"Bad News" as written by and Michael Kinsella....
Whatever it is you think you are
You aren't:
A good friend, unique, well-read
Good-looking, or smart
Well now you know

well I hate to be the one to bear such bad news
I know it hurts to hear
But it's true
You don't mean anything
To anyone but me
And even I think
That you're blinded by conceit
So now you know

free beer
And basement shows
Don't mean you've made it
It's what you do
Not who you were, what you wear, where you've been
So do something

whoever you think is watching you dance
From across the room
They aren't
If anything, they feel sorry for you
'cause you try so hard

I know it hurts to hear
But it's the truth
So you might as well hear it
From a friend
You're a has-been
That never was
I know it's mean to say
But it's something I've been meaning to say to you
For a while
You're a has-been
That never was
Or will be






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"Bad News" as written by Michael Thomas Kinsella

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    General Commentthis song is not about himself.
    It's about a friend he has.
    At first I thought it was about his brother, then, I really wasn't too sure. So, since he is really responsive on his myspace page, I asked him through a message who and what the song was about. That's when he told me it was about the friend.

    I inquired more, and I asked if that person was really that bad, and he said "no"; he just took some "artistic liberties."

    Just thought that would be interesting.

    With this song and "Who Found Whose Hair..." lets me see how critical of his friends he is.
    rhodesbron June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI pretty much think that this entire song is self explanatory... I love it so much because it really defines how it is for people who leave thier significant spouse. I mean it may not be true, but that's how they feel... They really feel that they were the best thing for that person and that they wont find anyone else as good as them. It's just a self reliever mentality we like to give ourselves... I love this song so much. Mike Kinsella never seizes to amaze me.
    ifemme fataleion October 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, and I mad a mistake. This doesn't just have to deal with your significant spouse or whatever. Just someone dear to you that is no longer in your life, or who will no longer be in your life. sorry.
    ifemme fataleion October 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI had the chance to hear this song a few days ago on Purevolume, and after hearing this , "Bird in Hand", and "One of these Days" , I'm really stoked to get a copy of the new album. Anyways, I think this song is more of a self-reflection then anything,or maybe he's referring to his older brother Tim...It reminds me alot of his old song, "Note to Self" in some ways also. Either way, it's another great song by Mike.
    efcolbyon October 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI will only say that I agree with the first poster, great insight
    mockorange13on October 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentso it has been noted that this song is about an old friend of his. apparently, they don't talk anymore and he wrote this song in spite of him? i think that's the case; i'm not sure.
    ifemme fataleion November 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe's said in interviews that the song is about himself. Basically just a reality check. its pretty self explanatory.
    thew_maticon December 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe's said in interviews that the song is about himself. Basically just a reality check. its pretty self explanatory.
    thew_maticon December 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes. it's about himself. which explains the note to self feel.
    well, now you know :D
    remembermaineon December 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentis this a song for his brother tim? hahahaha
    theDubScouton January 11, 2007   Link

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