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Good Riddance lyrics

Album: A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion [1996]

Tracks17
 01  Weight of the World
 02  Steps
 03  A Credit to His Gender
 04  Trophy
 05  Up & Away
 06  Last Believer
 07  Static
 08  Favorite Son
 09  West End Memorial
 10  This Is the Light
 11  Bittersweet
 12  Token Idiot
 13  Come Dancing
 14  Lampshade
 15  Think of Me
 16 Sky Is Falling
 17  Sometimes
all Good Riddance lyrics



Weight of the World
And what about the time you did your best to assuage my troubled soul
What happened to me what happened to you what was it that you said would
see us through

I want to know how to feel something real
and I will try no more to run
all this pressure getting closer
and it seems like
I've been here before

Time on my hands
weight of the world
laid bare my soul
as I lose control

Run away
you can retrace those steps and find your way once more
I'll wait
believe in yourself as the cruel world closes in
take my hand
I'll be a friend for you this weight you bare alone
one day
the light i know will illuminate your heart

time on my hands
weight of the world
laid on my soul
as I lose controlback to top
Steps
When I beat my head against the wall of convention
the blood I taste is everyone's
I fought a battle thought unpopular
for stakes nobody seems to see
nobody sees but me

one step forward
two steps back
come on and try me

my pain is the pain of children
my heart is burning with their shame
when mother cries all day
I'll wipe those tears away
you can't grow up healthy in a house of

for every father holding back the angry fire until five
when it festers on the drive
his boss has shamed him to tears
he should "take it like a man" but he never had a man to tell himback to top
A Credit to His Gender
How are you feeling?
How does someone like you elude the moral quarantine
does your repression only server the greater lie
as you abuse and objectify
all the emotions you defeat you've got the world at your feet
because you think you've silenced all the critics of your misogynistic lies
but when you wake up from your reveries you'd better realize
you're a model of virility a specimen divine
as you deflower you empower the false ego trapped inside
and by the virtue of your "conquests" you've endeared yourself
to those who you hold in high esteem

you think you've silenced all the critics of your misogynistic lies
but when you wake up from your reveries you'd better realize
you've got to rectify
that attitude
you're a hopeless case
and now you're too late

you call her a whore
she's just the same as you
though she could never be that shallow
but you just take what you can get
and you throw the rest away
another notch in your belt
another score another lay

you're taking
she's giving
you're losing
you think you're winning
you're time is
running out now
it doesn't feel the same

ORAL SEX PLAGUES SOCIETY!!!!!back to top
Trophy
I suppose you did it out of love
I feel that pressure from above
I didn't perform quite up to par
I only gained another scar
I'm not your trophy
I will not shine for you
sorry for the disappointment
I did the best I could
but here I've let the family down again
I'm your failure your mistake
because I failed to break the tape
I'm your shameful progeny
your begotten tragedy
you ought to know
I'm not for showback to top
Up & Away
You've sworn allegiance to your dreams
but still it seems so hard
that tightrope that you walk
why can't you put it down
drink your way through one more
clouded chapter of your life
the hands reaching out to help you
only seemed to push you further away

your time's up
and away
you've made your choice now there's nothing left to say
your times up
and away

mistreated and abused
but they couldn't steal your heart
everyone was so confused
but your friends all played their part
most likely to succeed
still you threw it all away
now your dreams lie buried next to you they're gone forever

where's the spark in your eye
I miss your smile
you're burning inside out
did you want to?
everything they told you to make the bad things go away
everything that they kept from you
everything I wanted to sayback to top
Last Believer
Do you believe?
We can make a change
Will you believe tomorrow?
Or will it slip away?

Black and white
We're all the fucking same
Demographics
Keep up caught up in the game
Violence
What the fuck do you expect?
The cause has left us
Leaving nothing but effect

The laughter has subsided
Leaving hatred in it's wake
In a nation trusting no one
Sworn to bend but never break
America is burning
Look around it's in the air
But I'll be the last believer
Just as long as I still care
And I still care

What's going on?
What's happened now?
Show me a purpose
Please show me how

Desperate times
One thousand symptoms
One disease
Government tradition
And genocidal policies
Don't look back
Don't wait until history repeats
No, no more lies
No more bodies in the streetsback to top
Static
Like a weathered statue
I will wait for you
like the darkness fading
waiting to see it through
like an ardent cry
wakes me from the silence of my sleep
like a distant bell
like a man who fights the system
fights to keep

if you have to ask the price you can't afford it
there's nothing free in this world
there's nothing free in this life

like a super hero
I'll try to save the world
with an anesthetic
to life a thousand fingers
like a man accused
I'll weigh the consequence
like a man afraid
of the madness just beyond the picket fenceback to top
Favorite Son
Why did you need to take that pill?
never has and never will
make you better make you well
you're shackled in your self-inflicted cell
sunlight you'll never see
you're a prisoner of pharmacology
and you're telling me you feel fine
never better
that's what you said in your last letter
that was read aloud at your memorial last week
where are you now?
Up above?
I hope you find some kind of love
that isn't bottled or tamper-resistant
but unconditional and consistent
the peace you've spent you lifetime searching for
if this is what it takes
maybe others can learn form your mistakes
and turn off that blacklight before it gets too lateback to top
West End Memorial
True freedom
they give us
no slaughter
too sacrilegious
the smoke clears
on bloated bodies
I feel safe now
do they want me service

We fought there
in the jungles
I saw nothing
I felt no ennemy
we died there
in the foxhole
my companion
lay bleeding in my arms
so proud

pride so quick to murder
for prosperity
hatred
trained to operate
manuallyback to top
This Is the Light
I had a dream that I woke up in a sweat
another self-inflicted nightmare I will not forget
I felt a light
I saw you shine something's wrong
I felt that tremor in my soul
that memory one last time

this is the light
this is the way
where the darkness keeps the sun away
this is the light
this is the way
this stream of memories that carries me away

I know my head
at least I thought I did
I'd take a silver bullet through my soul if I could give
this phantom friend
this runaway train of thought
somebody's been following me through every trial I've ever sought
never sought

these tears
leave scars
as they run down my face
I'm changing
I'm leaving now
I'm leaving for a better placeback to top
Bittersweet
You try to tell me where your heart is
you say there's nothing wrong
and the honesty in your eyes tells me
that I should be strong
I don't want to get wrapped up in morbid reflection
because that's a pessimistic space
and the situations I imagine
are lost somewhere in you face

because when were together it's bittersweet
now your with him and I miss you
I feel somehow incomplete
I try to stand on my own
I take it one day at a time
and if you ask me how I'm doing
I bite my lip and say I'm fine

well I don't know
I can't sing
can't sleep do anything
I just know I'll be there waiting
for you to come around

I know you tell me all the time that I worry too much
but not a day goes by where I'm not thinking about you
what we had
what we could have
if you just give me one more chance
I miss you
and it's so bittersweetback to top
Token Idiot
what should i say
i guess things didn't go my way
but you insist on shining light
on my greatest failures
fallible is me

but you can see
this isn't my reality
it's just the way
things go for us

someone out there
saying life just isn't fair
but it's the simple disappointments
and the great mistakes that make you wiser
but you can see
this isn't my reality
it's just the way
things go for us

and what about the times you set me straight
still left me waiting at the gate
it's just the way things go for us
for us

i'm sick of trying at your way
did you really think i'd make it anyway
i pulled this splinter from my face
found another worthwhile cause to take your place
i woke up ok
it's just another rainy day
and i'm feeling the same way as youback to top
Come Dancing
Cover of the Kinks:
They put a parking lot on a piece of land
When the supermarket used to stand.
Before that they put up a bowling alley
On the site that used to be the local palais.
That's where the big bands used to come and play.
My sister went there on a Saturday.

Come dancing,
All her boyfriends used to come and call.
Why not come dancing, it's only natural?

Another Saturday, another date.
She would be ready but she's always make them wait.
In the hallway, in anticipation,
He didn't know the night would end up in frustration.
He'd end up blowing all his wages for the week
All for a cuddle and a peck on the cheek.

Come dancing,
That's how they did it when I was just a kid,
And when they said come dancing,
My sister always did.

My sister should have come in a midnight,
And my mom would always sit up and wait.
It always ended up in a big row
When my sister used to get home late.

Out of my window I can see them in the moonlight,
Two silhouettes saying goodnight by the garden gate.

The day they knocked down the palais
My sister stood and cried.
The day they knocked down the palais
Part of my childhood died, just died.

Now I'm grown up and playing in a band,
And there's a car park where the palais used to stand.
My sister's married and she lives on an estate.
Her daughters go out, now it's her turn to wait.
She knows they get away with things she never could,
But if I asked her I wonder if she would,

Come dancing,
Come on sister, have yourself a ball.
Don't be afraid to come dancing,
It's only natural.

Come dancing,
Just like the palais on a Saturday.
And all her friends will come dancing
Where the big bands used to play.back to top
Lampshade
I can feel my bones decay
I haven't got a thing to say
I never thought I could end up this way
maybe I should have known
but now my cover's blown
I've been up for hours but my feet never touched the floor

I can't pretend that I'm as funny as all you're friends
so I'll keep this lampshade on my skull for one more night

I've got a project car
I've got a VCR
I've got a hundred friends but I don't know where they are
my life's a fantasy
I'm just a wanna be
another throw away contemporary enemy

did you want me to be the life of the party
I've made some mistakes so stop kicking yourself
because I blame me
it's still the same
nothing's changedback to top
Think of Me
I never knew how good i had it
I had to treat you like a habit
it became what I'd guess you call a slight obsession
Now I've had some time to work it out
Way too much time to be without
The one I wanted
You're my right direction

When you're back there
Do you think of me?
When you're alone
Before you sleep
You are the one I'm waiting for
This time's not like before
I'm going to carry you away
carry you away

Thinking good things now
I know we'll work it out somehow
I try to keep my chin up
But it's so hard to let you go
It never hurt before to be alone
Now your voice is salvation on the phone
I only wish you weren't so far away

When you're back there
Do you think of me?
When you're alone
Before you sleep
You are the one I'm waiting for
This time's not like before
I'm going to carry you away
carry you awayback to top
Sometimes
When it's time to start working to reconstruct
a life programmed to self-destruct
when it's time to set your sights on something better
when all that you've known
is the emptiness of being alone
when friends start drifting away

sometimes
it's better to let go
it only hurts to hold on to time worn memories
sometimes
it's never what is seems
it only serves to break your will

I had a dream last night
that you and I got in a fight
I never meant to hurt you
but I guess it ended up that way
we went our seperate ways
and I stayed mad for six whole days
that's when I realized when I'm alone
I'm in bad company

I want to help you
but you've got to want to help yourself
I don't want to bury another friend
I take it day by day and watch the people I love just fade away
where's the good in this?
whatever happened to you?back to top
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