I might as well be a Japanese exchange student
Cause' people wouldn't know me, right when I show up
But then the thrill wears off, and then I'm alone
until Beyonce rolls through town,
and I think that I can call and score a ticket
When I can't.

Cause' I don't know her, like you don't know me
It's a lonely world when it's all that you see
It doesn't matter if I got a good heart in me
This gets lonely.

I might as well be a Japanese exchange student
Cause' people wouldn't know me, right when I show up
But then the thrill wears off, and then I'm alone
Until Paul McCartney rolls through town,
and I think that I can get in on the guest list,
When I can't.

Cause' I don't know him like you don't know me.
It's a lonely thing when it's all that you see.
It doesn't matter if I got a good heart in me.
This gets lonely.

Last year I got the cover,
my phone wouldn't stop ringing and ringing.
They called in on my mother and that is saying something
Well maybe it's been quiet, my phone just picks up dust
Cause' it's all about who you know,
and not about if you really know anyone.

So, hey, be nice to the Japanese exchange students,
Cause' people wouldn't know them, right when they show up,
And they have found yourself in a similar place
Where you found you looked around and just saw loads of empty space.
And you were thinking how you don't know them,
like they don't know you.
It's a lonely feeling after all that you do.
Got a good heart, got a good soul, what must I do to prove it anymore?
I got friends in high and low places,
and it's all the same to me.

I love the Japanese, I love the Japanese,
those from Japan and overseas.
I love the Japanese, do you love the Japanese?
Those from Japan and overseas,
Those from Japan and overseas, like me.


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Japanese Exchange Student song meanings
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    General Commentit's a quirky song and at first i didn't like it but it grew on me
    especially the meaning, it's about not knowing someone and all
    you want is what they can get you. it's a lonely feeling when they
    don't know you but they just want something
    i really love this line,
    "cause' it's all about who you know, and not about if you really know anyone"
    varsityfc16on April 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsucha great song:)! i think this song explains how when a new student comes, people get excited since its like a "shiny new toy" but the thrill eventually goes away and people might judge and everyone goes back to normal. so bryce is comparing this to himself how people might judge and get excited when they meet him but sooner or later its not that great anymore and how if they actually find out who he really is, they'd understand better what he means and stuff bc you dont know who someone is unless you get to know him. i love bryce so much and this song, the albums amazing<3333
    errinnnx3on February 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti have to say, this is not my favorite trs song, as i feel bryce has written better.

    i can tell what this is about though... i agree with arrinnnx3
    MCSmateon February 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat an awesome song. Even after getting past the exchange student metaphor (a quirky choice, but I think it makes the song even more easy to relate to) the song is incredibly relevant. It goes even further to suggest that we should reach out to people in this situation, especially when we are in positions to do the ignoring.
    mesmith5on February 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely not the strongest TRS lyrics on the album, or ever actually, but the melodies are good and the musical aspect of the song are good. I feel as though he rushed the writing of this song, but who knows, it might have some personal effect on him.

    Agree with everyone as to the meaning. Everyone feels liked and wanted when the're new but then the people surrounding them fade away and loneliness comes. Pretty much advises at the end not to treat people like a product or just as some sort of new toy, but get to know and understand every individual for what they have to offer. Great meaning behind the song, not his best writing.
    jdelimaon March 08, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think the meaning of this song is pretty obvious, not really knowing anyone, just liking the "new" appeal, or so to say.

    I actually like the lyrics, even the Japanese exchange student reference.
    but he really screwed things at the end, with the whole "i love the Japanese etc, etc,"
    I know he just added that at the end to be like, this isn't a hit at the Japanese at all, so there was no way anyone could take the song offensively, I personally don't think it was necessary at all, but it definitely butchered the song for me regardless.
    audge22on July 24, 2010   Link

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