"This Perfect World" as written by and Freedy Johnston....
You ought to see your face
You ought to hear your voice
Last time I was here
I wouldn't turn around
You ought to lock that door
Somebody might get in
Didn't I teach you like that?

This perfect world
So blue I can't begin to say
This perfect world
I know I never should have gone away
But I still deserve to say goodbye
No matter what I've done

I see her in your face
I hear her in your voice
Last time I was here
They'd found her in the lake
Think I'm made of stone
Didn't you tell me that

This perfect world
So blue I can't begin to say
This perfect world
They say that soon I will be going away
But I still deserve to say goodbye
No matter what I've done

This perfect world

Now I've come around it's far too late
And these pills won't even let me cry
No one knows you even when you're gone
But I still deserve to say goodbye
No matter what I've done
No matter what I've done

You ought to see your face
You ought to hear your voice
Lock this after me


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"This Perfect World" as written by Freedy Johnston

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    General CommentThis song is about a guy who kills the mother of his daughter ("last time I was here, they found her in the lake") because he was mentally ill. He's about to be executed ("they say that soon I will be gone away") and he's talking to his daughter who's understandably still upset about what happened. He can't really connect to the situation because the drugs he's on to treat the condition are numbing his emotions ("these pills won't even let me cry").
    atquinnon December 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentright. but i don't think he literally killed her. suicide, baby, suicide. and he's come back for the funeral to say goodbye. the "perfect world" description may be sarcastic, or just the drugs talking. reminds me a little of lucinda williams/emmylou harris's "sweet old world", which is even sadder than this.
    Georgia Slopon December 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentno idea wat this song is about...i think the reference to "this perfect world" is that the world is perfect even with the bad things and we have to accept them...but even though the world is perfect, the people in it are not, he did something wrong but thinks admitting it and apologizing should be enough to, if not get the girl back, end the relationship on good terms...b/c he can't move on to future relationships w/out closing the old one...

    ...but that lyric "i still deserve to say goodby no matter what I've done" is extremely touching
    ZinbobDanon June 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentdamn atquinn you are spot on! I can't believe I didn't see that. Another clue is "I see her your face, I hear her in your voice"
    colynon July 28, 2006   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIn the movie "Kingpin", this song makes perfect sense because Roy Munson, (played by Woody Harrelson) goes back
    home to Ocelot, Iowa after 17 years of faults and failures on the Pro bowling tour, drinking, philandering,
    lying, cheating people out of money etc. and finds that the town isnt what he remembered and is feelling guilty
    of it. Roy's "Perfect World" was his hometown and in his sadness "so blue I cant begin to say" is when he dis-
    coveres what the town has become. It's ironic because as Roy's life went downhill for the last 17 years, so
    did his hometown. I think that Roy at this moment in the movie has an epiphany to start improving his life.
    The movie sum's up Roy's life in general. The "they found her in lake" verse i'm not too sure on, but the
    lyrics "you should see my scars you'd think I'm made of stone" makes sense as well because Roy's scar was his
    missing right hand. I have this album and this is a great tune, great album. People I think can connect to
    this song if it seems so that this is what their life is like.
    EMS7276on November 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBeen trying to figure out this song. I agree I believe it's suicide. He is returning to say goodbye to his daughter because he is dying. The mother is dead and both he and his daughter blame him. The murder scenario doesn't make sense. He would be in prison. The ambiguity of it all, makes all the more powerful. The alternative view is he talking to his wife and it's the daughter who is dead, drowned under his watch.
    jpacention October 04, 2012   Link

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