"Suburbia" as written by and Butch Walker....
Well, remember the guy who was a football star
he had it made with the ladies, but he never got far
Five years past, now he's gotten kinda fat
Working eight days a week at the laundromat

With his mama and his daddy breathing down his neck
About everything he does so much, it makes him sick
So he sits home alone, with the game on TV
As the crowd goes wild, he said "that coulda been me"

Just another day in suburbia
It's a beautiful day in suburbia
Best not let it get the best of you
Is it everything you thought it would be?

Remember playing game's at the rich kid's home
His dad owned a bank, while his mom was alone
Everyday with the mailman, the trashman, the lawn guy
Kid didn't look a damn thing like his dad (I knew why)

He grew up, got a job, making 80 grand a year
Had a wife and a kid all the guys called a queer
But his dad never knew, he was too blind to see
Guess it kinda ran in the family

Just another day in suburbia
It's a beautiful day in suburbia
Best not let it get the best of you
Is it everything you thought it would be?

Remember the girl down the street with the kids
That used to come outside, but she never did
'Cause she was trying to hide the bruises where her old man beat her
'Cause he hit her in the face with an old space heater

He came home drunk and tried to force sex on her
But he didn't see the .44 stuffed in the covers
So she waited till he came as he lie there naked
Before she blew his head off, she told him she'd been faking all along
So long for everything you done wrong
Here's a bullet, go to hell, 'cause it's where you belong

Just another day in suburbia
It's a beautiful day in suburbia
Best not let it get the best of you
Is it everything you thought it would be?

Just another day in suburbia
Yeah, this is how we're livin' in suburbia
Best not let it get the best of you
Is it everything you thought it would be?

No one understands it
No one comprehends it
Guess you had to be there
From the outside looking in

So I put my Outkast record on
Turn up the volume, 'cause I'm all alone
And scream away...

Remember the cutest couple in the world?
He was a punk and she was daddy's little girl
Graduation came, and she wanted him to stay
But he had bigger, better dreams waiting out in L.A.

She cried and he cred as the plane flew away
She never ever wanted it to end this way
Two years later, she reads in the news
He'd gone on to be a big star, but nobody knew

'Cause he changed up his name, but his heart stayed the same
'Cause every song he wrote was about her, he claimed
But he never got to tell her, 'cause he died that year
From all of the coke and pills and the beer

And the whole world cried, but just for one day
'Cause sooner or later the pain goes away

Just another day in suburbia
It's a beautiful day in suburbia
Best not let it get the best of you
Is it everything you thought it would be?

Just another day in suburbia
Yeah, this is how we're livin' in suburbia
Best not let it get the best of you
Is it everything you thought it would be?


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"Suburbia" as written by Butch Walker

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    General CommentAt all the shows before he plays this song he says, "This is a song about growing up in Cartersville, Georgia." So...that's what it's about. Haha, I love it, it reminds me so much of where I live.
    Also, the last verse gives me chills. At least live it does.
    BlueAndStarryon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthat's exaclty what suburbia is. i live on long island. thats like quadruple suburbia. and every minute of it is wonderful. :)
    bouncingsoul1440on March 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYea, Cartersville is about like that. Pretty simular to Rome, which is where I'm from (and right next door to cartersville) the songs about growing up in a small town and trying not to blend in with this rest of the crowd. Mr.Walker is truely a great writing and with this song he created the anthem for small town life, or more specifically, Cartersville, Georgia.
    IplayMyGuitaron April 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is about cartersville (me being from kennesaw and carrollton, i know how small cities can be) It's about all of the stereotypical people in these towns, like the star quarterback who was so cool in highschool endin up doin nothing and so forth
    raven30116on January 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe verse about the girl and her abusive 'ol man'
    makes me laugh

    she was fakin all along

    heres a bullet go to hell cause its where you belong

    lmao, ahh i love it
    milk23on May 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone know who sings the
    No one understands it
    No on comprehends it
    Guess you had to be there
    From the outside looking in

    part... def doesn't sound like him
    milk23on May 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentweird that the riff/chords in this is the exact same as the opening part of ben folds' "rockin the suburbs" ...
    mrs-mojo-risinon March 13, 2009   Link

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