They're my reasons for getting over this
And it's not much better than waking up
With your head in your hands,
And your arms are tired from supporting.
It's better in the long run,
But this is the worst day of my life.
I'm giving in,
This can't be much better than dying.
I'm going back to my selfish ways,
I'm giving up what I could forget.
I've tried, it came out better the first time.
If this is all you see then have a drink on me
And look who's laughing now.

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    This song absolutely describes what i was going through with some girl and the lines, "this is the worst day of my life... this can't be much better than dying" comforted me so much and helped me get through the tough time. Thank God for TGUK.

    VastSpoilsOfAmericaon July 12, 2002   Link
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    yea.. obviously this song is just about how some guy was screwed over by his girlfriend, or whoever it was he wanted. i guess it takes a great song with great lyrics played by a great band to make you feel better!

    xBleedingxTearsxon August 05, 2002   Link
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    The Get Up Kids rock my face off. Period.

    <3 One of my favorite songs.

    thursdayisthecureon March 09, 2003   Link
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    this is gotta be one of the great break up anthems of the modern day, i absolutly love this shit

    i am parker lewison March 29, 2005   Link

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