"Learning How To Smile" as written by Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya and Greg Eklund....
Five miles outside of Vegas when we broke down
Threw my keys inside that window
And we never looked back

We got all drunk and sloppy on a Greyhound bus
We passed out cold so all them losers
They were laughing at us

I will never let them break your heart
I will never let them break me

We got lost in Phoenix
Seemed like such a long time
Seven months of living sweaty
On those thin white lines

I did some time
For selling acid to the wrong guy
Life just keeps on getting smaller
And we never ask why

Why there is no perfect place
Yes I know this is true
I'm just learning how to smile
And that's not easy to do

I know there will come a day
When we can leave
And just go running away
(Oooh yeah)

We were broke outside of Philly
When the storms came
I was working in New Jersey
Hitching rides in the rain

You was happy talking dirty
At that phone sex place

Life just keeps on getting weirder for us
Everyday

You say there is no perfect place
I say I know this is true
We are just learning how to smile
And that's not easy to do

We both live for the day
When we can run away (hey...hey)
Ah baby we can leave
And run away (hey...hey)

We can leave this place
And run away (hey...hey)
We can leave it all behind
Just like we do everytime

Yes we both live for the day
When we can leave
And just go running away

No I will never let it break your heart
No I will never let it break me

Five miles outside of Vegas
Five years down the line
We got married in the desert
In the sunshine

I can handle all the hell
That happens everyday
When you smile and touch my face
You make it all go away

Yes I know there ain't no finish line
I know this never ends
We are learning how to fall
And climb back up again

I know there is nothing perfect
I know there is nothing new
We are just learning
How to live together
Me and you

You know I live for the day
When you say "baby let's just run away"

Ah baby we can leave
And run away (hey... hey)
Yes we can leave this place
And run away (hey...hey)

Baby we can leave
And run away (hey... hey)
Yes we can leave this place
And run away (hey... hey) [Repeat: x5]


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"Learning How to Smile" as written by Craig Montoya Art Alexakis

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    General CommentThis song is about finding hope in the places you least expect it. It shows how location and money have no real bearing on happiness. Life always boils down to being happy; So find the person who loves you back and everything will fall into place. ;0)
    ChaosFluro24on August 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is one of my favorite songs in the whole world ( and thats saying alot since i love sooo many songs ) this song can make me really happy or make me really depressed, but it just means alot 2 me b/c it gives me hope for the future
    xxxDARKIRISxxxon May 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell basically this song, to me, means that no matter what you are doing, no matter how bad it is... If you are happy, it doesn't matter... Cause some day you'll be able to run away with the ones you love... Nothing will ever be perfect, oh well that's life...
    johnamatronon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTHis is one of my most favorite songs in the world and one of my favorite songs by everclear who are one of my favorite bands in the world.... I agree with john that it is about running away from life with some one you love because your life was not perfect and will never be perfect.
    confusedone87on May 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is one of few that make me cry,in a good way.
    the line "5 miles outside of vegas 5 years down the line,we got married in the desert in the sunshine"that part makes me happy,even though he and his wife broke up,i feel bad for him,but i just love that line
    aicguy22on August 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe he remarried aicguy.
    BrainDamageon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree w/ you guys who said that its about running away and stuff, but it has more to it, like when he says learning how to smile, or to climb back up again, its him saying that they were at really low points in there life and now they've turned that around and our happy for the first time in a long time. as if they've forgotton how to be happy or to smile i guess u could say. this is my favorite song by everclear, its just so powerful and everything.
    alternativeaddict06on March 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti love the line -- I'm just learning how to smile, that's not easy to do -- it reminds me that we don't have to be happy all that time, just some of the time and its not always easy
    cottoncandy2003on April 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like the 1st 2 verses, particularly the 2nd.. they're just good lyrics.
    evil_killer_phoneon June 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite lines from the song is:
    "I can handle all the hell that happens every day,
    When you smile and touch my face you make it all just go away,"
    Great song, and a great feeling when you can find someone like that.
    Godzockeyon June 20, 2003   Link

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