"What and What Not" as written by Christopher John Guglielmo, Nick Ghanbarian, Jack A O'shea and Anthony S Raneri....
Nighttime fades into day
And a big mistake you didn't know you made
See if you can take it back
You thought this is what it seemed
Fate doesn't care about plans
You never knew life was a rubber band
The harder that you pull the more it snaps back the more it hurts

[Chorus]
Sweetness did you believe in this
They got you good they got you
No matter what transpires no one can take you higher
So don't take out your frustrations on your body that junk will make you sorry
Am taking my last stand
And to think they almost got me too

Don't confuse bad for rebirth
You'll mess around feeling like love is a curse
But you gotta make a change before you lose control
Am not saying I know what and what not to do
You're all torn up from inside out
And I've had mistakes in my bed once or twice
And put in my closet till I finally come to it
And I've realized I always knew what I had to
Sweetness did you believe in this
They got you good they got you
No matter what transpires no one can take you higher
So don't take out your frustrations on your body that junk will make you sorry
Am taking my last stand
And to think they almost got me too

The time is upon us
Be who you want to be
Be who you want to be
Keep moving forward don't live in the corner
Be who you want to be
Judges will judge you and the quacks in the corner
Keep giving them there save
I'll be who I want to be
And to think what you want to need

[Chorus]

And to think they almost got me
And to think they almost got me too


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"What and What Not" as written by Christopher John Guglielmo Anthony S Raneri

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    General Commenthere's what i got...
    "night time fades into day,
    and a big mistake you didn't know you made,
    see if you can take it back,
    you thought this was what it seemed,
    fate doesn't care about plans,
    you never knew that life was a rubber band,
    the harder that you pull,
    the more it snaps back,
    the more it hurts.

    sweetness, did you believe in this?
    they got you good,
    they got you.
    no matter what transpires,
    your will can take you higher now,
    so don't take out frustration on your body,
    that junk will make you sorry,
    i'm taking my last stand,
    and to think they almost got me too.

    don't confuse bath for rebirth,
    mess around feeling like love is a curse,
    but you gotta' make a change before you lose control,
    i'm not saying i know what and what not to do,
    we're all torn up from inside out,
    and i've had mistakes in my bed once or twice,
    but i put it in my close 'til i finally came to,
    and i realized that i always knew what i had to do.

    sweetness, did you believe in this?
    they got you good,
    they got you.
    no matter what transpires,
    your will can take you higher now,
    so don't take out frustration on your body,
    that junk will make you sorry,
    i'm taking my last stand,
    and to think they almost got me too.

    time is upon us,
    be who you want to be,
    keep moving forward,
    don't live in the corner,
    be who you want to be,
    judges will judge in the classrooms and the courtrooms if you keep giving them their say,
    i'll be who i want to be,
    so think what you want of me.

    sweetness, did you believe in this?
    they got you good,
    they got you.
    no matter what transpires,
    your will can take you higher now,
    so don't take out frustration on your body,
    that junk will make you sorry,
    i'm taking my last stand,
    and to think they almost got me too."

    anyways, this is definitley my favorite song on the new record. obviously it's about being yourself and not letting peer pressure affect your actions.
    enterusernamehereon September 11, 2008   Link
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    General Comment**
    you thought that this was what it seemed
    [first verse]
    enterusernamehereon September 11, 2008   Link
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    General Comment**
    but i put it in my closet 'til i finally came to
    [second verse]
    enterusernamehereon September 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't think its about Eternal, but he uses the nickname Sweetness which he only uses in Montauk. I feel like maybe there's a connection but I'm probably just hoping.
    frumstickon October 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMontauk is about Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind, so either they're making a direct connection, or just like the nickname 'Sweetness' very much.
    tommyhaychon October 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentdon't confuse bath for rebirth?
    what's that mean? ahhaa.
    StuffLikeHeartson March 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is essentially my new favorite bayside song. I've listened to them for years and this song is just amazing.
    blindman111on August 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's actually

    "Judges will judge in the classrooms and the courts.
    If we keep giving them their say-I'll be who I want to be."

    taken Straight from the album's booklet.
    HalfaMatton October 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's actually

    "Judges will judge in the classrooms and the courts.
    If we keep giving them their say-I'll be who I want to be."

    taken Straight from the album's booklet.
    HalfaMatton October 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWithout feeling like going through analyzing line by line this song is about overcoming heroin addiction. The chorus pretty much speaks for itself and multiple other lines can support this interpretation.
    dave633on April 26, 2010   Link

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