They told me not to smoke drugs, but I wouldn't listen
Never thought id get caught and wind up in prison
Chalk it up to youth but young age I ain't dissin'
I guess I just had to get it out of my system
Outta my system, outta my system
Oh lord I'd never do it now
I know what I ain't missin'

Glad I went and got it all out of my system
The lust of youth versus marriage and security
Im glad im here now, but just between you and me
I had to get out and make the deals
And learn to know how it feels but that it ain't real
Outta my system, outta my system

There's a way to have it all you know I ain't kidding
Some things I know I'll never get out of my system
If you don't live now, you ain't even tryin'
And then you're on your way to a mid-life crisis
Live it out, any way you feel
You can feel it in your bones, but try to deny it
Wipe it off your face but your eyes won't hide it
You knew it all along, but never made it clear

They told me not to steal cars, but I wouldn't listen
Never thought I'd get caught and wind up in prison
Chalk it up to young age- but youth I ain't dissin'
I guess I just had to get it out of my system
Outta my system, outta my system
Oh lord I'd never do it now
I know what I ain't missin'
Glad I went and got it all out of my system


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"Outta My System" as written by Jim Edward Olliges Jr.

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    General CommentLike a lot of his lyrics it's a two sided reflection - he's agreeing with society's conventional wisdom that too much is no good, but then he kind of smiles to himself and says "some things I did were good and I'm not sorry."

    Growing up is about separating the identity from the experiments. Don't turn your back on formative experiences, but keep an eye out for long term consequences.
    interpretatoron August 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis one is pretty self explanatory but I love it! Very catchy tune that jams out nicely live.
    halesddon June 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAgree with halesdd, pretty easy to interpret. This entire album seems to be a reflection of the life Jim James has lived to this point and his perspective on life considering his experiences. Definitely an open and honest reflection of himself and the world around him. As much as he reflects on the past in the lyrics of these ten songs, there's a hopeful longing for a future built on positive construction.
    bmill574on June 30, 2011   Link

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