I never could see past the skin
They make you believe beauty's found within
Don't know why, 'cause it's just not true
I could never be a part of something I did not help to start
Don't know why, it's just how I am
When I want something all I do is smile

Don't know how long the fallout will last
But we'll find the higher ground
(love, hate, it's all the same)

I never did understand the lie
You can tell if someone is telling the truth by their eyes
It's just not true
I could never be a part of something I did not help to stop
Don't know why, it's just how it is
When I want something all I do is smile

Don't know how long the fallout will last
But we'll find the higher ground
(love, hate, it's all the same)

A day in the life of a poolshark


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    General CommentSince Idiot Pilot refuses to post any lyrics whatsoever, it's all up to fan interpretation and listening to figure them out. However I'd like to offer a couple "corrections" to the lyrics posted here... the chorus (including background screaming) makes more sense like this:
    "Don't know how long the fallout will last
    But we'll find the higher ground
    (Love, and hate, it's all the same.)"

    And the last line, which is screamed twice in the song, is the title of the song, but the first time it hesitates more often between words. The first time it's screamed it's "A ... DAY ... IN ... THE... LIFE OF A POOLSHARK!" and the second time it's "A ... DAY... IN THE LIFE OF A POOLSHARK!"

    As for the meaning of the song, it's fairly straightforward, and makes even more sense if you've seen the video of them beating the crap out of each other. Obviously it can refer to many different things, but my take is this:

    First of all, a "pool shark" is someone who is extremely skilled at pool and may employ deceptive means to hide his skill in advance of games, in order to make money playing (e.g. hustling) ... it's two separate words, though, not one, as it is in the title of this song. Now, no one makes more alterations to their image than those in the music and movie industries, and this song is clearly about the superficiality of artists and celebrities, yes, but the video shows another side of it - the self-loathing that I'm sure even this relatively unknown band experiences. The band consists of just those two men (Michael Harris and Daniel Anderson) and in the video they begin arguing with each other, then fighting, and beating each other senseless - JUST BEFORE going onstage. That's the conflict within themselves that they have every time they go on to perform in front of hundreds of people who are every bit as superficial as those they detest, and the band feels the struggle within them to not become one of those people as well. But sometimes, they feel they're deceiving themselves, deceiving others, and being deceived, despite their best efforts of integrity. They feel like a pool shark. They know they're exceptionally skilled, and they know if they let it go to their heads, they'll end up using their skill to sucker and cheat people into giving them their money. But they turn right around and state that they know things will happen and their image will be tainted ("Don't know how long the fallout will last") but they'll "find the higher ground" and rise above it, they'll be themselves whether loved or hated ("Love, and hate, it's all the same").

    Also, the fact that it's spelled as one word, "poolshark," indicates they feel more closely related to that particular "profession" than an average observer or even the pool sharks themselves. Either that, or they just misspelled it. Haha.
    Ayoson October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat band!!! Saw them supporting TEAM SLEEP. Its amazing song and amazing album.
    Their lyrics are very random.
    vadimoon July 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYer they are really random and I don't know how the hell I found out about them actually... most of the songs are really weird and different. I
    i_got_soulon November 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so good but i can make absolutely no sense of the lyrics whatsoever. Poolshark is someone who has a talent to con and cheat. So I guess "When I want something all I do is smile" is to do with that.
    miss_merryon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe video for this song kicks ass...literly. All they do is fight. Awesome :]

    The last line is...
    [I'm done with living the life of a poolshark]

    Kthanksbye
    A Beautiful Lieon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI dunno if theses lyrics are correct....but its still a good song. I dunno how more people dont know about them.
    blinkcat00on February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the title has ties to The Beatles' "A Day In the Life"
    NoLightToSeeByon April 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think tis just a song about a very shallow materialistic person.
    Nervosa00on June 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentamazng.
    Shawnk00on November 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti used to think that pool shark is a shark that lives in a swimming pool. someone who is put into the boundaries and it feels extremely unnatural for him\her.
    boynamedmaxon May 16, 2008   Link

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