"You Can Make Him Like You" as written by and Tad Jason Kubler Craig Finn....
You don't have to deal with the dealers
Let your boyfriend deal with the dealers
It only gets inconvenient
When you wanna get high alone
You don't have to know how to get home
Let your boyfriend tell the driver the best way to go,
It only gets kinda weird when you wanna go home alone,
You don't have to know the inspiring people
Let your boyfriend know the inspiring people
You can hang in the kitchen
Talk about the stars in the upcoming sequel

If you get tired of your boyfriend's things
There's always other boys,
There's always other boyfriends
If you get tired of your boyfriend's scene
There's always other scenes
There's always other boyfriends

You don't have to deal with the dealers
Let your boyfriend deal with the dealers
It only gets inconvenient
When you wanna get high alone
You don't have to go to the right kind of schools,
Let your boyfriend come from the right kind of school
You can wear his old sweatshirt
You can cover yourself like a bruise

But if you get tired of your boyfriend's things
There's always other boys
There's always other boyfriends
If you get tired of your football friends
There's always other boys
There's always other boyfriends
If you get tired of the car he drives,
There's always other boys
And you can make him like you
If you get tired of the music he likes
There's always other boys
And you can make him like you

They say you don't have a problem
Until you start to do it alone
They say you don't have a problem
Until you start bringing it home
They say you don't have a problem
Until you start sleeping alone

There's always other boys
There's always other boyfriends
There's always other boys
And you can make him like you
There's always other boys
There's always other boyfriends
There's always other boys
And you can make him like you
There's always other boys
There's always other boyfriends
There's always other boys
And you can make him like you
There's always other boys
There's always other boyfriends
There's always other boys
And you can make him like you


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"You Can Make Him Like You" as written by Tad Jason Kubler Craig Finn

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  • +4
    General CommentI love this song as well, but I feel it's more satirical (sarcastic?) than literal. To me, it's an indictment against girls who live their lives through their boyfriend(s). They don't have to go to good schools or know how to get home or be inspiring, just as long as they're dating someone who matches those descriptions. And then, if they're growing tired of their life or feel like they need to change or mature, instead of actually working on themselves and growing as a human being, they just get a different or more mature boyfriend.
    To me, Craig Finn is telling girls, "Don't settle for that crap. You are NOT a bruise that needs to be covered. Be your own person. Live your own life. Expect great things of YOURSELF."
    treblejoneson January 31, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI kind of feel that "you can make him like you" is a double entendre. If you interpret the song title like that, it becomes more of an indictment of intergender relationships, which sticks to the theme of the rest of the album. The line speaks about how men so easily succumb to manipulation, but also what happens to the relationship in general. "You can make him like you" also means that she's making him as miserable as she is...spreading the sadness.
    bbrown301on September 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti disagree with treblejones and mtfujiinmypants about the voice of the song drastically. i feel like he isn't necessarily saying that these girls are horrible or awful but rather that they are sad, conflicted. he shows that there is obviously conflict ("it only get's kinda weird when you wanna get high alone"). i don't see this so much as a declaration against such behavior but rather a solemn observation. this is is incredibly sad, but i wouldn't call it sarcastic or satirical at all.
    thomas doyleon March 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with treblejones. It's about those girls who just leech off their guys. I can't imagine that any of this song could possibly be taken at face value... especially these lines:
    "you can hang in the kitchen
    talk about the stars in the upcoming sequel"
    I can't imagine anyone, let alone an artist, saying that you should be happy with being so bland. And while there's nothing wrong with being a home-maker (staying in the kitchen) he's using this as a stereotypical view of how these particular women are satisfied with living off their boyfriends/husbands and have nothing interesting to say for themselves.
    mtfujiinmypantson February 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much. and i love that a guy sings it. it's so reassuring...
    camkid2on January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i kind of agree with all of the interpretations. i do see it though as kind of being about, as a young woman, not having to worry about being too serious. the whole "talk about the stars/upcoming sequel" can be seen as just being trivial in a fun, light hearted way or it could be sarcastic in the sense that you're so dumb you don't have anything better to talk about. it just seems like he's telling the girls that they are very empowered in the sense that they don't need to settle for anything they don't like. that they're interesting and attractive the way that they are and "if you get tired of your boyfriend's things" there's always other boys... "there's always other boyfriends."
    camkid2on May 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think Craig sees this girls as horrible people either. They're portrayed as being sad and kind of pathetic. He's watching these girls who bend and twist who they are just to be with some guy. Yeah, you can make him like you, but at what price? Instead of learning from the mistake, they do it over and over "there's always other boys, you can make him like you." They never grow because they don't think it's necessary. "It only gets kind of weird when you wanna get high alone" or "It only gets inconveneint when you wanna go home alone", those are the only times the girls think about how much of themselves are wrapped up in these guys. Other than that, they're content to "hang in the kitchen."
    IndieQueen75on May 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't think this is anything to be proud of if you are a girl! such a good song, and so true.
    mychaosdreamon July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song always makes me think of my girlfriend but that's 'cos I'm an insecure loser. To me, the girl in the song is kinda stuck with this guy, she has no confidence, smokes alot of shit and gets treated like dirt by her boyfriend...but can't leave him cos she loves him and thinks he may change. a classic, sad story. Finn is urging her to leave him, giving her confidence "You can make them like you". I'm most likely wrong - insecure loser, you see.
    Beekarryon July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd, like, two days after I left that post, she dumped me. Loser I may be, but insecure? Hell no!
    Beekarryon July 25, 2007   Link

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