Now I could sit here and baffle you
With shallow babble
And a bunch of punch lines
You probably won’t get
Or even use some big words
That you’d have to look up
But, I’m not a teacher
So go ahead and close your book up
I could tell a fairy tale so convincing
And keep a straight face from beginning
To happy ending
I could waste 32 bars telling you how to live
Knowing damn well I used mtv cribs for the blueprint
I could bore you to death with my past relationships
Or a little ditty bout Jack and Dianne
Or I could go back to childhood
Dig up them skeletons
And spit them at you with a catchy hook
Look, I could strike a nerve with some four letter words
That’ll make Richard Pryor proud
Or better yet, I could sing a jingle that’ll contort and mingle
Every single solitary letter in the alphabet

I could tell you whatever you want to hear
But if I just said hello would you listen to me?
I could sell a blind man new ears
If I just said hello would you listen to me?
I’m trying hard trying to make it perfectly clear
But I’m dying because their aint nobody listening to me
Been relying on myself on myself for more than 22 years
And I aint crying I just need someone to listen to me
Can I get some reply get maybe some kind of sign
to let me know that you’re listening to me?
Just from time to time I get lost in my mind
Its hard to find someone to listen to me
My ears were open when you needed some consoling
I’m hoping till the sound you hear echoes
Every time I say hello

I could talk about my duds
And my thrift store scores
But that probably wouldn’t interest you
But why should it
I mean, I’ve seen a lot of shit in 22 years
But your feet in my shoes isn’t something I recall
And I’ve been known to drink 22 beers
Before a show cuz
otherwise I probably wouldn’t have the balls
I could make references to books I never read
For the sake of sounding conscious
But, that’s just obnoxious
I could take off these bandages and
Expose these papercuts
And put them in the air
with both my middle fingers up
or talk about myself in third person
like I’m better than you
cuz there’s nothing else better to do
I could attack your character from
Eighty different angles
Cleverly explaining exactly how wack you are
But why do that when it’s a well known fact
you buying this cd is potentially feeding me
(come on)

I could tell you whatever you want to hear
But if I just said hello would you listen to me?
I could sell a blind man new ears
If I just said hello would you listen to me?
I’m trying hard trying to make it perfectly clear
But I’m dying because their aint nobody listening to me
Been relying on myself on myself for more than 22 years
And I aint crying I just need someone to listen to me
Can I get some reply get maybe some kind of sign
to let me know that you’re listening to me?
Just from time to time I get lost in my mind
Its hard to find someone to listen to me
My ears were open when you needed some consoling
I’m hoping till the sound you hear echoes
Every time I say hello

Hello, is there anybody out there?
Hello, is there anybody out there?
Hello, is there anybody out there?
Hello, is there anybody out there?
Hello, is there anybody out there?


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Nothing Boy Vs. The Echo Factor song meanings
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  • +1
    General Commenti think this is just him talking about how, he doesnt want to be like everyone else, talking shit and bragging about himself, but when he tries to just be himself, he gets ignored and he just wants someone to listen to him.
    starsxfadeon September 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentInteresting points, but I really think this song is actually about how Travis knows he can talk his way in or out of anything and can brag about anything he likes, even things he has not done and make people believe him due to being such a slick talker, but inside thats not him and he just wants people to listen to him for himself, not his witty catch lines, but like Travis says, he doesn't want to dictate what his songs mean as its upto individual people how you interpret them
    boraboyon June 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about how nobody is listening to him...and how just because he wont cuss anyone out, brag about how good he has it, or complain about how bad things used to be for him no one ever will. i love this song.
    youcanbreathe_nowon September 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou are right on point xfade
    Pennon March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh such an amazing song. It's really hard to add on to what youcanbreathe and xfade said so I'm not going to try, but I do want to make a few lyric corrections.

    I'm pretty sure this is how the chorus should go:


    I could tell you whatever you want to hear
    But if I just said hello would you listen to me?
    I could sell a blind man new ears
    If I just said hello would you listen to me?
    I’m trying hard trying to make it perfectly clear
    But I’m dying because their aint nobody listening to me
    Been relying on myself on myself for more than 22 years
    And I aint crying I just need someone to listen to me
    Breaker breaker can I get some reply get maybe some kind of sign
    to let me know that you’re listening to me?
    Just from time to time I get lost in my mind
    Its hard to find someone to listen to me
    My ears were open when you needed some consoling
    I’m hoping to hear something beside echos
    Every time I say hello
    Intrikon July 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby far my fave gch song ever.

    i think he's just fed up with no one listening to him or ever taking him seriously, and he wants to be noticed somehow or another.

    once you start singing this song you just can't stop because it all goes together.
    klawansie8on December 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI could take off these bandages and
    Expose these papercuts
    And put them in the air
    with both my middle fingers up

    I love that line. He's saying that he could show off his pain to get attention and sympathy, but he won't because he really is better than "you".
    RosesAtSunseton March 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits called "Kid nothing Vs. the Echo Factor"...
    Not "Nothing boy" or whatever.
    Anniehollywoodon July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti THiNK iTSZ` ABOUT DA MANY THiNGSZ` HE CAN DO {{AND OTHERS RAPPERSZ DO}} 2 GET THE ATTENTiON OF LiSTENERSZ` BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY..HE DOESNT BECAUSE {{ii REALLY CANT WORD iT CORRECTLYy}} WERE KiNDA GiViN HiM ALL HE NEEDSZ`..
    lyrical_analogyon July 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know what does tha playback at the beginning of their shows say??
    ablanknotebookon November 23, 2007   Link

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