Brooke Fraser

About Arithmetic

"Arithmetic" is a single by Brooke Fraser released in 2004. The song is the first track Fraser's debut album What to Do with Daylight. The song was later included on the Sony BMG compilation More Nature, a collection of songs from the New Zealand Sony BMG catalogue. The song debuted on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number thirty eight on 26 July 2004 and peaked at number eight. It spent nineteen weeks on the chart.


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I've been staring at the sky tonight
Marveling and passing time
Wondering what to do with daylight
Until I can make you mine
You are the one I want, you are the one I want

I've been thinking of changing my mind
It never stays the same for long
But of all the things I know for sure
You're the only certain one
You are the one I want, you are the one I want

I've been counting up all my wrongs
One sorry for each star
See I'd apologize my way to you
If the heavens stretched that far
You are the one I want, you are the one I want

I won't find what I am looking for
If I only "see" by keeping score
'Cause I know now you are so much more than arithmetic

'Cause if I add, if I subtract
If I give it all, try to take some back
I've forgotten the freedom that comes from the fact
That you are the sum
So you are the one
I want

When the years are showing on my face
And my strongest days are gone
When my heart and flesh depart this place
From a life that sung your song

You'll still be the one I want

You'll still be the one I want

You'll still be the one I want

You'll still be the one I want

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Brooke Fraser

Brooke Gabrielle Fraser Ligertwood, better known as Brooke Fraser (born 15 December 1983) is a New Zealand folk-pop recording artist. Her third studio album Flags has become the most successful album of her career, with the single "Something in the Water" reaching number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart in 2010 and charting around the world. "Something in the Water" was the #9 most played song in Germany in 2011 and has been certified Gold in Germany. The album debuted at #1 in NZ, #2 in Australia, #6 in Germany. more »

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Release Details
"Arithmetic" is an enchanting song by the New Zealand artist Brooke Fraser. The song was released as part of her debut studio album titled "What To Do With Daylight" in 2003.
Chart Success
The album, from which "Arithmetic" comes, incredibly hit the top spot in the New Zealand Album charts and even went eight times platinum, which is indicative of the popularity of her songs including "Arithmetic".
It predominantly falls within the Pop and Christian music genre, with classic Fraser's lyrical depth and her lush, soulful voice reinforcing the deeply personal and spiritual themes in the song.
Song's Theme
The song "Arithmetic" is a poignant exploration of love and spirituality, and it uses arithmetic as a metaphoric medium to convey love's complexities and calculations.
Artistic Inspiration
Fraser has openly spoken about her Christian faith influencing her music, and "Arithmetic" is no different with its subtle yet profound spiritual undertones.
Underrated Gem
Despite not releasing as a single, "Arithmetic" stands out for its poetic lyrics and emotional depth, becoming a favorite among many fans.
Live Performances
Brooke Fraser's expression and evocative vocals while performing "Arithmetic" live, especially on her 'What To Do With Daylight Tour', left a lasting impact on audiences.
Music Video
As of now, there is no official music video made for the song "Arithmetic", however there are numerous live performance videos available.
Continual Relevance
Even though it was released in 2003, fans consider "Arithmetic" as one of Brooke Fraser's timeless tracks due to its universal and relatable themes.
Recurrent Instrument Use
As with much of Brooke Fraser's music, the piano is the prominent instrument in "Arithmetic", setting the beautiful melody that resonates deeply with listeners.
Lyrics Writing
Fraser herself wrote the lyrics to this song, further demonstrating her incredible talent not just as a singer, but also as a songwriter.
Critical Reception
The critics praised "Arithmetic" for its deep metaphorical meaning, emotive delivery, and well-thought lyrics, celebrating it as a standout from her debut album.

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