"Back 2 Good" as written by Rob Thomas and Matthew Serletic....
It's nothing, it's so normal you
You just stand there, I could say so much
But I don't go there 'cause I don't want to
I was thinking if you were lonely
Maybe we could leave here and no one would know
At least not to the point that we would think so

And everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking about
Somebody else
Well, it's best if we all keep it under our heads
I couldn't tell, if anyone here was feeling
The way I do
But I'm lonely now, and I don't know how
To get it back to good

This don't mean that, you own me
This ain't no good, in fact it's phony
As hell
Yeah, but things worked out just like you wanted too
If you see me out, you don't know me
Try to turn your head, try to give me some room
To figure out just what I'm gonna do

'Cause everyone here, hates everyone here for
Doing just like
They do
And it's best if we all keep this quiet instead
And I couldn't tell, why everyone here was
Doing me like
They do
But I'm sorry now, and I don't know how
To get it back to good

Well everyone here, is wondering what it's like to be with
Somebody else
Everyone here's to blame, and everyone here
Gets caught up in the pleasure of the pain,
Everyone, well everyone here hides
Shades of shame, yeah but looking inside we're the same,
We're the same
And we're all grown now, but we don't know how
To get it back to good

Well everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking 'bout
Somebody else
It's best if we all keep this under our heads
See I couldn't tell, if anyone here was feeling
The way I do
But it's over now, and I don't know how, guess it's over now
There's no getting back to good.


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"Back 2 Good" as written by Rob Thomas, Matthew Serletic

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    General Comment"It's nothing, it's so normal you
    Just stand there I could say so much
    But I don't go there cuz I don't want to
    I was thinking if you were lonely
    Maybe we could leave here and no one would know
    At least not to the point that we would think so"
    he runs into someone he used to date, and they don't say what he really wants to say -- small talk. and he says that even if they did run away together, no one would really notice. they'd be like 'oh, they're gone' and go about their daily lives.

    'Everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking about
    Somebody else
    It's best if we all keep it under our heads
    I couldn't tell, if anyone here was feeling the way I do
    But I'm lonely now, and I don't know how
    To get it back to good'
    everything and everyone is littered with infidelity, but as long as it's kept secret it's all right. because of all the lies, he can't figure out if anyone else feels like he does, and all he wants is the truth.

    'And everyone here, hates everyone here for doing just like they do
    It's best if we all keep this quiet instead
    And I couldn't tell, why everyone here was doing me like they do'
    he's talking about hypocrites and how they don't talk about anything important. he feels like he's somehow caught in the middle or involved and he wants out.

    'everyone here gets caught up in the pleasure of the pain, everyone hides
    shades of shame, but looking inside we're the same, we're the same
    And we're all grown now, but we don't know how to get it back to good'
    he's talking about how everyone's hiding behind their lies, how they get so caught up in it that they find pleasure in pain. they all believe they're so different, but "inside we're all the same". and he says that no matter how old they get, they're still immature and don't know how to make it right again.
    sapphireskieson September 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song means a lot to me right now 'cause it speaks to me about something I'm going through, but not in the same way as it seems to speak to the rest of you. That's the beauty of music, that a single song can mean so many things to so many people.

    Anyway, to me it's about not being able to be with the person you want to be with, because they're really thinking about somebody else they'd rather be with, and that really everyone does that, thus the part about hating everyone for doing just like they (you) do. It's almost cyclical. Everyone's thinking about being with somebody else, but that person is in turn doing the same thing, and it hurts, but can you really blame them? You want to yet at the same time you're doing it to the person you're with. In the end no one's happy, and that's why they invented the blues lol. As the Beetles said, "obladi oblada life goes on..."
    diggit18on December 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song just reminds me of being at a party and everyone is randomly hooking up with whomever is available even though they are all thinking about and wishing they were with someone else. But they are bored and lonely, and it's easy. You know that it's fake and meaningless and tomorrow you'll pretend not to know each other. You want to stop this cycle but you aren't sure if you'll ever be able to. My favorite line is "And everyone here, hates everyone here for doing just like
    They do" ....pretty self explanitory. The song could easily be about everything everyone above me said as well, this is just what it initially made me think of.
    strangersatelliteon November 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about 2 people who are in a "secret" relationship. Kinda a friends w/ benefits type thing. They see each other in a bar and know that they could sneak away. People may notice that they're gone but the 2 don't think that everyone put the pieces together, that they're sleeping w/ each other. One has feelings for the other, the one that's speaking these lyrics. "I could say so much but I don't go there cuz I don't want to"... he could tell her his feelings but he doesn't want her to know that he really cares and that it's not all about the sex. But if she's lonely and needs comfort he's up for it b/c he'll take any kind of relationship he can have with her, anything for her company, even just the empty comfort of empty sex. And that basically everyone else thinks and does the same thing, envolves their selves in whatever vices just to seek a little acceptance and comfort. They would all do the same thing but it's best that no one talks about it and keeps it to themselves b/c no one wants to face it. And talking about it would bring the 2's "relationship" to light. Or that's what he thinks, that everyone else would do what he's doing, put in the situation but he doesn't know that for sure, he can't tell if everyone really feels the same. He's trying to justify his actions b/c he knows that it's wrong. Hanging on to something that's not there, being used.

    The next verse is trying to convince himself that even though he cares for her that he can pull away from her whenever. He's angry about the relationship and angry w/ himself and he doesn't like the stipulations of the non-relationship. We don't speak in public, you don't have to talk to me. This is
    a fake relationship, it's phony, he's trying to say his feelings are phony. And that the other person is getting what they wanted, he's hurt and wants to have room b/c he can't handle seeing her and not holding her. Not showing his feelings. He doesn't know how to make this relationship a real relationship and doesn't know how to get out of just being a sex thing cuz he wants her in his life so bad. And he feels like hes' being judged by everyone around him b/c he thinks they know. He hurts in the long run just to feel pleasure and love and attachment for the moment. Everyone can relate to it in some way, we all have our vices.

    YappyMutton August 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have always loved this song. Takes me back to the good old days in junior high school. But as much as I've always loved it, it has never had more meaning to me than it does now:

    I tell myself that it's nothing and normal...I could see myself falling for this guy even though I could never tell him. We've hooked up and no one knows about it; at least not to my knowledge. I can assume that everyone else wonders what it's like to be with someone other than their partner, but no one would ever dare say it. Of course I can't tell what they're thinking. We've crossed the line and there's no going back to way things were before us.

    Just because we've crossed this line, it doesn't mean I'm his. As a matter of fact, what we have is fake. But we both like the way things are going. If we ever run into each other in public, we simply turn our heads while in our minds try to figure things out. When we hear about these stories, we hate the people for doing the very thing that we're doing. And again, it's better to keep this quiet. I'm sorry about what's happened; we probably both are...but there's no going back.

    Everyone is to blame for this mess and everyone enjoys the deeper pain that comes along with this intense pleasure. Everyone here hides behind their shame by putting on a front. Let's just put this under the radar. I'm sorry...but there's no going back.
    carelesswhisperson April 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about being in a Yahoo chat room or on Facebook.
    babyjadeon October 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI am divorced and now I am trying Internet dating. This song is not about that, but it describes it perfectly. Listen again with that in mind and see how it fits :)
    Amazing song with wonderful lyrics.
    Jolinon June 03, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou know after listening to this song I feel it fits perfectly for a soldier deployed to a war zone. Its crazy the life experiences we have over here. Were not normal, especially after we come back from what we have seen.

    "It's nothing, it's so normal you
    You just stand there, I could say so much
    But I don't go there 'cause I don't want to
    I was thinking if you were lonely
    Maybe we could leave here and no one would know
    At least not to the point that we would think so"

    I interpert the first part of this as saying, that its normal to us what we see and have expirenced. but just dont wanna talk about it. It might be normal to us, but a lot of the things I have seen and done i dont ever wanna remember or have to explain to any one. The second part of this I think means that we all just wanna find someone we want to be with and run away from the stuff weve done.

    "And everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking about
    Somebody else
    Well, it's best if we all keep it under our heads
    I couldn't tell, if anyone here was feeling
    The way I do
    But I'm lonely now, and I don't know how
    To get it back to good?

    All of us soldiers over here are thinking of someone else, we all feel the same way, but nobody talks about it. We think about it every day but we just dont talk about it. We are lonely, how do we fix this? We simpky cant.

    "This don't mean that, you own me
    This ain't no good, in fact it's phony
    As hell
    Yeah, but things worked out just like you wanted too
    If you see me out, you don't know me
    Try to turn your head, try to give me some room
    To figure out just what I'm gonna do"

    I think this part of the song is saying you don't owe us anything. We get it we volunteered for it. We tell you everything is going great, when in fact we are just saying that to make you not worry, but its phony as hell. But realize the things we have done you will never understand. Try and accept this, because when we get done with this war we will be different, and we wont exactly know how to deal with it. So just give us some room and let us figure it out.

    "'Cause everyone here, hates everyone here for
    Doing just like
    They do
    And it's best if we all keep this quiet instead
    And I couldn't tell, why everyone here was
    Doing me like
    They do
    But I'm sorry now, and I don't know how
    To get it back to good

    Well everyone here, is wondering what it's like to be with
    Somebody else
    Everyone here's to blame, and everyone here
    Gets caught up in the pleasure of the pain,
    Everyone, well everyone here hides
    Shades of shame, yeah but looking inside we're the same,
    We're the same
    And we're all grown now, but we don't know how
    To get it back to good"

    Everyone over here is so far detached from reality. Its like this life is fake when we are deployed. After a while you cant even stand to be around the great friends that you have. If you see them everyday for a year you will get tired of them. Its not the person or family that you love, so you end up hating each other for no reason. As soon as you are on the way home everything goes back to "normal".

    "Well everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking 'bout
    Somebody else
    It's best if we all keep this under our heads
    See I couldn't tell, if anyone here was feeling
    The way I do
    But it's over now, and I don't know how, guess it's over now
    There's no getting back to good."

    You miss home and normal things more then anyone you could ever imagine. You start feeling more detached from everything that you ever knew. Around about month 8 or 9 of the deployment, it feels as if there is no going back to anything normal. Its just incomprehensible the enormity of the situations that we are put in. The stress will eventually wear you down, break you, and for a little while even make you give up all hope of anything normal.
    crushemon July 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It says so much about me and a group of my friends. It is just awesome.
    snypsyon February 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRob Thomas says it's about screwing up so much that you actually become good at it.
    slh626on April 17, 2002   Link

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