I always looked up on the ones who walked away
choosing themselves over preset
ways of looking at a future that had no room for the
questions they lived for
always knew i never could have walked away myself
my self worth was beyond any help
and i didnt care to test it against the rejection i had seen before
but those i loved so much they underwent a change
they're working fourty hours they got caught in the game
like junkies running dry, the vulnerability
they're always there on time
we're never satisfied like junkies running dry
this wonderful generousity
a third of our lives to do what we please
doesn't look that great to me
in fact it doesnt even look fair they call it youthful idealism
and even I would have to agree with them
except some of us grow up and its still there
I grow up too slow I don't wanna go
but now i'm working just like everyone else
but ill get out of here


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    General CommentNot like anyoen actually interpretted the meaning, but its about people craving labor like a junkie craving drugs. We need to stop obsessing over such restricted lives and break out, in a sense, and give up our drug and just live.. free. How nice alfklsdfkls
    nerfityon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"this wonderful generousity
    a third of our lives to do what we please
    doesn't look that great to me
    in fact it doesnt even look fair
    they call it youthful idealism
    and even I would have to agree with them
    except some of us grow up and its still there"


    Just wow.
    Fatrickon August 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjesse michaels is amazing.
    sXeNiGhTMaREsXeon June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds a lot like Rancid would sound years later.
    freehat17on May 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is referenced in "Unwritten Rules" by Rancid
    poprocksncoke1212on July 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentKind of sounds like the guy from catch-22 in Keasbey Nights.
    FuckYourGodInTheAsson December 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion the song is about how people work to much and get hooked on it or something.. just like junkies running dry.. does that make any sense? LOL
    AbiWoodon June 11, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"this wonderful generousity
    a third of our lives to do what we please
    doesn't look that great to me
    in fact it doesnt even look fair"

    a third we're asleep, a third working, and a third we get to actually get to "enjoy"?
    sounds shitty to me too..
    lifeofmyownon October 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti had to comment to say that the first time I heard this I thought it sounded like tom kalnoky too. op ivy obviously came first but i agree. i like this part:

    always knew i never could have walked away myself
    my self worth was beyond any help
    and i didnt care to test it against the rejection i had seen before

    sometimes it feels like you're stuck in what you're in and all you have is your ideals because it's not practical to just radically change your life, but the fact that Jesse Michaels sang this kinda gives hope because you can feel like that but you can still, at least for a while, come out of it and do some fucking cool things in your life.
    soadfan8on June 09, 2012   Link

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