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"Что Не Хватает"- interpretation

This song is one of the more unique songs from t.A.T.u. and is about one person who wants to be with someone, but is being pushed away. 

To make it easier to understand, we will use Lena and Julia as subjects of this song. Julia, in this song, represents a person who wants more from someone she likes, but is being pushed away. Lena, in this song, is the one who is pushing her away.

Что не хватает тебе / What don’t you have enough of
Что ты прижалась ко мне / Why did you cling on to me 
Если бы на Луне / If only on the moon 
Было б чуть-чуть теплее / It was a little bit warmer 

Что не хватает тебе / What don’t you have enough of
Что ты прилипла к стене / Why are you stuck to the wall
Если бы за окном / If only behind the window 
Было б чуть-чуть темнее / It was a little bit darker 

Though this is Julia’s part, in the first two lines of these verses she is quoting Lena, who has said to her, “What don’t you have enough of, why did you cling on to me? Why are you stuck to the wall?”, asking Julia why she won’t leave her alone, that Julia doesn’t mean anything to her. Julia’s response is that Lena’s words and attitude are as cold as the moon and that she wishes Lena was a bit warmer and kinder towards her.

Ты не узнаешь, как меня зовут / You won’t find out my name
Я не скажу тебе / I won’t tell you
Что не хватает / What there isn’t enough of 
Что-то цепляет / Something is clinging 
Я не скажу тебе / I won’t tell you 
Не надо… / It’s not necessary…
Что не хватает / What there isn’t enough of 
Что-то цепляет / Something is clinging 
Я не скажу тебе / I won’t tell you 
Не надо… / It’s not necessary…

Lena is revealing that she wants nothing to do with Julia, she does not want any kind of relationship. Lena seems to be playing the role of the Ludi Invalidi in this song, perhaps having had a one night stand with Julia and not wanting anything else, not feeling any true love or connection. She won’t tell Julia anything about herself, she won’t share or connect simply because she wants nothing to do with her. 

Что превращает тебя / What transforms you
Не превращает меня / Does not transform me 
В маленькой комнате / In a small room 
Станет еще теснее / It will become even closer
Что замерзает в тебе / What freezes inside of you
Быстро растает во мне / Quickly melts inside of me
Если бы ты смогла / Only if you could
Просто остаться здесь / Just stay here

Julia may also be quoting Lena in this part of the song in the lines, “What transforms you does not transform me…What freezes inside of you quickly melts inside of me”, which are Lena’s explanations as to why the two won’t have a relationship- because they seem to be too different. 

Ты не узнаешь, как меня зовут / You won’t find out my name
Я не скажу тебе / I won’t tell you
Что не хватает / What there isn’t enough of 
Что-то цепляет / Something is clinging 
Я не скажу тебе / I won’t tell you 
Не надо… / It’s not necessary…
Что не хватает / What there isn’t enough of 
Что-то цепляет / Something is clinging 
Я не скажу тебе / I won’t tell you 
Не надо… / It’s not necessary…

Времени нет и не будет / There is no time and there won’t be
Крикнешь, я все забуду / Scream, I’ll forget everything 
Что б не случилось / So it won’t happen
Ночь зажигает огни / The night lights up fires

Julia could also be quoting Lena here in the line, “There is no time and there won’t be”- perhaps this is what Lena said to Julia, that they will not spend time together, they will not share a relationship, not now, not in the future. Julia sings, “Scream, I will forget everything so it won’t happen”, perhaps saying that she’ll have to accept the fact that the two of them will never be together. 

Не жалея давай  / Give unselfishly 
Ляжем с тобой под трамвай / We will lay under a trolley 
И пусть все останется / And let everything stay
Так, как и там на Луне…/ Just as it is on the moon…

We will lay under a trolley”- this line represents a death of their relationship, it gets “run over” by a trolley and everything will then remain the same, the relationship will not grow and the distance between them will stay just as it is.

Here are two demo versions for this song: Demo 1 | Demo 2 

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