Story of my life

Well, high school seemed like such a blur
I didn't have much interest in sports or school elections
And in class I dreamed all day
About a rock 'n' roll weekend
And the girl in the front of the room
So close yet so far, you know she never seemed to notice
That this silly school-boy crush wasn't just pretend

Life goes by so fast
You only want to do what you think is right
Close your eyes and then it's past
Story of my life

Story of my life
Story of my life
The story of my life

And I went down to my old neighborhood
The faces have all changed, there's no one there left to talk to
And the pool hall I loved as a kid
Is now a Seven Eleven

And I went downtown to look for a job
I had no training, no experience to speak of
And I looked at the holes in my jeans
And turned and headed back

Life goes by so fast
You only wanna do what you think is right
Close your eyes and it's past
Story of my life

Story of my life
Story of my life
Story of my life

And good times come and good times go
I only wish the good times would last a little longer
And I think about the good times we had
And why they had to end
So I sit at the edge of my bed
I strum my guitar and I sing an outlaw love song
Thinkin' 'bout what you're doin' now
And when you're comin' back

Life goes by so fast
You only wanna do what you think is right
Close your eyes and it's past
Story of my life

Story of my life
Story of my life
Story of my life
Story of my life
The story of my life


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Story of My Life Lyrics as written by Michael James Ness

Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

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    This song gives me a feeling in the pit of my stomach, that feeling when you realize you can never go back.

    mayinevergodeafon March 21, 2007   Link
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    this is seriously one of the best songs ever. it's so nostalgiac and meaningful, i'm pretty sure almost everyone can relate. this song seriously brings me to the brink of tears when he sings the last two lines: "Good times come and good times go, I only wish the good times would last a little longer. I think about the good times we had And why they had to end. So I sit at the edge of my bed I strum my guitar and I sing an outlaw love song. Wonerin' 'bout what you're doin' now And when you're comin' back" awesome song

    BlackLungFeveron June 13, 2003   Link
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    I wish that I could write as well as Mike. He is so awesome. His voice really catches your attention.

    saves_the_day_girlon May 03, 2002   Link
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    This is a 100% autobiographical song written by Mike Ness about living in orange county being a teen, having no interest in school(just music)teenage concerts, admitting life goes by too fast, attempting to get a job, missing the places he enjoyed as a kid and wondering where his crush is and what she is doing.... A COMPLETE song about looking back on life.

    I completely relate to this song because i live in orange county, have no interest in school, have bad grades, love going to shows (and all the fun things associated with it)failing at getting a job and wondering what the girl i like is doing right now. Social D for life!

    PUNKRKRon January 25, 2011   Link
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    Yes I agree with the people saying it's a song about his teenage years and how they're over and that's why the song has quite a melancholic tone. But also, buried beneath that, this is a love song to his teacher. Think about it "And the girl in the front of the room (teaching) So close yet so far (she's so close physically, yet so unattainable) , you know she never seemed to notice That this silly school-boy crush wasn't just pretend (he really loves her)

    OdhranG2003on December 12, 2018   Link
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    i think its so ironic...saves the day girl haha i go from lookin at saves the say lyrics to social d...we've got some kinda mixture of music goin on. I LOVE MIKE NESS...i wish 50 year old men here were that sexy...oi!

    JoleeBolion May 29, 2002   Link
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    mike ness is awesome, and his voice yummmy

    crick23on June 16, 2002   Link
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    Life goes by so fast You only want to do what you think is right. Close your eyes and then it's past; Story of my life

    yeah, like what the famous ferris beuller says, "life goes by pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around..you could just miss it."

    ace song. ace movie.

    better halfon July 13, 2002   Link
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    Sometimes you can just feel yourself getting older but you don't feel any smarter. Like you are just watching time pass and you are only a spectator in your own life. I wish this didn't describe how I've felt for so long. It's still a rocking song though, Go Social D!

    ChaosFluro24on August 13, 2002   Link
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    When I was younger my best friend always used to say that this was, literally, the story of my life. Though in a way, I guess it still is.

    replicanton September 10, 2002   Link

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