"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." as written by and Charles Fink....
Lisa likes brandy and the way it hits her lips
She's a rock 'n' roll survivor with pendulum hips
She's got deep brown eyes that've seen it all

Working at a nightclub that was called The Avenue
The bar men used to call her "Little Lisa, Looney Tunes"
She went down on almost anyone

From the hard time living 'til the Chelsea days
From when her hair was sweet blonde 'til the day it turned gray
She said, "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
You've got more than money and sense, my friend
You've got heart and you're going your own way"

"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
What you don't have now will come back again
You've got heart and you're going your own way"

Some people wear their history like a map on their face
And Joey was an artist just living out of case
But his best work was his letters home

Extended works of fiction about imaginary success
The chorus girls in neon were his closest things to friends
But to a writer, the truth is no big deal

From the hard time living to the sleepless nights
And the black and blue body from the weekend fights
He'd say, "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
You've got more than money and sense, my friend
You've got heart and you're going your own way"

"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
What you don't have now will come back again
You've got heart and you're going your own way"

On my last night on Earth, I won't look to the sky
Just breathe in the air and blink in the light
On my last night on Earth, I'll pay a high price
to have no regrets and be done with my life

"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
You've got more than money and sense, my friend
You've got heart and you're going your own way"

"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
What you don't have now will come back again
You've got heart and you're going your own way"

"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
What you don't have now will come back again
You've got heart and you're going your own way"


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"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." as written by Charles Fink

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  • +4
    General Commentg.r.e.a.t.s.o.n.g
    McScrittleson August 14, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love the thoughts on the writer

    and i love the part about her going down on just about anyone

    and i love the entire thing

    and i can't wait for the album

    and i love noah and the whale

    and l.i.f.e.g.o.e.s.o.n.
    ireallylikebagelson February 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfucking awesome song. very addictive
    doneill1027on December 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo addicted to this song, it plays over and over in my head!
    charcharcharon December 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a happier song compared to songs off The First Days of Spring.
    Cannot wait for their new album! Seeing them in concert a week after it comes out. =)
    SystematicChaosAliciaon January 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI really admire the way that this song honours the humanity and dignity of marginalised people – those who mainstream UK/US society would write off as "losers" for not having earned enough "personal net worth", or for declining to adopt a conformist sensibility. Ah, but they've got more than money and sense, my friend, they've got heart, and they're going their own way.

    Since every universal phenomena is characterised by change, then as our life goes on, what we don't have now may well come back again, but more important than these transitory impermanences is the fact that we've got heart – expressing loving kindness and compassion on your journey through life is the sure fire heart-led route to having no regrets on your last night on earth, when you're done with your life.

    This song was aptly chosen to accompany trailers for 'Derek' on TV Channel 4 in the UK in 2014 (a comedy series by Ricky Gervais, set in an elderly care home), the subtext of which has great synergy with L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. – living a heart-led life of kindness and compassion trumps being a so-called "winner" every time, and helps to expose the vapid hollowness of vulgar bourgeois hyperconsumption individualism.

    The video rendition of Lisa strongly reminded me of the 1984 Wim Wenders movie 'Paris, Texas', and the whole song brings to mind a more overtly anarchist anthem from 1991, 'One Way' by The Levellers: "There's only one way of life / And that's your own, your own, your own!"
    timjoon June 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. So amazing, I can not wait until March for the new album.

    I think it's like the same concept as Blue Skies, but even more positive. Just as simple as "Life Goes On", no matter what you're doing.
    disasterbuttonon December 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit says: she went down on almost anyone. the drumming bit in the clean version sounds better.
    Pirateson February 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'But his best word was his letters home' should be 'his best WORK'.

    'His standard works of fiction' is actually 'Extended works of fiction'.

    The chorus is "You're going your own way", not "you go in your own way".

    funkadelic101on February 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionthis reminds me a lot of livin on a prayer
    WRM710on April 15, 2011   Link

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