you tell me that you wanna go to heaven
but you run around acting
like you're gonna live forever
when you tell me that you're going through hell
but you're puttin' others through it
and you say that i smell
like i haven't had a shower in 23 days
like an unbalanced beer can
two minutes too late
a look like a stale face
from a fresh grave
with a chip on my shoulder
and an eye full of rage

can you taste that beer
with your back to the bar
can you smell a cigarette
without letting down your guard

ten cans
4 a.m. friends
the sad thing is
that you've always been like this
moaning in a bed shaped like a hearse
believe the lies that you tell yourself

you tell me that my problem is thinking
i can chase it away
with a problem like drinking
you tell me you don't wanna get old
but you've got a party on the line
and a grave on hold
like a drunk operator
like a game of roulette
like a martini balanced
on a whiffle ball bat
when a hard wind blows
it's gonna fall down
when the wind blows
there'll be broken glass all around

can you taste that beer
with your back to the bar
can you smell a cigarette
without letting down your guard

ten cans
4 a.m. friends
the sad thing is
that you've always been like this
moaning in a bed shaped like a hearse
believe the lies that you tell yourself
things could never get worse

can you taste that beer
with your back to the bar
can you smell a cigarette
with a smell so far away

ten cans
4 a.m. friends
the sad thing is
that you've always been like this
like a bright shiny apple with a worm inside
believe the lies that you tell yourself
this is the only way to die


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    General Commenthas to be one of the best lawrence arms songs ever. i love it so much.
    x.dave.xon August 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is definately one of the best if not THE best lawrence arms song ive ever heard. And brendan said bendan said "I wrote these lyrics to be about a girl, but it kind of turns out that they ended up being about me." the lyricas are pretty literal and the guitar riffs and the solo kick ass!!!
    clashcityrocker123on June 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentclashcityrocker, that is grand. i am glad to hear he wrote like that man, hearing that is friggin rad. i felt sort of incriminated when i read this song for personal reasons! but all is well, my thoughts are only of my mind. thank god for people like brendan willing to speeeeeeeel and make the rest of us feel a little bit more sane.
    brian wilsonon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"you tell me that my problem is thinking I can chase it away with a problem like drinking" is one of the all time great lines
    mechpope13on September 19, 2007   Link

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