Well since you've left I've had no place to be
I'll spend most everyday doing as I please
I've got pockets full of money; hear a jingle when I walk
Yeah it's a good life from now on

Now if I walk down the street everybody knows my name
They all step aside and let me go my way
They all smile and snicker and some won't talk at all
Yeah it's a good life from now on

Oh and all the fancy restaurants won't let me wait inside
They serve me out the backdoor and never ask for a dime
So you tell me what I'm missing and I'll tell you where you're wrong
Yeah it's a good life from now on

Well now I could go anywhere and live this way
I could catch a first class trip on a mountain bound train
Yeah 'cause I've got nothing left here to keep me hanging on
Yeah it's a good life from now on
Yeah it's a good life for me from now on



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    General CommentAgain, how has NOBODY heard of Justin Townes Earle, this guy's AMAZING!

    Anyway, this song sounds totally like he's either being sarcastic about or in denial of the fact that he's lost everything, his wife, job, home, (self-) respect...

    Well since you've left I've had no place to be
    I'll spend most everyday doing as I please
    I've got pockets full of money; hear a jingle when I walk

    His wife left him, he lost his house (or maybe he couldn't afford his apartment after a roommate went somewhere else?), he's unemployed, the bit about pockets full of money jingling means that he's pretending to be really rich but only has coins, worth a few dollars at most

    Now if I walk down the street everybody knows my name
    They all step aside and let me go my way
    They all smile and snicker and some won't talk at all
    [i think that was supposed to be "... and snicker in subtle tones of awe"]

    He's so filthy that people don't dare get in his way, he's "famous" as the neighborhood unclean, everybody enjoys deriding him, which he's pretending, either to himself or the person he's mad at for leaving him on the street, is everybody respecting him

    Oh and all the fancy restaurants won't let me wait inside
    They serve me out the backdoor and never ask for a dime

    The fancy restaurants don't think he's "proper" enough to be seen eating there, so they shun him to the back where he won't "contaminate" their reputation through association with them; they also enjoy feeling superior to him by giving him pity meals for free
    Castle742on June 21, 2010   Link

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