"Hope" as written by and Jonne Wilson....
Why can't you see you torture me
You're already thinking about someone else
When he comes home you'll be in your arms and I'll be gone

But I know
My day will come
I know someday
I'll be the only one

So now you wait for his spark
You know it'll turn you on
He's gonna make you feel the way you want to feel
When he starts to lie when he makes you cry you know I'll be there

My day will come
I know someday
I'll be the only one

Call me selfish call me what you like
I think it's right to want someone for all your own
and not to share her love
And I'll have my way and won't have to say anyway
I've got you
You didn't stand a chance
You want perfection
I see your self destruction
You don't know what you want
It's gonna take you years to find out
I'm not giving up
And when you've had enough you'll take your bruised little head
And you'll come running back to me
You know that I'm gonna be the only one


Lyrics submitted by Psychedeliasmith

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  • +3
    General CommentSuch A great band! I could listen to the Descendents every day and be content.

    personally I think this Song is about A guy who is in love with a good friend that already has a man and he's always the one thats there for her when something goes wrong.
    "When he starts to lie when he makes you cry you know I'll be there"
    he stays around and is always there for her in "hope" that he'll get her in the end no matter how much it tortures him to see her with another guy for now.
    MisfitBitch23on July 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of the best songs i ever heard, period
    jackbootyon July 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is one of the best Descendents song, I think it's just about some guy waiting for some chick to come to her sense and fall in love with him, even though she's with some asshole who doesn't treat her right.
    Madcappunkon September 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentman this song is the best song i've ever heard i think. descendents are one of the best bands i've heard too. they have a way of making awesome music instrumentally and also making lyrics about girls and the such. normally when "punk" bands write songs about girls they are all ballads and stuff, they are all the same pretty much. and all those songs are pointless and stupid. this song is actually ABOUT something, a girl that tortures him, she doesn't see how much he loves her and she just moves from guy to guy without realizing that he is right for her. but he knows his day will come. what a greatly written song and a great voice too
    ryan_horstmanon June 09, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs it just me, or does anyone else think that there might be something darker behind this song?
    He starts with "Why can't you see you torture me?", meaning he likes her, but knows he has no chance with her. His excuse is that she has a boyfriend, but really he knows she is way out of his league.
    By saying "You wait for his spark/cock, you know it'll turn you on", he means that her attraction to this other guy is purely sexual; ostensibly she will end up with the singer because of true love. However, he doesn't back this up with what he says. The whole thing is kind of condescending ("You don't know what you want, It's gonna take you years to find out"), and lines like "I'll have my way, you won't have a say anyway
    Cause I've got you" make it sound like he's only interested in her as part of some kind of sadistic fantasy. Although the guy she's currently with is portrayed as using her, this is most likely the singer projecting his own personality onto the boyfriend through jealousy.
    Regos the Saneon January 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm surprised nobody has commented on this song. I don't listen to a great deal of punk, but this song is a classic. The focus is a guy who has lost a girl who was very important to him. Obviously, by the way he feels, she must have left him for another man. Sooner or later, he believes that his love will come back to him when she finds out the new guy isn't what he seemed to be.
    Sublime and Soul Asylum did some nice covers of this song, try searchin around.
    unknownevilon June 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is by far the best song MILO ever wrote in the descendents. i had singled him out as merely the voice, and the brain behind some of their poorer songs, but he proved himself with this one song. classic.
    MizunoPunkon July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHis lady kicked him aside for someone more perfect than he is. Poor guy!

    Oh how I love this song... it's a moshing good time :)
    PixieRaeStarSystemon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdescendents kick ass...I have just about every song you can find online by them, and I like the lyrics to this one, even though they ARE rather creepy...
    fetalpig86on September 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love the descendants too man. they are really original
    hurleychick42069on September 09, 2002   Link

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