"Surprise" as written by Thomas Callaway, Brian Joseph Burton, Gene Allan and Ronnie Dante....
It's cool being the only one, but it's lonely
I could have fallen in the stove
A thousand times before if only someone had known me
They say there's someone for everyone
Oh plus the word will be never done
When all you need is to be meet half way but nobody tries

Don't be surprised
Don't be surprised
Don't be surprised

There are hills and mountains between us
Always something to get over
Needless to say it's a wonderful day
I just noticed how nice it was to know ya
Oh, but be ready to sacrifice
If you love him you should tell him twice
Because when everything that's alive
Ultimately dies oh, Lord

Don't be surprised
Don't be surprised
Don't be surprised

Somebody's watchin' maybe you want 'em to see you
But with your regrets and secrets
You don't really want them to be you
Well you can make believe I'm that
And for now I'll be just fine
But when the child grows up to have more than just your eyes

Don't be surprised
Don't be surprised
Don't be surprised

Now the ending to every story is most enchanting
Now whether it's heaven or hell I wear it well
Please forgive me for rambling I just wanted ya'll
To know that I don't know it all
So when that big o'l smile ends up being just a disguise

Don't be surprised
Don't be surprised
Oh, Lord
Don't be surprised
Oh, oh, Lord
Don't be surprised
I said don't be
Don't be surprised
There's nothing left in here
That's surprising baby prising baby


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"Surprise" as written by Ron Dante Gene Allan

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    General Commentyeah, its abt ppl being only human,and that everything ultimatley has one end, u can only do a show for so long, then it must end, and dont be surprised
    tania322on April 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI really don't think that's what the song is about. Its about not expecting life to always be the same. About how you have to make your own life.

    The first verse is saying how if you're always introverted, you can't expect the love of your life to just come find you.

    The second is saying when you're in relationships, you can't expect the people in those relationships to always be there, so you have to work to make it as good as you can, tell people you love them, etc. Don't be surprised when they're no longer there to tell.

    The third is saying when you have kids, you can't hide your problems and trials from them. If you hide it all away, don't be surprised when they grow up to be just as ugly on the inside as you.

    The last verse is about Cee-Lo himself. He's saying how no matter what he's going through, he always looks the same, but he's admitting to not always being so wise. So don't be surprised if one day we find out his "big ol' smile" is hiding something darker.
    fortheloveon April 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THIS SONG IS ABOUT BECAUSE I JUST EXPERIENCED THE MEANING OF THIS SONG FOR MYSELF...THIS SONG IS ABOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS RECIEVED THEIR THIRD EYE AND WALKS A LONELY PATH, AND CANT FIND PEOPLE TO LOVE OR RELATE TO THEM BECAUSE EVERYONE IN THE WORLD IS TOO BUSY BEING BLINDED BY IGNORANCE...

    THIS PERSON HAS RECEIVED LIFE CHANGING KNOWLEDGE BUT REGRETS IT BECAUSE THEY CANT GO BACK TO THEIR LIFE OF BEING BLIND...THATS WHY CEELO IS SAYING DONT BE SURPRISED..BECAUSE THEIR ARE BURDENS AND LONELINESS IN WALKING A RIGHTEOUS PATH OF KNOWLEDGE. SO THEREFORE THIS PARTICULAR PERSON SHOULDNT BE SURPRISED IF THEY HAVE NO ONE TO RELATE TO THEM, OR LOVE THEM, OR THE PERSON SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED TO GIVE BIRTH TO A CHILD THAT HOLDS THEIR EMOTIONAL SCARS, PAIN ETC.

    CEELO SAYS "Well you can make believe I'm blind.
    And from now I'll be just fine."

    MEANING IF HE CAN UN-KNOW HIS KNOWLEDGE AND GET RID OF HIS THIRD EYE (WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE), HE WOULDNT BE LONELY...HE WOULD BE HAPPY IN HIS IGNORANCE AND BLINDNESS LIKE THE REST OF THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE HE IS SURROUNDED BY...

    SO HE IS SAYING DONT BE SURPRISED THAT YOU ARE LONELY ONCE YOU WAKE UP FROM SOCIETYS BRAINWASHING TECHNICS AND RECIEVE YOUR THIRD EYE.



    THATS THE BEST WAY I CAN EXPLAIN IT....
    TarynBon April 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone make out what it says right at the beginning of the song??

    TarynB your onto something.

    Fuckin love this song.

    Society is being brainwashed. The majority of people just do what they do, think what they think, and they live in blissful ignorance. Those few people who search deep enough into the lies to seek truth, answers and understanding about what is really going on will soon know.

    It is sometimes cool being the only one, but because everyone else is still so blind, it is so hard to relate to anyone - they just don't understand. This makes it hard to find love unless you "meet half way" - but its so often just not worth putting them through the pain:

    "If you love 'em you should tell 'em twice.
    Because when everything that's alive ultimately dies, oh lord,"

    If your going to meet someone half way, you're going to have to tell them what you know - which might not be easy news to hear. But don't be surprised at their reaction, and especially don't be surprised if you can't make them see through your eyes.

    "Somebody's watching.
    Maybe you want 'em to see you.
    But with your regrets and secret you don't really want them to be you."

    Someone has found interest in what you know, and you think you want them to see what you see, but because of all that is bad within you as a result of it, you don't really want them to go through with knowing what you know. So maybe its best just to pretend to be blind like everyone else and just pretend to be fine.

    "Please forgive me for rambling.
    I just wanted y'all
    to know that I don't know at all.
    So when that big ol' smile ends up being just a disguise,"

    I fuckin love this paragraph. He's apologising for 'rambling', and then goes and says that he actually doesn't know at all. The way I interpret it, is that he's telling us he doesn't know, when infact he does know, but he is realising that sometimes it is just better to put on a smile and pretend everything is ok because that way people can continue to live their 'happy', ignorant lives, and not be concerned by the truth.

    He also says that when the child grows up to have more than just your eyes, don't be surprised. In other words, even if you pretend to be blind the truth is still going to be let out and there will be knowledge passed on.

    Having knowledge isn't easy. But don't sacrifice it, what you do with it is crucial.

    ...or maybe this is all Just a Thought?
    nickywon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commenteh? sorry, but I thing the last two comments are about as far off as a conservative texan in a pride parade. though down the line forthelove seems to be on point. "you can make belive I'm blind and from now I'll be just fine" doen't seem to be an atempt at denial, but a condemnation of it, like "you can pretend I don't know what I'm talking about, but the consequences will hurt you, not me"

    as far as the whole third eye thing, yeah, maybe I could see that working, but why would an enlightened individual need to be told not to be surprised? wouldn't the song be like preaching to the pews?

    If what you guys are saying is true, and cee-lo is infact talking about how somone who can see though society and gets isolated because of it, i would be much dissappointed in him, especialy after his song transformer from his first album. True enlightenment comes means being able to work with and above the system, not outside of it.

    "Now the ending to every story is most enchanting.
    Now whether it's heaven or hell I wear it well.
    Please forgive me for rambling.
    I just wanted y'all
    to know that I don't know at all.
    So when that big ol' smile ends up being just a disguise,"

    "i've come to love the inevitable, and regaurdless of it's manifestation I'm going to be just fine, maybe what i'm saying makes no sence to you, but look. I don't have all the answers. i'm just saying, don't take anything at face value"
    DeCeeVeeeon July 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentto DeCeeVee


    Their is no "on" or "off" comment about anyone's perception. An artists makes a song that means a specific thing to them, but when their fans hear thier music, it may speak to a person from a totally different angle.


    I do agree with what forthlove said, but I think what forthlove said was just scartching the surface of the song.

    It's different angles to look at this song.

    The third eye theory I stated

    or

    the song could be about someone long to be close to another while trying to hide their inner demon from that person.
    TarynBon August 09, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation"Does anyone make out what it says right at the beginning of the song??"
    I think it is
    'I am getting lost,
    On my way to find him'
    I think the song is about being special, but you are not always special for long and you shouldn't be 'surprised' when you are no longer special.
    JimJamJaharon August 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is what i think.

    "its cool being the only one
    but its lonely
    I could've fallen in love a thousand time before
    if only someone had known me.
    They say there's someone for everyone
    oh but the work will never be done.
    When all you need is to be met half way but nobody tries,"
    ceedog76on February 07, 2011   Link

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