"One Hit Wonder" as written by Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya and Greg Eklund....
Loopy says he likes it up on top
Yes he knows if he ever lets go
The pretty machine will swallow him whole

He has no fear
He has no sense of shame
He will not stop until everybody everywhere wants to know his name
The one hit wonder
He likes the big time

He says he wants to live the kind of life
That will make the folks back home all bitch and whine
He knows if he ever even gets the chance
He'd sell his soul to make the monster dance
They can't hurt you unless you let them
Loopy says he sure does like the good life
Yes he knows all those women who scheme
Are just pretty pictures in the pretty machine
He knows if he ever even gets to try

He will bite down hard to make the monster cry
He knows if he ever even gets a chance
He'd sell his soul to make the monster dance
They can't hurt you unless you let them

I will say it again
They cannot hurt you unless you let them
Loopy says he likes it up on top
He prays to god and he hopes like hell
That the pretty machine
They will never fail

He has no fear
He doesn't really even have the time
He knows that the world is in love
With the pretty machine

The one hit wonder
He likes the big time
He wants to live the kind of life
That will make the folks back home scream, bitch, and whine

He knows if he ever even gets to try
He will bite down hard to make the monster cry
He knows if he ever even gets a chance
He'd sell his soul to make the monster dance
He knows if he ever even gets to play
He will stomp like god to make the monster say

They can't hurt you unless you let them
They cannot hurt you unless you let them


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"One Hit Wonder" as written by Craig Montoya Art Alexakis

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    General CommentI read somewhere that this is the song that Alan Webb (kid who brok Jim Ryun's 30+ year old highschool mile record of 3:55 with a 3:53, and is basically the messiah of American distance running) listens to before he races. I don't particularly like this song, but I can understand why runners would, b/c it has a steady rhythm(sp?).
    xxQxxon July 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! Art has said that it is kinda a burn on the media, who is the "monster," or something like that. This is the song I listen to when I've had a tough day.
    gregoeon July 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with gregoe. It's about fame and the media. It's one of my favorite songs by the 'Clear.
    dollersparkon July 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYep, Art is asking the 'one-hit wonders' if they can really handle it all since many artists tend to become corporat controlled. Loopy is either a bandmember or the name of the band, the pretty machine is probably fame, and the monster is probably the music executives
    BrainDamageon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a nice musical middle finger up to all the critics and record companies that said that they would never make it, and even better they made a video which was played on TV for all to see. Rock on Everclear, still going strong!
    ChaosFluro24on August 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I'm having a really awful day, I put this song on and scream along with "they can't hurt you unless you let them" and it makes me feel so much better. This and Amphetamine are my two favorite Everclear songs.
    AlmightyChrissyon March 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commentback with the release of S&F, the critics were like "Everclear will be a one hit wonder" and then they were a big hit and Art was like "Yeah, a one hit wonder five times over" so it was like a big middle finger.
    evermatton June 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awesome as...
    one of my faves
    regan_89on June 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThey can't hurt you unless you let themthe machine is the corporate world, and the monster is the media- the kind of go hand in hand. that's why "loopy" is so eager to "bite down hard to make the monster cry, sell his soul to make the monster dance, and stomp like god to make the monster say: they can't hurt you unless you let them". even though people may have mocked him and whatnot, he kept going, and now he's the one at the top of the charts, or whatever
    allrageunleashedon November 27, 2006   Link

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