Nora York

Singing "What I Want"

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I'd like to begin this song I wrote about ceaseless yearning and never-ending want with a poem of popular Petrarchan paradoxes by Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder: "I find no peace, and all my war is done; I fear and hope, I burn and freeze like ice; I fly above the wind, and yet I cannot arise; And naught I have, and all the world I seize upon."

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♫ I want what I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have what I don't have, what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have what I don't have, what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have what I don't have, what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have what I don't have, what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have but I don't have ♫

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♫ It feels like all I got is loss on a bad back ♫

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♫ Gone with the last train, honey don't you fret ♫

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♫ Every cloud has a silver lining ♫

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♫ Just a little rain, just a little rain, just a little rain ♫

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♫ I want what I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have what I don't have, what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have but I don't have ♫

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♫ My mind won't stop, and my heart says go ♫

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♫ Nobody knows how to hold me ♫

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♫ My mind won't stop, and my heart says, ♫

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♫ "Good things come to those who wait" ♫

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♫ And I can't stand in ... ♫

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♫ I can't stand in line forever ♫

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♫ Stand the cold air ♫

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♫ Glad-handed ♫

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♫ Sick and tired of the "Later, maybe" ♫

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♫ Take it, fake it, take it, take-it-or-leave-it life ♫

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♫ And I gotta just tame it ♫

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♫ I gotta just name it ♫

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♫ I gotta just seize, so please, oh please, oh please, oh please ♫

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♫ Oh please me right, 'cause ♫

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♫ My mind won't stop ♫

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♫ And my heart says go ♫

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♫ Nobody knows how to hold me ♫

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♫ My mind won't stop — and my heart says go-ooooo ... ♫

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♫ Good things must be here — yes, right here ♫

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♫ Here, right here, right here ♫

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♫ I won't live this life forever ♫

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♫ One time round is all the offer is ♫

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♫ Sick and tired of the "Later, maybe" ♫

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♫ Take it, fake it, make it, leave it life ♫

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♫ And I gotta just name it, I gotta just claim it ♫

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♫ I gotta just seize ♫

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♫ Oh please, oh please, oh please me right ♫

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♫ I want what I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have what I don't have, what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have but I don't have — you know that ♫

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♫ My mind won't stop, and my heart says go ♫

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♫ Nobody knows how to hold me, no ♫

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♫ My mind won't stop, and my heart says go ♫

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♫ 'Cause I want what I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have but I — have what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have but I don't have, what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have what I don't have, what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have but I don't have, what I want ♫

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♫ What I can't have, need what I can't want ♫

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♫ Have but I don't have what I want ♫

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Nora York gives a stunning performance of her song "What I Want," with Jamie Lawrence (keyboards), Steve Tarshis (guitar) and Arthur Kell (bass).

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Nora York · Singer, performance artist

"Philosopher diva" Nora York is an adventurous singer-songwriter with a drive to explore the human condition.

"Philosopher diva" Nora York is an adventurous singer-songwriter with a drive to explore the human condition.