"Reasons Not To Be An Idiot" as written by and Francis Edward Turner....
You're not as messed up as you think you are
Your self-absorption makes you messier
Just settle down and you will feel a whole lot better
Deep down you're just like everybody else

She's not as pretty as she thinks she is
Just picture her after she's had kids
I bet she sits at home and listens to The Smiths
Deep down she's just like everybody else

So why are you sat at home?
You're not designed to be alone
You just got used to saying "no"
So get up and get down and get outside
Cos it's a lovely sunny day
But you hide yourself away
You've only got yourself to blame
Get up and get down and get outside

He's not as clever as he likes to think
He's just ambitious with his arguing
He's crap at dancing, yeah and he can't hold his drink
Deep down he's just like everybody else

I'm not as awesome as this song makes out
I'm angry, underweight and sketching out
I'm building bonfires on my vanities and doubts
To get warm just like everybody else

So why are you sat at home?
You're not designed to be alone
You just got used to saying "no"
So get up and get down and get outside
Cos it's a lovely sunny day
But you hide yourself away
You've only got yourself to blame
Get up and get down and get outside

Amy thinks that life is lacking in drama
So she fell for horoscopes, faith-healing and karma
She's so wrapped up in her invisible armor
She'll never grow into herself
And it's OK thinking me and all my friends are just wasters
But saying that I can still see through her heirs and graces
I bet she's scared her life won't leave any traces
Caught up like everyone else

That's not the point anyway
Oh darling, I felt compelled to call you up to say
So why are you sat at home?
You're not designed to be alone
You just got used to saying "no"
So get up and get down and get outside
Cos it's a lovely sunny day
But you hide yourself away
You've only got yourself to blame

Get up and get down and get outside
Get up and get down and get outside
Get up and get down and get outside
Get up and get down and get outside
Get up and get down and get outside
Get up and get down and get outside


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"Reasons Not to Be an Idiot" as written by Francis Edward Turner

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  • +4
    General CommentLlama's way cooler though.
    ndocon April 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"She's so wrapped up in her invisible Lama"

    it's invisible ARMOUR. think before you type ;)
    Skyeefaceon February 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttotally blows my mind it isnt llama. I always pictured the person the song is about praying to an imaginary llama.

    Also is it supposed to be "sad at home", not "sat"?
    Cheesethanson February 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe mentioned at the Thekla in Bristol '08 that it was about a goth friend he had.
    Aloselon April 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*I bet she's scared her life won't leave any traces
    Caught up like everyone else




    Great song.
    Chrisbrfcon September 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBAHAHAHA! LAMA! That's just stupid.
    johnnycanuckon August 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be Lama in reference to Dalai Lama, seeing as the line before talks about fake healing and karma..
    nicolerorkon September 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it might be "airs and graces" not "heirs and graces."
    bluesenoughon September 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I'm not as awesome as this song makes out
    I'm angry, underweight and sketching out
    I'm building bonfires on my vanities and doubts
    To get warm just like everybody else"

    This verse rules. This verse is the exact point where it went from a good song to a great one.
    aks9091on March 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWhen I'm feelng down,in bad luck or just angsty, this song makes me feel better
    I see it as tell people in general they aren't special - everyone feels like a mess sometimes so just grow up
    there us really only one reason not to be an idiot - "deep down you're just like everybody else"

    it makes me feel better, however, that everybody does sometime feel the same :3
    GRexCaroliniion May 16, 2010   Link

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