You need someone to hold you
You need something that you ain't been getting.
Yeah I could be the one
To tell you what to do but it don't mean nothing.
And you're holding on forever
But that something just ain't true.
I'm just like you
And I know it's what I'd do.
Here I go.
Cuz I could stop the world cuz I love you.
I could stop the world and I don't want to.
I could stop the world and I won't.
Cuz it ain't enough.
You had another bad day,
You let me know that you just can't take it.
I've given up on you,
You live in truth and I know I can't fake it.
Cuz the stars you see,
Are on a dirty sidewalk.
And they ain't for wishing new
If they don't come true.
And I know, it's what I'd do.
Here I go.
I'm not too young for the world.
And I can't change for the world.
I don't care for the world.
(in back)I don't need to stop the world.
It don't make sense, the world

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    I love this song, one of my favourites by the Goo's.

    You feel you love someone so much you'd do anything for them, stop the world in this case and stop all of the things that are hurting them. But in the long run you know it really won't solve anything or help. The person in question just complains too much and you're fed up with trying to 'stop the world' just to please them. They just have to learn to deal with the shit that comes their way.

    sleepfloweron October 22, 2004   Link
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    ahhhhhh this song is AMAZING!!! at first i was like wtf type of goo goo dolls song is this??? (as in "opposite of iris") but its still got the same heart as their recent stuff... i could stop the world cuz i love you.... sigh.

    its probably about a guy that would do anything for this girl..even stop the world..but it "wouldnt be enough" maybe b/c hes too young or she doesnt think hes right for her.."Im not too young for the world and i cant change for the world"... but none the less w/e it means i LOVE it!!! stay goo peace

    gonletitslideon February 05, 2005   Link
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    wait, so at first you didn't like this song when you first heard it because it wasn't like "iris"? this song is exactly what the goo goo dolls are...or were...before they went mainstream. this song was from more than 10 years ago. it's people like you that annoy me. but a goo fan is a goo fan, so i'm just going to shut up. =)

    mrs. brightsideon June 05, 2005   Link
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    I've never commented on any songs before, but upon seeing this song had so few remarks I had to jump in. This is my favorite tune off of Superstar Car Wash. I actually feel as though Johnny is right by me singing this song, the vocals, the lyrics, everything about this song is beautiful. =]

    "Cause' the stars you see on a dirty sidewalk, and they ain't polished and new."

    oooachoo2on May 14, 2006   Link
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    *are on a dirty sidewalk

    Ah, typos.

    oooachoo2on May 14, 2006   Link

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