Can't Be Sure
|"Can't Be Sure"|
|Single by The Sundays|
|from the album Reading, Writing and Arithmetic|
|B-side||"I Kicked a Boy", "Don't Tell Your Mother"|
|Genre||Indie pop, dream pop|
|Songwriter(s)||David Gavurin, Harriet Wheeler|
|Producer(s)||The Sundays, Ray Shulman|
|The Sundays singles chronology|
"Can't Be Sure" was the 1989 debut single by the British indie pop group The Sundays. It was the first (and in the UK, only) single to be released from their album Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, which appeared a year later. The B-side was "I Kicked a Boy", which also appeared on the album. The 12" single contained an additional, non-album track, "Don't Tell Your Mother".
The song's lyrical theme is "desire", treated as a general concept rather than being directed towards anything or anyone in particular.
- And did you know desire's a terrible thing?
- The worst that I can find
- Did you know desire's a terrible thing?
- But I rely on mine.
By the song's closing refrain, the song's narrator appears to have come to terms with, if not necessarily resolved, the dichotomy:
- And it's my love, And it's my life
- And though I can't be sure if I want any more
- It will come to me later.
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