Show me the best that you got, and I'll show you one better
Show me your reddest rose, and I'll show you one redder
Tell me a dirty joke, and I'll laugh it off lightly
If I tell you a dirty joke, you might not like me

Everyone gets to make one big mistake
And if you're waitin' on me
Well, I guess you're gonna have to wait

Ti-time-timing is everything if you've got nothin' but time
(I got nothin' but time)
And a lie don't mean nothin' if nobody knows when you're lying
(lie when you lie)
So lie when you do, lie when you don't
Lie when you didn't, lie till you lie, lie, lie, lie
They're wonderin' if anybody else is lying

Everyone gets to make one big mistake
And if you're waitin' on me
Well, I guess you're gonna have to wait
'Cause I'm savin' mine up for a very, very special day
When I can fuck it all up in the most spectacular way

Everyone gets to make one big mistake
And if you're waitin' on me
Well, I guess you're gonna have to wait
And wait, and wait, and wait, and wait, and wait

Everyone gets to make one big mistake
(mistake, mistake, mistake, mistake, mistake, mistake, mistake, mistake)
And if you're waitin' on me
Well, I guess you're gonna have to wait (you're gonna have to wait)
'Cause I'm savin' mine up for a very, very special day
(it doesn't even matter if it don't even matter)
When I can fuck it all up in the most spectacular way

Show me the best that you got, and I'll show you one better
Show me your reddest rose, and I'll show you one redder
Tell me a dirty joke, and I'll laugh it off lightly

If I tell you a dirty joke, you might not like me


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    General Commentpeople make mistakes, it's human nature. But he's saying, "no matter whatever mistakes I've made, you ain't seen nothing yet" because if your going to make that one "big mistake" you might as well do it right!
    I saw Tim Fite open for Les Claypool in Houston and it was like the first time I heard the Talking Heads.. That feeling of unique talent.....until the weed and Sudafed kicked in, but that's another story for another time. ;)
    Captnmorgan2007on May 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this is a song about mistakes you make in life, and forgiveness. "Tell me a dirty joke, and I'll laugh it off lightly, if I tell you a dirty joke you might not like me." is saying that you shouldn't let petty things come between you and just to forgive and move on. Also, I think it is saying that even if someone makes a huge mistake, if you love them, you should forgive them becuase its not worth it to lose someone over one mistake.
    LizardKingJM71on April 19, 2009   Link

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