Life is so boring
It's really got me snoring
I'm wearing out the flooring
In a cheap motel
But I don't have to work
And I might be sinning
But I never have to listen to
The rings of school bells
Don't you remember?
You told me in December
That a boy is not a man
Until he makes a stand
Will, I'm not a genius
But maybe you'll remember this
I never said I wanted to be a man
Yeah I get nervous when she comes around
when she comes around
when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
when she comes around
when she comes around
Mm I get nervous when she comes around
when she comes around
when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
when she comes around
when she comes around
Hey!
My mom is so caring
She really got me staring
At all the crazy little things
She does for sure
And I can't seem to think of
Another kind of love
That a boy could ever get
From anyone but her
I get nervous when she comes around
when she comes around
when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
when she comes around
when she comes around
Yeah I get nervous when she comes around
when she comes around
when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
when she comes around
when she comes around
Alright!


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  • +3
    General CommentOMG This is SO untrue! Jack grew up in the Mexicantown district of Detroit. His parents worked for the Catholic Church...as a janitor and a secretary! I promise you, if you have ten children and you're working for the Church, you're not quite rich. Dropout though he is also not, Jack was done after high school. Horray for us, or he may have become a businessman.

    I'm just going to also say, I basically have no idea what this one is about. I understand that he wrote it the day it was recorded, which explains a lot about the lack of consistency in lyric. I think he's combining a lot of different thoughts into this song.

    Clearly when he talks about "sinning," it's a reference to the fact that he never really had to work hard for the money, never went to college or anything like that, "School bell" reference.

    I think that "I get nervous when she comes around," is in reference to a love interest. If you've listened to the albums at all, it seems fair to say that Jack REALLY loves whomever it is that he loves. It seems less likely to be about his mother, mostly because, in my opinion, he is addressing how nervous he becomes around some enchanting woman, and he feels daunted by it because he will never be able to experience the "right" kind of love, except from his mother.

    Tada! I apologize for my verbosity. Peace.
    megisgodon May 14, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti believe this songis about loving the free life of childhood, hating responsibility. and loving being spoiled and not having a worry in the world. he says he'll never have to hear the ring of school bells or work. meaning his mother provides for him. and the love he gets from her. and he also says "never said i want to be a man"

    so... thats my take on it
    DangerousBagelon February 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIntriguing song...makes no sense to me but lets rock on anyway.
    OpinionHeadon January 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with CUBErt6136

    he gets nervous because she talks about how
    he needs to do something with his life
    "a boy is not a man Until he makes a stand"
    he doesnt like it because hes content being broke
    and lazy.

    i also think he feels nervous around his mother because
    he feels guilty for everything shes done for him
    and he feels like hes letting her down for not doing
    more with his life.


    i love this song.
    though im not going to hate on cluttered grace
    for not.
    we all have different opinions.
    even if hers doesnt make much sense seeing as
    this song is truly amazing.
    yellowhairfunnybearon July 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhenever i hear the "i get nervous when she come around" line i think of The La's song Here She Comes. I know they sound nothing alike but something in my head makes a connection between the two.
    pmo1983on January 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI beleive Jack does an interpretation of the "Wild Thing" riff in this song. Pretty cool song.

    I like when he says:

    "Well, I'm not a genius
    But maybe you'll remember this
    I never said I ever wanted to be a man"
    Muzzyon June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the organ part on this song and the "do do, do doodido...) This is just catchy. "I get nervous when she comes around" and the splash of organ during the descending guitar part...I don't know what it's about and haven't decipherd it yet, but I like this song.
    vrjustin82on July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat's with Jacks thing with December? Notice that he mentions December in 'Same Boy You've Always Known' too
    Red_obituaryon October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat's with Jacks thing with December? Notice that he mentions December in 'Same Boy You've Always Known' too
    Red_obituaryon October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti noticed the december thing too
    worldpeace22on December 10, 2004   Link

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