"Losing Hope" as written by and Ricardo Johnson....
I got a faulty parachute
I got a stranger's friend
An exciting change in
My butchers blend
A symbol on the ceiling
With the flick of a switch, yeah
My new found hero
In the enemy's ditching

Somebody's something was left in the room
And now that its gone well of course we assume
That somebody else needed something so bad
They took everything that somebody had

Losing hope is easy
When your only friend is gone
And every time you look around
Well, it all, it all just seems to change

The mark was left
Man it's never the same
Next time that you shoot
Make sure that you aim
Open windows with passing cars
A brand new night
With the same old stars

Losing hope is easy
When your only friend is gone
And every time you look around
Well, it all, it all just seems to change

Feed the fool
A piece of the pie
Make a fool of his system
Make a fool of his mind
Give him bottles of lies
And maybe he'll find
His place in heaven
'Cause he might just die

Losing hope is easy
When your only friend is gone
And every time you look around
Well, it all, it all just seems to change
But hanging on is easy
When you've got a friend to call
When nothings making sense at all
You're not the only one that's afraid of change


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"Losing Hope" as written by Ricardo Johnson

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    General Commenti thinks it about someone who lost their friend, and they have to deal with all these new people and new things alone, and they dont really have any hope anymore. thing are definatly easy "when you've got a firend to call"
    RachBeNiceon May 07, 2003   Link
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    My InterpretationI got a faulty parachute, I got a stranger's friend An excitin' change in my butchers blend A symbol on the ceilin' with the flick of a switch Yeah, my new found hero and the enemy's ditchin'

    Nothing trustworthy enough to rely on. Being friends with someone who is a stranger is not a friend at all. There are new changes in life that are not liked (most likely not planned) and he is calling out for a hero (symbol- flick of a switch... batman hero signal) that may frighten the enemy (I take this as God and Satan)


    Well somebody's something was left in the room And now that its gone well of course we assume That somebody else needed something so bad That they took everything somebody had

    People in this world will take what you have and are willing to hurt you in order to help themselves. We are selfish people. Most likely he was let down somehow by the person he felt was his best friend


    Losin' hope is easy When your only friend is gone And every time you look around Well it all, it all just seems to change

    This line is what drives me to this song. Oh how I hate change.


    The mark was left, man, it's never the same Next time that you shoot make sure that you aim Open windows with passin' cars A brand new night with the same old stars

    The damage is done; I guess you can say their relationship will never be the same once that trust is gone. Make sure you’re letting down the right person next time. Cars passing by can symbolize you feeling stuck in the same troubled spot.


    Losin' hope is easy When your only friend is gone And every time you look around Well it all, it all just seems to change
    Feed the fool a piece of the pie Make a fool of his system, make a fool of his mind Give him bottles of lies and maybe he'll find His place in Heaven 'cause he might just die

    I take it he is being ironically sarcastic to whoever hurt him... letting em know there was serious damage done and it hurts so bad... he might just die


    Losin' hope is easy When your only friend is gone And every time you look around Well it all, it all just seems to change
    But hangin' on is easy When you've got a friend to call When nothin's makin' sense at all You're not the only one who's afraid of change

    Where do you buy friends like these is my question? I just recently lost touch of my best friend. I’ve never had a friend like her and all of the sudden we slowly stopped texting and hanging out. God it’s already hard for me to open up to people and there’s no amount of anything that can replace a good friend. I need you in times like these Oli :(
    Rosalia326on January 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti had a friend, a close friend, the only person i could talk to about everything. a totally awesome friend. now she's pretty much stopped talking to me and i dont know why. losing hope is easy when your only friend is gone.
    as for the rest of the lyrics... im not sure... they are pretty strange.
    im suprised there arent more posts here. i thought jack johnson was heaps more popular
    bugmenoton November 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with buqmenot, iv lost my best friend, the onli person i ever really opened up to n im not sure why, but i lost a lot of hope, he took everything from me
    'took everything somebody had'
    i believed it all,n thort he really ment it
    'feed the fool a piece of the pie' 'give him bottles of lies'
    n i guess it all changed n i hated it, every1 hates bad change.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    princess*delilahon October 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think in general, losing hope is easy and can be unexpected and crushing. Anything can make you lose hope, such as an idol shot down, and you can do desperate things when you feel like you need to gain hope. It's about how change can be scary or difficult. The part about feeding the fool could represent telling someone that everything is fine, someone who's never experience hardships or is naive.
    When you have someone on your side, such as a friend to call, it makes gaining hope easier.
    conLaon December 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite jack johnson songs. my parents sent me to boarding school this year, and although i've been there for an entire semester, i have only made 2 or 3 real friends. when i came home i realized that i didn;t have as many true friends as i thought, but this song always reminds me of my true friends at home. just when you think your going to lose it, you can always call your friends.
    Dornanon December 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song could be about breaking up with someone. It's easy to lose hope *in love* when your only friend is gone. After you've dated someone for a really long time- they become your best friend... they become everything to you and its easy to believe you'll never find another one of them again. The rest of the lyrics could just be metaphors pertaining to the same. Just a different POV since everyone seems to be guessing.
    sundevil1004on March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song could be about breaking up with someone. It's easy to lose hope *in love* when your only friend is gone. After you've dated someone for a really long time- they become your best friend... they become everything to you and its easy to believe you'll never find another one of them again. The rest of the lyrics could just be metaphors pertaining to the same. Just a different POV since everyone seems to be guessing.
    sundevil1004on March 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song could be about breaking up with someone. It's easy to lose hope *in love* when your only friend is gone. After you've dated someone for a really long time- they become your best friend... they become everything to you and its easy to believe you'll never find another one of them again. The rest of the lyrics could just be metaphors pertaining to the same. Just a different POV since everyone seems to be guessing.
    sundevil1004on March 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe chorus is actually the same as a bob dylan song with the same title. Havent actually heard this version but his cover of bob dylan is awesome. Real Sad but awesome.
    saminexon March 29, 2005   Link

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