"Acoustic #3" as written by and John Rzeznik....
They painted up your secrets
With the lies they told you
And the least they ever gave you
Was the most you ever knew

And I wonder where these dreams go
When the world gets in your way
What's the point in all this screaming
No one's listening anyway

Your voice is small and fading
And you hide in here unknown
And your mother loves your father
'Cause she's got nowhere to go

And she wonders where these dreams go
'Cause the world got in her way
What's the point ever trying
Nothing's changing anyway

They pres their lips against you
And you love the lies that they say
And I tried so hard to reach you
But you're falling anyway

And you know I see right through you
'Cause the world gets in your way
What's the point in all this screaming
You're not listening anyway


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"Acoustic #3" as written by John Rzeznik

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is the best song ever. The Goo Goo Dolls are my favorite band, but this is one of the best songs I've heard in a long time.
    GoOgOoGiRL77on November 26, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song could be about so many things - I think this song is about how lies effect a persons life. People lie everyday. People live a lie, like this persons mother. We can't escape from them we've told them and are part of them. People are held back by the web of lies that they weave. People are comforted by lies because they hide them from a truth which they dislike.
    Shezzieon April 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is another Dolls song about a boy trying to help a girl. To me, the girl seems to have a sad home life, not necessarily abusive, but neglectful ("what's the point in all this screaming / no one's listening anyway"). The father is abusive towards the mother either physically or emotionally. She can't support herself, so she stays ("And your mother loves your father / cause she's got no where to go"). It seems like her mother must have been a woman with a lot of dreams and ambitions before she married, and had to put her life on hold ("cause the world got in her way"). In the midst of all this, the girl cannot be heard. She grows silent in her inability to communicate, and cannot see the world. The boy tries to teach the girl about life, but she cannot grasp it and pushes him away ("what's the point in all the screaming / you're not listening anyway"). She continues to love her parents for what they are and embraces the lies they tell her. I love this song, but it's so sad! All the girls in Dolls' songs are sad ("Black Balloon" especially). Beautiful instrumentals, beautiful lyrics.
    LittleBriddieon June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs a good friend of mine would say, definitely one of those songs that needs to be longer. This is such a great song. I'm learning to play it right now on my guitar.
    wherewulfon November 27, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI used to know how to play this song on my guitar, but since I haven't played my guitar in ages I forgot. I agree, though, that this song should be longer. It just doesn't seem right how short it is, it makes me sad :(
    antifox64on November 30, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely the best Goo Goo Dolls song. Makes me wish I could play the guitar.
    Skaviuson January 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwould you guys mind sending me tabs of this song?
    angel 08on April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is very short and subtle, but one the most amazing songs ever. It just hits you.
    riskbreaker419on April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy far the best Goo Goo Dolls song I have ever heard. I love the line "And I wonder where these dreams go When the world gets in your way"
    Rach2109on April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much...reminds me of myself sometimes. Sad, but its such a good song...
    Schatzion April 28, 2002   Link

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