You can't be what you were
So you better start being
Just what you are
You can't be what you were
The time is now
It's running out
It's running out
It's running, running, running out

You can't be what you were
So you better start living the life
That you're talking about
You can't be what you were
There's no movement
There's no movement
There's no movement
In a bad mouth

It betrays a bad mind
There's no movement
There's no movement
There's no movement
In a bad mouth

It betrays a bad mind
There's no movement
There's no movement

It betrays a bad mind
There's no movement
There's no movement
There's no movement
In a bad mouth

It betrays a bad mind

You're always talking, talking, talking, talking, talking shit now
But you will talk yourself down
You're going way down


Lyrics submitted by PLANES, edited by BlueDiamondx3

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  • +4
    General CommentI don't mean to be rude, but Fugazi is NOT emo. As far as I'm concerned there is no such thing as emo.
    Guy Picciotto even said in an interview that it was an insult to him that people thought Fugazi invented emo because emo was the stupidest thing he had ever heard. He said if they started emo then does that mean that bands like Bad Brains were robots? I love Fugazi, but like Picciotto says, there's no such thing as emo.
    doosuon June 07, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Commentstop talking about a word
    szorkoon December 20, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentA friend and I used this song along with others that were important to us at the time (Bad Religion's 'Henchman''Against the Grain', for example) as a sort of 'brain default' to help us with a hard time we were going through. Consider when you see a ray of light after feeling dead for a long time, and then how easy it is to turn over and go back to bed when confronted with the hard work of change or personal progress. Maybe it's drugs, or some serious depression, or being an idiot in a broken relationship- punk rock has served to help not only break what needs to be broken but provided encouragement and strength for what needs to be fixed.

    That includes this song.

    Yeah, and fuck 'emo'.
    allnightpancakeson October 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe lyrics are missing the last line:

    "Your always talking talking talking talking shit now...
    but you will talk yourself down
    Your going down!"
    plosionon June 26, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso Picciotto considers every band he's ever been in to be punk rock.
    doosuon June 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentblah blah blah emo blah blah. shut up.
    So anyways, put simply this song is about living in the here and now. It's saying that the past is futile.
    replica8715on October 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so great. first of all, ian mckaye is just a genius, and second of all, this song is super fun to dance to. i decided that when i'm a senior, "you can't be what you were, so you better start being just what you are," is going to be the quote under my picture in my yearbook. true til death.
    backupdorkon June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthell.yes.fugazi.is.so.good.i.love.this.song
    XquietxmindXon August 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, it's Piciotto's previous band, Rites of Spring, that's credited with inventing emo, as stupid as that is. Its a shame that 'emo' is now Dashboard Confessional and Saves the Day.
    shadowwiththeeyeson June 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha yeah. and good charlotte is the hardcore punk. what is the world coming to???
    nocolorworldon December 14, 2004   Link

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