Got this feeling
That today doesn't like me
Or the air tastes like
Flowers and paint
There's a sink full
Of bottles and cutlery
And the car
Has got a list of complaints

I just wish I
Were a toothbrush
Or a solder gun
Make me something
Somebody can use

We can wish on
The pop of a lightbulb
Or the those photos
Lying yellow and curled
Loose in boxes
Near abandoned electronics
In the corners of the basements
Of the world

Guess our wishes
Don't do dishes
Or brake repairs
Make them something
Somebody could use

Got a face full
Of ominous weather
Smirking smile
Of a high pressure ridge
Got more faults than
The state of california
And the heart is a badly built bridge

Seems the most I
Have to offer
Doesn't offer much
Make it something
Somebody could use
Make this
Something somebody
Could use

Lyrics submitted by FakeEstate

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. I dont know the comp version, but I love love love this version, so I can't imagine one that was better. The images that he constructs here are beautiful and poignant, and I can completely understand the wish to be good for something. Sometimes a person feels useless or like they're contributing nothing, especially when there's so many things wrong in the world, and this is the perfect song to sum up a wish to do more than you feel you're managing. Wishes don't do dishes, or solve world poverty, or stop bombings, but we continue to hope that our wishes do something good.
    feaadon July 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGuess our wishes
    Don't do dishes
    Or brake repairs
    Make them something
    Somebody could use

    Emotional, real, i love these lyrics, i love this song.
    And yet, every time I hear it, I think about quoting them to a friend, and their response being 'why are you quoting this as if it applies to you.'

    Maybe I'm the one 'using' people. :/
    HEYBeenTryingToMEETyouon August 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgot more faults than the state of this song out anywhere besides his CBC performance?
    RockSpaceon March 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat song is incredible. And to answer your question, no, it's not out yet. But when I saw them last year in Montreal, they played a full band version. it was amazing.
    alk3rockson March 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of John K's best songs and the version on "Reunion Tour" is so frustrating! The studio version from the "Help: A Day in the Life" comp is perfectly fine and I wish they'd just kept it. Sad.
    heroinhotwateron August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think I like the live version better.. But I'm sure the Reunion Tour version will grow on me quickly.

    This song means so much to me. I don't even think I know where to begin. It's like he's admitting to the day that he doesn't always have something to offer it.
    Naolson August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, the whole album has been leaked, and they did a lot of post production work on this one - They did a good job of it too.
    Mole121on September 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust another reason why John K Samson is a lyrical genius. This song is so sad. It's about the melancholy that seeps into us when we're feeling useless and the objects surrounding us seems just as useless as us.
    Pocketmoonlighton July 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would love to hear the comp version but I can't seem to find it anywhere. If anyone has it do you think you could send it to me? It would be much appreciated.
    BrandNewManon December 19, 2008   Link

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