"Easy Way Out" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
You'll take advantage 'til you think you're being used
'Cause without an enemy your anger gets confused
I got stuck on the side you know I never chose
But it's all about taking the easy way out for you I suppose

There's no escape for you except in someone else
Although you've already disappeared within yourself
The invisible man who's always changing clothes
It's all about taking the easy way out for you I suppose

While I watch you making mistakes
I wish you luck, I really do
With the problem, with the puzzle
Whatever's left of you

I heard you found another audience to bore
A creative thinker who imagined you were more
A new body for you to push around and pose
It's all about taking the easy way out for you I suppose
It's all about taking the easy way out for you I suppose


Lyrics submitted by dragonflower44

"Easy Way Out" as written by Brett Beavers Stephen Barker-liles

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    General Commenti think its about him. hes talking like third person.
    CONTROLDbyhatredon April 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA lot of Elliott's songs are autobiographical in nature, and he then transposes it into a third person, or a narrative format. The first verse appears to be referring more to a friend. The second verse seems to be referring to a lover who is never satisfied, and continues to move on from one person to another. It continues into the bridge, "with the problem, with the puzzle/Whatever's left of you," as if the person is slowly decaying because of their exploits. And then eventually, the subject begins to rebuild themselves with an emotional papier mache, creating a new person to show off to people, in an attempt to form new opinions of them.
    Lovers Need Lawyerson October 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is about elliott criticizing himself for never facing himself, making himself change to be a better person. instead he tries to take advantage of ppl, buries it in other ppl, tries to seek attention from audience. essentially it is about selfishness. taking the easy way out could of course be a euphemism for suicide--if not the direct action more so a patter of self destructive behavior as i have mentioned earlier, still ending in a deprecated view of himself. like any piece of literature we convey our meaning onto and from it--hence its universal and relatable qualities. however, for as much as elliott got a lot of things, he missed so much as well. rip man.
    picturesofme1001on January 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe creative thinker / body-to-push-around part of the song is mysterious-- unless it refers to his mother, or a half-sibling. I can't help thinking the song has to do with his stepfather. Charlie may have thought he was being used when Elliott started writing songs alleging abuse and using Charlie's name. Supposedly around 1998 Charlie wrote Elliott a letter apologizing for being so hard on him. Elliott might have considered writing a letter to make up for destroying someone's childhood an "easy way out." But Elliott also said in interviews that the person involved in his abuse had become a changed man. That would have left Elliott without an enemy. He still had his childhood issues, but no focus for them. The line "I got stuck on a side you know I never chose" certainly sounds like he got stuck on his mother's side of the family.
    ESophileon August 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkind of ironic.
    I can do the Frugon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, very ironic if you think about it that way. But I think the song is more about a manipluative friend or lover who controls you and takes advantage of you, then splits, hence the "i heard you found another audience to bore" and "the invisible man who's always changing clothes." But maybe I'm just applying it to my real-life situations.
    some124geton April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's definitely a big "eff you" to a manipulative/deceiving person. But it's weird how themes like that happen without meaning to.
    I can do the Frugon April 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree with the third person bit...and i love that. it makes the song more universal, diverting attention away from himself which seems characteristic, and then allowing the listener to adapt the meaning to fit themselves and in any way they see fit.

    A hostile song, but i think "you'll take advantage til you think you're being used
    cos' without an enemy your anger gets confused " could be more specific about someone else. Like someone he just totally despises, himself, his stepfather?
    MARY Kon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAgree with the comment above -- he's speaking to/about himself and with some real sarcasm and disdain, as is obvious in the last verse. I think he must have been written during an especially bad time.
    acmon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgree with the comment above -- he's speaking to/about himself and with some real sarcasm and disdain, as is obvious in the last verse. I think he must have been written during an especially bad time.
    acmon February 11, 2006   Link

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