Once upon a time is how it always goes
But I'll make it brief
What was started out with such excitement
Now I'd gladly end end with relief
In what now has become a familiar motif:

That nothing is good enough
For people like you
Who have to have someone take the fall
And something to sabotage,
Determined to lose it all

Critics at their worst could never criticize
The way that you do
No, there's no one else, I find,
To undermine or dash a hope
Quite like you
And you do it so casually, too


Ladies and gentlemen,
Here's exhibit a
Didn't I try again?
And did the effort pay?
Wouldn't a smarter man
Simply walk away?

It doesn't really help that you can never say
What you're looking for
But you'll know it when you hear it,
Know it when you see it walk through the door
So you say,
So you've said many times before


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Nothing Is Good Enough Lyrics as written by Aimee Mann

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    I am a teacher. This is the song of the OFSTED inspector! Nothing is good enough for those m***********s. In particular "It doesn't really help that you can never say what you're looking for." They can't teach themselves but they can always find fault. This song should be branded on their foreheads.
    user1951on March 06, 2005   Link
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    its a big old "fuck you" to her former record label, in lyrical form. "It doesn't really help that you can never say what you're looking for but you'll know it when you hear it, know it when you see it walk through the door So you say-- so you've said many times before." aka them never being happy with the work that she's creating...they don't know what they want, but they aren't hearing it from her...pretty self explanatory, actually.
    squeakyfingerson February 22, 2006   Link
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    Can see the record label thing, definitely. It also sounds to me to be about someone that refuses to commit though.
    missmeon April 04, 2011   Link

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