Tourists wear their wallets
In odd places when abroad
So as not to be ripped off
In ways to which they're not abriged
Lawyers write some goofy terms
In letters to the future
So as not to get all screwed
By methods here then after devised
So will I

And I guess I will protect myself from you
Sometimes I get so tickled that I just can't talk
Then I will protect myself from you
And keep on reminding me I'm always free
I'm always free to walk

You're not exactly
What I'm looking for
You don't even know that
But I've got it straight
I'm keeping it in mind
No you're not what I was looking for
I just need a little more
Of what you've got
A little
But don't make me laugh

Like they say it's a free country anyway

Whatever happens between
You and me today
Probably will be okay
But won't bother me anyway

Always free
Free to walk

You can't
You can't hurt me
'Cause I don't care about you
I don't give a shit
I don't give a shit about you

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    i like this song n iv never even heard it its about the idea that if you dont take things seriously you will never get hurt , and if you dont get hurt tou always have fun . its weird for ben to write stuff like this , very unlike him

    dutch_angel_moion December 30, 2004   Link
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    what album is this on?

    waitingonyouon February 19, 2006   Link
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    this song is on "The Beginings" and "Speed Graphic" it was slightly changed between the 2 versions, but the original, recorded around 1994 is GREAT, and dutch_angel_moi has got it right. but unlike him? aparently he has never heard bens old bands Ben Folds Five, Majosha, Bus Stop. the 3 most influential bands on my music.

    WARADEon January 04, 2007   Link

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