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Nora York sings

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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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

♫ Have but I don't have ♫

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

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

♫ Every cloud has a silver lining ♫

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

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

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

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

♫ Have but I don't have ♫

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

♫ Nobody knows how to hold me ♫

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

♫ "Good things come to those who wait" ♫

♫ And I can't stand in ... ♫

♫ I can't stand in line forever ♫

♫ Stand the cold air ♫

♫ Glad-handed ♫

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

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

♫ And I gotta just tame it ♫

♫ I gotta just name it ♫

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

♫ Oh please me right, 'cause ♫

♫ My mind won't stop ♫

♫ And my heart says go ♫

♫ Nobody knows how to hold me ♫

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

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

♫ Here, right here, right here ♫

♫ I won't live this life forever ♫

♫ One time round is all the offer is ♫

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

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

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

♫ I gotta just seize ♫

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

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

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

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

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

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

♫ Nobody knows how to hold me, no ♫

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

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

♫ Have but I -- have what I want ♫

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

♫ Have but I don't have what I want ♫

(Applause)

Video Details

Duration: 4 minutes and 14 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: TEDTalks
Director: TED.com
Views: 219
Posted by: tedtalks on May 1, 2009

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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