"Good Excuse" as written by and John Charles Wiltshire Butler....
All around I see raining
Things don?t seem to go my way
Got a dark cloud that's hanging
And it seems to follow me

Boy, won?t you just wake up
And feel the humming
This good world is given you
Better start running
Catch up with your life
Catch on up
Before the whole thing is through

Have you once, have you twice
Have you even concieved
Go out and take another better look around
You are just another white boy Thinking your so hard
Go take a step out side
See what?s shaking in the real world

Go take a step out side and see what?s shaking in the real world
Go take a step out side and see what?s shaking in the real world

But you don?t know how my heart laments
I've really got a good excuse to complain
My parents got divorced can?t heal the pain
Now there is only cheap regrets
I guess that?s just the way it be
Is it world, how I see me

Boy now you are really bugging
Really bugging
Yes you are bugging me
Can?t you just shut right up
Your cup is overflowing
Overflowing
And you think it is empty
You don?t even know what side
You are fighting for
Boy would you turn your Game Boy off
Stop pretending it?s you against the world
I am sick and I am tired
Of hearing you always say
"I really got a good excuse to complain
My parents got divorced can?t heal the pain"

Go take a step outside and see what?s shaking in the real world
Go take a step outside and see what?s shaking in the real world
Go take a step outside and see what?s shaking in the real world
Go take a step outside and see what?s shaking in the real world
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Go take a step outside and see what?s shaking in the real world
Go take a step outside and see what?s shaking in the real world
Go take a step outside and see what?s shaking in the real world
Go take a step outside and see what?s shaking in the real world



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"Good Excuse" as written by John Charles Wiltshire Butler

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  • +2
    General CommentIts about EMO Kids
    Daydream-believeron January 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentquit whining if you dont know what real suffering is.
    halakuon April 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentquit whining if you dont know what real suffering is.
    halakuon April 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno halaku, i disagree.i think the song's talking about people in general who complain about their small problems and don't see whats happening in the 'real world'. the song's saying 'go take a step outside and see what's shaking in the real world' - pretty self explanatory really.

    'Oh won’t you just wake up
    feel the humming
    This cruel world is killing you
    better start running
    Catch up with your life, catch on up
    Before the whole thing is through'

    this refers to all the people who live their life in regret and compaint, and that they should wake up from it before their life is over.
    toragurlon May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song really is quite pathetic. OK sure people in third world countries have it a lot worse than us, but JB shouldn't be pointing the finger at people here saying their problems are not important on a global scale. I mean if someone in Australia or any other developed country is suffering from depression you can't just say "cheer up, it could be worse". It tells me John does not really understand mental health issues.

    Everyone has their problems. And with this whole 'emo' movement these sorts of problems tend to get exacerbated among today's youth. But if someone has a genuine case of depression or the likes you can't just tell them "it could be worse" becuase that just adds to the problem.
    b_serongon May 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI disagree... He isn't saying "It could be worse" he is saying stop complaining! You know perhaps this isn't to someone with a mental health issue like depression. But either way they could benefit from helping people in a third world country cos you know helping people makes you feel better and takes your mind off your own pain in a most cases.

    I think he is right though... we all sit here with our gameboys and ipods and all that bullshit when we could be out there helping someone live! This song isn't pathetic it is true. We are depressed because we are stuck in these little cement communities with technology coming out of our ears and if you dont do well in this test you wont get into TEE and you wont go to uni and you'll never amount to anything.

    There are family issues, social issues every other kind but this is the life we chose. I know people who suffer but they think differently. They say to themselves they aren't gonna let this weaken them they are gonna let it make them stronger. Its all about your outlook and your mindset.
    powderfinger999on May 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI never really liked this song. It just wasn't my idea of JBT.
    Anyway, I think JB is a little off on this one.
    In today's world, complaining is really looked down upon. There are not many ways people (if they are down) can complain, without really sounding like a jerk and then shunned by whoever they complain to.
    Whether he's saying stop complaining or it could be worse, these people then have no one to vent to, and their problems, as small as they will be, will slowly grow, until this person actually can effect the world, and from their past they repeat the same mistake of those who shunned them.
    People need someone to complain to, and saying don't do it, could just make things worse.

    It's not that I don't like the song because of my explanation, i just didn't like the beat of it. ;)
    Rocker_92on May 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont think this song is about depression or being truley upset about something that effects you.

    I think its about complaining about trivial things, the gameboy comment in the song is particually what leads me to this, I think its about the way people complain because they dont have the newest phone out there, or because they dont have the latest little music gadget, and theyre not seeing everything else thats going on around them. People complain about things that dont truley effect them on an emotional level, as opposed to a material level.

    Or even blowing things out of proportion so they seem to incredibly bad, but when you go out and see whats going on around you, it opens your eyes to not only other things, but to your own problem.
    thimbleislandon May 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti feel like using this song in real life. it's a nice way to tell some self obsessed whinny teen to stop thinking about them selves and got take a step out side and see what's shak'in in the real world
    hazzamatazzaon June 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti don't think he's tryin to really crack on anybody..i think he's just saying to be positive about things and you'll find they arent always as bad as you made them out to be!
    suprachik1on July 09, 2007   Link

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