My ear can't hold a pencil
And my mind can't keep a thought
And my arms aren't nearly strong enough
To hold the shit I've got

But stop feeling sorry for me
That's great, you've got your sanity
But apologies are not
What I need

I'm going out
I'm going out
To get my mind off you
I'll have a drink or two

I know this might be rough on you
Don't worry - I've been in your shoes
We've only got a friend to lose
This sucks and you know it too

The thrill of the chase caught up with me
They paid me back karmically
Either I can't stand them or they don't want me
What do you think it means?

I'm going out
I'm going out
To get my mind off you
I'll have a drink or two

Cross my heart, cross my eyes
Cross my fingers, hope to die
Bury me with the friends I've lost
They say that pain is the cost of love, of love

I knew it had to happen soon
It just sucks it had to be with you
All the songs I once sang for you
I still sing them though the meaning's new

Roles reversed and then press play
Can't think of anything to say
But how many times
Can one heart break?

I'm going out
I'm going out
To get my mind off you
I'll have a drink or two

I'm going out
I'm going out
I'm going out
I'm going out


Lyrics submitted by tippy_typewriter

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    General Commenti believe the correct lyrics are:

    The thrill of the chase caught up with me
    They paid me back karmically.

    good song. :)
    shanNOUNon March 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with shanNOUN on that line. I also am hearing:

    "We've only got a friend to lose" instead of "We've only got a plan to lose"

    "either I can't stand them or they don't want me" instead of "Though I can't say I'm mad, they don't want me"

    and "I still sing them though the meaning's new" instead of "I'll still thing them, though the meaning's you"

    I love this song so much.
    TruthforOnce13on May 22, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionshanNOUN and TruthforOnce13 have their lyric corrections right, but there is also a line at the end that is missing.
    It's:
    "I've used these chords once before in an unfinished love song
    'cause I adored a boy
    but not anymore."
    amante3456on April 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics were based off the original YouTube video, not the album version. :v
    tippy_typewriteron February 12, 2011   Link

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