"We've Been Had" as written by and Walter R Martin James Hamilton Leithauser....
I'm a modern guy I don't care much for the go-go
Or the retro image I see so often telling me to
Keep trying maybe you'll get here someday
Keep up the working, ok.
I close the book on them right there

I see myself change as the days change over.
I hear the songs and the words don't change.
I write them out of the book right there.

We've been had, you say it's over.
Sometimes I'm just happy I'm older.
We've been had I know it's over.
Somehow it got easy to laugh out loud.

See me age 19 with some dumb haircut from
1960 moving to New York City
Live with my friends there we're all taking the same steps seems foolish now .

We've been had you say it's over.
Sometimes I'm just happy I'm older.
We've been had I know it's over.
Somehow it got easy to laugh out loud.


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"We've Been Had" as written by Matthew Frederick Barrick James Hamilton Leithauser

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song makes me think of the expectations that we have of the world when we're leaving highschool and then college. We're basically programmed into believing that our lives will be mapped out perfectly, until we later get out there and are slapped a couple of times by the 'real world'. It kind of sucks and make you feel as though...I don't know..maybe you've been had. lol
    ophelia219on March 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with ophelia. But i wanted to add one thing. The whole part about laughing out loud makes me thing, that after being in the 'real word', "we've been had", but now -after it's all happened, we're able to recognize the pettiness of it all- - and just laugh. =)
    anna118kon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit's actually about him and his friends moving to NYC and forming johhnathan fire*eater and them breaking up in 1998.

    "See me age 19 with some dumb haircut from
    1960 moving to New York City
    live with my friends there we're all taking the same steps seems foolish now . "
    VELVENhavion January 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAs said above, this song just represents all of life's letdowns. As we grow up we are all led to believe things that are simply UNTRUE.

    We are led to believe that if we dont do drugs we will all be millionaires. We are led to believe that if we meet a girl and buy her flowers and treat her well....you will be in love forever.

    television and our school systems have a mass produced way of teaching people. We soon find out that "We've been had" and that everyone has their own path. Life is not the cookie cutter shape that we were told it will be given a few simple choices.

    No, college doesnt make you successfull. No, she may not love you and in fact...she may cheat on you.

    Life is life, not an afterschool special. We have all been had and no song represents this fact better than this one.
    danny_Horneyon March 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenton the 4th line it is "keep up the work kid, ok"
    opifexon August 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is taking pot shots at the indie garage rock type bands that now popular, like the hives and the strokes and the white stripes and so on. the bands with the 'retro image' and 'dumb haircits from 1960'
    louderthanbombson April 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is my "my life is going to hell but at least the scenery is pretty" anthem. =P

    it's all about seeing things screwing up and going wrong, or at least going the way you least expect them to turn out, yet still just laughing it off. if you don't laugh, you'll cry, so roll with the punches. you make mistakes, you screw yourself over, but in the end, life goes on... if you look at things from the angle of life being a joke, then things don't always seem so bad.

    i love the playground merry-go-round music box ice cream truck opening bars.
    delialon July 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Danny put it perfectly. This is one of my favorite songs, and you can see that you either have to laugh it off, or go insane that you can never get what they make seem so easy. I'm in college now and learning that first hand.
    Aurora7on July 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song with Great lyrics
    punchykon May 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is the song that is in the saturn ion comercial. i totally found it by accident cause someone said it was a good band, but when i heard it, it was so cool cause i always liked the song.

    but ya ophelia, i totally agree with you about the meaning of the song
    stellaluna1125on March 07, 2003   Link

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