"Good Enough" as written by Nigel Richard Clark, Andrew Peter Miller and Matthew Priest....
Hey your glass is empty
It's a hell of a long way home
Why don't you let me take you
It's no good to go alone
I never would have opened up
But you seemed so real to me
After all the bullshit I've heard
It's refreshing not to see
I don't have to pretend
She doesn't expect it from me

So don't tell me I
Haven't been good to you
Don't tell me I
Have never been there for you
Don't tell me why
Nothing is good enough

Hey little girl would you like some candy,
Your momma said that it's ok,
The door is open come on outside,
No I can't come out today,
It's not the wind that cracked your shoulder
And threw you to the ground,
Who's there that makes you so afraid
You're shaken to the bone,
And I don't understand,
You deserve so much more than this

So don't tell me why
He's never been good to you,
Don't tell me why
He's never been there for you,
And don't you know that why
Is simply not good enough,
Oh, so just let me try
And I will be good to you
Just let me try
And I will be there for you,
I'll show you why
You're so much more than good enough

So don't tell me why
He's never been good to you,
Don't tell me why
He's never been there for you,
And don't you know that why
Is simply not good enough,
Oh, so just let me try
And I will be good to you
Just let me try
And I will be there for you
I'll show you why
You're so much more than good enough


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"Good Enough" as written by Sarah Ann Mclachlan Sarah Mclachlan

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    General CommentI think it's about trying to help someone through depression caused by an traumatic event. He (she) who is depressed refuses or can't let whatever happened go. Instead he hangs on to the past, sadness and trauma, not letting anyone help convince him that he deserves so much more then living life in sadness. But he keeps pushing people away. Nothing is good enough to make him happy. He just comes up with reasons why nothing is good enough, nobody is good to him. And the reasons always circle back to the same thing: the past.

    But the truth is he won't let people be good to him. Doesn't see that people ARE good to him and have been trying to be good to him. And that right there is exactly the reason why nothing is good enough.

    So don't tell me and others that we didn't try. If you'd just let me try, I will be good to you. It's basically about the inability to let yourself be happy and instead blame others for your unhappiness.
    kafraseron October 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy interpretion is a lot different from all of your's.. let's see if I could put it into easier words...

    The song sounds as if it's in the point of view of a man who's talking to this woman (reffered to as "you") that was cheated by her boyfriend/husband. ("I don't have to pretend/she doesn't expect it from me" - means that the man doesn't have to pretend that she wasn't in love with him and that the other woman - the one who's seeing her boyfriend/husband - will soon be in the same situation as the woman)

    The man (not talking about the woman's husband/boyfriend) says to the woman that she deserves more than that, that he has never been good to her, and that she's much more than "good enough".
    The man also promises that he would be good to her and that he would show her that she's more than "good enough".

    Some parts of the song I don't get at all though... Like the "Hey little girl would you like some candy/your momma said that it's OK".... It doesn't really make sense to me...

    I absolutely love this song and it became my most favorite Sarah MclachLan song - ever. (I also think it could become a great movie (=) But I still like Perfect Girl.
    UnknownGirlon June 25, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I cried for my best friend. She was (and is) very insecure and has been treated badly by people. And I think she's the most beautiful person in the world (I want to be with her, but it can't happen....you and me, rockenpnay), and I want her to see how amazing she is. She deserves much more than this sadness, and I want to know what "cracked her shoulder" and made her so sad.

    And actually, a few months ago I got out of a really bad relationship -- not necessarily abusive, but the guy was treating me really badly, and I suddenly saw this song from the other person's point of view. There was no reason or excuse for him treating me like that, it was nothing I did, he was just an asshole and I deserved better.

    The only line that sort of confuses me is "hey little girl" etc. I don't know if "no I can't come out today" refers to coming out as gay (I'm always looking for little lesbian hints in Sarah's songs -- I so want her to be a lesbian, she is so beautiful!!). But I think more than that it's just about somebody trying to free herself.
    OriginOfLoveon July 29, 2006   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationWhenever I hear this song, I think of my sister who never thought she was "good enough" Ridiculed as a child for being quiet and studious by an alcoholic father, mom always tried to make it ok. There were physical and mental bruises that scarred her. She met a beautiful young man who loved and understood her, and when she finally learned to trust, he was killed in a tragic accident.
    She ended up being married to one of the cruelest men I have ever known.
    Her death from a brain tumor at age 49 was almost merciful. I often think how we (her siblings) tried to be good to her and there for her…
    KnickKnackon July 29, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song sounds like a person is talking to a woman who has been abused for a long time. She no longer believes that she is "good enough" for anyone.The person who has gone through the abuse keeps coming up with excuses for her wounds. The other person responds by saying "Don't tell me why all these things happen. Don't tell make excuses for the abuser. No matter WHY these things *supposedly* happened, you are worth more than that. No one ever deserves abuse." The next stanza shows second person telling the woman who has been abused that he (?) loves her and wants a chance to show her his love. The genders aren't really specific in the song, but I included them to try to make my explanation simpler and differeniate between the people in the song. I heard this song live way back during the 2nd and 3rd Lilith Fair tours. It is awesome!
    chungjikon May 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much. I've been in this situation. I cry every time i hear it. Her voice is so great.
    Rosiega1218on April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a sad song but it's great at the same time. i think the story in this song is told from a few perspectives. from onw woman and the man she's with (possibly married) who is beating her.
    pumpkingirlon April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of my Mom. As sad as it is, it's just awesome. I have so much respect for Sarah.
    Katydidon May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally I this song is about a person who sees the injustices being served to another person, a person she cares about dearly. This song affects me a lot, mainly because I've been in love with my best friend for a while, and eventually he found out, and it just hurts that we never ended up the way I had thought it would, he's just not ready for that. He told me "you and I have a connection with each other that other people won't even have with either of us" yet I know that if he had wanted, I would have been good enough for him. I guess life doesn't always work out for us, huh? =(
    rockenpnayon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song had a lot of meaning to me last year when one of my friends helped me through something. it made us a lot closer... and now life is good. it really helped me understand where she was coming from.
    halfaliveon June 10, 2002   Link

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