Well, if you wanted honesty that's all you had to say
I never want to let you down or have you go
"It's better off this way"
For all the dirty looks
The photographs your boyfriend took
Remember when you broke your foot from jumping out the second floor?

I'm not okay
I'm not okay
I'm not okay
You wear me out

What will it take to show you that it's not the life it seems (I'm not okay)
I've told you time and time again you sing the words but don't know what it means (I'm not okay)
To be a joke and look, another line without a hook
I held you close as we both shook
For the last time -
Take a good hard look

I'm not okay
I'm not okay
I'm not okay
You wear me out

Forget about the dirty looks
The photographs your boyfriend took
You said you read me like a book
But the pages are all torn and frayed now

I'm okay
I'm okay
I'm okay now (I'm okay now)
But you really need to listen to me
Because I'm telling you the truth
I mean this
I'm okay (trust me)

I'm not okay
I'm not okay
Well, I'm not okay
I'm not o-fucking-kay
I'm not okay
I'm not okay (okay)


Lyrics submitted by VegaTDM, edited by SmashingDestiny

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    General CommentThis was my absolute favorite song when I was in high school, because I was living it. I felt miserable and like I was eking out a meager existence. I was infatuated with a girl who never returned my affection. She would tell me that she envied my being single, and I wanted to explain to her the soul-crushing loneliness I felt. Instead, however, I kept my composure and feigned contentedness, but I was not okay.

    I don't speak to her anymore, I have dropped out of high school, and those days are far in the past. While my future may be uncertain, I can say without a doubt that I am much better off today than I was then.

    In the music video, I believe that when Gerard is cut off by the beginning of the song, he is about to say, "I just want to live." When you're in high school, it sometimes seems like all you can do just to survive.
    ValorGreenon January 11, 2014   Link

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