I stopped today to see myself in subway glass
I was scared of the way I look now
I knew the only thought in my mind, my eyes
"Please, don't believe in me
I don't wanna let you down"

And I'm conviced it only rains in New York
I'm surrounded by everything that really scares me
A room full of empty people
Regretting every time they inhale

I wanted to write one perfect song
To make you cry in your sleep
Kind of like a soundtrack for your dreams
To let you know I'm watching
And making sure it turns out alright
It'll be alright

I guess I wanted to make you feel something
I wanted to make you feel everything

You may call me a protest singer
But I'm only protesting myself
I don't believe in beautiful people
But I don't believe in me
I wonder what it's like to be in between

Lyrics submitted by bean79

"Protest Singer" as written by Kevin Patrick Devine


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  • +1
    General Commentkevin devine is by far my favourite new obsession.
    some-emo-kiDon August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, one of the best by kevin devine...

    Makes me not feel bad about wanting to complain and feel depressed
    FourDiceSon June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsame here :) haircut has to be my favourite.
    widexeyeson June 06, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"and I want to write one perfect song
    to make you cry in your sleep
    kind of like a soundtrack for your dreams
    to let you'ld know I'm watching and making sure it's (exact) alright
    it'll be alright
    I guess I wanted to make you feel something
    I wanted to make you feel everything "

    those words... ohh i'm in love. with the song, that is...
    ivegotatimebombon June 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI really dislike this song based mainly on the fact that I can't imagine ANYONE EVER describing him as a protest singer. sure he sings a few songs about his political views but not..that much..
    three star saluteon June 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits actually
    'to let you know im watching and making sure it turns out alright'.
    sarabrocon July 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! i don't know how anyone can not like it. i mean, who cares whether or not someone has or hasn't called him a protest singer.. the rest of it, it's great writing. "i'm only protesting myself"
    daystoforgeton December 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this is the first song i heard by kevin devine. and i fell in love. the lyrics are just so personal and honest, but at the same time they almost make you feel pathetic for listening.
    bumberrshooton January 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentuhh. i think the point that he's not a protest singer in the traditional sense is the point of the lyric.
    JeremyB1on February 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsince kevin is a smiths fan, i think the protest singer line is a reference to the smiths lyric:
    "i thought that if you had an acoustic guitar it meant you were a protest singer."
    bugoffon November 30, 2007   Link

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