"The Sweet Life" as written by Pharrell L Williams and Christopher Breaux....
Yeah, I know I look worse for the wear
But I have everything at my fingertips
I've been infantilized by a pat on the back and an endless go-ahead

Ain't nothing gonna break my stride
Ain't nothing gonna slow me down
Oh no, when there's no one disapproving

Yet it's women not lack of ambition that keeps good men bedridden
Jesus Christ, I am forever making the same mistakes
Yet it's women not lack of ambition that keeps good men bedridden
Jesus Christ, I am forever making the same mistakes

I continue to stumble around as long as everyone cheers me on
Am I the only one without the weapon to end the war?

Ain't nothing gonna break my stride
Ain't nothing gonna slow me down
Oh no, when there's no one disapproving

Yet it's women not lack of ambition that keeps good men bedridden
Jesus Christ, I am forever making the same mistakes
Yet it's women not lack of ambition that keeps good men bedridden
Jesus Christ, I am forever making the same mistakes

Deaf men in the city of sirens
Blind men in the presence of snakes
I told you, I told you
But I'm adrift in a sea of temptation

I told you, I told you
A newborn with inadequate skills
I told you, I told you
Turn the party up, honesty be damned
How fucking pathetic of me?

I can't go this way not when I have your heart
Oh, what a childish life I have led?
God, what a wicked man I have been

But ain't nothing gonna break my stride
Ain't nothing gonna slow me down
Oh no, when there's no on disapproving


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"The Sweet Life" as written by Jordan Buckley Andy Williams

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    General CommentThe singer has had an easy life, like that of an heir or a popular person or something, but the lack of challenges has made him restless. He feels like his life is directionless and pointless, but he continues on desperately against that feeling.

    In the last section he claims that he's the only one who really sees what's going on, while everyone around him is ignorant of the pleasures and dangers of living life freely. He knows he can't really stay in a life like this, so apparently he runs off and lives dangerously as an awesome rock star.

    The chorus has me guessing a little because it seems kind of out of place. I don't get the impression of relationshit being a subject of the rest of the song, but maybe it's supposed to be-- it makes me think of the thought of being chained down to a significant other and unable to be open to or explore the world independently, maybe connecting to Wanderlust or, really, the rest of the album.

    I'm pretty sure he's yelling "I told you, I told you" in the last section.
    DAMtastychickenon June 17, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaning“Yea I know I look worse for the wear.
    But I have everything at my fingertips.
    I've been infantilized by a pat on the back and an endless go-ahead.
    Ain't nothing gonna break my stride.
    Ain't nothing gonna slow me down.
    Oh no. When there's no one disapproving.”

    The writer describes his situation. To “look for the wear” is an idiom for intoxication. Having everything at one’s fingertips refers to behaving according to one’s profession. Keith (the writer) is describing himself as an artist to the fingertips. Keith is in a rock band. Rock bands party. Therefore, Keith parties. And no one is telling him otherwise, which fuels his “infancy” to carouse with reckless abandon.

    “Yet its women not lack of ambition that keeps good men bedridden.
    Jesus Christ I am forever making the same mistakes”

    Keith is a driven artist, a professional of his craft. But he’s always chasing tail and always regretting it because he could be focused on other, more noble endeavors.

    “I continue to stumble around as long as everyone cheers me on.
    Am I the only one without the weapon to end the war?”

    Keith will continue to party. His other song lyrics contain themes of partying and it’s been paying him dividends thus far. So why fix something if it ain’t broke? The “war” is refers to his drinking habits. The “weapon” is the ability to drink in moderation (or completely quit.) But where’s the fun in that?

    “Deaf men in the city of sirens.
    Blind men in the presence of snakes.”

    In Greek mythology, sirens were seductive women who lured sailors to their deaths. Snakes refer to people who are deceptive and sneaky. Keith is talking about how other men are resilient to temptation…

    “But I'm adrift in a sea of temptation.”

    …but Keith prefers indulgence.

    “A newborn with inadequate skills. Turn the party up, honestly be damned.”

    Can you blame a baby when it shits itself? No. So don’t blame Keith for drinking so much, alright? Fuck off.

    “How fucking pathetic of me.
    I can't go this way.
    Not when I have your heart.
    Oh what a childish life I have led.
    God, what a wicked man I have been.”

    Keith realizes the error of his ways. He’s got a girl who’s faithful and he hasn’t been. And this fact floors Keith, crushes him like a right hook from Kimbo Slice. Now he’s trying to reconcile with himself, turn over a new leaf, and become the righteous man he was always supposed to be.

    “But ain't nothing gonna break my stride.
    Ain't nothing gonna slow me down.
    Oh no. When there's no on disapproving.”

    Just kidding.
    leponeon July 01, 2012   Link

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