"Better Homes and Gardens" as written by and Mark O'connell Edward Reyes....
When you took that ring off
Balled it in your fist
Eyes like a smoking gun
Surprised at what you did

Said, "Don't even think for a second
You're following me in
My parents are home
And so is my kid"

Just go on
In that house that you hate
That house that we bought
And failed to make

When you took that ring off
I sat there stunned
Parked out in my car
Surprised by what you'd done

The courage that that must've took left me utterly speechless
And though it came as no surprise I still couldn't believe it

You'll never be happy
You'll never be happy

But it was all for nothing
Yeah, it was all a waste
You held on tight
And for dear life
But it was all for nothing

When you took that ring off
Threw it at your feet
You didn't say a word
Much less look at me

The courage that that must've took I just could not believe it
In that moment you were perfect and it made all that bullshit seem worth it

But it was all for nothing
Yeah, it was all a waste
You held on tight
And for dear life
But it was all for nothing
Yeah, it was all a waste
You held on tight
(Held on tight and)
And for dear life
(For dear life)
But it was all for nothing
(Held on tight and
For dear life
We held on tight and
For dear life
We held on tight)

So just go on
That house that you hate
That house that we bought
And failed to make
It was all for nothing
It was all a waste

And now
You'll never be happy
Oh, you'll never be happy

'Cause it was all for nothing
Yeah, it was all a waste
We held on tight
And for dear life
But it was all for nothing
Yeah, it was all a waste
We held on tight
(Held on tight and)
And for dear life
(For dear life)
But it was all for nothing
(Held on tight and
For dear life
We held on tight)
When you took off that ring
(And for dear life)
When you took off that ring
(We held on tight)


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    General CommentTo me this song is about someone who is doing what they can to better themselves, and everyone is being negative to them because its not what they want. Pretty much a person who knows what they want but its not what others want.
    allmyfavoritebandson May 21, 2014   Link
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    Song Meaningi saw tbs just the other day, and the energy dropped in the venue when adam said he was going to sing a song about something that ripped him apart, and the reason he sings this song is part of therapy. he wants listeners to rid their demons whilst listening to this song.
    its about his real-life ex who left him. he sang with such emotion and it was epic. during the lines, "you'll never be happy" he said, "she ACTUALLY said that to me!" the way he acted out this song highlights that its something very personal to him
    drew614022on December 11, 2014   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about an ex that cheated on him. The lyrics 'when you took that ring off, balled it in your first" might speak about a girl taking off her ring whilst going to meet the person she's having an affair with. People take their wedding rings off to hide their marriage when they go out if they are trying to cheat. "Eyes like a smoking gun, surprised by what you did." Perhaps he's imagining her being surprised that she actually did cheat on him, maybe crying. Maybe the "eyes like a smoking gun" refers to heavy eye makeup. Idk, but it seems clear to me the song is about a girl cheating on him, and thus throwing everything they had together away.
    elcamel1216on May 18, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationReading through the comments and understanding what Adam was going through in the mid 2000's, we never really were given much info about the split between him and Chauntelle (who broke up with who and why) a lot of posts online just made Adam seem like a bad guy by sleeping with his now wife back when she was still a bartender. So I think this song clarifies a lot about the shadows of the past and kissing it goodbye. I think everything that followed that in his life was very therapeutic and healing for him. Go Adam!!! <3
    jenesaipason September 26, 2015   Link

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