"Life on the Nickel" as written by Paul Richard Epworth and Mark Foster....
Yet again I'm hustling
But I can't seem to catch a dime
Take a little hit and I lose the time

I took the man and his horse
And ran before he looked up
I said the light's gonna change
But I'm calm and feeling warm
And now I'm sticking out my hands
And feeling weightless again

You got to push, got to shove
I've got to eat before they eat me
Got the crown and the cup
I've got to write to my family
And say, "I'm calm and feeling warm."
I'm not quite there, but I'm close
And it's a world of difference

I've got the worst all behind me
Yeah, they'll never be able to find me
I'm the king of the city
I'm a roach and they're all primates
This is meal time
Real life
I'm not gonna fight
No, I'm not gonna start a war

I've been right
I've been wrong
My smokes have come and gone
I've been crazy
Been fed enough to not wind up dead
And I'm lonely
My eyes have been closed to the world
Cause the world's got nothing for me

Lyrics submitted by nbdnbdnbd

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  • +6
    General CommentI love this song. It's about a drug addict, who's trying to earn money but he can't seem to make enough. He steals money/goods from a man to sell, buys drugs, and that's why he starts feeling weightless, calm, and warm. He has to write a letter to his family claiming that he's feeling okay, even though he's clearly not over his addiction. Basically he's a lonely guy that doesn't see the point of life and doesn't think it has anything to offer him. So he just gets high and forgets about life.
    ddarkpassengerron August 09, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentLol I thought he said awesome instead of hustling
    secretdesireson August 17, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWish they would play this type of music in prom this is the good **** something fun to dance to.
    fullmetal78745on June 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe IS saying hustling. youtube.com/…
    When played live it's pretty obvious.

    Although the studio version doesn't sound like hustling AT ALL.
    MexicanSwagon October 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read on a review that he's singing "Ooh yeah, I'm awesome, awesome, awesome." but I honestly have no idea what it is officially.
    JustThinkOfUson October 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's definately saying hustlin'. the song used to be called hustling and it was changed to life on the nickel. it's about a homeless person. he says so here:
    bshfon October 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsinging "then again i'm awesome awesome, then again i'm awesome awesome hell yea i'm awesome" was a lot more fun :P
    xBenji65on November 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I purposely didn't look up the lyrics to this song because I just wanted to think they were saying "Let me get my awesome"... my curiosity finally got the best of me... but it doesn't mean I can't think what I want hahaha. Great song... this album is one of the best I've heard in years...
    bwilson5on December 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was saying "Damn yeah I'm awesome" hahaha
    music1794on June 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfunny how we all hear different things...I couldn't for the life of me make it out until reading the lyrics lol..I thought he was saying in the place of hustling or awesome lol roster..yeah weird...anyways once re-listening to it can totally hear it now. A-lot of there songs do this though...
    as to meaning totally about addiction agreed!
    Rayncatton November 23, 2012   Link

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