I just can't seem, to get it right today
I just can't seem, to get it right today
I just can't seem, to get it right today
I guess I'm gonna give up
Oh, I guess I'm gonna give up

It's nearly been a year since he's been gone
But we still sing his goodbye songs
And she knows, she should move on
But she just can't let him go
No, she just can't let him go

I'm sorry if I made you wanna cry
I'm sorry if I made you wanna cry
You should know I never meant to hide
I just hate bringin' you down
Oh, I just hate bringin' you down

I just can't seem to get it right today
I just can't seem to get it right today
I just can't seem to get it right today
I guess I'm gonna give up
Oh, I guess I'm gonna give up

And I dropped my paintbrush in the dirt
I'm still numb by just how much I hurt
I cut my hand, wait for it to work
But I just couldn't bring him back
No, I just couldn't bring him back

I just can't seem to get it right today
Oh, I just can't seem to get it right today
I just can't seem to get it right today
I guess I'm gonna give up
Oh, I guess I'm gonna give up
Oh, I guess I'm gonna give up
Oh, I guess I'm gonna give up
Oh, I guess I'm gonna give up
Oh, I guess I'm gonna give up
Oh Lord, I said I guess I'm gonna give up
Oh Lord, I said I guess I'm gonna give up



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"Can't Get It Right Today" as written by Joe Purdy

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    My Opinion:There's a lot of different meanings taken from his words,what i got from it is hes trying to be the person he once was, the guy she fell in love with&he can't get it right, he's depressed&doesn't want to put his misery on anyone else, hes not opening up cause he doesn't want to disappoint her&bring her down too.Shes getting frustrated because she just wants the guy she loves, but shes trying to reach out and she gets turned down. He starts cutting, gave himself up(paintbrush as in he gave up his passion to change even if cutting ruined it) to get a rush and get back a piece of who he was back for her, he doesn't want to continue hurting people. But at the same time he feels like hes at the bottom of everything, there's no motivation&he feels hopeless and is thinking about suicide cause there's nothing good waiting for him if he sticks around&he thinks hes disappointing everyone around him.Just an opinion could be totally wrong on this, but its what i took from it.
    stillalivenowon March 20, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:I think he has lost one of his friends "its nearly been a year since he's been gone". He is trying to help his friend's (the friend that died) girlfriend cope from the loss "Goodness knows she can't move on......" He hates seeing her hurt "I just hate bringing you down" but knows she must move on.

    To make matters worse he is trying to act as if he has moved on himself however he really hasn't coped from the lost either. He is using drugs to cope with his pain, specifically heroine. "I dropped my paintbrush in the sand..." Paintbrush = Needle "I cut my hand and wait for it to work" (lose of blood + drug use should yield a much higher high than just drug use) He became so high that he thought he could bring him back to life "I just couldn't bring him back" - This is one thought

    However here is an alternative thought that is probably more reasonable:

    Maybe that is how his friend died they both used heroine and cut themselves trying to get a better high in doing so his friend died. He tried to bring him back and he still holds on to that memory. Maybe it was his idea for them to do this to get a better high and he is still trying to say sorry to his friend's girlfriend at the same time trying to forgive himself (such a dumb idea to cut yourself and use heroine neither is a good idea but doing both is pure stupid), in return he is becoming depressed still with the memory and the sadness that he has brought to her. I think he still blames himself for his dumb idea, hence "You should know, I never meant to hide, I just hate bringing you down" He believes that when he comes around her he is hurting her by reminding her that if it wasn't for his dumb idea her boyfriend would still be alive.

    Now he is torn, trying to help someone else cope when he is just as depressed as they are. He hopes for the future saying he can't get it right "today" but maybe tomorrow? We know that will not work either he can't be the comforter when he himself is distraught.
    Trowon March 30, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:this song is sooo awesome
    Crzyon November 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:im not sure if this song is about a woman who lost her boyfriend and the other guy is waiting for her to move on to be with her...

    BUT i think its really about a couple who have lost there son and just about life after
    Gjorgie_Ashaon January 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:I think this song is just talking about a person who died. In a way, I think it's kind of saying one of two things...

    1 being someone to us has died that means a lot to us, and no matter what we do we can't bring him back.

    2 being the I guess i'm gonna give up, could mean he's gonna give up on trying to bring him back, or he's who the songs about, like when he says I'm sorry if I made you want to cry, as in suicide.

    whatever the real meaning is, it's amazing.
    soundsof21on February 27, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Speaking from a semi-third person viewpoint...

    He has been "out of it" for a year now, depressed, hopeless...

    By "goodbye songs", he means that him and her (gf/wife) are still going through the fight of trying to bring closure to their relationship and/or get him healthy again, and he knows full well she should just move on, but "She just can't let him go" - She loves him and knows the truth, that there is still hope and beauty in the world, that he is too blind to see right now, because he is still focused on the sadness in his life (past).

    He's sorry for putting her through this and the things that he does (/doesn't do) that unintentionally hurt her, and he tries to avoid her because of it... It hurts him and brings him even further into depression when he hurts her. He feels that he's going down and doesn't want to drag her down with him, he wants her to leave him, to give up on him. He's hurt enough in his life and just wants the pain to end.

    Nothing seems to be going right for him and the smallest of things can bring the worst pain to him, and with it comes all the feelings he's been pushing down (repressing). He slit his wrists and waited to die, because no matter what he tried (painting to relieve tension and express himself) he couldn't bring himself back to the way he was... Nothing was working.

    It's hopeless.


    So, from my perspective, of dealing with depression for most of my life, that's what this song is about.
    TehGreatMutatoon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:idk why, but i always think he's singing about dimebag darrell.
    sort of like a eulogy or something.
    biebson August 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Maybe he is singing about the man he used to be, but then something happened and now he is trying to be the person he was in the past but he feels he is failing himself and his partner.
    KizzyBuzzon September 06, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:That he and his friends or wife lost someone close to them. And he's feeling useless because there's nothing he can do about it and how he can't move on and he's going to give up trying.

    The sorry for making you cry part maybe because since he can't see through it so he's bringing everyone else down.
    xclosingtimeon January 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:This is about not remembering which side of your Kia your gas tank is on and giving up because you get such great gas mileage and you don't really need to fill up anyway.

    ...or is that you forgot because it's in the shop all the time? I don't remember.
    j2loson February 03, 2008   Link

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