"Thank You" as written by Sylvester Stewart, Michael Brown, Cherise Roberts, John Horsley, Nadia Shepherd, Aisida Temi Tayo, Thelma Howell and Abdul Rasheed Bella....
I listen to you for hours, I'll listen all day
Just keep hitting me the right way
Sing your song in the shower
Cause you got a way
To say what I can never say right, right on
When I feel weak you make me feel strong
Make me feel strong

I won't say your name
But you know who you are
I'll never be the same again now, no way
I just want to say
Thank you for playing the way you play

You don't get played on the radio
That's not the game you play
Well I don't care anyway
I glued your tape in the stereo
So I know every word, every note
And every chord is right, right on
When I feel weak you make me feel strong
Make me feel strong feel like nothing's wrong

I won't say your name
You know who you are
I'll never be the same again now, no way
I just want to say thank you for playing the
Way you play

Did you know you're why I go
And waste my time
At a rock and roll show
You let me know I'm not alone
You make me feel strong, make me feel strong,
Feel like nothing's wrong

I won't say your name, you know who you are
I'll never be the same again now, no way
I just want to say
Thank you for playing the way you play
Thank you for playing the way you play
Thank you for playing the way you play


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"Thank You" as written by Bonnie Raitt

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    General CommentThis song is obviously not a metaphor of any kind. Listen to any other Descendents song, they always use clear and concise up front thoughts. Never do they try to hide meanings behind complicated words. This song is about a band that had more influence on him than on any other. I love this song.
    AspireToReduceon June 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was just thinking along the same lines... because for me, this song is about the Descendents.
    freehat17on May 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentalot of people get into music just because of one person who inspired them. I'm betting this was written about someone who really inspired him. I know there are musicians I feel this way about, so I'm not sure there's any further meaning that needs found. Milo's fairly straightforward almost always.
    Avaranton October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a lot of bands. Any band that inspires, really. Karl wrote it and used to yell out different band names when they would play "Thank You." A few of the bands names mentioned were The Last, X, and Black Flag among others. I figure it's just a general shout out to the feeling you get when you really love a band.
    easttexason May 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentanyone know who karl wrote this about?
    devious thoughton August 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think its just about how punk rock kids feel about punk rock bands. like they speak for them and stuff. that's how i feel. fuck yeah. thank you for playing the way you play.
    onemindtohearon August 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthow do you know they didnt write it about a band they heard? who did they write this about?
    rbfboy212on March 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentA love song in two ways. The obvious one is about music. Listening to your favorite band or song and wanting to thank whoever wrote it because of the joy it brings you. The other is about a girl, only told through the metaphor or music. "Thank you for playing the way you play" could be about a girl who pushes all of your buttons in all of the right ways and makes you feel teriffic. Just listen to it and you can see it both ways.
    descendent528on March 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis has to be one of the best songs ever. I love it.
    if only u could seeon May 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThat's a great thought, the whole song being a metaphor for a girl, Tupac style. I always thought it was about a song/band that is really personal to him and he can totally relate to, we all have those bands. For me it's The*Ataris and has been for years, if I were to write a song about them this would be it,
    "Cause you got a way
    To say what I can never say right - right on"
    He's just said the exact thing I'd say for this song!
    da77ynon May 12, 2003   Link

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