"There's No 'I' In Team" as written by Adam Lazzara, Shaun Cooper, John Nolan, Mark O'connell and Edward Reyes....
Well I can't regret
Can't you just forget it?
I started something I couldn't finish
And if we go down, we go down together
Best friends means
Well best friends means

And I've got a twenty-dollar bill
That says you're up late night starting
Fist fights vs. Fences in your backyard
Wearing your black eye like a badge of honor
Soakin' in sympathy
From friends who never loved you
Nearly half as much as me

Broken down in bars and bathrooms
All I did was what I had to
Don't believe me when I tell you
"It's just what anyone would do"
Take the time to talk about it
Think a lot and live without it
Don't believe me when I tell you
"It's something unforgivable"

Well I can't regret
Can't you just forget it?
I started something I couldn't finish
If we go down, we go down together
Best friends means
Well best friends means

You never knew
Well I never told you
Everything I know about breaking hearts
I learned from you, it's true
I've never done it with the style and grace you have
But I've made long term plans
Based on these mistakes

Broken down in bars and bathrooms
All I did was what I had to
Don't believe me when I tell you
"It's just what anyone would do"
Take the time to talk about it
Think a lot and live without it
Don't believe me when I tell you
"It's something unforgivable"

Is this what you call tact?
I swear you're as subtle as a brick in the small of my back
So let's end this call
And end this conversation
There's nothing worse...
(That's right he said, that's right he said it)
That you always had it way too easy

Broken down in bars and bathrooms
All I did was what I had to
Don't believe me when I tell you
"It's just what anyone would do"
Take the time to talk about it
Think a lot and live without it
Don't believe me when I tell you
"It's something unforgivable"

Best friends means I pulled the trigger
Best friends means you get what you deserve
Best friends means I pulled the trigger
Best friends means you get what you deserve
Best friends means I pulled the trigger
Best friends means you get what you deserve
Best friends means I pulled the trigger
Best friends means you get what you deserve
Best friends means I pulled the trigger
Best friends means you get what you deserve

Best friend means I pulled the trigger!
Best friend means you get what you deserve!


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"There's No 'I' in Team" as written by Edward Reyes Adam Lazzara

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  • +3
    General Commentadam lazzara never slept with jesse's girlfriend.
    john nolan did.
    so everyone who keeps saying it was lazzara, stfu, kay?

    like it's been said a billion times, brand new wrote seventy times 7 to express how jesse felt cause of it, then tbs came back with this to tell johns side of the story.
    okay? okay.
    PANTS -on February 03, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe "you're as subtle as a brick in the small of my back" thing came from Jesse, but he probably got that from the Morrissey Song "I Am Hated For Loving" which has the lyrics 'anonymous call, a poison pen/a brick in the small of the back again.' And then this TBS song has the lyrics 'I started something i couldn't finsih' which is from a Smiths song. Just some interesting Morrissey trivia there ;)
    oscarhensonon May 29, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is joined to a brand new song. Tbs singer slept with bn singers girlfriend in highschool. They were best friends. That is what this song is about. You need to hear seventy times 7 by brand new too really appreciat this song. Lots of people are saying.. oh this song is about being hurt.. no its about hurting someone else.
    xonxmyxownxon June 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYeah, yeah. Before you yell at me to read all the previous messages, I have. But no one's really delved too deep into the story, and plenty of people have gotten it wrong.

    It all begins on Long Island, back when Jesse Lacey was actually a member of the original TBS lineup, when they had a lead singer by the name of Antonio. In fact, if you find some of their old demos (most noticeable in "Go On"), you can hear Jesse doing the background singing/screaming.

    However, things fell apart when Jesse's girlfriend cheated on him with John. Jesse left, formed Brand New wrote "Seventy Times Seven" (the title is meant to be ironic, because the song isn't about forgiveness at all). Meanwhile, TBS found Adam Lazzarra to replace Jesse on bass, but he was soon bumped up to lead vocals when Antonio left.

    John, with Adam, wrote "There's No I in Team" in response to Jesse's "Seventy Times Seven." If you're saying otherwise, better look at the lyrics: lines throughout TBS's diss are lined with lyrics from songs all over Brand New's first album. Most noticeably is the mocking line, "Is that what you call tact? I swear you're subtle as a brick in the small of my back." (proof that this is the response song: John sings "That's right, he said it" after aforementiond line).

    Also taken from Seventy Times Seven: John counter's Jesse's line "Back in school they never taught us what we needed to know, like how to deal with despair or someone breaking your heart" with "Everything I know about breaking hearts I learned from you." And of course, John tells Jesse what "Best friends means."

    In addition to that, lyrics are taken from all over Brand New's album. Including "I've got a twenty dollar bill that you're up late night starting fist fights vs. the fences" ("I've got a twenty dollar bill no one's ever seen you without makeup." from BN's "Mix Tape") and "Broken Down in bars and bathrooms" ("Broken down from the bikes and bars" in BN's Soco Amaretto Lime"). Also, in BN's Sudden Death in Carolina, Jesse sings about "waking up with a shiner" (a black eye), and John sings about him "wearing his black eye like a badge of honor."

    I'm sure there are more hidden references as well. Major kudos to the person who found the "Of Mice and Men" allusion.

    But anyways, after TBS put their first album out, Jesse and John made up and everything was cool and they went on tour and did the song together. Or so the story goes. As one previous commenter mentioned, TBS guitarist Eddie Reyes said that the story's "bullshit," but it's kinda hard to believe there's nothing at all that connects the two songs so deeply.

    And then, John left TBS (rumors say due to Adam's rocky relationship with his sister, Michelle Nolan) and bass player Shaun Cooper left with him. Jesse sided with John when the split happened. And if you listen to TBS's Where You Want To Be, some of the songs are very obviously stabs at Stralight Run and Jesse. Pretty cool stuff.
    noseovertail711on October 29, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnyone believe that this was really 10 years ago? Hey 2012, where'd all the good stuff go?
    BabyBlueCanaryon February 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto BETWEENNOWHERE....sorry bud but this song is in response to brand new's seventy times seven. The lead singer of TBS got with the lead of BN's girlfriend
    cryinemochicon August 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI never knew this song exsited, then I looked at what I had downloaded and there it was. This is so perfectly written. You can totally hear the pure emtion is his voice. I wish I would have watched this part of the concert instead of going outside where it was cool. I missed out. I saw brand new and rufio though. I still should have stayed inside. I can't believe this song. It makes you feel like you are him going through exactly what he is, and you hurt like him. You are full of the same feeling he is and you just want to break down. I am gonna listen to this over and over and over tonight. I will try not to kill myself....not that I was going to anyway it just makes me hurt so bad....
    dnask8on August 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is amazing!!!!!! i like this part the best-"Soaking in sympathy
    from friends who never loved you
    nearly half as much as me"
    Aww man i wanna give that to one of my friends TBS is the best band out there right now i think. there incredible all around exseptionally lyricly!! rock on
    Wallyon August 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou have not seen the nastiest punk set unless you were at the Knitting Factory last night! TBS and Brand New completely brought down the house when they sang "There's No 'I' In Team" together. By far the craziest show I have ever seen.
    LongIslandEmoon August 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of the best and well writen songs I have ever read. I am always impressed when the lyrics are coming from the heart of the person righting them and I don't see how this could be the except here. YOu can hear it in the screams and crys. This is a beautiful song and it means a lot to me. It seems to me that he is talking about how he broke up with this girls who he cares so much about. He felt that he had to do it. It seemed like the right thing at the right time but it wasn't. He had to make a decision and it was a tough one. He hurt her but he says that she gets what she deserves, but I don't thintk that that is what he wants. he doesn't want her to get what she shoud get because she is everything to him. That is my perspective but I am also highly influenced by my situations in my own life that come through when I write and interpret lyrics.
    foundmdrummeron September 04, 2002   Link

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