"Picture Perfect" as written by David Ryan Strauchman, James Francis Deeghan, Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount....
Picture perfect
That's what it seems
They've got this whole thing figured out
But not me
We'll leave this place behind
Doesn't that feel right?
Picture perfect, it's picture perfect

Through the fire
Through the smoke and the flames
In my reflection in the window
Match in hand, and I'm running

Everyone's screaming, "You're never gonna get there"
Waking up shaking feels much better
And everyone's saying, "Shape up and get a life"
If nothing goes wrong, then how will it feel right?
Picture perfect doesn't mean much to me

Is it true what they're saying
I gotta settle down in place just like the rest?
Living the dream, is this what it feels like?
Picture perfect
It's picture perfect

The days are fading
Like they're one in the same
I point the finger
And it shows me I'm to blame
And I'm running

Everyone's screaming, "You're never gonna get there"
Waking up shaking feels much better
And everyone's saying, "Shape up and get a life"
If nothing goes wrong, then how will it feel right?
Picture perfect doesn't mean much
Picture perfect doesn't mean much to me

I've had enough time to figure this out
But I can't believe that I waited this long
I've seen the truth in another light
This is everything I never wanted to be

Wake up, shape up
You're never gonna get there
If nothing goes wrong, then how would it feel right?
Wake up, shape up
You're never gonna get there
It's picture perfect, it's picture perfect

Everyone's screaming, "You're never gonna get there"
Waking up shaking feels much better
And everyone's saying, "Shape up and get a life"
If nothing goes wrong, then how will it feel right?

Everyone's screaming, "You're never gonna get there"
Waking up shaking feels much better
And everyone's saying, "Shape up and get a life"
If nothing goes wrong, then how will it feel right?
Picture perfect doesn't mean
Picture perfect doesn't mean much to me
Picture perfect doesn't mean much to me


Lyrics submitted by dullbones

"Picture Perfect" as written by James Francis Deeghan David Ryan Strauchman

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentI listened to this song over and over again and tried to get the lyrics as accurate as possible. If you think they're wrong please post & correct 'em so I can fix it :P
    dullboneson October 28, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about a perfect life. but he doesnt want a perfect life
    ayubellelikesiton February 16, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's not about not wanting a "perfect" life–it's about not wanting a "picture-perfect" life. In particular, the picture-perfect life detailed by the song is connected with "the American Dream": getting married, and having kids, a house in the suburbs and a mediocre regular job (cf. 'And everyone's saying, "Shape up and get a life"' and 'I gotta settle down in place just like the rest; Living the dream, is this what it feels like').

    There's a fundamental difference between a true "perfect" life and a "picture-perfect" life: the first is based on being truly happy (and therefore is subjective) and the other is based on the appearance of being happy (thus, easily perceived). It is possible to have both a perfect and picture-perfect life, but they're orthogonal: you can have a perfect life that's not picture-perfect or a picture-perfect life that's not perfect. The subject of the song knows this difference (emphasis mine): "Picture perfect, that's what it *seems*."

    The subject is urged to stop his "fooling" around, telling him that whatever it is he is doing is not worth it ('Everyone's screaming, "You're never gonna get there"') and that he should get a picture-perfect life ('And everyone's saying, "Shape up and get a life"'). But he does not want a picture perfect life ('Picture perfect doesn't mean much to me'), and he knows that it was his decision to pursue his dream ('I point the finger and it shows me I'm to blame'). In fact, it seems that he's actually truly happy with his less-than-picture-perfect life ("Waking up shaking feels much better [than everyone telling him he's wrong]") and justifies that his life is better because it makes it feel more satisfied: "If nothing goes wrong, then how will it feel right?"

    The high point in the song is when he realizes that he is indeed right in his decision to not pursue the picture-perfect life:

    I've saving up time to figure this out
    But I can't believe that I waited this long
    I've seen the truth in another light
    This is everything I never wanted to be

    Basically the song is about truly pursuing your dream and not just settling for something that everyone tells you is the "right" thing to do. It's an anthem for people like me, who are there, doing what they love the most, no matter how many times people tell them to "get a proper life."
    keetoon August 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about being perfect in your own way and not how everyone precives perfect. I also think it's about he knows people are judge him for being him and not following the rules made by society. I love this song, I've listened to it a million times and it never gets old.
    Hation April 03, 2011   Link

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