Never made it as a wise man
I couldn't cut it as a poor man stealin'
Tired of livin' like a blind man
I'm sick of sight without a sense of feelin'
And this is how you remind me

This is how you remind me of what I really am
This is how you remind me of what I really am

It's not like you to say sorry
I was waitin' on a different story
This time I'm mistaken
For handin' you a heart worth breakin'
And I've been wrong
I've been down
Been to the bottom of every bottle
These five words in my head scream
Are we havin' fun yet?

Yet, yet, yet, no no
Yet, yet, yet, no no

It's not like you didn't know that
I said I love you and I swear I still do
And it must have been so bad
'Cause livin' with me must have damn near killed you

And this is how you remind me of what I really am
This is how you remind me of what I really am

It's not like you to say sorry
I was waitin' on a different story
This time I'm mistaken
For handin' you a heart worth breakin'
And I've been wrong
I've been down
Been to the bottom of every bottle
These five words in my head, scream
Are we havin' fun yet?

Yet, yet, yet, no no
Yet, yet, yet, no no
Yet, yet, yet, no no
Yet, yet, yet, no no

Never made it as a wise man
I couldn't cut it as a poor man stealin'
And this is how you remind me
This is how you remind me

This is how you remind me of what I really am
This is how you remind me of what I really am

It's not like you to say sorry
I was waitin' on a different story
This time I'm mistaken
For handin' you a heart worth breakin'
And I've been wrong
I've been down
Been to the bottom of every bottle
These five words in my head, scream
Are we havin' fun yet?

Yet, yet
Are we havin' fun yet?
Yet, yet
Are we havin' fun yet?
Yet, yet
Are we havin' fun yet?
Yet, yet, no, no


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How You Remind Me Lyrics as written by Michael Kroeger Chad Kroeger

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  • +8
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    It must've been 10 years since I first heard this song, back then I was a just a little kid who had absolutely no idea what Chad was on about I just liked the way it sounded.

    Unfortunately I can relate to every single word of it now, I wish that wasn't the case but it is.

    I made excuses, I was wrong, I handed her a heart worth breaking, I traded in my pride for a dysfunctional relationship. I've been down to the lowest depths of manhood. Are we having fun yet? YEAH YEAH ..(no no - the voice in the back of your head that you just refuse to listen to)

    apatch3on January 21, 2013   Link
  • +5
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    I have read through the other comments and have not found anyone who got it right... Here is my interpretation...

    Never made it as a wise man I couldn't cut it as a poor man stealin' Tired of livin' like a blind man I'm sick of sight without a sense of feelin

    He know's what she is doing (cheating). He can't let it go and know's the relationship is over.

    And this is how you remind me This is how you remind me Of what I really am This is how you remind me Of what I really am

    When he thinks of her, he just remembers that he was a doormat that she walked all over.

    It's not like you to say sorry I was waiting on a different story This time I'm mistaken For handing you a heart worth breakin'

    He confronts her about her cheating and she just says sorry. Now he realizes she is not cool.

    I've been wrong, I've been down Been to the bottom of every bottle These five words in my head Scream "Are we having fun yet?" Yet?, Yet?, Yet?, no no

    This is where he goes a little psycho... This happened to a good buddy of mine who was dating a girl and fighting over the same thing. He even said the phrase "Are you having fun yet?" That was before he ever heard the song.

    It's not like you didn't know that I said I love you and I swear I still do It must have been so bad Cause livin' with me must have damn near killed you

    This is the sarcasm... She knew he loved her but yet she still cheated and she must have done it because he was just the biggest dick in the world. Again more sarcasm.

    That's about it. My interpretation...take it or leave it.

    brianlyssyon May 17, 2009   Link
  • +3
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    I think this song is about him finally realizing that he is a better person than his girlfriend ever allowed him to be and what she does finally makes him realize that. He handed her a heart she never really cared for and through endless bottles of alcohol he used to drown the pain, he knows he is better off without her.

    bewildered3109on January 24, 2002   Link
  • +3
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    This guy has had some troubled times & trusted in a girl who let him down yet again!! I reckon it's pretty sarcastic. He's been there & trusted someone one more time & she's let him down again! i think "living with me must have been hell" is not how he feels he's saying he's ok really but feels bitter at letting someone in once again! Anyway a brilliant song & it made me feel a lot better about life.

    Claire Willison January 31, 2002   Link
  • +3
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    I think that in every relationship between any two people, the interactions between them are only as complex as you are willing to look.

    All this arguing about whether she wronged him or he wronged her is unnecessary, because it could easily go both ways. In a relationship neither partner is ever absolutely perfect.

    This song is about how love is not always enough. They are/were in love with each other, but because of various logistical problems (she doesn't apologize when she's wrong about stuff, he's not enough of a man to "make it" regardless of what he attempts to do, whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, like a wise man or a thief.) stupid little logistical things, which cause them to fight so much that they're now at the point of breaking up, and it kills him because he still loves her but he just doesn't know how to make it work.

    Of course this is all from his point of view, so it's not necessarily 100% accurate either. HE THINKS that she never apologizes, and he thinks that he wouldn't be able to cut it as a poor man stealin. That may or may not be true in objective terms, but it's the guy's reality, and he's the narrator.

    I think that this is the underlying dynamic of their relationship. Anything else that you guys want to say would probably fit right in. Like maybe she's cheating or something like that. I'm not sure about that, but the specifics are open to interpretation.

    melem1on July 14, 2011   Link
  • +2
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    nickelback won't be a one hit wonder, every song on Silver Side Up is just as powerful. anyone who's ever loved someone can definitely relate to "Just for".

    jaxgrrlon January 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
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    As everyone so bluntly put it, this song is about a guy that was with a girl that didn't give a crap about him. "It's not like you..." That whole part is just saying that she's the one that makes lies and excuses, and he wasn't expecting her to come crawling back.

    zacsteron April 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    Okay, awhile back (before the server switch) I posted my translation of this song - I'll do it again:

    He blames himself for not being smart or skilled enough to do the most basic things, like being a thief than cannot steal. The next part about being a blind man and being sick of sight can be translated to mean that he never sees what is going on and what he does see doesn't catch him and he doesn't even notice. The chorus is based on what he feels of his girlfriend; she makes him feel guilty for the way he is - it is his low self opinion that makes him the way he is, she just brings it out. For the 'Not like you...' part he is saying that she isn't the one who apologizes - and she always has excuses. He feels this way because of her and blames her for it, but still feels it is his fault for 'handing her a heart worth breaking.' He admits he has been wrong and feels guilt, and he has 'been to the bottom of every bottle' meaning he has searched to find out why he is the way he is. The five words in his head are based on his feeling of their relationship - a constant question of whether or not he is having fun, if this is what he wants. The next verses come from his feeling of guilt again, but he points out it is her too. When he says 'It's not like you didn't know that' is the same as saying "You know how I feel though" and he does still love her, though she makes him feel the way he does. The guilt part comes into full swing with the next too lines because he claims that he is so terrible and hard to get along with that she must have sacraficed so much to be with him. There is also a hint of sarcasm in the last part as if he is saying it in a mocking way.

    That is a summary, close to my original.

    Well, that is my two cents - it's value may be different to you because currency various all over the world.

    jaroddove@doveworksentertainment.com

    jdoveon January 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    scary stuff, realy. heard this song a few times during the last days and found it cool enough to start searching for it on the net. what gave me goose bumps was when i saw the lyrics cause they exactly match the situation im in with my own gf. (slightly different interpreted as jdove though;)

    tjon January 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    This song really touches my heart everytime I hear it. Almost bringing tears to my eyes. Really makes you think... Nickelback has become one of my fav artists of all time here lately, just something about their songs....

    twisted_fateon May 12, 2002   Link

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