Sitting in the lazy chair,
the channels look the same
I realize that the roof is stable
and start to feel ashamed
it's cold outside but dont ask me
the weather's fine in here
ask the man around the corner
who lives his life in fear

Two hundred pennies,
forty ounces later he's okay
he doesn't have the pressure
to think about the next day
but I bet it's something cold
and hard and grey

Complaining and whining all the time
I never seem to quit
always lying to myself,
A shoe that always fits
never is a long time and
it seems like I'm a clock
ticking like a time bomb,
someday soon his life will stop

I listen to the radio but
nothing good is on
my friends are calling up but I'm
pretending I'm gone
we're all pieces in a chess game
he's a pawn

I wonder how it turned out like this
no one seems to care
the scale has tipped me fortunate
is this what we call fair?
but I've never had the mind to know it
never had the guts to show it
I know one thing, his dream is my nightmare


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    General CommentThis song reminds me of Green Day's "Long View" It is the exact same message.
    Invincibleon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is about what we take for granted. here he is sitting inside a nice warm place, complaining that nothing is on tv, doesn't feel like going out with his friends. and all the while there is a homeless guy who is cold and friendless just down the street. he is saying what right does he have to complain when things could be a lot worse, and putting himself in the homeless guys shoes and wonder how it is "the scale has tipped me fortunate"
    punkinsdon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell put 'punkinsd'!! I think that some people don't really know the harsh world out there that is many peoples reality.
    Invincibleon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentInvincible. Your right about everything... I... The huge Green Day (turning to obsessive... I can tell you everything about them) I am, I thought of Long View. But I think this one it more satirical and more aimed at society and not one's need to masturbate because they simply having nothing else going on in thier life. Its like... The protagonist in this song has a house, a stable roof, and he's thinking "Why? Why do I have all this stuff? I shouldn't have it." And feels guilty and ashamed, while there's people just down the street that have it so much worse than him. He'd rather be like the man on the sidewalk, wondering if he'll make it through the next day, then be in that same confusing rut of desentizing contentment... But once again, I'm just some stupid fourteen year old.
    starrain6on April 09, 2006   Link

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