"James Dean" as written by and John/takac Rzeznik....
Look around outside
Ain't nothing to do but hang around
Think about all the stupid things that I've done
I guess I ain't nothin' but a clown

If I had a wish, I swear I'd wish, I'd wish for just one thing
And I don't even like to think about all the things my wish'd bring

'cause I just want to be James Dean
I just want to be James Dean
I just want to be James Dean
For a day

I want to be oversexed and underworked and look at me I'm such a jerk

And I just want to be James Dean
For a day

Think about stories of the actors and the movies stars
Sittin' here watchin' the old men drinkin' at the bar
I think about Dean and all the things he should've tried
I think about Dean and all the ways he could've died
Yeah, died

And I wouldn't give a shit about anything 'cause I'd be such a big movie star
And that don't really do me much good just cryin' at the bar

But I just want to be James Dean
I just want to be James Dean
I just want to be James Dean
For a day

See but I'm overworked and undersexed and look at me I'm such a wreck

And I just want to be James Dean
For a day

Going crazy 'cause I'm always all alone
Going crazy no one calls me on the phone
I think about Dean and I know Dean he wouldn't care
If I was Dean I know there'd be somebody there
Yeah, there'd be somebody there
For me

Yeah I think about all the really cool things I could do and say
Then you go and tell me that you found out Dean was gay...

No, I don't want to be James Dean
I don't want to be James Dean
I don't want to be James Dean
Anymore


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"James Dean" as written by J Rzeznik G Tutska

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    General CommentI havn't acctually heard this song but from the lyrics I think it might be pretty funny. I don't know. I might download it and listen to it now.
    lancerchickon January 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhen johnny was young:) its kinda of cute im not sure if this song is meant to be taken seriously or not but he basically wants to reach fame ! which later inlife he really does!!
    xxbrokenimagexxon August 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'd always thought of the song as pretty much a joke song by GGD. You spend the first 99% of the song feeling for the main character who is down in the dumps and just wants to live the life of his idol. I mean, back in the day, James Dean pretty much defined "coolness." So they get you feeling sad and sorry and then bam, the joke comes in at the very end. Back in their early days, the would play it now and then. After "Name" broke them, they suddenly had to get careful about being a little more politically correct. I remember being at a concert when they played it and at the very end John just said "then you go and you tell me that you found out... no I can't say it" and he started laughing. Then he finished the last line and then that was it. Never saw them play the song live again.
    rktktvion October 17, 2007   Link

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