Yes you bet you'd be dead, but you came back home
You had no place to go, a failure all your own
Start again, find a friend need a hand to hold
A lack of self control, another all time low
Upset, you regret, you don't measure up
You gave it everything, it wasn't good enough
This is once what we were fighting for

I know you'll never believe me
It feels like I'm always on the outside
Always on the outside looking in
It's not that easy
It feels like I'm dying on the inside
Always on the outside looking in

Broken plans, folded hands, it all came undone
The favors traded in and now you're down to one
You're a mess in distress and you're falling fast
Who's gonna save you now and help erase the past
Time keeps ticking away, another waste of a day
Stuck in the middle with no solution
Just another let down, never gonna break out
I can't take this

I know you'll never believe me
It feels like I'm always on the outside
Always on the outside looking in
It's not that easy
It feels like I'm dying on the inside
Always on the outside looking in

Just another let down, never gonna break out

I know you'll never believe me
It feels like I'm always on the outside
Always on the outside looking in
It's not that easy
It feels like I'm dying on the inside
Always on the outside looking in


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The Ballad of Johnny Cade song meanings
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    General Commenti honestly cant even figure this song out... but its an amazing song and they are a very talented band. wont be long before this band makes it mainstream. check out this song and many others at
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    jakelac95on August 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am addicted to this song! xD

    I have no idea what the song is about, but Johnny Cade is a character from The Outsiders. :O
    midnytefoxon February 08, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's about Johnnycake, of course. :)

    And people like him. But for now, I'm going to talk in very specific terms of Johnny Cade. Midnytefox is right - Johnny is a character from "The Outsiders".

    I think that this is progressing through the book, because it seems like it skips around a bit.

    Yes you bet you'd be dead, but you came back home
    You had no place to go, a failure all your own
    Start again, find a friend need a hand to hold
    A lack of self control, another all time low
    Upset, you regret, you don't measure up
    You gave it everything, it wasn't good enough
    This is once what we were fighting for
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    This could be a reference to him being beaten at home, yes? Johnny said in the book, "I used to think was about killing myself, but. . ." Johnny was just chracterized as this poor, lost kid who never did anything wrong, and still lost everything. So "You gave it everything, it wasn't good enough." Johnny loved his parent, they never loved him back. It's all quite sad, really. :( But the gang always fought to show Johnny that he was worth something - maybe that's some significance to the last line?

    The chorus - he's a greaser, and marked as lousy and spat on by society. Where's the solution when you're really a good person, but no one can see past your reputation (read the book, it's wonderful.)


    Broken plans, folded hands, it all came undone
    The favors traded in and now you're down to one
    You're a mess in distress and you're falling fast
    Who's gonna save you now and help erase the past
    Time keeps ticking away, another waste of a day
    Stuck in the middle with no solution
    Just another let down, never gonna break out
    I can't take this
    --
    I don't want to ruin the book, but their was a "plan" to help him out of something, and even that didn't change anything. He may've ended up worse than he was before.

    I just LOVE this song! It just. . it can fit to more than one person (aka: Johnny), but it fits him so. . .well. I love this band. They're amazing, and need to be praised beyond sane terms. Awesome, awesome, awesome song. Why can't bands like THIS be known worl-wide, but Hannah Montana can? Is tht fair? :(

    Read "The Outsiders". This song means so much more afterwards. I love you, Johnny (along with the rest of the female fans. Haha.), and Gone Baby Gone for writing this! :)
    SomewherexInxBetweenon March 21, 2009   Link

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