"Why Can't You Be" as written by and Stephan Jenkins....
Are you frightened by the weight you possess
Or is this lie just weightlessness
Smoggy twilight in L.A.
I can't think of one real thing to say
And Robbie Williams is walking in the canyons
Forgets that we were friends
I guess it all depends on your mood
Why can't these med's be any damn good

And she said,
Why can't you be like my water pick shower massager
A sweet reliable machine
And to tell the truth
I don't feel less alone
My water massagers
The purest love I've ever known
Why can't you be, like when I was thirteen

He said
Why can't you be
Like an art house foreign movie
Frank and sexy red balloons and ennui
And aloof to me and
Why can't you be, a little more of a mystery

Why can't you be
The part of me that's missing
Instead of leaving me for some other
Say we're perfect for each other
And we won't spend this life
Alone

She said,
Why can't you be
Like and out sourced government contract
And I'm a fat cat getting away with anything
Kicking some secret special powers
Illumination rounds in showers

'Cause your tearing our hair out
When we could have a bed of flowers

Why can't you be
Like the chicks out on the road
Some girls are happy just to see me

Cause you got moxie and a broken nose
You take em away from this prose
Sometimes a blow job's not enough
Why can't you play
A little less rough

Can we, just leave it be
We could live our lives
Separately
Could you forget
What happens to you and me
When we're dead
And we'll be dead
We'll have eternity
And I will spend it all
Missing you and me
So while I'm alive
I will always be
Seeking you out, wondering about
How'd we go so far down
And what's do wrong with you and me

Why can't you be, someone looking a little deeper into me
Like J.D. Sallenger,

Why do I challenge her
In all the surface ways that you displease
Why can't you be a little more at ease

Why can't you be, like a hand rolled cigarette
I'm not joking
This masochistic, self-pity of smoking
And this silly ditty that keeps provoking you
To leave me

Why can't you be like a candle I can snuff
You're still a diamond in the rough
And I swear to god I've had enough
How can I
Call your bluff


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"Why Can't You Be" as written by Stephan Jenkins

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    General CommentWow I absolutely love this song it is perfect. perfect.
    ohxcaliforniaon November 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMG. I can't believe that 3eb name-dropped Robbie Williams - my other fav. artist!!! Wow, I cannot wait for this album :)
    FiestyDivaon November 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOVE THIS NEW SONG
    t_doton November 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe beginning of the current song makes me laugh, "It was an argument with an ex-girlfriend and I said something about a truest love and she said 'you're mistaken, my first true love was with a multiple-adjustable-showerhead!'..I know you follow me, but I was like..''I'm drunk!''" ... and the overall song makes me smile.. perfect in its randomness. To me this song is clearly about exes having a conversation where they have gone their separate ways.
    Museicalinon November 21, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionThe first time I heard this song I was kinda confused about who was saying what and when but I assume because of the title that he wants her to be his first truest love and it's not mutual but she continues to push him into thinking it by talking him up. Then in the end he tests her and realizes she was bluffing the whole time. I just feel like I can relate to this song so well, when he says she's kicking some secret special powers it's really how it feels to love someone for no reason and just being so blind that they can get away with whatever by pretending they feel the same way. All while you're making yourself crazy freaking out about their intentions based around they're actions speaking differently, (her leaving him for someone else). That's my opinion anyway.
    petbreakon November 24, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIt sounds to me as if the guy (Stephan) wanted a more mature/emotional relationship but this girlfriend rejected his advances.
    rkpon November 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn The Making of "Ursa Major, Pt. 1" Stephan Jenkins said that "Why Can't You Be" is "very simply about kind of always angry at each other for the things we are missing in ourselves"
    3ebfan10on December 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthirdeyeblind.com/info/… for more info from the band and some lyric corrections.

    i adore this song. it's just so true how you love someone so much but at the same time want to change them.... it's a beautiful song. this album is going to be great :)
    jasssson February 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit was when stephan was arguing with his girlfriend and he said "but i was your first love" and she said "no, stephan, my first love was a waterpik shower massager"
    chickenrokzon March 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have listened to this song on repeat for the last couple of weeks. Stephen Jenkins is a true artist--he expresses so much emotion with his voice, and when combined with beautiful, deep lyrics and amazing melodies, it transforms music into art.
    cawoodstockon March 24, 2009   Link

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