I know I got a bad reputation
And it isn't just talk, talk, talk
If I could only give you everything
You know I haven't got
I couldn't have one conversation
If it wasn't for the lies, lies, lies
And still I want to tell you everything
Until I close my eyes

Suddenly I'm on the street
Seven years disappeared
Below my feet
Been breaking down
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?

Suddenly I'm down in Harold Square
Looking in a crowd
Your face is everywhere
Been turning around
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?

Don't try to be an inspiration
You're just wasting your time, time, time
You know I'm about the best I'll ever be
I see it in your eyes
I know I got a bad reputation
And it isn't just talk, talk, talk
If I could only give you everything
You know I haven't got

Suddenly I'm on the street
Seven years disappeared
Below my feet
Been breakin down
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?

Suddenly I'm in another place
Looking in the crowd
I think I see your face
Been turning around
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?

Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?

Don't you think I've heard the talk
Nobody's going to tell me who to look
Been breaking down
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?

Suddenly I'm in Harold Square
Looking in a crowd
Your face is everywhere
Been turning around
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?

Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?
Do you want me now?

But I'm just breaking down, down, down, down, down
Been breaking down, down, down, down, down
Been breaking down, down, down, down, down
Been breaking down, down, down, down, down


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Bad Reputation (Freedy Johnston cover) song meanings
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    General CommentCool, Man
    First post
    d3skjeton January 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentabout a guy with a bad reputation telling lies 2 ppl and suff
    koskion January 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is Freedy Johnson, not Death Cab.
    pdial81on January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere is a version by Death Cab For Cutie, an iTunes Exclusive as far as I know. It's avaliable on Australian iTunes as an exclusive track on Plans.

    phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/…
    andycappon February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh cool, i didnt know that. I'll have to check it out. Thanks
    pdial81on February 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song's a cover? i hate it when that happens.
    anyway its an okay song.
    i like the 7 years have passed bit.
    nothingtoaddon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song's a cover? i hate it when that happens.
    anyway its an okay song.
    i like the 7 years have passed bit.
    nothingtoaddon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I know I got a bad reputation
    And it isn't just talk talk talk
    If I could only give you everything
    You know I haven't got
    I couldn't have one conversation
    If it wasn't for the lies lies lies
    And still I wanna tell you everything
    Till I close my eyes"

    A guy has a bad reputation, (obviously) and it's all true. He can't ever have a conversation with someone without lying to them. In a nutshell, he's fucked. He wants to tell (someone) the truth till he's exhausted and closes his eyes but can't seem too.

    "Suddenly I'm on the street
    Seven years disappeared
    Below my feet
    Been breakin down
    Do you want me now? Do you want me now?

    He's livingo n the street now because he's so messed up, 7 years went by so fast he doesn't remember it. Or maybe he did so much drugs and drank too much alcohol to remember it all? He asks a girl, "Do you want me now?" I think it's a reverse psychology deal. He will only trust the girl if the girl can truly love him for all his good and bad qualities. He's hit rock bottom, but he still wants her love, and that's the only thing that matters.

    "Suddenly I'm down in Harold Square
    Looking in a crowd
    Your face is everywhere
    Been turning around
    Do you want me now?
    Do you want me now?"

    He can't get her out of his mind. Her face is everywhere. Does she still want him after all he did?

    "Don't try to be an inspiration
    You're just wasting your time time time
    You know I'm 'bout the best I'll ever be
    I see it in your eyes
    I know I got a bad reputation
    And it isn't just talk talk talk
    If I could only give you everything
    You know I haven't got"

    He doesn't want her help. Doesn't want her to think she can fix him. Where he is right then, how bad his life is is the best he'll ever be. He's not going to get any better...He wants her to know he's a bad guy, but he'd give her everything he doesn't even have if she wanted...

    "Suddenly I'm in another place
    Looking in the crowd
    I think I see your face
    Been turning round
    Do you want me now?
    Do you want me now?"

    Now things are switched, he thinks he sees her face so he turns around and wants to know if she still wants him. Her face isn't "everywhere" now, but he still wants her.

    "Don't you think I've heard the talk
    Nobody's gonna tell me who to look
    Been breakin' down
    Do you want me now?
    Do you want me now?

    But I'm just breakin' down down down down down
    Been breakin' down down down down down
    Been breakin' down down down down down
    Been breakin' down down down down down"

    Nobody will ever be able to tell him who to love, meaning he loves her despite everybody. But he's breaking down and he's not good enough for her.
    In fact he's been breaking down all his life and he needs her to know that.
    DCfC_hysteriaon March 19, 2007   Link

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