Looked in the mirror, man, what did I see

Is this really who I am or what I'm trying to be?

I laugh when they tell me to find myself

Cause when you're looking for yourself

Who do you ask for help?

That was back then man I'm growing

Right now, there's no way of knowing

Exactly which way I'm going

But it won't be too long until you meet another side of me

Do you think that I've spoken clearly?

Is what I'm representing really what I believe

Maybe I was trying to hard to Cobain

But it's really hard to get a grip when you're legally insane

Life's a journey not a destination

Some time ago, came to this conclusion

My future lies on my own decision

And all of yours, all of yours

That was back then man I'm growing

Right now, there's no way of knowing

Exactly if I was being misunderstood

Maybe I'm finally standing where I should

Lyrics submitted by WrathofCarnage

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    General Commenti can't believe i'm the first to view this song. it means so much to me and i've listened to it incessantly since i got their cd. it describes the difficulty of finding out who you really are and being that person. lbc is naperville's best kept secret.
    pjammer22on January 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentya!!!!! i love this song too and i agree w/ the dude that said the other comment... what cd is this song in???? oh, and i live like 30 minutes away from naperville!!!!!!!

    adema69on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat song about growing up.

    LBC is one the most underrated bands in the world.
    mananwaghaon June 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThese are comments about the song that Jason from the band published on LBC's website on October 15, 2017:

    "The song ‘Back Then’ is so perfectly titled. It takes me back to all of my 1st memories of Lucky Boys Confusion, far enough back to when we weren’t yet ‘Lucky Boys Confusion’.

    On a summer night in June of 1997 I was hanging out at my friend Carlitos basement at one his weekly get-togethers amongst high-school friends. Our friend Molly Dawson mentioned to me that Stubhy was trying to get ahold of me and that he started a new band. Nothing else mattered to me that night except getting in touch with him. Some of you might remember that this is before cell phones, texting, etc. And, I hated pagers.

    Rewind: I had met Stubhy once before at a Farmboy show, which was his and Ryan’s other band from high school. I went to one Farmboy show and fucking loved it. It was nothing like any other local band in the Chicago scene. I was supposed to try out for Farmboy, but Stubhy and I had lost touch. So, when I heard he had started a new band I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to try out. Up until then, I wasn’t in any cool bands - I played bass by myself in my bedroom and jammed along with Red Hot Chili Pepper and Metallica records.

    Back Then and back to early June 1997: I contacted Stubhy and agreed to meet at his parents house in Downers Grove and drive together to Adam Krier's parents house in Naperville. On the way there, Stubhy and I immediately connected and became great friends. He seemed like a veteran band guy to me, gave me a few tips and also told me that if we get big to make sure to keep my ego in check.

    We get to Adam’s house and I don’t remember having the same bond with him right away like I did with Stubhy. Adam was sort of intimidating, on the quiet side and more reserved. Ryan Fergus had already been there and set up so they decided to show me the song ‘Back Then’. Immediately I felt like these guys had their shit together. Adam, was a great guitar player, Ryan was super solid, and Stubhy's voice was perfect for this tune. I learned the chords and immediately started playing an over complicated Flea style bassline. There was an odd look and maybe some confusion as to why I would choose to play something like that for a punk song. I didn’t listen to punk rock at all - ever. I didn’t care though and just wanted to come up with something to compliment the song. I immediately came up with what is now on our first purple 4-Song Cassette tape and later made it onto the album 'Growing Out of It'.

    Jason Schultejann
    toocoolrahulon October 15, 2017   Link

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