"If You Had A Bad Time" as written by and Derek R Grant Daniel Michael Andriano....
If you had a bad time
At one of my parties
Well I wouldn't expect to be seeing you soon and that's fine

You have to know what and why
Those things make you happy
You have to know that a second guess ain't worth the try

Just some words of advice
Maybe you've heard them before but here goes
Just be true to yourself if it lands you in hell, well, at least now you know
Loud and clear is your heart big and bright are the places you might someday go
With one million things holding you down, why you're one of those things
I don't know, no big deal gotta go

If you're up to your ears
In blood, sweat and wasted years
I'm hoping you're going to open your throat
And just scream

You have to know who and why
Which ones miss you when you die
You have to know that a second guess ain't worth the salt in your eyes

Just some words of advice
Maybe you've heard them before but here goes
Just be true to yourself if it lands you in hell, well, at least now you know
Loud and clear is your heart big and bright are the places you might someday go
With one million things holding you down, why you're one of those things
No big deal

It just sits on my shoulders you're breaking my neck
We get crazy with age now you're under my bed
And it's dark all the time, all the time

Just some words of advice
Maybe you've heard them before but here goes
Just be true to yourself if it lands you in hell, well, at least now you know
Loud and clear is your heart big and bright are the places you might someday go
With one million things holding you down, why you're one of those things
I don't know, no big deal here I go


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"If You Had a Bad Time" as written by Derek Grant Daniel Andriano

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    General Comment"Just be true to yourself, if it lands you in Hell, well at least now you know."

    Great line.
    Imposs1bleon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely one of the best songs Dan has ever written.
    AccidentProneon April 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhat cd is this song on?
    is the split one with one man army?
    evenrobotscryon April 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyap!
    el_STORMon April 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWith one million things holding you down, now you're one of those things
    I don't know, no big deal here I go.

    who do you think he means might be holding him down but he doesn't mind it?
    redpatcheron April 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDan's best so far
    alkaline tree Oon May 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong.
    The chorus is as follows:

    "Just some words of advice, maybe you've heard them before but here goes:
    Just be true to yourself if it lands you in hell, well at least now you know.
    Loud and clear is your heart, big and bright are the places you might someday go.
    With one million things holding you down, why you're one of those things, I don't know.
    No big deal, gotta go."

    So actually it's not someone holding him down, it's someone holding themself down.

    Also the little bridge part was wrong too:
    "It just sits on my shoulders, you're breaking my neck.
    We get crazy with age, now you're under my bed
    and it's dark all the time."

    Okay.
    Cabot Xon September 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSeriously I always thought this song related to depression and it's from this line:
    "With one million things holding you down/ why you're one of those things, I don't know".
    See depressed people are seen as keeping themselves trapped in the cycle, even though life may appear well to outsiders.

    It's like Dan is trying to put it through a friend's head that they are depressed. He's trying to help them ("just some words of advice", "Big and bright are the places you might someday go")and hoping they won't die ("Hoping you are going to open your throat/and just scream") and telling his friend he's there for them ("won't expect to be seeing you soon"; "No big deal, gotta go.)

    Anyway this is probably my favorite Alkaline Trio song. It's also the one that hooked me on the Trio.
    snowynerdon October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's one of the best on the BYO split with OMA. The Trio has helped me through a lot...and helped me see theres a better side to life...expecially with this song.
    ~Meggles
    JakedOnGreenBeerso8on November 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentto me this song is talking about someone who has a lot of problems "with one million things holding you down" and one of their problems is theirself "why you're one of those things i dont know" but its basically telling someone to look on the brighter side of things in my opinion...but i dont know what it is about the line where he says "no big deal gotta go" that line just hits my heart with such power
    dagger plus hearton January 10, 2005   Link

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