"Holiday From Real" as written by and Andrew Mcmahon....
She thinks I'm much too thin
She asks me if I'm sick
What's a girl to do with friends like this?

She lets me drive her car
So I can score an eighth
From the lesbians at West and Venice

Oh, California in the summer
Oh, and my hair is growing long
Fuck yeah, we can live like this

But if you left it up to me
Every day would be a holiday from real
We'd waste our weeks beneath the sun
We'd fry our brains and say it's so much fun
Out here

When it's all over
I'll come back another year

I look for work today
I'm spillin' out the door
Put my glasses on so no one sees me

I never thought that I'd be livin' on your floor
But the rents are high and L.A.'s easy

Oh, it's a picture of perfection
Oh, and the postcard's gonna read
Fuck yeah, we can live like this
We should live like this

But if you left it up to me
Every day would be a holiday from real
We'd waste our weeks beneath the sun
We'd fry our brains and write it's so much fun
Out here

Hey Madeline
You sure look fine
You wore my favorite sweater
Being poor was never better
A safety buzz
Some cheap red wine
All the trouble we could get in
So let's screw this one up right

But if you left it up to me (But if you left it up to me)
Every day would be a holiday from real
We'd waste our weeks beneath the sun
We'd lie and tell our friends it's so much fun
Out here

When it's all over
I'll come back for another
When it's all over
I'll come back for another year


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  • +3
    General Commentthis is so good and a little more adult than many soco efforts, i think its just about living and letting life wash over you. trying to enjoy it rather than worrying about problems

    i love the way he sings "fuck yeah we can live like this" its so relaxed and honest.

    its about being young and loving it
    Jonnyxxon April 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlmost the entire song is being sarcastic.
    It sounds like hes living the typical glamorous so cal life, and hes trying not to dissapoint his friends, so hes telling them how great it is, even when its not.
    recyledxphraseson September 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing, Andrew is such a great songwriter.

    I did find two corrections though:

    In the second chorus it's "We'd fry our brains and write it's so much fun."

    and then In the third chorus it's "We'd lie and tell our friends it's so much fun."
    soco_2325on March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch an awesome track... I cannot wait for their cd to come out.
    nikki04on March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis sure didn't take long to be put up. lol
    i still haven't heard it though..:( i'm having troule getting it.
    RuthLesson March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is just plain fun...
    i could see it becoming my summertime anthem
    bad obsessionon March 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen is their CD coming out? im just totally anticipating it. i love this song. their website is pretty intersting too. haha
    Pandaboion March 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentandrew put the lyrics up on the jack's mannequin site ... and you did a really good job w/ them :) except "A safe device" is supposed to be "a saftey buzz"
    nikki04on March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can play the song off their site, but does anyone know where I can download the song?

    What does "a saftey buzz" mean?
    msg555on April 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBy the way, it's "We'd waste our weeks beneath the sun" not "We'd waste for weeks beneath the sun "
    msg555on April 06, 2005   Link

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