It's hard to rely on my good intentions
When my head's full of things that I can't mention
It seems I usually get things right
But I can't understand what I did last night

And it's hard to rely on my own good senses
When I miss so much that requires attention
Have to laugh at myself sometimes
And I can see that I'm not blind

There's little relief
Give us reprieve, oh
For all the things I've left behind
I'm positive that I'm not blind

I'm not afraid things won't get better
But it feels like this has gone on forever
You have to cry with your own blue tears
Have to laugh with your own good cheer

And it's hard to rely on my good intentions
When my head's full of things that I can't mention
It seems I usually get things right
But I can't understand what I did last night

There's little relief
Give us reprieve, oh
And imagining the world outside
I'm positive that I'm not blind

I can't be hard on you
'Cause you know I've been there too
Learned a lot of things from you

Oh, when life gives little relief
Give us reprieve, oh
And when everyone is cold as ice
I clinch my fists and close my eyes
Imagining the world outside
And I can see that I'm not blind


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Good Intentions Lyrics as written by Glen Phillips Dean Dinning

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    To me this song goes out to all the "good kids" who still make mistakes sometimes cuz they arent perfect. Usually, the guy/girl is a good person, but they still managed to screw up the night before and now they're beating themselves up about it. Sometimes life just doesnt let up. The character in the song still knows that they are a good person which almost makes it worse. It says "for all the things I've left behing, Im posative that im not blind" meaning that they have taken the higher roads at times. they arent blind to the difference between right and wrong. good song about human nature

    skibunnie127on August 06, 2002   Link
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    Austin early 90's! Salad days baby!

    forest29on February 18, 2008   Link
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    eIts hard for ALL of us to rely on our good intentions. And you're anything like me, then you definately have things in your head that you can't mention either. Thank you Toad for such a wonderful decription of the complexities of human nature (again).

    cesuraon February 04, 2010   Link
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    Just heard this song on the radio coming home and it brought back a lot of memories. It was the story of my life then and it's the story of my life now.

    sein514on June 10, 2004   Link
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    San Fran / Seattle early 90's!

    Truthusedtohurton February 08, 2005   Link
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    This is a great song! It means the guy got out of hand the night before and he doesn't understand or remember what he did. He does hope things will get better, but he's probably been a drunk forever.

    YAMOTHERon September 23, 2005   Link
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    This is a great song! It means the guy got out of hand the night before and he doesn't understand or remember what he did. He does hope things will get better, but he's probably been feeling bad a long time. Thus the line, ".i'm not afraid things won't get better but it feels like this has gone on forever"

    YAMOTHERon September 23, 2005   Link
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    there're some songs that get you higher than any amount of alcohol or weed ever could... this is one of em.. -really nice feel good song! :D i think it was background music was one of the friends episodes somewhere.. superawesome song

    psychoblahon November 09, 2007   Link
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    This song came out when I was going through a depression and was drinking alot. One night though that this song always reminds me of is lots of drinking at a bar, then ending up in a hotel with a jucuzzi. It was fun that night but it left me saying "I can't understand what I did last night"

    rewc27on June 23, 2008   Link
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    This song came out when I was going through a depression and was drinking alot. One night though that this song always reminds me of is lots of drinking at a bar, then ending up in a hotel with a jucuzzi. It was fun that night but it left me saying "I can't understand what I did last night"

    rewc27on June 23, 2008   Link

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