"Nice Guys Finish Last" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright and Michael Pritchard....
Nice guys finish last
You're running out of gas
Your sympathy will get you left behind
Sometimes you're at your best
When you feel the worst
You feel washed up like piss gone down the drain

Pressure cooker pick my brain and tell me I'm insane
I'm so fucking happy I could cry
Every joke can have its truth but now the joke's on you
I never knew you're such a funny guy

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine

Living on command
You're shaking lots of hands
You're kissing up and bleeding all your trust
Taking what you need
Bite the hand that feeds
You lose your memory and you've got no shame

Pressure cooker pick my brain and tell me I'm insane
I'm so fucking happy I could cry
Every joke can have its truth but now the joke's on you
I never knew you're such a funny guy

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine

Oh nice guys finish last
When you are the outcast
Don't pat yourself on the back
You might break your spine


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"Nice Guys Finish Last" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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    General CommentI think this song is only true until the college/university years. That is because teenage girls *generally* (note: some, not all!) aren't very smart about which guys they choose. They tend to go for punk or good looking, and/or popular guys more than anything. I think this is just because they are young, like most of the guys, who probably won't be such assholes later on anyways.

    I guess the point is... this song isn't about that. It's about sticking up for yourself. Don't use being nice as an excuse for being a wussy. It's not. You can be a nice guy and still have a goddamn backbone.

    The guy who's gf left him after 4 months that he did everything for her... maybe it's because you were doing whatever she wanted. You were essentially her lapdog, buddy. I'm not saying be mean, or an ass, but don't just do whatever the girl you like wants... that's no good for either of you.

    I'll break it down for you...

    Guy being nice, but a wussy with no spine: Bad
    Guy being a jerk, treating people badly: Bad
    Guy being nice, but with some backbone and willing to stick up for himself: Good

    If you don't stick up for yourself, you will finish last. If you're the type of person who always waves other people ahead in line-ups and always lets others go first, etc., you will finish last. Not neccesarily a bad thing... many would rather finish last and be ultimately "nice" than stick up for their place... but don't whine about finishing last if this is the case.

    I think that's what this song is saying, anyways; Stick up for yourself once in a while, because if you're always "nice" people will just step all over you.
    Splitfuseon February 14, 2005   Link

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