Al said goodbye to his mom and dad for the first time in his life
tonight left the house and walked out to the waiting car outside
and somehow he thought they'd never understand that nothing lasts
and he just knows that time is just spinning by
and life is passing him by so fast
And sometimes I think I'm the only one
that feels like going nowhere is like giving up
Al said to me a few days ago
that he just thought for the first time in his life
he feels the last 10 years were only a waste of time
and that it was only a compromise of what he always felt inside
his declaration of independence
said to me under the orange street lights
he was the one
who always did the right thing
he was the one that listened to everything they'd say
but today he's never going back

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Al's War song meanings
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    General CommentThis is a pretty simple thing to figure out, it's about a guy who feels like he's going nowhere and he's wasted his entire life. But, he decides that he's not giving up, which is a nice little feelgood touch at the end.
    Scorcho1688on February 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmy name is alison...and i always felt like i was tefemale version of this song. i try, but im still going nowhere. i feel like giving up...but i knw that if i do, ill have nothing else to try for...its a vicious cycle
    displayingchangeson May 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwe all know it's about a guy who's not doing anything with his life and he feels bad but either way this song rocks
    ohUknowon May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis reminds me of sum1 called al who i hate but also love, so its kind of an annoyin song,yet good!
    punkrockgirlon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti have a wonderful salad for dinner. this song is fun. it sends an interesting message. sometimes i feel like life is a just a broke record.. week after week the same shit. but i remember ive got friends who love me and lots of fun times to have and memories to make with them. always enjoy life.. and pie!
    love and peace
    HippieLoseron May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song has sooo much emotion. To me it means something a little different, because this song made stop and look around at what I was doing with my life. Getting tired of doing the right thing. I think the song should be changed to Alison's War. I love it when the bass player sings, he's awesome.
    bugzcaron June 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI admit it, this song makes me cry. To me, it's about having all the wrong things in your life and realizing you need change. The only way to do this is to go off on your own, leaving family and bad friends behind. It's so lonely living the life you want for yourself sometimes. The bridge is simply a tear juggernaut.
    davidecoyoteon June 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentto me this songs about some one leaving home and moving on with there life but they dont know where to start
    LessThanJake04on September 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDont feel bad admitting it makes you cry...i am exactly the same. The emotion put forth behind this song is greater than usual with these bunch of tweakers we love so much. There is only one song with more meaning to me behind it....and that would have to be "Look What Happened" Check out the posts on that for the reasoning.
    thirdnobletruthon April 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song gives me chills.
    Xtragic mistakeXon April 28, 2003   Link

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