Take it to Manhattan 'cause I don't want it.
Sell it to someone who can't live without it.
You made it for the masses, it passed unnoticed.
Dead somewhere in Kansas,
Now I've had it up to here with,
I've had enough of all of these songs
Of self-imposed unhappiness.

Say it for my self like I always wanted
Something to believe when you always doubted
That there was some logic, some line of reason
That brought us to this place,
But now I've had it up to here with,
I've, I've had enough of all of these
Songs of self-imposed unhappiness.
Oh.

Oh, oh now, oh now
I've had enough of all of these
Songs of self-imposed unhappiness.
Songs of self-imposed unhappiness.
Songs of self-imposed unhappiness.
Songs of self-imposed unhappiness.
Songs of self-imposed unhappiness. (you did this to yourself)
Songs of self-imposed unhappiness. (you did this to yourself)
Songs of self-imposed unhappiness. (you did, you did, you did)
Songs of self-imposed unhappiness.


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    General CommentGiven that Straylight Run abandoned their darker sound from their previous album I think this could be about themselves and moving in a new direction with their sound.
    aeternum valeon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a certain Mic Swinger.
    pinklipglosson June 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAgreed with pinklipgloss, but I guess it's also a stab at overly emo bands where you can't even feel whether or not they're singing or writing it as what they actually feel or just doing it to sell records.
    moesixon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing it's so powerful and the ending is awesome. I especially like the "you did this to yourself" part. It's such a true song because writing unhappy songs is just going to make you more unhappy and for no real reason whch is pretty selfish when there are people with real problems in the world.
    themiracleofseanon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i agree with miracleofsean, and pinklipgloss. and the rest of you too, lol.
    definitely a stab at AL, lol. and also at the stereotypical emo bands out there who sit there and write songs about slitting wrists, being dumped, and hating rainbows and butterflies. and if you do constantly write songs full of hatred and unhappiness, you will get even more upset.

    i love sr.
    ellie117on July 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgood point pinklipgloss - i never thought of that. that definitely seems likely though.

    also, i think the last 8 (identical) lines could be a dig at TBS and how it seems that most of their songs have one line that is repeated ad nauseam (e.g. i've got it bad, i've got it bad, i've got it bad, i've got it bad, etc.etc.)

    speaking of ad nauseam, how about this straylight/tbs/brand new feud that's been compleeeeetley beaten into the ground? it's so old but still so captivating that people can never let it die haha.
    y0ung__aspiringon July 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGuess I agree with everything posted so far. In my opinion, Straylight Run should have dropped the whole TBS thing for their new album. That was at least 3-4 years ago and both John and Michelle paid enough attention to it on the first album.

    The song's point is clear and well made, but isn't this an unhappy song itself?

    This makes we wonder whether any (TBS) songs from 'Where you want to be' and/or 'Louder Now' refer to the Nolans. Can anyone help me out on this?
    Martinoson August 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyou realize that John Nolan was the writting force behind Taking Back Sunday first album right?

    the first album where it had the same line repeated over and over? :p
    mysleadon September 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I know. What I meant to say was that SR have paid lots and lots of attention to leaving TBS/the problems with Adam etc. And then my point was that SR really shouldn't have kept that grudge on their second album 'The needles the space', because everybody has been tired of hearing about it for a while now. Kind of shows just how 'emo' John Nolan can be :P.

    As for the TBS comeback song I was wondering about, I found 'Follow the format', which is an (in my opinion excellent) answer to SR's 'Another word for desperate'.

    PS I really like both bands, although 'guess-which-one' perhaps a bit more than 'guess-which-other-one'.
    Martinoson September 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song!
    hmm and i love straylight run & taking back sunday
    Kate[tcf]luv[tbs]on November 17, 2007   Link

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