Clean up next day
From the tickertape parade that you threw for me
I thought I earned half heartedly
But we both know I don't deserve a thing

Spill out my chest
On to paper for a check
That we cashed too soon
And now the government is on my stoop
Awaiting documents and beating down my door

Everyone is sleeping and everyone is sad
And everything is perfect, perfect wasn't bad

Jesus Christ I need you
I need you now
Or anyone who feels like helping out
Jesus Christ I need you
I need you now
Or anyone who feels like helping out


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Clean Up Lyrics as written by Brett Romnes Brandon Swanson

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    wow, you can really feel the hurt when he sings the final verse.

    tommyhaychon August 29, 2005   Link
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    It's like the song builds up slowly to the ending lines especially with the instrumental part right before. And seriously, you can feel the hurt when he says "I need you." I don't even need to sing along to this song to express myself and how much I relate, just listening to him singing brings it all together. Fucking amazing.

    OneSecondRegretson August 16, 2006   Link
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    this song always kills me because you really can feel the pain he's feeling.

    my question is, how do you interpret the "Jesus Christ" and the "you"? is the you referring to JC? or when he says "Jesus Christ" is it just a phrase and the "you" is a specific someone? i think he's referring to Jesus, but one of my friends thinks differently and we came to the agreement that it could mean different things for different people.

    yourescumon September 01, 2007   Link
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    To me is seems like the guy has messed up a fair share of things in his life.

    In the first verse he is talking about a party the girl threw for him. He was telling himself that he earned it, even if only half heartedly, but deep down the two of them know he deserves nothing. Another thing that comes to mind is that the party could just be a reference to their relationship, he doesn't feel as though he deserves her, and she knows this.

    The second verse to me is a single metaphor, just bear with me.

    "spill out my chest onto paper for a check" -He is putting his entire heart on the line, for this relationship, which he refers to as a check. "that we cashed too soon" -Cashing the check, the check is now gone, terminated and never to be seen again. He did something to end the relationship. "and now the government is on my stoop" -The girl is being referred to as the government, after all, she is on the other side of the transaction (relationship), and being the only one that could go against him when things go wrong.

    I'd really like to have the band tell us what he means in the last verse, is this a faith thing where he feels Jesus has left him? Or is Jesus Christ just a phrase to express his anger towards and longing for the "you"?

    cucci67on November 03, 2007   Link
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    After looking at the last verse some more, I feel as though he is calling out for Jesus. With all the wrong in his life, he thinks he lost his guide.

    "Jesus christ i need you, I need you now. or anyone who feels like helpin out"

    He needs Jesus right now, he is lost and unknowing what to do next. I think the last line he is questioning his faith. I am a Christian, but I will say it. He is saying in one line: If Jesus doesn't exist, whatever divine guider is out there, I need you.

    cucci67on November 03, 2007   Link
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    Jesus christ i need you, I need you know. or anyone who feels like helpin out Jesus christ i need you, i need you know or anyone who feels like helping out

    I just think he's saying that he needs Jesus and he needs him now, but anyone who feels like helping him on earth will do as well, so i don't think vinny misused the name of the lord.

    Matthew15on December 03, 2007   Link
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    this could sound crazy and is probably way off but would be cool if vinnie was singing about The Movielife...if you really think about it...it could work for everything...most likely about a girl...good song tho

    mlabb856on March 02, 2008   Link
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    the whole jesus christ thing i think its using the lords name in vain sort of thing like "jesue christ! im late..." I dont thinks its a call the Jesus...

    i also think its about the movielife for sure

    WJon August 27, 2008   Link
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    definitely one of my favorite songs by them.

    I think this song is about someone who is in such despair they are reaching out for help from anybody. Just a genuinely sad soul looking for some help. I do agree with WJ and think he is just saying jesus christ for emphasis and not actually calling to jesus directly

    nairbsilleon January 12, 2012   Link

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