"Side Effects" as written by Jay Jenkins, Crystal Johnson, Mariah Carey and Scott Storch....
It's M.C. And Y.J.
Another hit, okay
We lookin' fine, takin' off
Saw us on a runway
On any given Sunday
Monday, Tuesday (haha)
They try to confuse me
I never let 'em use me

I was a girl, you was a man
I was too young to understand
I was naive, I just believed
Everything that you told me

Said you were strong, protecting me
Then I found out that you were weak
Keeping me there under your thumb
'Cause you were scared that I'd become much

More than you could handle
Shining like a chandelier
That decorated every room
Inside this private hell we built
And I dealt with it like a kid
I wished I could fly away but instead

I kept my tears inside 'cause I knew if I
Started I'd keep cryin' for the rest of my
Life with you I finally built up the strength
To walk away don't regret it
But I still live with the side effects

Wakin' up scared some nights
Still dreamin' 'bout the violent times
Still a little protective 'bout the people
That I let inside
Still a little defensive
Thinkin' folks be tryin' to run my life
Still a little depressed
Inside I fake a smile and deal with the

Side effects
Side effects
Side effects
Side effects

Vacant inside no one was there
Couldn't be real, had to keep quiet
Once in a while put up a fight
It's just too much night after night

After a while I would just lie
You were dead wrong said you were right
Did what I could just to survive
Couldn't believe this was my life

Flickering like a candle
Doin' my best to handle
Sleepin with the enemy
Aware that he was smothering
Every last part of me
So I broke away and finally
Found the strength to breathe

I kept my tears inside 'cause I knew if I
Started I'd keep cryin' for the rest of my
Life with you I finally built up the strength
To walk away don't regret it
But I still live with the side effects

Wakin' up scared some nights
Still dreamin' 'bout the violent times
Still a little protective 'bout the people
That I let inside
Still a little defensive
Thinkin' folks be tryin' to run my life
Still a little depressed
Inside I fake a smile and deal with the

Side effects
Side effects
Side effects
Side effects

Hey Magnifico or should I say Magnificent?
Ain't nothing worth your happiness
And I ain't caring who you're with
Misery love company so we ain't tryin' to hang with y'all
Hurt you if you let 'em in
Gotta keep your circle small
Keep tryin' to play
I tell him I ain't blowin' tho
Think they want me outta here
I tell 'em I ain't goin' tho
Side effects be drowsiness
Loneliness
How is this?
I think the call it hateration
What can you prescribe for this?

Forgive but I can't forget it
Everyday I deal with this
I live with the side effects
But I ain't gon let them get the best of me
Forgive but I can't forget
Everyday I deal with this
I live with the side effects
But I ain't gon let them get the best of me

I kept my tears inside 'cause I knew if I
Started I'd keep cryin' for the rest of my
Life with you I finally built up the strength
To walk away don't regret it
But I still live with the side effects

Wakin' up scared some nights
Still dreamin' 'bout the violent times
Still a little protective 'bout the people
That I let inside
Still a little defensive
Thinkin' folks be tryin' to run my life
Still a little depressed
Inside I fake a smile and deal with the

Side effects
Side effects
Side effects
Side effects


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"Side Effects" as written by Crystal Johnson Jay Jenkins

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  • +1
    General Commentthese lyrics are way wrong lol "When I space am I still dreaming 'bout them violent times?"

    it's "wake up scared some nights,still dreaming bout them violent times."
    i seen some other mistakes in the song too so here are the CORRECT lyrics below:


    "Side Effects"
    (feat. Young Jeezy)

    [Young Jeezy:]
    It's M.C. and Y.J.
    Another hit, OK
    We lookin' fly, takin' off
    Saw us on a runway
    On any given Sunday,
    Monday, Tuesday
    They try to confuse me,
    I never let 'em use me

    I was a girl, you was a man
    I was too young to understand
    I was naïve, I just believed
    Everything that you told me
    Said you were strong, protecting me
    Then I found out that you were weak
    Keepin' me there, under your thumb
    'cause you were scared that I'd become much
    More than you could handle,
    Shining like a chandelier
    That decorated every room inside
    The private hell we built,
    And I dealt with it
    Like a kid I wished I could fly away

    But instead, I kept my tears inside
    'cause I knew if I started I'd keep crying
    For the rest of my life with you
    I finally built up the strength to walk away
    Don't regret it but I still live with the side effects

    [Chorus:]
    Waking up scared some nights still dreaming 'bout them violent times?
    Still little protective 'bout the people that I let inside
    Still little defensive thinkin' 'bout me tryin' to run my life
    Still little depressed inside, I fake a smile and deal with the side effects (oh, oh)
    Side effects (oh, oh)
    Side effects (oh, oh)
    Side effects (oh, oh)

    Vacant inside, no one was there
    Couldn't be real, had to keep quiet
    Once in awhile, put up a fight
    It's just too much, night after night
    After awhile I would just lie,
    You was dead wrong, said you was right
    Did what I could, just to survive
    Couldn't believe this was my life,
    Flickering like a candle
    Doin’ my best to handle sleeping with the enemy
    Aware that he was smothering every last part of me
    So I broke away and finally found the strength to leave

    Still kept the tears inside
    'cause I knew if I started I'd keep crying
    For the rest of my life with you
    I finally built up the strength to walk away
    Don't regret it but I still live with the side effects

    [Chorus]

    Hey, hey, hey
    Let's go!

    [Young Jeezy:]
    Hey magnifico or should I say magnificent?
    Ain't nothing worth your happiness
    And I ain't caring who you're with
    Misery loves company so we ain't tryin' to hang with you all
    Hurt you if you let 'em in
    Gotta keep you sucker smilin'
    Keep tryin' to play
    I tell him I ain't blowin' though
    Think they want me outta here,
    I tell 'em I ain't goin' though
    Side effects be drowsiness,
    Loneliness,
    How is this?
    I think the call it hateration,
    What can you prescribe for this?

    Forgive but I can't forget,
    Every day I deal with this
    I live with the side effects
    But I ain't gonna let them get the best of me

    Forgive but I can't forget,
    Every day I deal with this
    I live with the side effects
    But I ain't gonna let them get the best of me

    Kept my tears inside
    'cause I knew if I started I'd keep crying
    For the rest of my life with you
    I finally built up the strength to walk away
    Don't regret it but I still live with the side effects

    [Chorus]


    AND YES ITS ABOUT TOMMY MOTTOLA. i don't care if it's about the prince of england-this is my fav MC song and i hope she releases a video for it
    davidsprincess19on January 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell firstly I think this is the best song on E=MC2 for sure...the song needs its own release as a single.

    I believe it's about a woman and her abusive husband...how she tried to escape numerous times but couldn't cuz she was too scared to leave....then in later life she found the strength to escape but still lives with the 'side effects'...

    I think! :) peace.
    masimoon April 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, I really this song is about ahem, Tommy Mottola...anyone else agree?
    Evaniaon April 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's another song about Tommy (rolls eyes).
    I thought she got over this with Charmbracelet and Rainbow. Why hasn't she moved on yet?
    Ekkostaron April 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGeeez. Best song! I definitely agree that this should be a single. Who cares who it's about tho, it's an awesome song, so that's all that matters really :P

    I think it's just about havihg a tough relationship and still finding that you can still feel the side effects from it..

    -hayles-
    hayles89on May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song could be about Tommy Mottola. However, to the people who think she should just 'get over' her abusive relationship, it's not that easy. You can write a million songs, several books and go to countless hours of therapy, and never be over an abusive relationship. People who've lived with someone abusive, take that experience and apply it to everyday life. Their self esteem has been so damaged, that they might never recover. You always have a guard up, and you try to deal with it as best you can. If Mariah writes another 1000 songs dedicated to her trying to deal with that she went through, I'd still listen to every one. As someone who was in an abusive relationship for 2 years, I can understand how she feels. To hear people say I, or anyone else should 'be over it by now' is sickening. Mariah says "I finally built up the strength to walk away
    Don't regret it but I still live with the side effects". Yes, she has moved on, but obviously she still lives with the crap he put her through mentally.
    LuxeLilacon May 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFlickering like a candle, do my best to handle sleeping with the enemy wheather he was smothering every last part of me so i broke away and finally found the strength to leave
    CORRECT LYRICS:

    Flickering like a candle, DOIN my best to handle sleeping with the enemy AWARE THAT he was smothering every last part of me so i broke away and finally found the strength to leave
    honeybflyon June 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is just about letting ppl get the best of you plain and simple but I'll use this analogy:

    A male (26) gets a naive minor (16) pregnant and isn't there for the child wholeheartedly and has this minor mentally. But soon the minor sees that behind the thug attitude and front she sees he isn't strong and leaves him......
    rockwitchuon August 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song is about tommy mottola, and also about her dodgy upbringing with her father, its unclear but she states it wasnt the best childhood with her father.

    you can also tell it has somethingmto do with parents in ti when it says " folks been trying to run my life" and so on

    then it is about a husband again with "sleeping with the enemy aware that he was smothering every last part of me"
    izzieTHEstrangeon January 13, 2010   Link

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