I don't know who you are
But you seem very nice
So will you talk to me
Shall I tell you a story
Shall I tell you a dream
They think I'm crazy
They don't know that I like it here
It's nice in here
I get everything for free
Have you been here before
Shall I show you around
It's really pretty
Have you come here to stay
Well you sure picked a day
My name is Billy
It's my birthday, you're invited
To my party down the hall
Where I'll go, what I'll become or who I am or what I'll be I'll never know
But I am sure that I'll get everything for free
I'm not troubled or sad
I'm just ready for bed
It's been a long day
Before they switch off the lights
That truly was a delight
They think I'm crazy
They don't know that I like it here
It's nice in here
I get everything for free
Where I'll go, what I'll become or who I am or what I'll be I'll never know
But I am sure that I'll get everything for free
Where I'll go, what I'll become or who I am or what I'll be I'll never know
But I am sure that I'll get everything for free
everything for free
I don't know who you are
But you seem very nice
So will you talk to me
Have you been here before
Well you sure picked a day
they think I'm crazy


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Everything for Free Lyrics as written by GERT BETTENS, SARAH BETTENS

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    I bought K's Choice '10' which has songs from 93 till 03. It's a great album. In the sleeve Sarah say's about this song "I tried to paint a picture of a mental patient who feels grateful for being put in a situation where he's no longer resonsible for anything, a life in which other people decide for you and all you have to do is smile and be nice"

    It's exactly the way she paints it.

    tackymutanton February 02, 2007   Link
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    I agree with just about everyone else. I think this is a sane person who is in a mental institution and wants to stay there because they don't have to deal with everyday life and the crap that comes with it. I didn't realise how good this song is until it i listened to it full volume on my i-pod ( I strongly recommend doing that)

    rikkuon February 07, 2007   Link
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    Sounds like a song about being commented. Anyone?

    ryoxon June 04, 2002   Link
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    i think this song is about someone with mental illness whos trapped inside their head, though the story is told as if they are trapped in a hospital, i dunno thats how i think of it, i feel its deeply emotional though :'(

    mrsmolkoon July 19, 2002   Link
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    I agree with u in a way mrsmolko, i get the full impression of someone who is in an insane asyllum, i think it is deep though, check out da lyrics to "Virgin State of Mind" and I think youll get the impression of someone getting out of a mental state.

    kschoicefan88on August 04, 2002   Link
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    i do agree with both of you...but...i choose to think of it as like she met a guy doesnt really know him, but he seems nice...and so she invites him to her party...and i dunno i just think of it as a crush...

    sparkling_rageon August 11, 2002   Link
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    i agree with u sparkling rage, in a way, it does sound like that, and it could very well be that, considering that, as far as I know, neither Sarah, or Gert have ever experienced any kind of depression, that was publicised anyway,but they could be speaking of someone they know, Sarah and Gert dont write out of no where to sell records, they write from the heart, so I think this song may either be really deep, or really shallow, but not without meaning like certain....cough N'SYNC....cough songs.

    kschoicefan88on September 04, 2002   Link
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    I used to think it was about a prostitute xDD

    Then I listened to the words closer and I think it's someone trapped...

    Or maybe like some of you people said with the mental idea o-o;

    lunaaroseon October 01, 2005   Link
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    Billy is a mental patient, in a mental institution. The song takes a very child-like approach to the character's situation. It starts out very innocent and as the song progresses you begin to see hints of Billy's real character and the irony of what she's saying in relation to where she is. It's sort of like a window to what goes on inside a mental patient's head (not a generalization though).

    andreaaa5on February 21, 2006   Link
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    This is how I see it: Billy is at a mental hospital. And he's used to talking to shrinks, which is why he offers to share things like dreams and stories. I think he's not really crazy, at least not as much as everyone else, but he's there because he likes the simplicity of it. He's getting everything he needs for free, and he doesn't have to think about things like what to do or where to go.

    Cineon June 11, 2006   Link

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