"The Popular Thing" as written by and Ben Thornewill....
Oh, here's to new mornings, to new evenings
Pack your bags babe and we are leaving.
Don't you say no cause I know that you want to go, oh believe me.
Out west babe, out west with rest
we'll go fast and we'll go faster yet
don't you worry, I've been there before
and so has everybody else... everybody's doing it.

So mark on your skin something that you like
some phrase or symbol that might
better say who you were at that time in your life
but not cause everybody else... everybody's doing it.

And if you wanna do the popular thing, oh, well then follow away,
but if you want to find something unique, oh, you can't look that way,
cause if you give it any more than a peek oh,
well you will have changed,
because everybody else... everybody's doing it.

So have kiss, babe, one little kiss
and you won't ever never never never miss it
cause when you get kissed you also get to kiss
and then one thing then leads to another
but don't prematurely make her a mother.
Make sure you love her until death do you part
but not because everybody else... everybody's doing it.

And if you wanna do the popular thing, oh, well then follow away,
but if you want to find something unique, oh, you can't look that way,
cause if you give it any more than a peek oh,
well you will have changed,
because everybody else... everybody's doing it.

Well look now, there's a graveyard
you'll be in one like it or not
you can't pick when but you can pick your lot.

And everybody else.... everybody's doing it.

And if you wanna do the popular thing, oh, well then follow away,
but if you want to find something unique, oh, you can't look that way,
cause if you give it any more than a peek, oh,
well you will have changed,
because everybody else... everybody's doing it.


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    General CommentI'm pretty sure he is just saying "Be your own dude."
    TheJHamon April 11, 2011   Link
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    General Commentpossibly their most ironic song. Basic chord progressions, everybody's doing it. Definitely a solid track though
    BluesDriveon May 09, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm pretty sure this song is about popular trends (obviously.)
    What it's saying is, go ahead and follow the trends, but if you want to be unique and breakaway from the mainstream, do something unique that you like.
    Also, it's also about life:
    Getting a tattoo when you're young (teenager, maybe?), finding a wife/husband and getting married, and old age.
    shibedogeon November 11, 2013   Link

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