"The Life" as written by Leslie Pridgen, Eddie Money, M. Carter, Dwight Grant and Eric Johnson....
Can you help this life
Strangled by years
Of indifference

The window seat has become
An unreflected form of
Blind forgiveness

I know you should be hearing this in person
But I'm not at home
And you're not here
So patiently I wait here by the phone
For your call

I fought life
And I cannot lie
I wish this heat could cauterize
A self inflicted open wound
I know how to guess again
You say that's life
You say that's life

All I know
All I know is I'm hopeless
Unless I am living for you
Cause the life that you give me is wholesome
Every day
I want to
Renew, renew, renew

Lyrics submitted by Mopnugget

"The Life" as written by Junior Torello Dee Dee Halligan

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General Commentit's:
    "all i know is i'm hopeless,
    unless i am *living* for you"

    and it just so happens that is the best line on the whole cd :). criteria effing rocks.
    XnightingaleXon July 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti whole-heartedly agree.
    miamonsteron December 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, and it's:

    "can you help this life
    strangled by years OF INDIFFERENCE"


    "I wish this HEAT could cauterize"
    wiretapxscarson May 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthanks for the help, the lyrics are fixed.
    Mopnuggeton January 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song really reminds me of tom cruise's character in jerry maguire.

    a man, who in his struggle to succeed with his career, forgets to live and is ultimately "strangled by years of indifference." he knows there is love in his life but he by no means goes to pursue it. "so patiently i wait here by the phone/for your call."

    "i fought life/and i cannot lie"
    he admits to fighting all of his emotions back and he realizes the situation he is in is entirely his fault, it's a "self inflicted open wound."

    "you say that's life"
    i guess that's the part in the movie where tom's character sees rod (cuba gooding jr.'s character) loudly proclaiming his love for his wife over the phone, is immediately inspired and realizes that he should go back home to his own wife. he realizes she has loved him always and that for once, he should try and combat his fear of intimacy.

    "all i know/all i know is i'm hopeless/unless i am living for you
    cause the life that you give me is wholesome"
    finally represents the ending of the movie, where tom's character finally and truly, expresses his love for dorothy.

    that's just my personal take.. i actually watched jerry maguire for the 3rd time, about an hour and a half before posting this. anyways, greatttt song! looking forward to future stuff from criteria.
    vulgaron March 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti personally wouldn't find the last verse all that great, if someone other than steve pedersen sang it. haha it's kind of surprising, i'd never think that a lawyer could express his/herself this well in a song, or anything for that matter
    vulgaron April 25, 2007   Link

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