"Kerosene" as written by and Steve/lambert Earle....
I'm waitin' on the sun to set 'cause yesterday ain't over yet
I started smoking cigarettes there's nothing else to do I guess
Dusty roads ain't made for walking, spinning tires ain't made for stoppin'
I'm giving up on love 'cause love's given up on me

I gave it everything I had and everything I got was bad
Life ain't hard but it's too long to live it like some country song
Trade the truth in for a lie, cheating really ain't a crime
I'm giving up on love 'cause love's given up on me

Forget your high society, I'm soakin' it in kerosene
Light 'em up and watch them burn, teach them what they need to learn, ha!
Dirty hands ain't made for shakin', ain't a rule that ain't worth breakin'
Well I'm giving up on love 'cause love's given up on me

Now I don't hate the one who left
You can't hate someone who's dead
He's out there holding on to someone, I'm holding up my smoking gun
I'll find somewhere to lay my blame the day she changes her last name
Well I'm giving up on love 'cause love's given up on me
Well I'm giving up on love, hey, love's given up on me


Lyrics submitted by alissadarst

"Kerosene" as written by Steve Earle Miranda Lambert

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    General CommentThe last lines in the song fit beautifully...
    redshiftdazzleron July 24, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! It fits me perfectly, because i did give up on love because it did give up on me!!!
    *~*Laura*~*
    PurpleTomatoeson October 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG!!!
    liverlover9on December 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's just a nice song too hear.
    CAMeyeon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a good song. I hated her first single, Bring Me Down, and Me and Charlie Talking was okay, but this is a really good song and she has such a pretty voice.
    xx_darling_xxon February 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is the country version of "You Oughta Know" :-P

    It's pretty obvious what it's about: the guy cheated on her then proceeded to leave her for this new fling. When this happens to someone, it makes you not want to be in a relationship

    Does it mean something that my ex chose this song to be his designated ringtone on my phone...and then he did EVERYTHING the guy in the song did?
    massivetidalwaveon October 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the BEST SONG EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love the part were she says "I don't hate the one who left you can't hate someone's that dead!" X]
    squeakymarieon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song. I love the beat to it too. I just makes you want to tap your feet or get up and dance. I agree, I love the line "I don't hate the one who left, you can't hate someone who's dead." So true....
    ice_princesson November 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentawesome song :) everytime i hear it i have to turn it real loud.

    obviously the meaning is about her exboyfriend and he cheated on her and well, she's just getting her revenge.

    i'm givin' up on love, cuz love's givin' up on me!
    mysweetoctoberon February 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Everytime I hear it, I turn it up and sing along. My favorite part is "Forget you high society, I’m soakin’ it in Kereosne Light ‘em up and watch them burn, teach them what they need to learn HA! Dirty hands aint made for shakin’, aint a rule that aint worth breakin’ Well I’m giving up on love cause love’s given up on me" So powerful.
    Future_Country_Staron March 29, 2008   Link

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