He was in the habit
Of taking things for granted, granted
There wasn't much for him to take
And the only thing constant
Was the constant reminder he'd never change

Tight fisted with his compliments
It didn't seem to bother him
That talk is even cheaper down in luck
And the only thing constant
Was the constant reminder he'd never change

And so she yelled at him
You owe me an IOU
Owe me an IOU
You owe me an IOU
Don't think that I'll forget

You owe me an IOU
Owe me an IOU
You owe me an IOU
Don't think that I'll forget
I know what I should get this time

She was in the habit
Of reapplying makeup, makeup
Beaten up by crocodile tears
And the only thing constant
Was the constant reminder she'd never change

Openly individual, cleverly traditional
She couldn't seem to makeup her mind
And the only thing constant
Was the constant reminder she'd never change

And so he yelled at her
You owe me an IOU
Owe me an IOU
You owe me an IOU
Don't think that I'll forget

You owe me an IOU
Owe me an IOU
You owe me an IOU
Don't think that I'll forget
I know what I should get this time

...
(I can't tell what he's saying)
...

They were in the habit
Of taking things for granted, granted
They never quite knew what they had
And the only thing constant
Was the constant reminder they'd never change

And so they yelled at me out loud
You owe me an IOU
Owe me an IOU
You owe me an IOU
Don't think that I'll forget

You owe me an IOU
Owe me an IOU
You owe me an IOU
Don't think that I'll forget
I know what I should get
Yeah, I know what I should get this time


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    General Commentdefinitely my favorite song from 'elevator' so far...
    stars&satelliteson April 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBridge:

    Oh... Is it real? I don't know
    But, I'll act as if it is
    What's our deal? I don't know
    But, I'll act as if it is what I think that it is
    If it is, then this might just work
    prayingmantis84on April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPerfect song about a relationship. Perfect in the sense it sounds so happy, the music that it, and the lyrics are totally emo. It's emo, without the depressing drearyness. Awesome song.
    ass0bandon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA guy and a girl in a relationship and they both love eachother but there are the little things that piss them off about eachother. They don't know how the other thinks about them and don't know how serious their relationship really is.
    magik9113on April 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. most likey the best. i agree with maqik9113. i think they are both really conceided people.
    beauty22on May 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe line"You owe me an IOU" doesnt seem like it has any significance to the song..atleast i cant find out,although my favorite line would have to be "Tight fisted with his compliments
    It didn't seem to bother him
    That talk is even cheaper TOLD IN BULK"
    ..im pretty sure thats what he really says.
    a fond farewellon June 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove the chorus. veyr addictive
    introspectionon February 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamnit i wish i could of found this song like a month or two ago it fits perfectly to me.
    burningJulyon February 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was "overtly individual covertly traditional" and it's definitely "told in bulk" but yeah I love this song... It's one of those annoying catchy songs that you almost don't want to like but after you hear it a couple times it grows on you... way addictive... and I love Hot Hot Heat
    AmylinaBallerinaon February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the wordplay in this song. "He was in the habit of taking things for granted, granted there wasn't much for him to take, the only thing constant was the constant reminder he'd never change"
    AndreaFlowerson March 20, 2006   Link

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