"Normal Like You" as written by Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya and Greg Eklund....
Yeah they said you called me maybe yesterday
I don't even have the strength to pick up the phone
You wouldn't even know me since you went away
The Prozac doesn't do it for me anymore
Yeah you ought to take your medication every day
Be a good dog, live life in a wonderful way

Tell me why you want to be blind
I don't want to be normal like you
I know now every day
I get closer to the place inside
Where I can be normal too

I heard those stupid people talk about you again
I just have to laugh to keep from hurting bad
Their simple minds just cannot seem to understand
You are neurotic and depressed
It doesn't mean that you're sad

You walk around oblivious to everything
You wear that party dress, black mascara
Like you're queen for the day
I will never be normal like you
You walk around oblivious to everyone
I see you walking slow and simple underneath the big black sun

Tell me why you want to be blind
I don't want to be normal like you
I know now every day
I get closer to the place inside
Where I can be complacent
I get closer to the place inside

Where I can be sedated
Yes I get closer to the place inside
Where I can be normal too, I can be normal too
I can be normal like you


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Normal Like You" as written by Craig Montoya Art Alexakis

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    General CommentThis song is basically about how people can be so superficial and how happy they seem to be. It's saying how hard it is to be yourself and different, how much it hurts, and how everyday it seems as if becomes harder to be yourself, and how much easier it would be to succumb and become superficial
    MetalKronicon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYou are neurotic and depressed, it doesn't mean that you're sad ...what does that mean? I don't get it!! if your depressed doesn't that mean your sad? someone please explain
    psycochicon September 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBeing depressed has little to do with being sad. Depression is a feeling of hopelessness, helplessness, and guilt coupled with a number of unexplainable fears. Sadness is a logical for of expression of unhappiness or sorrow. In short there is usually a logical reason for someone to feel sad but (clinical) depression is often without reason and is directed towards oneself or one's situation. I am just trying to explain, sorry if I just babbled.
    ChaosFluro24on September 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell yeah i think it's just about how all these people have this view of what is 'normal', but it's just someone's opinion. And then if you don't fit into that someone's opinion of whats normal then bam you're on some drug like ridilan etc. And somehow it's meant to make you normal so you can be like everyone else. But i think the song is saying being different is who you are, you're unique. And the line "You are neurotic and depressed it doesn't mean taht you're sad" is saying yeah you're irrational, fixated and a bit down but it doesn't mean you need to be given drugs.
    cball911on January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMetalKronic, I think you got it on this one! This song is my absolute anthem. To me, it kinda says that it's o.k. to not fit in. The people that conform to society are the ones that are really missing out. They are the ones that don't understand things, or have control over their lives.
    You are neurotic and depressed, it doesn't mean that you're sad -that's completely me. Another great Everclear song
    estella_open_fireon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti have memories of my brother and i singing this song together during car rides, it's great, because we have such different tastes (him: techno, me: country) but we can agree on everclear. =)

    i believe this song is about a girl who has been so drugged out on prozac and meds and all kinds of stuff that she's a walking zombie. the guy finds himself conforming, taking the right meds to be "normal", but he's thinking maybe he can learn from her, because he doesn't want to be like that. "maybe i can be normal like you" is heavily sarcastic. he can't stop what he knows is going to happen, he knows he's going to be like her one day.
    sapphireskieson July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's mocking the whole craze (spelling?) for prescribing mood altering pills to America's youth. Back in the day there was no Ridilan or Prozac and the world didn't cease to exist. Now when a kid acts a little bit different then a teacher or his parents want him too, boom your on these mood altering drugs. Hell I was put on Ridilin when I was in 3rd grade and now I'm off it and I'm a pretty stable college student with a 3.0 GPA.

    I think that it's stressing individuiality, but at the same time it is mocking this new cultural acceptance of drugs that alter peoples moods. Art is saying like, "Your all depresed from the Prozac, and I'm gonna probably join you someday at the rate people are being diagnosed".

    I like this song a lot, one of the best ones on Learning How to Smile: Volume 1 :)
    osubuckeye4on August 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song was on So Much For The Afterglow...
    Apploon August 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI never want to be normal like everyone else . . .
    ChaosFluro24on September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI never want to be normal like everyone else . . .
    ChaosFluro24on September 02, 2002   Link

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