"Sympathy" as written by Aaron Solowoniuk, Jon Gallant, Ian D'sa and Ben Kowalewicz....
A slap in the face,
And I can't erase,
These things that you say,
Don't make it all okay, it's not okay

When push comes to shove,
I'll put on the gloves,
Intentions are cruel,
I ain't nobody's fool you know

It hurts, my pride, step aside,
'Cause I don't need your...

Sympathy
Won't get the best of me!
Misery
That's what you're giving me!
Sympathy
It's just like trickery!
Breaking me down

A fistful of lies,
Dressed up in disguise,
And make no mistake,
I know they're all so fake, they're all so fake
My self-righteous friend,
I just can't pretend,
Your words are the truth,
Sincere only when they suit you

It hurts, my pride, step aside,
'Cause I don't need your...

Sympathy!
Won't get the best of me
Misery!
That's what your giving me
Sympathy!
It's just like trickery
Breaking me down

Sympathy
Won't get the best of me!
Misery
This shit is killing me!
Sympathy
It's just like trickery!
Breaking me down

Breaking me down


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"Sympathy" as written by Ben Kowalewicz Aaron Solowoniuk

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    General Commentbest song on the cd iloveit
    toitdudeon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI get the impression of someone who's just been dumped, and yet their ex is still trying to be nice to them.

    The person's unhappy, but they don't want their ex's "sympathy" for it.

    "It hurts, my pride, step aside,
    ‘Cause I don’t need your…

    Sympathy!"

    The person's proud, they don't want help, nor do they feel that they need it. They want to make it on their own.
    JunesongProvisionon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to this song, I get the impression that they're talking about that overall, fake sympathy we all get when we're down.

    "A fistful of lies,
    Dressed up in disguise,
    And make no mistake,
    I know they’re all so fake, they’re all so fake
    My self-righteous friend,
    I just can’t pretend,
    Your words are the truth,
    Sincere only when they suit you"

    It talks about how people will only help you out because it makes Them feel good about Themselves, which doesn't make you feel better. It makes you feel worse, it "breaks you down". They don't sincerely want to help or to make you feel better. It makes them feel like a good person to sympathize.
    Funkyblueeyeson December 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about a guy who possibly went through a break up and doesnt want anyones "Sympathy" he just wants to get through it by himself.

    It hurts, my pride, step aside,
    ‘Cause I don’t need your…

    Sympathy!
    Won’t get the best of me
    Misery!
    That’s what your giving me
    Sympathy!
    It’s just like trickery
    Breaking me down
    Greener150on January 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentone of BT's best
    Leblancon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this is about a break up too. greener150 is pretty much correct. but there are also different situations that could go for this song. anytime when someone is receiving unwanted sympathy. let's say ure dad or something got sick. u dont want ppl to feel srry for u. and i love bt... but do these lyrics seem close to some of their other songs? a slap in the face... just cant erase... i swear they say that in another song off the first album too. and offa "Lies" the lyrics are close to sympathy's "my self righteous rfeind i just cant pretend." wtv. luv it!
    musichockeyon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis, lyrically speaking, isn't exactly Billy Talent's strongest, but it's still awesome. It could be about the sympathy in a ruined relationship, but another idea hit me.

    Most of us fans know that the drummer of the band, Aaron Solowuniuk, (however you spell his last name) has MS, or multiple schlerosis. "This is how it goes" off of their debut album is about his MS. So, I think this song is about it. Aaron doesn't want special treatment because he has MS. "Oh, give him a break, he has MS." No, nobody should want that.

    Yeah, some people give sympathy to make themselves feel/look good. I think that is why the guy in the CD booklet has a halo ontop, because it appears he/she appears to be a great person because of the sympathy they gave.
    Fallen Leaveson June 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is a really good song not one of my favorite but basically i love all billy talent songs. haha
    Kelsey`on February 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Fallen Leaves on this one. When i first heard the song, my first thoughts were about Aaron and his MS.
    "I dont need sympathy, if you feel sorry for me then it makes me feel bad. I just want to get on with life and not have people feeling sorry for me because of this" Thats one way i see it.

    actually, i can see the song in all the ways mentioned above.

    I think Bt wrote it about sympathy in general. not any one reason for sympathy like break ups. Just generally how you feel about sympathy when people give it to you, fake or not.

    "A slap in the face,
    And I can’t erase,
    These things that you say,
    Don’t make it all okay, it’s not okay"
    ((I know your trying to make me feel better but it's not working, its making me feel worse.))

    "When push comes to shove,
    I’ll put on the gloves,
    Intentions are cruel,
    I ain’t nobody’s fool you know"
    ((stop it. i cant take your sympathy anymore, if you keep it up, i'll snap and get angry.))

    It hurts, my pride, step aside,
    ‘Cause I don’t need your…
    ((again, stop, it justmakes me feel worse.))

    Sympathy
    Won’t get the best of me!
    Misery
    That’s what you’re giving me!
    Sympathy
    It’s just like trickery!
    Breaking me down
    ((I know that its meant to be making me feel better, but its not, its tricking you into thinking that your doing good, but your just making it worse))

    A fistful of lies,
    Dressed up in disguise,
    And make no mistake,
    I know they’re all so fake, they’re all so fake
    My self-righteous friend,
    I just can’t pretend,
    Your words are the truth,
    Sincere only when they suit you
    ((You dont really mean what you're saying, you're just saying it to make yourself feel like your helping. You don't really care aslong as i dont annoy you anymore with whatevers wrong with me.))

    Sympathy
    Won’t get the best of me!
    Misery
    This shit is killing me!
    Sympathy
    It’s just like trickery!
    Breaking me down
    Breaking me down
    ((I can't take it anymore, stop giving me your fake sympathy, it's killing me inside))

    If you just read the lyrics and think, you can easily see what its about.
    Punk_Monkeyon April 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI was thinking about this, and you know how they wrote 'this is how it goes' about aaron's MS, maybe this could do alot with that, too. I mean, it took aaron a long time to addmit it because he didn't want sympathy so thats what I think it's about.
    But its pretty much about sympathy and how much they hate it.
    KittiKronikon December 02, 2008   Link

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