"La La Lie" as written by and Andrew Mcmahon....
Guess what, I'm done writing you songs
You give up your job at the bank
Proving money's not fun when you're gone
So this is the first verse
It's not very long
But I'm ready to move on

Guess what, I'm done
Writing your book
The ending got twisted around
But for all of the hell that it took
The electrical wires
They hum in the walls
In the room that I rent now without you

I've got friends who (la la lie)
Will help me pull through (la la lie la la la lie)
The spaceman that can't get high
I'm coming back to my girl by July
Yeah yeah yeah

So guess what, I'm done
Drawing you pictures
I'm dulling the day with a drink
In a parking garage by the theatre
We met for a movie
Every scene was a sign
We made out through their meaning

Well I've got friends who (la la lie)
Will help me pull through (la la lie la la la lie)
The spaceman that can't get high
I'm coming back to my girl by July
Yeah yeah yeah

Guess what, I'm done
Writing you songs
I'm far too unstable to settle
I doubt that the doctors are wrong
So I'll wait by a palm tree, a palm tree, a palm tree

Well, I've got friends who (la la lie)
To help me pull through (la la lie la la la lie)
A spaceman that can't get high
I'm coming back to my girl by July

Well I've got friends who (la la lie)
Will help me pull through (la la lie la la la lie)
This song for a long goodbye
I'm coming back
I'm coming back to my girl (la la lie)
Back to my girl (la la lie la la la lie)

This song for a long goodbye
I'm coming back to my girl by July


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"La La Lie" as written by Andrew Ross Mcmahon

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  • +2
    General Commentwell... if you read between the lines of the chorus:

    I've got friends who
    La La Lie
    Will help me pull through
    La La Lie
    La La La Lie
    The spaceman that can't get high
    I'm coming back to my girl by July
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah

    Now, take out the La La Lie's and Yeah yeah yeah's... and it reads:

    I've got friends who
    Will help me pull through
    The spaceman that can't get high
    I'm coming back to my girl by July

    So, the Lie part, in my opinion has nothing to do with his friends, but, he is tying to cope with his girlfriend, so he's saying that his friends will help him through his difficult time.

    He is the spaceman that can't get high (into the air or space, wherever... just UP) because his girl is gone, and he's so emotionally weighed down, he just can't seem to feel good and 'raise' himself to get better.

    I think he's just seperated from his girlfirend for temporary, not thatthey borke up or anything, and the La La Lie is just a great 'jingle' and catchy part to add into there.

    He's trying to stop obsessing over her by telling the listener that he's done with doing things associating with her:

    "Guess what I'm done
    Writing your songs... book... {and} drawing your picture..."

    Then after he says he's done with her, he then reminises something he does with his 'girl'

    Well, I might be way off, but I know the La La Lie most likely has NOTHING to do with somebody lieing...

    Enjoy, and I pray that I make sense to you.

    //britt
    crazeypotteron September 11, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwell
    he was a leukemia patient....so maybe he was talking about his friend's lying to help him pull through it
    look at this line

    Guess what? I'm done writing you songs
    I'm far too unstable to shadow
    I doubt that my doctors were wrong
    So wait by the palm tree, palm tree, palm tree

    yeah...see
    and his sister was the donor that gave her bone marrow for his surgery
    idk
    i thought it was neat...but yeah i think that's what this song is about his friends lying to help him pull through the leukemia
    bmxdudeintheskyon May 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really agree with that, he seems to need a reliance on his friends, yet he feels he cant trust them because they "la la lie" and its "la la" to make it a kind of hidden under the surface "lie" i completely agree though.... I have the same problem with a friend and its all caving in on me and i just wanna turn round, and say "i'm done pissing around, this matters now" which i feel is what Andrew is saying.....

    xxx
    Martiryaon August 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually it's "la la lie" throughout the song...never "la la la lie"

    Anyway, I disagree that you can just dismiss the whole "la la lie" as a hook.

    It's more like "I've got friends who will help me pull through." But the "lie" is one of two things as far as I can tell: Either he doesn't actually have friends to help him pull through, OR, the manner in which his friends will help him pull through is by lying--telling him what he wants to hear.
    gaylordmfockeron October 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't agree that hes talking about his friends lying to him.

    because when i saw him in concert last night before this song he said "this ones about good friends who help you get through the tough times.. i have them, and i hope you do too"

    sooo i think that la la lie doesn't mean that his friends are lying to him..
    iloveandrewmcmahonon July 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song lol it helped me through times with my friends, friends are fucking awesome most of the time.. but very rarely they are backstabbing.... but yes hes just talking about how he needs a break from his friends(/girlfriend?) who have been lying to him, and how he has done so much for them, but hes stopping all that now.. but he will come back to her soon because he cant stay away for too long...

    anyways, i have no clue really, and i have the live version right now.. and when the lyrics here say "So wait by the palm tree, palm tree, palm tree" i hear.. " ( so wait by the ) Apothecary" lol or something like that.. does anyone else hear that? or just me
    slowdance104on July 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hear the song as this:

    Guess what, I'm done writing you songs
    You give up your job at the bank
    Proving money's not fun when you're gone
    So this is the first verse
    It's not very long
    But I'm ready to move on

    Guess what, I'm done writing your book
    The ending got twisted around
    But for all of the hell that it took
    The electrical wires
    They're hung in the walls
    In the room that I rent now

    Well actually, I've got friends who (la la la lie)
    Will help me pull through (la la la lie la la la lie)
    A space man that can't get high.
    I'm coming back to my girl by July.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's right.

    So guess what, I'm done
    Drawing you pictures.
    I'm dulling the day with a drink
    In a parking garage by the theatre .
    We met for a movie.
    Every scene was a sign.
    We made out through their meaning.


    Well I've got friends who (la la la lie)
    Will help me pull through (la la la lie la la la lie)
    The space man that can't get high.
    I'm coming back to my girl by July.
    Yeah Yeah Yeah!
    Yeah!

    Guess what I'm done
    Writing you songs.
    Far too unstable to settle
    I doubt that the doctors are wrong.
    So I'll wait by a palm tree.
    A palm tree.
    A palm tree.

    I've got friends who who (la la la lie)
    To help me pull through (la la la lie la la la lie)
    A space man that can't get high.
    I'm coming back to my girl by July.

    Well I've got friends who (la la la lie)
    Oh she'll help me pull through (la la la lie la la la lie)
    The song for a long goodbye.
    I'm coming back...I'm coming back to my girl. (la la la lie)
    Back to my girl. (la la la lie la la la lie)
    The song for a long goodbye.
    I'm coming back to my girl by July.
    strungagnstthricon August 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm. Initially I thought the song was about how his friends have lied to him and his girlfriend has done something to upset him, but I am beginning to wonder if maybe it's about his friends lying to him saying stuff like "It'll get better" etc to help him feel better when they know that really his girlfriend is a b*tch and his situation sucks.

    I figure this song was written before he found out he had leukemia but the part that goes "I doubt the doctors are wrong, so I'll wait by a palm tree" that leads into the chorus also made me think about how all his friends were probably trying to cheer him up when he was in the hospital.
    letterstonoelleon August 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok first of all strungagnstthric is right with the lyrics - the main ones r wrong, and who ever submitted them should get them changed

    also i agree wiht the last post, the la la lie bit is backup volcals and isnt sayign his friends lie, its just like singing 'do-dos and whoa-whoas'
    _somethingpretty_on September 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe "la la lie" part is definitely not just a "jingle" or backup vocals... if it was that insignificant, andrew would not have named the song after it. hell, he would have just said "la la la" instead.

    i agree with gaylordmfocker... i think he means that his friends are helping him pull through by lying and telling him what they think he needs to hear.
    partypunk101on October 12, 2005   Link

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