"Almost Sorry" as written by Paul H. Williams, Scott David Hoffman and Jason Sellards....
If anyone was headed for the gates of hell I knew you'd be first
I used to picture your obituary and I wished you the worst
The danger of the playground
The radio said you drowned
I'm sorry almost
Almost sorry

No sympathy is given to the perpetrator charged with the crime
I'm willing to admit that it feels good to be a victim sometimes
I won't ever get to thank you
For the terrible things you said
I'm sorry almost

That you're dead to the world where I hoped you would be
Never imagined you'd live on in me
You gave me destination but I paid for the ride
The place you pushed my ticket left a crater inside
Where I cried (he cried)
Where I cried (you died)

Where I cried from the bruises learned to live with the scars
Now you live in the mirror when I look there you are
You're the shadow on the faces of the people I meet
Have you claimed eternal shotgun in my passenger seat
Well I'm sorry almost
Almost sorry

Sometimes the best design is done by damage
The accident concedes
A rainbow still looks pretty when it bleeds

Lyrics submitted by Allyclan

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    General CommentYes it is indeed about how he was bullied when he was young and then found out the bully died and he wasnt really sad becuase it was his enemy but also was kinda sad because the bully inadvertantly taught him lessons and helped shape his life.
    mallorypmmon March 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm really confused at this song, I don't know, but the first impression that I got was some sort of child abuse or something, I hope I'm terribly wrong.
    carrotarmson October 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's so much child abuse from parents/adults so much as bullying. To me, it's an ode to previous bullies or tormentors, a more in depth way of putting forth the concept suggested by the quote (I believe it was Andrew Carnegie?) that "The strongest steel must go through the fire." In other words, the past experiences, awful as they were, helped shape the person into what they are today, a product they seem pleased with ("sometimes the best designs are done by damage"). Though the person will always carry the hard memories with him ("Never imagined you'd live on in me") it's actually a positive, if bittersweet, song.
    fmineauxon November 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is from the perspective of someone whose raison d'être is the feud with a longtime arch rival who has died unexpectedly. The enemy has given the singer notoriety (in that no-press-is-bad-press sense) through insults and vicious barbs, ironically leaving the singer feeling a void, instead of triumph, in the enemy's sudden demise. Furthermore, being the first of the two to die, the enemy has upstaged the singer, because people tend to reflect fondly on (and avoid speaking ill of) the dead. As the survivor of the two, the singer is going to be saddled with this idealized image of the rival.

    See also "frenemy"
    iamcrispydammiton November 30, 2007   Link

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