"Broken" as written by and Jack Hody Johnson....
With everything ahead of us we left, everything behind
But nothing that we needed at least
Not at this time
And I, feeling that I'm feeling, well
Is feeling like my life was finally mine
With nothing to go back to
We just continue, to drive

Without you I was broken
But I'd rather be broke down with you by my side
I said without you I was broken
But I'd rather be broke down with you by my side

I didn't know what I was looking for
So I, didn't know what I'd find
I didn't know what I was missing
I guess you've been just a little to kind
And if I find just what I need
Put a little piece in my mind
Maybe you've been looking to
Maybe you don't even need to try

Without you I was broken
And I'd rather be broke down with you by my side
I said without you I was broken
But I'd rather be broke down with you by my side

With everything in the past fading faster and faster until it was gone
Thought that I was loosing so much more than I knew all along
But everything I was working for, only worth nickels and dimes
But if I had had a minute for every hour that I wasted I'd be rich in time
I'd be doing fine

Cause without you I was broken
But I'd rather be broke down with you by my side
So without you I was broken
But I'd rather be broke down with you by my side

So without you I was broken
But I'd rather be broke down with you by my side
I said without you I was broken
But I'd rather be broke down with you by my side


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"Broken" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

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  • +2
    General CommentWe all have loved ones that made such big impacts on our lives. But as we continue to go down the road of life, we still take a peice of every person with us, including those hard break ups and lost friendships.
    kevs979on February 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song is about how freeing it can be just to blow out of town or from certain situation or person when its holding you back.

    Sometimes having no direction at all is having the only direction you need.
    bzlunton March 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdefinitely my favourite Jack Johnson song!

    For me, this is about breaking free of something, maybe work you did not like.

    With everything ahead of us we left, everything behind
    But nothing that we needed at least
    Not at this time
    And I, feeling that I'm feeling, well
    Is feeling like my life was finally mine
    With nothing to go back to
    We just continue, to drive

    He maybe quit a job he didn't like and has the feeling that this job demanded too much time is his life.
    He had the feeling that his life was not his own life but the life for the company or something.

    But everything I was working for, only worth nickels and dimes
    But if I had had a minute for every hour that I wasted I'd be rich in time
    I'd be doing fine

    The person did not get happy through the job and sees the time he was spending with being unhappy in his work/job as time lost.
    The only thing he got through his job is a little money, but he would even trade that in in order to have back his lost time..


    But it of course could also be a love song :)
    freemaanon February 10, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about breaking free of something or someone, and finding something else that makes you see life in a completely different light.

    Perhaps that new something is God, or a significant other? That's the beauty of Jack Johnson's songs, he leaves it open to interpretation.
    Columbiaon February 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about someone who was crushed by a break up or someone leaving, but are finally kind of getting over it. The person still wants them along with them, hence "But I’d rather be broke down with you by my side"... but he/she is moving on. Great stuff Jack. Please don't ever stop writing music.
    bendingsilverspoonson February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentditto to that. jack johnson is an excellent writer/vocalist/performer. such a nice guy, and such a pleasant and mellow sound. i love this song on the new tv, and i agree with columbia on how his songs are open to interpretation
    jackjohnsonfanaticon February 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteletric guitar... Sounds un-Jack like its crazy. Still an awesome song.
    GotYouWhereIwanton February 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like someone getting over a hard relationship, but yet a piece of this person still yearns for that significant other. To me it sounds like the person is moving on, but still wants that person in their life at least as friend
    UNCWDMBfanon February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think that this has anything to with a break-up. With the use of "we" in the song, "We just continue, to drive" I think he is recognizing that maybe relationships are hard to maintain.
    He says, "So without you I was broken
    But I’d rather be broke down with you by my side"

    Doesn't mean that they broke up. With out the significant other he was completely broken. With them things don't always go completely smooth, but he'd rather have her by his side than go on without her.
    There are things that he was searching for because he himself was lost in his own life and wasn't really sure what he wanted so he might have had selfish motives. But together they both worked out their demons, and things still might not be perfect, but they at least can still be together. He realizes relationships are hardwork, but he'd rather go through the work than give up.

    aaand I kinda rambled..
    MlleLorion March 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the ideas about this song meaning you've been getting over a relationship, but I see this more as the next chance at a relationship after you've just been in a rough one. When you find someone who seems to be incredible right after a break up, you realize just that... Without that person you're still broken, but with them you'd rather get over your tough relationship with them and start something new.

    Plus, the part about not knowing what he was missing is totally yelling out to me about "finding" this right new person. I dunno, this song works completely for a new crush I have so heh it works for me =)
    ollygzon July 21, 2006   Link

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