What are we good for? I think you know
What are we good for? I think you know

In seven years only one goodbye that meant much to me
Down and out and I'm fading fast, I can't keep it all together
If every fairy tale could probe the night and take me into there
Or grab my hand and tell me what's the difference between

Heaven and Hell, 'Cause I can't tell
You'll be my angel through it all
Dressed as a girl, You'll be part of this world
We'll love like fools again

I want to thank you for your card, 'Cause Hallmark says it all
I'm sorry if I keep on trying to forget
If you really love me than write about how you never want to live without
This broken boy who keeps on trying to forget

Looks a lot like home, A better place to be
A terrifying feeling, I can't see you
We're always off and then on again
They say that I might be cursed for a while
And I feel it setting in, getting into my head again
Watch me forget my life

How does it feel when you're all alone
I won't answer when you call
I don't want to hear the things I think about the things I can't live without

I want to thank you for your card, 'Cause silence says it all
I'm sorry if I keep on trying to forget
If you really love me than write about how you never want to live without
This broken boy who keeps on trying to forget

I'm trying to find my way home
Well there's nothing worse than walking by myself
I'm tired of believing we could ever heal these broken dreams
When you're still sleeping in someone else bed

I want to thank you for your card, 'Cause nothing says it all
I'm sorry if I keep on trying to forget
If you really love me than write about how you never want to live without
This Georgia boy who keeps on trying to forget

What are we good for? I think you know
What are we good for? I think you know
What are we good for? I think you know
What are we good for? I think you know


Lyrics submitted by juand182, edited by PaperDanie2

Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About song meanings
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    My Interpretation(Excuse me while I write a book to analyze a three minute song because I have nothing better to do.)

    I think it's pretty clear that this song is relating to a girl who used to be in a long term relationship with the speaker (broken up), and now that he's starting to move on she's trying to get back into his life, which is unwelcomed and uncalled for, considering she has moved on much quicker ("I'm tired of believing we could ever heal these broken dreams/When you're still sleeping in someone else bed").

    The speaker, while obviously upset, still has feelings for her as seen in the lines "Or grab my hand and tell me what's the difference between/Heaven and Hell, 'cause I can't tell". He isn't able to gauge if being with her is divine or torturous, though he considers her an angel, which is the common motif throughout the album. Though this angel isn't used to be alone, which is why she craves the attention from her former partner.

    The first lines of the choruses: "I want to thank you for your card, 'Cause ______ says it all" marks an obvious progression on the speakers views toward the situation. At first, he says "'Cause Hallmark says it all", claiming that her desire to return isn't genuine, and that it's two dimensional and generalized.

    Secondly, he says "'Cause silence says it all", and this shows the underlying layer of her wanting to return to him. The fact that she refuses to speak "says" that getting back together is for her own greed and comfort, not his.

    Lastly, "'Cause nothing says it all", just furthers that point - though there is something notable about the difference between "Silence" and "Nothing", as the term "nothing" is a main theme of the song.

    The song itself is called "Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About", the first nothing referring to their past relationship, and the second referring to her unable to restore that relationship. This theme of "nothingness" (I believe) is the blatant answer to the driving question: "What are we good for?"

    Nothing.
    (Damn, that's deep af)
    PaperDanie2on January 03, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretation"In seven years only one goodbye that meant much to me" This isn't about a relationship he just got out of, a lot of time has elapsed, yet she was still the only breakup he couldn't get over.
    After they broke up she moved on much faster, but now even though they've both moved on and she's with someone else (you're still sleeping in someone else's bed)
    she's either apologizing or trying to get back in his life somehow, which is sending him mixed signals ("heaven or hell cause I can't tell") And even though he's angry at how things ended and they way she's playing with his heart, she's still his everything and means so much to him (you'll be my angel through it all).
    But in the end he knows that they can never be together again after all the games and everything she put him through ("how does it feel when you're all alone, I won't answer when you call).
    YET neither of them ever want to lose eachother completely form their lives- and I guess the overall feeling I get from this song is that while they aren't together, they will always have a piece of each other because at one point they were eachother's worlds.
    Jessieleekendallon January 09, 2014   Link

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