She didn't mean to deceive you, believe me
But sometimes the hardest part is conceiving

The good intentions that you had
Now only came to this
And although she saw the mark
The arrow missed

It isn't exciting reciting the stories
Of kind words turned hurting
When routine gets boring

Both getting tired of punk rock clubs
And both playing in punk rock bands
The start was something good
But some good things must end

And she said, "It could never survive
With such differing lives
One home, one out on tour again

We may never come back
The strike of a match
The candle burning at both ends"

And now she knows too much
And I'm too fucked up
It's awkward trying to make my move

I'll pretend that I'm fine
Show up right on time
But I know I'll never be that cool

I never wanted to hold you back
I just wanted to hold on
But my chance is gone

I know just where I stand
A boy trapped in the body of a man and

I'll take what you're willing to give
And I'll teach myself to live
With a walk-on part of a background shot
From a movie I'm not in

She's so important
And I'm so retarded

And now I realize
I should have kissed you in LA
But I drove home all alone
As if I had a choice, anyway

Where are you coming from?
What are you running from?
Is it so hard to see?

And if you're feeling scared
Remember the time we shared
You know it meant everything (everything)
You know that it meant everything to me

You know that it meant everything to me


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Apple Shampoo Lyrics as written by Scott Raynor Mark Hoppus

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  • +2
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    i totally agree with peachiedawlie182 about old blink being better than new blink this song is sweet...dude ranch is my favorite cd by them, and ive listened to this song so many times when im hanging out...dude now its stuck in my head

    uncgurlon April 17, 2002   Link
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    I think I understand this song completely, mainly because I'm going through similar endeavours, only on different circumstances. I think it's about Mark breaking and his girlfriend at the time breaking up due to the distance they have between touring. They didn't lose any feelings for each other, and it wasn't a break up in the sense that they didn't want to be together, it just wasn't fair or working due to everything Mark was doing with Blink 182, and it erupted tension and waiting and stress. But since they still loved each other, Mark is contemplating trying to get her back, but it seems as if she doesn't think it would work. He feels really horrible about it, but is reminding her of the pure love they had, and telling her to remember it whenever she doubts it. And he's finding it odd how he used to be the biggest person in her life, and now he wouldn't even be considered a slight part involved. It's basically the after-effects of a break up that Mark doesn't believe should have happened.

    CarrieWithoutSoundxon April 05, 2006   Link
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    although i'm not too crazy for new blink, old blink totally kicked ass. i love his song..and the name makes me think of apple shampoo? hehe

    peachiedawlie182on April 17, 2002   Link
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    Hahah cool song

    PrincessMargeraon January 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    yeah, i really like the rhythm of this song, and tha lyrics r tha best

    igotfullonfellafevaon February 15, 2002   Link
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    this song rocks! its from the best Blink cd...Dude Ranch...gotta love it!

    kyd_cruzon April 13, 2002   Link
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    did any of you actually listen to them then? geez well with this song i think its about gwen steffani. self explanitory. its a good song too dont get me wrong it could use better cord progression but back then tom wasnt that good yet =D and with new blink its exactly the same as the old stuff they just have better equipment making it sound clean. same cords in all their songs anyway. i mean look at reckless abandon, and the wendy clear.... SAME DANG SONG with different words!

    diet_punkon April 17, 2002   Link
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    Personally, i think the new blink shows growth as people and musicians. Lyrically the songs deal with the same ideas, therefore the only difference is the recording quality. Most punk bands don't have the money for the expensive equipment so blink sounds too clean for for hardcore punk rockers. However, they haven't changed that much, it just sounds better. But speaking of stealing music from yourself, the first guitar riff in online songs is the exact same as the first guitar riff in boring, and honestly online songs sounds better guitar wise.

    whitefang_2003on April 18, 2002   Link
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    yeah i totally agree. Blink style hasnt changed at all, but when they got a big record deal after dude ranch, enema of the state just seemed so more mainstream and i think its because of the better equipment. Thats really the only reason they sound so different, its because it really is clean. Old blink is good but i dunno i still really like some of the new stuff [off the newer cd, i didnt like enema]. BUt yeah this song! This song is great its a favorite of mine. I still wish i knew what the hell apple shampoo meant... but yeah Really good song.

    Action and Actionon April 19, 2002   Link
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    Reslly? It's about Gwen Stefani. Thats one Blink factoid i didn't know.

    Embrace the label and it will cease to be.

    ORANGE-tommorrowon April 26, 2002   Link

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