"The Good Life" as written by Adam Wade Gontier, Neil Sanderson, Brad Walst and Barry Stock....
The good life is what I need
Too many people stepping over me
The only thing that's been on my mind
Is the one thing I need before I die

All I want
Is a little of the good life
All I need
Is to have a good time
Oh
The good life
All I want
Is a little of the good life
All I need
Is to have a good time
The good life
(The good life)

I don't really know who I am
It's time for me to take a stand
I need a change and I need it fast
I know that any day could be the last

All I want
Is a little of the good life
All I need
Is to have a good time
The good life
All I want
Is a little of the good life
All I need
Is to have a good time
The good life

Hold on, hold on
I always wanted it this way
(You never wanted it this way)
Hold on, hold on
I always wanted this way
(You didn't ask for it this way)
I always wanted it this way

(The good life)
All I want
Is a little of the good life
All I need
Is to have a good time
The good life
All I want
Is a little of the good life
All I need
Is to have a good time
The good life
(The good life)


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"The Good Life" as written by Barry Stock Adam Gontier

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    Song MeaningListening to the song it seems very sarcastic.
    "All I want is a little of The good life All I need is to have A good time"

    I immediately think of people who throw themselves into sex, drugs, and alcohaul as "Wanting a little of the good life, and "Just needing to have a good time". He even brings up the common excuse of "any day could be my last", which is a common excuse that people who get into lots of sex, drugs and alcohaul love to use.

    At the end of the song is when the confusion of the mind is kicking in, "Hold on Hold on, I always wanted it this way, I never wanted it this way". I think that the meaning of the song is that a bit of the "good life" is not worth destroying your whole life for.

    This may very well be my favorite song off of the new album!
    xtroleon September 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is probably my favorite song off of the album; here's my interpretation.

    "The good life is
    What I need
    Too many people
    Stepping over me
    The only thing that's
    Been on my mind
    Is the one thing before I die"

    I believe that the song is about a middle/lower class person who wants a richer life, like money and fame, not particularly drugs and alcohol. I found this in the lines "Too many people steppin' over me"

    "All I want is a little of
    The good life
    All I need is to have
    A good time
    The good life"

    This reinforces the above position to me, but getting a bit obsessive about it. He also seems to be a bit sad/depressed about his current life, shown in "Have a good time".

    "I don't really know
    Who I am
    It's time for me
    To take a stand
    I need a change and
    I need it fast
    I know that any day
    Could be the last"

    This could be that he is having fun with the good life, but is having trouble remembering his old self, possibly even losing his values. That, or he quickly needs to change from his old life to preserve himself.

    "Hold on Hold on
    I always wanted it this way
    I never wanted it this way
    Hold on Hold on
    I always wanted it this way
    We didn't ask for it this way
    I always wanted it this way"

    Now they feel uneasy about what they've done, getting indecisive. The "I always/never wanted it this way" is his mind arguing about his decision and is trying to make a decision.

    I'm a bit tired, so the interpretation isn't as good as it normally would be.
    JemothSkariion October 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMFG why doesn't this have more comments?

    THIS SONG IS MY FAVORITE ON THE ALBUM!!
    it is effin phenomenal, and it's unique!

    I absolutely love love love it.
    Everything about it makes me want to just go crazy and dance, lmao.

    Dude<3
    THE GOOD LIFE, FTWWWW!!!! :D
    itsrachel91on November 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOMFG why doesn't this have more comments?

    THIS SONG IS MY FAVORITE ON THE ALBUM!!
    it is effin phenomenal, and it's unique!

    I absolutely love love love it.
    Everything about it makes me want to just go crazy and dance, lmao.

    Dude<3
    THE GOOD LIFE, FTWWWW!!!! :D
    itsrachel91on November 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty simple.
    I think it's about a guy who's tired of his shitty life (bowing down to others for example - "too many people stepping over me", and being insecure etc. - "i don't really know who i am") and wants to finally change it for the better ("it's time for me to take a stand" and "all i want is a little of the good life").
    However in the bridge it looks like after experiencing some of "the good life" he's beginning to doubt if it's as desirable as he first thought (i always wanted it this way/i never wanted it this way").
    FallenSun4on March 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about wanting a better life and maybe getting over being depressed or whatever they may have going on.
    At the end it could be like it didnt turn out the way they wanted it too.
    AaliyahAnimosityon March 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is definitely about coming out of the closet and gay sex. Seriously, read the lyrics thinking that and you'll realize how obvious it is. Pretty much the same thing you can apply to about half of 3 Days Grace songs. Easily interpreted into meanings like that. Struck me the first time I heard Animal I've Become.... The man was bored with his normal life and always wanted to try this 'one thing' before he died. He doesn't know who he really is so he is taking his stand, and taking it firmly... He always wanted it that way
    kcroxsoxon May 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's all so gung-ho and easy to take for face value until...

    "Hold on Hold on
    I always wanted it this way
    I never wanted it this way
    Hold on Hold on
    I always wanted it this way
    We didn't ask for it this way"

    This song's pretty much about hedonism, as near as I can tell.
    nortreilon July 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's all so gung-ho and easy to take for face value until...

    "Hold on Hold on
    I always wanted it this way
    I never wanted it this way
    Hold on Hold on
    I always wanted it this way
    We didn't ask for it this way"

    This song's pretty much about hedonism, as near as I can tell.
    nortreilon July 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood song. A bit like "Riot" which I also like a lot!
    HELENzon March 10, 2013   Link

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