"Should've When You Could've" as written by and John Cooper....
I'm done wondering where you've been
All night long when you're out with your friends
All you say, that the matter's over
But now that chapter's over

I'm done trusting you it's ended
Even after I catch you red handed
You could've been my only one
But now your chance is gone

You should've when you could've
You're gonna miss my love girl
You should've, it would've been so good
You should've when I would've
Now I know I've had enough
Better luck next time girl
You should've, it would've been so good

I'm done chasing you all over
May as well be chasing after thunder
Play hard to get if it makes you happy
For a change now you can start chasing me

Don't cry cause I ain't your sure thing
It ain't my fault you don't know a good thing
You could've been my only one
But now your chance is gone

You should've when you could've
You're gonna miss my love girl
You should've, it would've been so good
You should've when I would've
Now I know I've had enough
Better luck next time girl
You should've, it would've been so good

Don't you understand
Don't wanna be your backup plan
Now I won't be here to clean up when it hits the fan

You tried to keep me on your leash
It's time you started chasing me

I'm done acting like I wont be
Sitting here wishing you still wanted
Don't say I never told you
Take some advice from somebody who knows

You should've when you could've
You're gonna miss my love girl
You should've, it would've been so good
You should've when I would've
Now I know I've had enough
Better luck next time girl
You should've, it would've been so good

You should've when you could've
You're gonna miss my love girl
You should've, it would've been so good
You should've when I would've
Now I know I've had enough
Better luck next time girl
You should've, it would've been so good


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"Should've When You Could've" as written by John Landrum Cooper John Cooper

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  • +1
    General Commentthis song strikes as a pure romance song, guy finds a girl he likes and is for 100%, while she has her eyes on some other guys, and when she realizes it's a mistake it's too late.
    musicfan1968on June 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA no second chances oriented song. A man treated a girl he liked with respect and honour and love but she never came around to realize or feel the same way back. Refusal to accept a second chance and to forgive a splint on the relationship by the other partner. Your heart is shot down by the person you love when they no longer feel the same way for you as you them.
    ZachHunteron June 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHoly shit. I wish this song came out last year. It's self explanatory. A guy goes after a girl and gives her his full love and attention, but the girl never sees what she has and refuses to give it a chance.

    It's what I've gone through so many times ever since I broke up with my ex. But as the song says: "It ain't my fault you don't know a good thing"

    Just gotta pick up and move on and hope the next girl realizes the chance she's given. Fortunately for me, I think the girl I've got my heart set on right now finally sees what I have to offer ;)
    Something706on August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is just perfect. It's such a real life situation that either you have been through, or have seen.
    I LOVE it SO much.
    loveisforeveron September 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I'm done acting like I won't be
    sitting here still wishing you wanted me
    don't say that I never told you
    take some advice from somebody who knows you"

    That's a part that was missed out at the end.
    Which happens to be what I would consider the best part of the song.
    loveisforeveron September 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    MemoryI love this song. it explains what I want to say to this girl i loved...

    "Don't wanna be your backup plan"

    i was pretty much the back up plan for her, when something went wrong with her bf she would turn to me and expepct me to be hers until she found another...
    TayControlon February 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone else noticed that Skillet has a song for just about any situation/mood people will experience?
    cphillips2on July 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    MemoryMy best friend played me like this. When her and her bf broke up I was her back up plan when they broke up. i would stay up late wondering where she was with him and her friends. I really cared for her like a brother and she just played me but I'm glad we aren't friends with her anymore. When i walked away she could have chased me but she didn't its her lose and not mine.
    Troziaon January 15, 2011   Link

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