"Tribulations" as written by and James Jeremiah Murphy....
Everybody makes mistakes
But I feel alright when I come undone
You are not making me wait
But it seems alright as long as something's happening
I try to make you late
But you fighting me off like a fire does
You try making me wait
But it feels alright as long as something's happening

Get your payments from the nation
For your trials and tribulations

You try to make me wait
You come around when it's come undone
Everybody makes you late
And it's never you because you're always thinking
I try making you wait
And give you me some like you give it good
Everybody makes mistakes
But it seems it's mine that always keep on stinging

Get your payments from the nation
For your trials and tribulations
Get your payments from the nation
For your trials and tribulations

You try making me wait
But you come undone when you come undone
Everybody makes mistakes
But it's always mine that seem to keep on sticking

Get your payments from the nation
For your trials and tribulations

Get your payments from the nation
For your trials and tribulations

Get your payments from the nation
For your trials and tribulations

Get your payments from the nation
For your trials and tribulations

Get your payments from the nation
For your trials and tribulations


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"Tribulations" as written by James Jeremiah Murphy

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    Song MeaningI'm sad to say that I actually understand the lyrics perfectly.

    It’s about a particular variety of a lopsided relationship with a girl… I’ll go line by line.

    “everybody makes mistakes but i feel alright when i come undone” That feeling when you meet someone you can drop your defenses with and truly love them even with their faults.

    “you are not making me wait but it seems alright as long as something's happening” The sex happened fast and easy but that’s alright because the emotion was there almost as fast.

    “i try to make you late but you fighting me off like a fire does” She has better things to do than devote the kind of time you would want to spend with her.

    “you try making me wait but it feels alright as long as something's happening” You need to be available on her terms but that’s ok for some reason.

    “get your payments from the nation for your trials and tribulations” The girl is actually a user of everything in live often including whatever social/welfare system are available…

    “you try to make me wait you come around when it's come undone” She comes around when she needs something (sex, money, company, or just a distraction)

    “everybody makes you late and it's never you because you're always thinking” She always has a good excuse and plenty of people to blame because she really is always thinking about juggling all the crap going on in her life.

    “i try making you wait and give you me some like you give it good” Occasionally when you do the same tricks to her (make her feel like you don’t care) she will respond… Either with loads of anger or loads of sex.

    “everybody makes mistakes but it seems it's mine that always keep on stinging” Again, it’s always your fault for practically everything… At this point, yourself worth with this person is almost entirely based on their opinion of you.

    “get your payments from the nation for your trials and tribulations” Again, the girl is a user.

    “you try making me wait but you come undone when you come undone” No one can keep it up all the time. There will be moments when everything collapses for her. If you are there and not a douche bag, this will make you try even harder to help/be there for her.

    “everybody makes mistakes but it's always mine that seem to keep on sticking” She will beat you with things that should have been forgiven and forgotten long ago.

    “get your payments from the nation for your trials and tribulations” Even if you are smart enough to get away, there is a whole world out there for her to prey on….
    Omincronon November 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"the lyrics on tribulations are terrible, they're really just dumb rock lyrics...that don't really mean anything" -james murphy

    youtube.com/… (1:40)

    yousawrighton June 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont care what this song means...but it is incredible.
    MidnightShow81on March 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexactly, it is really hard to analyze what it means but i honestly listened to this song about 600 times in the past 9 months. i think it is somethign about a relationship and playing games.
    optek00on December 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe only line i care about is "but it feels alright as long as somethings happenin" because its so goddamned true.
    emotionaltreeon March 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm so in love with this song.




    (you're all right, it's really fucking hard to analyze), but as optek said, i think it's about manipulation in a relationship -- fucking with each other. maybe the whole relationship has already gone to shit, and the people in it just can't let go of evertyhing that might've been good before, which brings an element of bitterness.

    or maybe i'm just an idiot. -laughs- whatever.
    emmanuellon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsounds like someone who can't help themself
    and is on welfare
    elfrijolon June 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"i try to make you late
    but you fighting me off like a fire does"
    He wants to make her pregnant!
    rixison August 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes perfect sense to me now or atleast its taken a new meaning

    i always thought it was about sex because of the 'i try to make you late' lyric, but i never listened to it all too clearly.

    "everybody makes mistakes
    but i feel alright when i come undone
    you are not making me wait
    but it seems alright as long as something's happening"

    he made a mistake to piss off this girl and while trying to reconvene the relationship shes being difficult with it but he doesnt care since shes giving him a 2nd chance.

    "get your payments from the nation
    for your trials and tribulations"

    i think what this means is shes a fucking attention whore and wants/has everyone feeling sorry for her.

    i connect too well with this song when i take this meaning
    foo55on September 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpregnancy? 'get your payments from the nation' benefits? 'for your "trials" and "tribulations" ' mocking?
    Ohmon September 29, 2006   Link

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