It's inevitable, it's a fact that we're gonna get down to it
So tell me
Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you

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  1. janne wallace

    I got a download of liz phair by remembering seeing her at a summer concert via a radio promo..and had wondered what happened to her..low n behold..for my watching: off camera with sam jones and she's on there! she's rich with great sense of self, catharsing, radiant and clear thinking. 'truly a wonderful person..and that I love this song!..a '90's yummy:)

  2. luiza ö


  3. Jamal Sambare

    #TBT MuchMoreMusic Countdown August 2003

  4. Alexis DeBord

    A classic

  5. Antoine Spellman


  6. Kimchi Chochi

    "We haven't fucked yet, but my heads spinning"
    Me pretending to be surprised (.o.)

  7. Kimchi Chochi

    I love this song so much. Nostalgic

  8. Mayckon Willian

    The beat of my heart, the beat of my heart...

  9. aznnp77

    I was never really in a rush to get older. You always hear that it's not cracked up to be. Now that I'm long past 30, I just wanna be 15-16 again.

  10. Michael Wessner

    Sucky ass late '90's song. Sounds like the theme song "Friends " passed on. Do better.

  11. D Rock

    this has to be the most early 2000's song

  12. Eduardo Venegas

    ...luv U Liz...❤...sigh -end eduardo.....

  13. Kaitlyn Murphy

    Whos here after watching her on joe Rogan? 🤚

  14. Tom

    She could be Sheryl Crows daughter.

  15. Tara Leighton

    I love Liz Phair — her songs are timeless

  16. M S

    She was 35 or 36 when this came out. And DAMN she was fine A/F. I thought she was in her mid to late twenty's. The first time I saw this video.

    Mike Sheridan

    She's 52 now and is still fine as fuck!

  17. Rich Lovejoy

    I remember This girl i knew in Ft, Lauderdale named Robin. She was the most beautiful girl I ever met. We talked but she always blew me off. One day she showed up at the beach with a guy who looked like Mr. Universe. She gave me the most sarcastic smile I ever got. I never went to that part of the beach again. A few years later me and my girlfriend were at a festival on the beach. She was with her girlfriend. I smiled right back at her with the same smile she gave me. I got even, but I never got over her.

  18. Thomas Rachel

    Liz is absolutely gorgeous. I remember listening to her back in the early 90's! She will always be on my playlist.

  19. Chris Zablocki

    If you're asking for my permission, the answer is no.

  20. annette d.

    "13 going on 30".

  21. Maurious B.

    How I feel/ felt listening to this song throughout the each decade:
    2000's /preteen--- "ah I love this song!" 🤘🏾
    2010's/ teenager--- "ah the nostalgia!" 😊
    2020's/ adult--- "damn it! These lyrics hits home so hard!" 😣

  22. Connie Sue Abel

    I just love the song "Why Can't I" By Liz Phair 💓💕

  23. Ione Shaver

    Totally forgot about this song. Love it!

  24. Amandavitoria Teixeira


  25. loraine

    2020 anyone?...

  26. moonstone

    I literally thought this was a Hilary Duff song until 2019

  27. San Fran

    so beautiful

  28. Telos U

    I don't know why but she dances like she's drunk in her music videos

  29. Chris Zablocki

    If you ask for my
    Permission, the answer is
    Always no. Always.



  31. Tron Tran

    American pie anyone?? 👀

  32. Kung Fu Lender

    This song still burns

  33. David Maholchic

    I miss All of the 90s

  34. David Maholchic

    Clever video to a great song

  35. Андрей Шукшев

    хорошая музыка и исполнительница красивая!)

  36. Brayn Cilliers

    This song... I was working at an IT shop with an internet point (before it was commercial)
    The most beautiful blond haired girl asked me where she could downlowd this song ... i had the CD... and told her I'd copy the album for her....
    We got together for a month or so (over the festive season) i will never forget how we kissed on this song

    My life for one second was perfect
    Edit: For 3:40 minutes

  37. Cactus Daisy

    Listening in January 2020 what's upp

  38. Mike Phoenix


  39. Liam Patrick

    Cannot believe she was 36 when this was released.

  40. ches ady

    who’s listening in 2020? 😎🌟✨

    Gr33n 3ggs

    When this came out in 2003... it WAS Avril Lavine song & video.. I am freaked.

    Richard Miller

    Just stopp that..its an annoying.

    Peter Macias

    Right now 👍

  41. nicholas ng sing kwong

    grand cru au millesime.lupper sun describe

  42. Todo 1996

    She kinda reminds me of Alicia Silverstone 💕

  43. Harris Matthew

    They had 13 going on 30 on E and i swear when they played this song my childhood love life flew before my eyes ... man the 2000s were such a time to be alive ❤️


    Kurt failed game clucks final answer that's me comin for tickets


    Nope no bees just an old man and his tubas


    Damn ali Beal's gone but this classic back

  47. duckyzzz

    Heard these songs as a kid on a radio station I wasn't fond of... Nice to know years later I can put a face on the singer of these shitty songs.

  48. Aimless Bullet

    itz it only me who find this music so touching

  49. Ainex Rattu

    I was in a hotel in the Philippines when I watched this movie called 13 going on 30. I never knew I watched such good movie before maybe when I was still 6 years old or so. I can remember some scenes from 13 going on 30 but I never knew I watch it. It pains my heart cause it feels like I can't go back to this time.

  50. Ryan Syler

    Liz Phair must be the most talented guitar tech/sound engineer in the history of rock and roll. If this video is any indication she managed to make a Fender Mustang, a Gibson Les Paul, a Vox V251, and a Rickenbacker 330 all sound exactly the same. That's talent!

  51. Aaron Durante

    Jenna & Matty Forevs! 😘

  52. Adam El

    holy shit this is 10 years old?? I'm old now...

  53. Blackaneese Barbie

    WOW I feel so old! Watching her on t.v. right now and listening to her music got me on cloud 9!She is still gorgeous to this day😫🥰🥺

  54. Jared Watson

    I always thought this was Avril. “Isn’t the best part of breakin up, finding someone else you can’t get enough of?” That line always resonated with me.... Thanks Liz Phair. Nice to meet you.

  55. phil rich

    Liz is one of my favs. This album, which may be one of the greatest album covers, and somebody’s miracle get as much play on my rotation on my iPad as her earlier albums. One of the few artists I would love to do a concert meet and greet.

  56. Jackson Heights

    WOW....I only just discovered this song.......I was living in Switz. in 2003.

  57. nicolle n.

    I miss this song!

  58. Ramin Mikael

    13 going on 30

  59. Krazy Fork

    Who will still be listening in 2020? Cause you know...I need to know with every song

  60. It's Fake Believe

    Nobody gives a fuck what year you're listening you unoriginal bastards

  61. Carissa Savage


  62. Zak Browning

    I totally forgot about Liz phair. Here I am nearly 30 feeling like Im back in middle school ._.

  63. Elizabeth Brady

    Love this song


    I thought Hillary duff sang this lmao

  65. Karen Ramirez

    Well I used to listen to this song and ended up to be my story :/

  66. Hienie Nguyen

    I still love this song!! Great vocals girl!!

  67. Little_ Kimmy

    Did she say "we haven't fucked yet but my head is spinning" at 1:52?

  68. Gen

    This was the first Liz Phair song I ever heard probably around age 12. I find it cool that the older I get, the more I discover her old music and fall in love with her in a brand new way.

  69. Cactus Blair

    Well, she made sure no one forgets her name that's for damn sure... how many times is her name printed across the screen in this video.

  70. Theresia Adinda

    i also found this song from ost of win a date with tad hamilton (2004) movie, mizz music like this always😢😭

  71. Felicia Free

    Before lyric videos....there was liz phair 😍

  72. Julie Lainez

    I feel this way about Mark Ruffalo too

  73. steven mandl

    why everytime when I look at her do I think shes a lesbian

  74. Patrick Ego Woodstock Watts

    13 Going on 30!!!!

  75. Sadiq Mohamed

    A long time ago I got paid to edit music videos for MTV. This looks like one of those but much slicker. Nice job. And I had forgotten how much liked her singing.

  76. huronkeel

    She's back baby .........


    I was feeling a bit nostalgic, but this is definitely not the Liz Phair I remember from the early 90s...this is pretty poppy

  78. Ashlyn Surgener

    i'm just listening to the 13 going on 30 soundtrack and i have no idea why i'm crying lmao. i miss the old times..

  79. alexwestconsulting

    production on this is terrible. they took a really good song and took all the life out of it.

    steven mandl

    blame it on the person who did the diting

  80. Julia BumBum

    I'm only here cause Episode Rockstar next door😂

  81. Marielle Bangibang

    I've been wasted 13 years of my life without knowing this kind of beautiful music from Jenna's movie of 2004. Huhu

  82. Oness Yang

    I know this song existed before watching 13 going on 30. But, I kinda forgot about it. I've watched 13 going on 30 again after a long time, and now I'm catching feels bc this song brings back so many memories

  83. Madamei.Mercy.JeanX. 83_20_19

    + « What A Great Song !!!! »
    100% X3 <3 XO XD *

  84. dairia lin

    Great magazine covers

  85. Jeffrey KRUPA

    Who can name all the original album covers?

  86. TJC

    1:04 leg game proper

  87. Nadia Monaco

    Nice song

  88. Michael Brodie

    What do you mean you can't ? Of course you can. Robert Zimmerman 2002.

  89. Presley Petrus

    I always feeling nostalgic when I listen song like this.

  90. Andre Razuri

    13 going to 30

  91. Martin Manweiler

    The cherdlys chick brought me here god I miss pop like this my sister Stacy made this album that kinda reminds me of this style of music that’s so innocent sorta not this good but bubblegum popish but I love the rock elements too. I literally hate doing this but I love my siiiister and I want other people who might be into this stuff to maybe check it out cause you might actually like it. Produced by my brother in law and instruments by his cousin who went to Berklee (now sells cars) I just want more people to be in the music industry it’s Blue Zealous and yeah only like a couple songs are up on her channel but it would mean the world to me if you could check em out and (she’ll hate me for this) leave something nice to say XD.

  92. tj johnson

    I bet y’all didn’t know that’s Zoey 101 mom

  93. Matt Holland

    I fell in love with Liz the first time I heard Supernova, and then this came out just before my wedding. It easily made the playlist (edited 😉). My marriage unfortunately ended badly a couple of years ago, but thankfully still love this for the great song it is. I have a few other songs from the wedding I can't listen to without tearing up though.

  94. Gracie 534312

    Its 2019 and I had a mental breakdown so now I'm here

    Cecelia Lee

    Hang on...

    Ragdollchick 1992

    You got this girl. I have been there too. One in 3 people suffer with some form of depression at one point or another. Some of us it is an ongoing battle due to extreme past traumas. Hang in there beautiful. The small things in life are sometimes are the best things. Look up at the sky and see how big it is and how small we are. Look into a babys eyes as they smile at you. Hug someone. Take care hun. Life is not perfect, I am far from it but I am grateful to be alive now. 🌻🌷🏵🐛🦋💜💗💛💙💚❤💞💟🖤

  95. omax omax

    2003-2004 was really the years of super rock divas. Gosh, I'm in tears in 2019

  96. Peter Demerly

    A beautiful woman with a beautiful voice and she still touring today

  97. Chris Sorick

    We haven't fucked yet, but my head's spinning!

  98. Chris Sorick


  99. None of Your Business

    too bad she was crucified by the press for doing this