Freshman year,
Mom asks "What do you want to do
when you get out of here?"
I said, "Well, gee, I'm only 13,
but I think I'd like to play my guitar...
be a star."
"Well," she said, "that's not it,
you got time to go.
Good sense will kick in anytime, you know.
I'm not worried, I'm not worried."

Sophomore year,
she asked the same old thing,
my answer had remained unchanged.
I saw her fidget with her thumbs.
She said, "You like computers, John,
you like computers, don't you?
Yeah, I always see you with computers...
maybe you could do something with computers.
Yeah, wouldn't that be nice?"

Junior year,
It's a little more intense,
She says, "What do you want to do with your life?"
I'm not on offense, I know exactly what I aim to be,
and I'm only 17.
She said, "Well, all I ask, is that you pay attention in class,
so if you happen to change your mind in time,
you can still go somewhere reputable...
do us proud."
So I went downstairs,
and I played guitar loud.

Yeah, senior year,
Same old question,
She said, "What do you want to do?"
I said, "Play my guitar and sing."
She said, "There's no such thing."
She said, "There's no such thing..."
(speaking: I love you Mom)

"Welcome to the real world", she said to me
Condescendingly
Take a seat, take your life
Plot it out in black and white
Well, I never lived the dreams of the prom kings
And the drama queens
I'd like to think the best of me
Is still hiding up my sleeve

They love to tell you
Stay inside the lines
But something's better
On the other side

I wanna run through the halls of my high school
I wanna scream at the top of my lungs
I just found out there's no such thing as the real world
Just a lie you've got to rise above

So the good boys and girls take the so called right track
Faded white hats
Grabbing credits
Maybe transfers
They listen to Phish, but they can't find the answers
And all of our parents
They're getting older
I wonder if they've wished for anything better
While in their memories
Tiny tragedies

They love to tell you
Stay inside the lines
Well, well something's better
On the other side

I wanna run through the halls of my high school
I wanna scream at the top of my lungs
I just found out there's no such thing as the real world
Just a lie you got to rise above

I am invincible
You are invincible
We are invincible
As long as we're alive
We're alive... alive.

Do I have to tell a story
of a thousand rainy days
since we first met?
It's a big enough umbrella
but it's always me
that ends up getting wet.

I wanna run through the halls of my high school
I wanna scream at the top of my lungs
I just found out there's no such thing as the real world
Just a lie you've got to rise above

I just can't wait til my 10 year reunion
I'm gonna bust down the double doors
And when I stand on these tables before you
You will know what all this time was for


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Every Little Thing She Does (7.15.00) song meanings
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    General CommentOMG! I get it now! Yeah, I'm dumb...but I got confused and didn't pull out of the air that it was his mom starting it. The beginning relates to me SOOO much. Not that I have the ability as he does, but that it's all I want to do. I love "No Such Thing." I just remember the first time I heard it on the radio. I had just had a horrible school day where I constantly visioned myself running around screaming, because a teacher had just shot at my dreams. The song makes me smile :)
    thinkitbeiton June 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyep yep
    Mere64GAon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe first time I heard this "intro" to "No Such Thing" I was like..."Ooooh!" It just means that if you have a dream, stick to it and don't let others sway your mind. :)
    lilpoeton July 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyep yep
    danikaon August 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhere can i hear this song?
    Sucker4Johnnyon April 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou can look for it in KaZaa,that's what i did
    Rockstar5on May 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe intro really reminds me of me. im 16 and know my carrer path but nobody will listen or except that its my life. i think its a very good intro to no such thing which is one of the best songs in the whole world!!
    brynski15on November 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentJohn mayer is one of the best at putting a intro to a song
    Mosef123on April 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs that the actual title?
    yaywhooweeon September 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis intro completely sums up everything my parents told me. "Just have a backup so you can go someplace reputable if it doesn't work out the way that you planned and we don't have to say we have a screw up child."
    I actually remember smiling to myself when I first heard it because it so perfectly described my parents while I was in high school.
    xwaitinthefirexon July 01, 2007   Link

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