"I'll Be You" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
If it's a temporary lull
Why'm I bored right outta my skull?
Man, I'm dressin' sharp an' feelin' dull

Lonely, I guess that's where I'm from
If I was from Canada
Then I'd best be called lonesome
And if it's just a game
Then I'll break down just in case
Oh yeah, we're runnin' in our last race

Well, I laughed half the way to Tokyo
I dreamt I was Surfer Joe
An' what that means, I don't know

A dream too tired to come true
Left a rebel without a clue
And I'm searching for somethin' to do

And if it's just a game
Then we'll hold hands just the same
So what, we're bleeding but we ain't cut

And I could purge my soul perhaps
For the imminent collapse
Oh yeah, I'll tell you what we could do
You be me for a while
I'll be you

A dream too tired to get to
Left a rebel without a clue
Won't you tell me what I should do?

Oh if it's just a lull
Why'm I bored right outta my skull?
Oh yeah, keep me from feeling so dull

And if it's just a game
Then we'll break down just in case
Then again, I'll tell you what we could do
You be me for a while
You be me for a while
And I'll be you


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"I'll Be You" as written by Paul Westerberg

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  • +3
    General CommentI love this song and this band...fucking great
    smurfjkelleron July 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNo, the Goo Goo Dolls wish they were the Replacements.
    prayingmantis84on September 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Strokes wish they were the Replacements.
    pence is godon July 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was not on The Replacements Soundtrack.
    It's about wishing for excitement because your current state is quite boring.
    wanderloston March 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't understand how you can say this song sucks ebow. Ok, it was the only song that broke into the mainstream? So be it, it's catchy and the general society likes that kind of stuff. It's not inferior writing by Paul or inferior musicianship IMO. Two great lines from this song get me every time: "And I could purge my soul perhaps for the imminent collapse" "A dream too tired to come true left a rebel without a clue."
    dlcoxon January 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is truly a great song and one of my all time faves. I guess the vocal phrasing of it tops and pulls you in more than the average rock song.

    I don't know what the song is about, but it is strange.
    vertoincyon June 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish I was in a band that was half as good as the Replacements. The fact that they are so unknown tells you alot about mainstream music.
    Naliamegodon November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, there's so many great non-mainstream bands out there that are so great and unknown. The goo goo dolls aren't bad.. they come in joint place with the replacements. I love the way this song makes you try and empathise with him at end.
    underlying truthon June 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't know what the song is about, but I can remember being irritated with Tom Petty when he stole the line "rebel without a clue" from this song. I think the TP song came out about a year after this one did. The line is so clever here, and so stolen there.
    PencilNeckedGeekon June 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is almost good enough to redeem much of the rest of "Don't Tell a Soul"...but not quite. Some of the lyrics in this song are really good, and some seem like filler. I wonder if it was half written when they brought it to the studio. Anyway, its still a great listen because the melody is so good. Too bad so much of "Don't Tell a Soul" feels so forced - its like a once-great tv show that has finally jumped the shark. (Sopranos Season 6, anyone?)

    Good: A dream too tired to come true
    Left a rebel without a clue

    AND

    You be me for a while
    and I'll be you

    Filler: Well, I laughed half the way to Tokyo
    I dreamt I was Surfer Joe
    An' what that means, I don't know

    AND

    Lonely, I guess that's where I'm from
    If I was from Canada
    then I'd best be called lonesome
    jsaulon September 22, 2009   Link

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