Looking at himself but wishing he was someone else
Because the posters on the wall they don't look like him at all

So he ties it up, he tucks it in, he pulls it back, and gives a grin
Laughing at himself because he knows he ain't loved at all

He gets his courage from the can
It makes him feel like a man
Because he's loving all the ladies
But the ladies don't love him at all

'Cause when he's not drunk
He's only stuck on himself
And then he has the nerve
To say he needs a decent girl

Looking at herself but wishing she was someone else
Because the body of the doll it don't look like hers at all

So she straps it on, she sucks it in, she throws it up, and gives a grin
Laughing at herself because she knows she ain't that at all

All caught up in the trends
Well the truth began to bend
And the next thing you know man
There just ain't no truth left at all

'Cause when the pretty girl walks
She walks so proud
And when the pretty girl laughs
Oh man, she laughs so loud

And if it ain't this then it's that
As a matter of fact
She hasn't had a day to relax
Since she has lost her ability to think clearly

Well I'm an energetic hypothetic version of another person
Check out my outsides there ain't nothing in here

Well I'm a superficial, systematic, music television addict
Check out my outsides there ain't nothing in
Here comes another one, just like the other one
Looking at himself but wishing he was someone else
Because the posters on the wall they don't look like a him
And so he ties it up he tucks it in, he pulls it back and gives a grin
Laughing at himself because he knows he ain't loved at all
He knows he ain't loved at all

Lyrics submitted by blueangelrugby

Posters Lyrics as written by Jack Hody Johnson

Lyrics © Bubble Toes Publishing, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING

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    cmon yall. i cant believe know one has commented on this. its awesome. especially the acoustic version. this song is pretty straight forward...the boy feels bad cause he doesnt look like the models and rock stars of the world. so to drown his sorrow he drinks. the girl is bulimic cause she dont look like the models and what not of the world. at the end of the song, he's just sayin that too many people are copies of others. great song period zach

    dispatchrockson May 05, 2002   Link
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    you're completely right about this song dispatch. everyone is so concerned about being who everyone else wants them to be. often when people are allowed to be free, they immitate others. it makes u appreciate individuality, and remember not to be so caught up with what society had forced upon us

    GrafetePympon May 07, 2002   Link
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    I love how he sings this. The way he delivers the words- Just rolls off his tongue.

    I agree with dispatchrocks and grafetepymp for the most part. I like to think it concentrates more on societal pressure than being individual and imitating others. But those two, especially in this case are closely related.

    Wanting to fit the image and mold society has created for us. :bah:

    anna118kon May 21, 2002   Link
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    I think every teen girl sits at home crying to this song. It's too weird how Jack so easily and simply puts such a strong and complicated emotion into words. He makes it seem way to easy. If understanding teenage insecurities was really this easy, do you really think so many would suffer? Jack Johnson is a genius.

    neenzabeenon June 30, 2002   Link
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    I think this is probably my favorite song on the album. Bubble Toes and Inaudible Memories are pretty close though. Like Anna said, I believe it's more about peer pressure and trying to fit in than trying to be someone else. It's true that often when you are trying to fit in you change some of your little quirks, but I think this song is more of the little things, the right clothes, the right hair style, not so much your actions.

    Emo_ezraliteon July 04, 2002   Link
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    i downloaded this song off winmx and it was titled "ain't loved at all" does anyone know the story behind the name change or anything? absolutely great song, by the way

    Yossarianon July 05, 2002   Link
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    I don't think it was so much a name change, just that the person who put it on there didn't know the title of the song and just put the most repeated line of the song because that's how most pop songs are titled..but yea I absolutely love this song..it's right behind Bubble Toes.

    LILJCOXon August 16, 2002   Link
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    all around wonderful song

    WEMIGHTBEGIANTSon August 23, 2002   Link
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    we live in a world where the vase majority believe that you are only beautiful if you're a bulimic headcase this song rocks, and i reckon more people need to listen to songs like this rather then crap that pours out of the talentless and surgically enhanced britany spears

    hippieon August 27, 2002   Link
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    This song has a great and strong meaning to me. When I hear the song, it makes me think of how supermodels on Poster's look. They are perfect, and I personally think it's about a guy who acts conceited, but thinks he deserves a perfect girl. The girl on the other hand is a girl who likes the guy, and has a big crush on him, she tries to mold herself to a "person on a poster" (Supermodel), to please the guy, but if it aint this then it aint that as a matter of fact refers to how neither person is pleased with what they have or what they are.

    JamesWHulseyon October 11, 2002   Link

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