"Games" as written by and Mould....
I could stay here the rest of my life
I could be happy, never be lonely
I don't need to go looking for misery
I could surround myself with my props
Playing my part, getting caught up
In a game, some game, that anyone could play
It's a game, some game, that anyone could play

I could be proud of things I have done
Pretend I don't have to try to be someone
I could say that I've done it all before

I could get wiser, I could get jaded
I could remember, I could just fade away
In a game that anyone can play
It's a game, some game that anyone cuold play

I am so proud, I don't have to try
Never a need to justify it
When people say, "Hey, I was important too"

Memories go to reinforce
The things I have done for better or worse
It's a game that anyone can play
It's a game, some game that anyone can play

Just when you think that all your answers are so right
You'll fade away and disappear from sight
The ones who said you're great will find another way

I could be sad, I could be lonely
I could still have such friends if I had only
Didn't play the games I had to play

I was important when I was cool
Now it gets lonely playing the fool
It's a game that anyone can play
It's a game, some game that anyone can play

It's a game, some game that anyone can play
It's a game, some game that anyone can play
It's a game, some game, some game
It's a game, some game, some game

It's a game, some game, some game
It's a game, some game, some game
It's a game, some game, some game
It's a game, some game, some game


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"Games" as written by Bob Mould

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    My InterpretationIt's about life itself.

    "I could surround myself with my props
    Playing my part, getting caught up
    In a game, some game, that anyone can play"

    Anyone can get educated, make money, fall in love, buy shit, etc. However:

    "I could be proud of things i have done
    Pretend i don't have to try to be someone
    I could say that i've done it all before
    I could get wiser, i could get jaded
    I could remember, i could just fade away
    In a game that anyone can play"

    The typical life of a person is a construct - all fake. It's based on pretending to be someone you aren't, especially accepting praise and awards you don't really deserve and claiming wisdom you don't really have. And in the end:

    "Just when you think that all your answers are so right
    You'll fade away and disappear from sight
    The ones who said you're great will find another way"

    We're replaceable. There will always be more scientists, engineers, politicians, businesspeople, artists, writers, etc. who are just as lauded as their predecessors if not more so. Thus:


    "I could be sad, i could be lonely
    I could still have some friends if i only
    Didn't play the games i had to play
    I was important when i was cool
    Now it gets lonely playing the fool
    It's a game that anyone can play"

    We all get old, we all die, and few remember us.

    Reading back, I realize this sounds very dark, hahaha. I like the high school interpretation a bit more, it fits just as well.
    tkotulaon March 23, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about his time in high school. He tried to be someone he wasn't for attention, then ended up showing his real self, which made his friends stop liking him.
    Vladimir7942on June 10, 2008   Link

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