"I Was Wrong" as written by Robert James Kean, Ian Gordon Curnow and Phil Harding....
When I was young, I was so full of fear
I hid behind anger, held back the tears
It was me against the world, I was sure that I'd win
The world fought back, punished me for my sins
I felt so alone, so insecure, I blamed you instead and made sure I was heard
And they tried to warn me of my evil ways
But I couldn't hear what they had to say

[Chorus]
I was wrong, self destruction's got me again
I was wrong, I realized now that I was wrong
And I think about my loves, well I've had a few
I'm sorry that I hurt them, did I hurt you too
I took what I wanted, put my heart on the shelf
How can ya love me when you don't love yourself

It was me against the world, I was sure that I'd win
The world fought back, punished me for my sins
And they tried to warn me of my evil ways
But I couldn't hear what they had to say

[Chorus]

I grew up fast, I grew up hard
something was wrong from the very start
I was fighting everybody, I was fighting everything
but the only one that I hurt was me
I got society's blood running down my face
Somebody help me get outta this place
How could someone's bad luck last so long
until I realized that I was wrong

[Chorus: x2]


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"I Was Wrong" as written by Ian Gordon Curnow Robert James Kean

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  • +2
    General CommentMen never admit they are wrong.
    This man is apparently wrong.
    bondagexgirlon April 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think in this song Mike Ness found out what his "ball and chain" was all about. peoples attitudes and the way they carry themselves can hold them back. Karma is a real thing, as in you reap what you sowe.
    solemn13on September 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMen never admit they are wrong.
    This man is apparently wrong.
    bondagexgirlon April 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI Was Wrong, from White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)
    "Mike wrote this song back in 1995 during some time he spent in New York. Looking back at Mikes life he found that while he fought hard to keep certain ideals intact, others ended up being false. Later in life, he found out a lot of things were just fucking false promises. But what Mike also realized is that blaming society isn't always the right answer. This song is about looking at where Mike was wrong. There are times in my life when Mike Ness have been an asshole and this song owns up to that. A lot of times you don't just destroy your own life, you destroy everything around you, going through other people's lives like a tornado."
    sexboozentattooson May 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAwesome write. This is about addiction and recognizing early on something wasn't right. Finally he got sober, hence referencing "was" wrong. Admitting that his addiction caused him many problems.
    Boxman1971on January 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an awesome song about growing up and changing your perspective on certain things
    crick23on June 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWomen are just as stubborn as men on being wrong.
    puberton July 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment''people'' are stubborn ... im stubborn ;) ... i like to stand up for what i believe ... stubborness is overrated ;) ... im downloading the song but i think im getting the live version of scoial distortion , if any has a web of the cd versions (if there is any) please pm me ... im interested in checking out bands and expanding my horizens :)
    NIKKIEon September 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn typos .. need a new pc .. compaq sux !!! but social distortion is good ;)
    NIKKIEon September 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike crick23 said. You think you're always so right about everything when you're young, you don't even care. Then when you get a bit older you realize how wrong you were about some aspects of your life.

    I love this song....it makes me cry.
    sceadufeaxon December 15, 2004   Link

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