You didn't see my valentine
I sent it via pantomime
While you were watching someone else
I stared at you and cut myself

from Fiona Apple – Valentine Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Pantomime” is the telling of a story without words, by means of bodily movements, gestures, and facial expressions. SO here, Fiona has not actually verbalized her love but rather, tried to enact it perhaps.

Fiona herself said this about the ‘cut myself’ line:

“I was a little afraid of putting that line in because I didn’t want to make it sound cool, because I don’t cut myself…I used to be somebody that would cut themselves, and it is about wanting to feel something. But something that I do…I mean, this is totally from an actual situation of me watching someone watching someone else being really alive—not quite in the way it seems in the song—but after a while I realize that I’ve dug holes in my palm with my fingernails. I just tend to do things to myself that I don’t realize I’m doing.”

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