what are you gonna say
when she picks up the phone
should you leave a message
when's she not at home
wanted to know if you'd like
to see a movie or get a drink
it'd be cool just to be in your company
and if she says yes
know what intentions might be
if one thing leads to another
and there's some chemistry
you gotta lie
you have to tell the truth
you have to explain why this could
never because

there are things
that cannot be undone
there are mistakes
that will never be forgiven
sometimes at night
i pray to wake
a different person
in a different place

maybe we could just be friends
i'm being a bit presumptuous
the stomach churns
the mind starts to race
you nervously start to exaggerate
well i just want to be young, I want to live
oh god i wanna be healthy
i don't want this problem
or you wouldn't think
something like irresponsibility
would complicate something like
asking for some company

but there are things
you must accept as said and done
there are truths
you must learn to confront
you can pray all night and day
you'll always make the mistake
in the same place

drunk mouth ruined it again
sometimes i say the dumbest things
all but baby it's you specifically
it could be anybody
i gone and built this up in my head
now it's already over
before it started


Lyrics submitted by AllStarMe, edited by SoBrokenHearted

Pretty Girls (The Mover) song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentDamn...All these people were wrong about the song but they knew something was up with Tom. Now we know...
    freezedriedon January 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is nuts! i cant stop listening to it
    Lima57on September 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere are truths
    you must learn to *confront
    eyedecayon October 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti prefer "pretty girls make graves"
    adamndirtyshameon November 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I thought that it was strange that Against Me was singing about something as simple as girls, since their songs are usually not so shallow. Looking at the lyrics more, and it may be a stretch, but it sounds like it's about a guy who has a disease like HIV (or another STD) and can't develop relationships with women because he'll be forced to tell them what's wrong with him.

    “But if she says yes know what intentions might be.
    If one thing leads to another and there's some chemistry.
    You cannot lie, you have to tell the truth.
    You have to explain why this could never be, because
    you have to tell the truth
    you have to explain why this could
    never because”

    As things start to get more serious he realizes that he must tell her the truth about his condition and why they can’t hook up.

    “there are things
    that cannot be undone
    there are mistakes
    that will never be forgiven"

    His mistake is unprotected sex (with multiple partners... hmmm...)

    Next:
    correct lyrics
    god i wanna be healthy
    i don't want this problem
    you wouldn't think
    something like (sexual) irresponsibility
    would complicate something like
    asking for some company"
    The album's booklet has (sexual) in front of irresponsibility. Self-explanatory, the guy just wants to be healthy and the disease has left him unable to even get a bit of company from a girl.

    The next part says that he has to accept what has happened, and I don’t know what the last part is talking about.

    I’d hate to start rumors, but hopefully this song and the song “Searching for a Former Clarity” are just Tom’s overactive imagination, or maybe contain some other meanings that have gone over everyone’s heads.
    sinksinkon January 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^ Where it says "correct lyrics" it should say, "I just want to be young, I want to live."
    sinksinkon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with sinksink. i think the last verse is about him getting so worried about having to explain the situation/condition that he has somehow said something to the girl while drunk?

    "Baby, its not you specifically it could be anybody". Maybe here he is trying to say to her that its not her fault they cant be together, its his.

    so before anything has even progressed he has said something stupid and ruined it all anyway.
    boardstupidon January 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment... hence the title of "pretty girls". everyone gets nervous around them and cock things up.
    boardstupidon January 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthank you sink sink. i have been listening to this song a lot lately and decided that that's what i thought it meant (HIV, AIDS), but wasnt sure because i hadnt read the lyric sheet, and because without that 'sexual', that would be looking really far into the song. i like this song even more now
    Rubberbandon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know what (the mover) (the shaker) etc mea? I heard a rumour they were terms used in the record industry for differant types of songs and their position in the album.
    Violentpacifiston December 30, 2006   Link

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