What do you mean I'm trying to be known?
Seems that you'll never be my friend
?
Now the little things I get
Six months! Six months! Six months!
Things were happening.
What do you mean I'm trying to be known?

What they don't understand is this is everything
What they don't understand is this is what they did to him
What they don't understand is this is what happens everyday
What they don't understand is this is the only other way for me, me, me, me

Sing for hours with me
Down to the little things I get
To be my fucking hero
Know that I'll always be your slave
Six months! Six months! Six months!
Things were happening
What do you mean I'm trying to be known?

What they don't understand is this is everything
What they don't understand is this is what they did to him
What they don't understand is this is what happens everyday
What they don't understand is this is the only other way for me

Lost boy,
Wanting but unwanted
Dead boy,
Will understand but never understood
He tried to run away,
The only other way that he knew that he ever could
Lost boy

One day I'll run away,
See the world in its own little way
One day I'll fade away,
No one'll care,
No one will say:
“Lost boy,
Where've you been?
What've you done?
What'd you see?
Why'd you run from us when you know we really care?
Yes you know we really care”.

Lost boy,
We were dead without you
Hard boy,
You tried so hard but you're always second
Best boy,
Means nothing to us but it means the world to him
But it means the world to him.

What they don't understand
What they don't understand
What they don't understand
What they don't understand
What they don't understand
What they don't understand
What they don't understand is this the only other way for me


Lyrics submitted by KeasbyKnights

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    General CommentI think that this song tells the story of a band that makes it big in six months, however, instead of taking the whole band they want only one member. The band doesn't understand why he would do this, a common issue that happens to bands pointed out by the "What they don't understand..." lines. They don't get that this is the only other way for him to advance in life instead of being a loser. A lot of people probably think, jee, that's pretty shitty giving up your band, but how would you feel if you were in the middle of Bumfuck, Nowhere and you got offered a huge deal? That's right you'd probably take, and in the end it's the best decision for you even if nobody else can understand.
    Lunar_Mixon October 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think its just about that angsty jaded teenage mentality. Y'know being ambition-less, untalented, most likely less-than-popular kid in High School. But in some ways, it seems like a response to the people who criticized his hobbies (a.k.a. his band) and asked him condescending rhetorical questions like "what, do you honestly believe you're gonna get famous?".
    Joey Don April 30, 2008   Link

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