Some people ain't no damn good
You can't trust 'em, you can't love em
No good deed goes unpunished
And I don't mind being their whipping boy
I've had that pleasure for years and years
No, no I never was a sinner-tell me what else can I do
Second best is what you get-till you learn to bend this rules
Time respects no person-what you lift up must fall
They're waiting outside-to claim my crumblin' walls

Saw my picture in the paper
Read the news around my face
And now some people
Don't want to treat me the same

When the walls come tumblin' down
When the walls come crumblin' crumblin'
When the walls come tumblin' tumblin' down

Some people say I'm obnoxious and lazy
That I'm uneducated and my opinion means nothin'
But I know I'm a real good dancer
Don't need to look over my shoulder to see what I'm after
Everybody's got their problems-ain't no new news here
I'm the same old trouble you've been having for years
Don't confuse the problem with the issue, girl,
'Cause it's perfectly clear

Just a human desire to have you come near
Want to put my arms around you
Feel your breath in my ear
You can bend me, you can break me
But you better stand clear

When the walls come tumblin' down
When the walls come crumblin' crumblin'
When the walls come tumblin' tumblin' down


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    General Comment

    ARE YOU SERIOUS??????? No one has commented on this? This is like almost John's top hit, and no one is commenting on this?

    This song is my favorite John Cougar's.

    Pink_Floyd_fanon February 02, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Its about the madness of the music business.

    Being their whippin boy and their waiting outside to claim my tumblin walls.

    ginty16on August 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    The chorus reminds me of "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" by the Traveling Wilburys.

    JohnnyLurgon August 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    I looked at this song as anti-government to the respect the John Mellencamp wants their to be a government, but dont tread on us either.

    This is one of my most all time favorite songs from John Mellencamp, also Pink Houses, The Authority Song, Small Town, Rocking in the USA, Peaceful World, Our Country.

    ajapierceon December 31, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    This is one of my very favorites from JM, the opening 3 on the album is a great run.

    force263on October 23, 2017   Link

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