"Have You Ever" as written by and P. De Rose Billy Hill....
Falling, I'm falling

Have you ever walked through a room
But it was more like the room passed around you
Like there was a leash around your neck that pulled you through

Have you ever been at someplace
Recognizing everybody's face
Until you realized that there was no one there you knew
Well I know

Some days, my soul's confined and out of mind
Sleep forever
Some days, I'm so outshined and out of time
Have you ever

Falling, I'm falling

Have you ever buried your face in your hands
'Cause no one around you understands
Or has the slightest idea what it is that makes you be

Have you ever felt like there was more
Like someone else was keeping score
And what could make you whole was simply out of reach
Well I know

Someday I'll try again and not pretend
This time forever
Someday I'll get it straight but not today
Have you ever

Falling, I'm falling

Some days, my soul's confined and out of mind
Sleep forever
Some days, my darkest friend is me again
Have you ever
Someday I'll try again and not pretend
This time forever
Someday I'll get it straight but not today
Have you ever

When the truth walks away
Everybody stays
'Cause the truth about the world is that crime does pay

So if you walk away
Who is gonna stay
'Cause I'd like to think the world is a better place

When the truth walks away
Everybody stays
'Cause the truth about the world is that crime does pay

So if you walk away
Who is gonna stay
'Cause I'd like to make the world be a better place

When the truth walks away
Everybody stays
'Cause the truth about the world is that crime does pay

So if you walk away
Who is gonna stay
'Cause I'd like to think the world is a better place
I'd like to leave the world as a better place
I'd like to think the world


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"Have You Ever" as written by Daryl F Hall Anders Bagge

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    General CommentThis song is about always being pressured into doing things you don't want too, then even when the people pressuring you to do them see you doing it, they pay no attention cos someone else is doing it better.

    Fucking good though
    Bulkyoneon August 29, 2002   Link
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    Song MeaningLike many here have guessed, this song is about paranoia, but I think it goes beyond. It has two parts to it, let's label them Enter the void & Liberation.

    Enter the Void:
    Walking through a room "Like there was a leash around your neck that pulled you through" is an imagery of going through a room scared/embarrassed to look around and maybe meet someone else's eyes. It's a classic paranoid feeling. "You" (from now on, the same 'you' the song refers to) go straight through the room, almost hoping not to be noticed, and since you don't turn your head to see, you may even believe you did. Everyone else that likely did not share this anxiety, did notice you. The room passed around you.

    Being at someplace, recognizing faces of people you don't know, is a lot like being at a party, with a bunch of a friend's friends. Probably the people in the room on the last paragraph. They were chatting, and having fun while you passed them anxiously trying to get outta their way. You've maybe seen them around plenty, but never got to know anything about them. You don't know them.

    "Some days" you're so paralyzed, you're not yourself. Your soul doesn't emerge. You just want to go to bed. Other days, you do try to be out of yourself a little, you find a breach to shine your light, but heads quickly turn away, everyone would rather take their time listening to someone they actually know (and knows them). Have you ever?

    You start to think there's a reason for feeling this way, and someone else seems to
    know you're going through this, while not actually helping you through this. Maybe the person(s) outshining you. Maybe they're nudging you to act more like them, and you're misinterpreting. It makes you unconfortable, and you wish you were around someone that didn't make you feel this way.

    You swear to yourself that someday you'll try to let yourself be, and not let you fears and preconceptions take the best outta you, and never feel this way again. Someday you'll do that, but you just can't right now, can you?

    Some days you sink into depression. Again. Have you ever?

    Liberation:

    If you've lived in this world for a minute, you've noticed that "crime does pay". If you are talking about what IS, and your morals are above being a criminal, you'll likely be talking about something depressive. Do people stay to listen to depressive stuff?

    When you let go of that, and focus on what's bright, others will respond.

    But if you rush out to go to bed, who'll be there for you? Did you take the chance to see the world in a better light? Did you shine your light on the world? Or did you just get lost thinking of the world?
    1148679342on July 04, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlthough overall I don't think Americana is the best album, it does seem to have some of the best songs on it, but they're paired w/ some of the worst (Pretty Fly, She's Got Issues, you get the drift). But Have You Ever is excellent, and that "have you ever buried your face in your hands..." line I've always related to, along with "have you ever felt like there was more..." and "have you ever been @ some place, recognizing everybody's face..." Excellent lyrics... I love Dexter. Although, does the end make any sense to anyone? I get the rest of the song, how it's about no one understanding who you are, but the whole "crime does pay" thing, well, the band somehow made it fit, but I don't get it, and how it goes along w/ the rest of the song.
    battybat17on September 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe end of the song is pretty much about just what it says. Today´s world is full of lies, everybody is just waiting for the truth to walk away, because the truth isn´t funny or nice, and it´s better for people to live the lies about the world. But there´s one truth that everybody likes, that everybody is happy with: crime does pay.
    Oiramon April 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI can totally relate to this song. I loved most of Americana, even she's got issues didn't suck that bad. Some of this song was absolutely great.

    I sometimes think about this part...

    "Have you ever felt like there was more
    Like someone else was keeping score
    And what could make you whole was simply out of reach
    Well I know"

    It seems to fit me. I always like girls way outta my league, all my friends always say I have no chance.
    AudiLuvaon May 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone noticed the reminiscence of the tune of the Chorus of Have You Ever , to the chorus of another offspring song, Dirty Magic?
    BD007hon May 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"It seems to fit me. I always like girls way outta my league, all my friends always say I have no chance. " Wow...shitty friends.
    adsfkahsdfon July 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentVery good song. In fact, Americana is a very underrated album. Most people just refer to it as "the Pretty Fly" album. Which I find funny that one shitty song overshadows a great album.
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    Jakeberton November 24, 2004   Link
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    General Comment/\/\/\/\

    Ah, definitely.

    American is my favorite Offspring album. It seems to be the culmination of their work, showing how they've matured as a band over the years.
    magicmanx9on January 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlove the song, awsome, can realy realte to it. i realy love the part before "When the truth walks away "
    when the vocals fade away and the percussion part after that just awsome
    offspring just rock
    sgt.marvon January 13, 2005   Link

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