"Good Day" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
So you don't wanna hear about my good song?
You don't wanna hear about how I am getting on
With all the things that I can get done
The sun is in the sky and I am by my lonesome

So you don't wanna hear about my good day?
You have better things to do than to hear me say
God, it's been a lovely day, everything's been going my way
I took out the trash today and I'm on fire

So you don't wanna hear about my good friends
You don't have the guts to take the truth or consequence
Success is in the eye of the beholder
And it's looking even better over your cold shoulder

I'm not suggesting you get to line me up for questioning
But Jesus think about the bridges you are burning and I'm betting
That even though you knew it from the start
You'd rather be a bitch than be an ordinary broken heart

So go ahead and talk about your bad day
I want all the details of the pain and misery
That you are inflicting on the others
I consider them my sisters and I want their numbers

God, it's been a lovely day, everything's been going my way
I took up croquet today, I'm on fire
I picked up the pieces of my broken ego
I have finally made my peace as far as you and me go

But I'd love to have you up to see the place
I'd like to do more than survive, I'd like to rub it in your face

Hey, it's been a lovely day, everything is going my way
I had so much fun today and I'm on fire
God, it's been a lovely day every thing's been going my way
Ever since you went away, hey, I'm on fire

I'm on fire, I'm on fire, I'm on
I'm on fire, I'm on fire
I'm on fire, I'm on
So you don't wanna hear about my good day?



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"Good Day" as written by Amanda Palmer

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    General CommentI don't even see this as a romantic song at all, I see this as dealing with one of those "friends" ... the type who don't give even half a shit about you. they are always willing to dump their bad days on you, but the minute you want to talk to them about anything, they lose interest.

    "i'm not suggesting you up and line me up for questioning
    but jesus think about the bridges you are burning"

    this bit goes shows that people like that, they're so self-involved, so selfish, that they don't notice nor care that the more they neglect people, the more bridges they burn.

    I always joke that those kind of people, you could be in the middle of talking about your day and say something like "I'm on fire, I'm dying" and they wouldn't even notice what you'd said and just nod their heads and say "uh huh." when I first heard this song, I laughed, because of that line being in the song. :p

    in the end, no matter how big of an asshole a not-such-a-friend is, you never quite feel angry enough to not care how they're treating you. it always makes you feel unloved.
    delialon September 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's about a lover at all. Everything about the song, from the music box beginning to the nursery rhyme ending are screaming CHILDHOOD. Not only that, but specifically neglected childhood. First of all, "You don't want to hear about my good day." What's the first thing mom says when you get home from school? "How was your day sweetheart?"

    Her mom never asked how her day was. She was probably depressed or something, and chose to wallow in her "bad day" rather than pay any attention to her daughter. So the narrator never had a chance to talk about her good day. And the song grows with her. When she's young "I took out the trash today" is a representation of her trying to please her mother, to get some recognition, by doing chores, because that's what the simple mind of a child would come up with.

    As she gets older the general neglect continues. "Success is in the eye of the beholder" could be continuing with the theme of trying to please the mom and not being enough, but it could also be blaming the mom. Perhaps the narrator doesn't try to be successful because it's in "the eye of the beholder" which is the "truth and consequences" of the mom's neglect.

    And now the narrator is realizing that the mom is just a bitch. And the next stanza is the narrator saying she's accepted it(ish) and is moving on (sort of). And the "I'd love to have you up to see the place" makes way more sense if she's talking about her mom. She's resentful at this point of everything her mom has put her through, and she wants to rub her success in the face of that adversity in her moms face.

    The ending nursery rhyme not only ties back to her trashed childhood, but also her resentment of what her mom did.

    Just my thoughts. Would love to hear your feedback!
    agirlanachronismon May 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe full ending part (I think it's a jumprope song) is:
    Now the war is over
    Mussolini's dead
    He wants to go to heaven with a crown upon his head
    The lord says no
    He has to stay below
    All dressed up
    & No where to go


    I think if I tried to connect this with the song I'd be going a little too far. But I'm going to anyway. Mussolini was a facsist dictator of Italy during world war II. He led Italy into the war & a nazi government until he was assasinated.

    The lines in this song that urge to make this connection are:
    "i want all the details of the pain and misery
    that you are inflicting on the others"
    Possibly by putting this at the end of the song she's comparing her old lover to a horrible tyrant, causing pain & misery to so many? It's extreme, but I love it.
    SweetInsanity_3on January 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHa... Gotta love the parody on "I Will Survive"

    "I'd like to do more than survive, I'd like to rub it in your face!"
    -pyrokinesis-on October 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think she still has feelings for him as she cares enough to want to let him know how she's doing without him. And is it just me or is she crying in the end? During the jump rope part.
    omglolzzon July 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshowing how you are getting on once you moved on ..
    NIKKIEon June 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexcept that she's not really over him yet- the lyrics are totally spot-on in describing how it is after rejection when you've realized it's over but you still care enough to try to prove you're better, to the point where just taking out the trash is a token of success.
    sweetpea_246on July 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh wow. i relate to this song 100%. what a gem.
    fireincairoon September 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh wow. i relate to this song 100%. what a gem.
    fireincairoon September 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWOW. Seriously how does she get this stuff spot on? Not only is her voice absoluty intising but the drums just flow so well with the piano. I love the "I took out the trash today and I'm on FIRE!"**What is that at the end of the song? "Now the ar is over and Pusaliny's dead..."
    InnerAJon November 20, 2004   Link

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