You gave me good steps to follow
and I wish I could fill your shoes.
I wish the apple fell closer to the tree.
You gave me a branch to perch on
but it's time for me to take control.
This isn't about you, just gotta try life on my own.

And when I see fathers proud and smiling
I choke from shame and grief,
and only wish I could be a source for your relief.
We've both done each other so much wrong.
I've made mistakes too big to fix.
And maybe regardless of what I want,
we just don't mix.

And if you knew about my songs
maybe this would mean something to you.
The only thing I care about,
the only thing I wanna do,
the only thing that sets me apart,
the only thing that makes me me....

Slowly spelling out my heart,
for everyone to read.

And I'm sorry that I hurt you,
and I'm sorry that I let you hurt me,
but your little girl
is gonna change the world.
You'll see...

you'll see.

Lyrics submitted by a scar in the sky

My Fault. Your Mistake. song meanings
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    General Commentlex's dad is dexter holland of the offspring, so with that in mind it's easy to paint the picture that they don't have the kind of father-daughter relationship either wishes they had. perhaps the father wishes he could spend more time with his daughter, or the daughter wishes she could meet the father's high expectations. perhaps the father doesn't have high expectations but people will always see her in his shadow, not as a separate person but as dexter's offspring (pun completely intended). when your dad is that famous, you in turn will be that famous for being the child of this man, as opposed to being famous for the talent one carries and that may be overshadowed by the fame the name carries with it.

    of course, this song could also be entirely fictional and not apply to the reality of the situation.
    a scar in the skyon August 26, 2008   Link

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