I hate your bad tattoos and your second-hand stories
Those anecdotes that grew old last month
I hate the way you move when you're drunk and try dancing
It's not sexy, it's just keeping us up
And I'm just not fond of anyone
And that's got everything to do with us
I hate the way I get when I can't handle bad news
It feels like I've been an asshole for months
All I've got left are these handfuls of fuck you
Man, that's never enough

I guess I'm just down
I guess I'll be honest, I could use you around
I can't stand the dork that you're hanging with now
I guess I'll be honest, I could use you around

I hate the way that you can't keep your hair straight
I hate the way that you're leaning on me
I hate the way that you point out when girls are staring
Because you know that I won't do a thing
I hate the context clues you leave out of your writing
Because I can't find myself here at all
You know that I hate when you call me wasted
I expect it whenever you call

I guess I'm just down
I guess I'll be honest, I could use you around
I can't stand the dork that you're hanging with now
I guess I'll be honest, I could use you around
I could use you around
I could use you around now

My friends all say he's just a b-rate version of me
He's stuck on video games and weed
They're just trying to help me get to sleep
So my friends all say you're sitting way too close to me
That I should just get up and leave
It's like I'm weighed down to the seat
And my friends all say he's just the broke-dick version of me
They're just trying to help me get some sleep
I know he's what you need

I guess I'm just down
I guess I'll be honest, I could use you around
I can't stand the dork that you're hanging with now
I guess I'll be honest, I could use you around
I could use you around
I could use you around
I could use you around
I could use you around


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Melrose Diner song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentI definitely agree that it's about an ex, but I don't necessarily think he hates anything about her. It's more like he's trying really hard to convince himself that he hates her to make losing her hurt less. "I guess I'll be honest, I could use you around" is him basically just admitting that no matter how hard he tries to deny it, he just really misses her. "And my friends all say he's just the broke-dick version of me. They're just trying to help me get some sleep, I know he's what you need." Her new boyfriend just plain pisses him off, but above anything else he just wants to want what's best for her, and if the best thing for her is this new guy, then he's willing to put aside what he wants in order for her to be happy. Or at least he wants her to believe he is.
    horseheadsonataon May 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt sounds like it could be about having dinner with an ex and her current boyfriend. The end of the song is what leads me to that conclusion (along with the song title), with lines like "my friends all say you're sitting way too close to me That I should just get up and leave It's like I'm weighed down to the seat", like she purposefully sat next to him because she might still have feelings for him. It also seems like the first couple of verses could be reminiscing about things he once found charming, but now realizes that he hates, leading up to the meeting at the diner.
    fateworksbothwayson February 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a good song. i think its basically a girl who he likes, but at the same time can't stand a bunch of stuff about her
    orwhateveron January 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i can def relate to this song my ex was almost exactly like this. i believe its about trying to make yourself hate someone so you can say you dont need them but in the back of your head you know they still hold a place in your heart. kinda like the bayside line "and i hate myself for hating myself,just enough to love you"
    sensesneverfailon February 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenton second thought its nothing like that line lol
    sensesneverfailon February 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the context clues line. It strikes me as regrettable narcissism. Like I'm reading this but where am I in it? Which makes sense coming from Soupy who mentions tons of his friends names in all his songs.
    turnstileson June 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis is a song about longing. The narrator still desperately wants to be with this girl. She's moved on and he hasn't. He hates her new boyfriend, and is trying to hate her as well but can't. His friends, though well-meaning, don't offer any solace with their statements of a "B-Rate version of me". He could use her around, just like how things were before. The last line "I know he's what you need" hints at problems within the past relationship, and the overall tone of the song suggests that it wasn't the narrator's choice to be apart.
    Metalblade56on June 23, 2011   Link

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