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#75024 - 08/09/05 08:01 AM what a good boy - by Barenaked Ladies
cpt. confusion Offline
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Registered: 01/26/04
Posts: 159
Loc: midwest
"What A Good Boy"

When I was born, they looked at me and said
what a good boy, what a smart boy, what a strong boy.
And when you were born, they looked at you and said,
what a good girl, what a what a smart girl, what a pretty girl.

We've got these chains that hang around our necks,
people want to strangle us with them before we take our first breath.
Afraid of change, afraid of staying the same,
when temptation calls, we just look away.

[Chorus]
This name is the hairshirt I wear,
and this hairshirt is woven from your brown hair.
This song is the cross that I bear,
bear it with me, bear with me, bear with me,
be with me tonight,
I know that it isn't right, but be with me tonight.

I go to school, I write exams,
if I pass, if I fail, if I drop out,
does anyone give a damn?
And if they do, they'll soon forget 'cause it won't take much for me
to show my life ain't over yet.
I wake up scared, I wake up strange.
I wake up wondering if anything in my life is ever going to change.
I wake up scared, I wake up strange
and everything around me stays the same.

[Chorus]

I couldn't tell you that I was wrong,
chickened out, grabbed a pen and paper, sat down and I wrote this song.
I couldn't tell you that you were right,
so instead I looked in the mirror,
watched TV, laid awake all night.

We've got these chains, hang 'round our necks,
people want to strangle us with them before we take our first breath.
Afraid of change, afraid of staying the same when temptation calls ...

[Chorus]

When I was born, they looked at me and said;
What a good boy, what a smart boy, what a strong boy.
And when you were born, they looked at you and said;
what a good girl, what a smart girl, what a pretty girl, hey

_________________________
"Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use."
-Carlos Castaneda

*WoR Alum
Sequoia I-March '11
Alta II, September '11

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#75025 - 09/02/05 03:24 PM Re: what a good boy - by Barenaked Ladies
lost_in_thought Offline
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Registered: 06/18/04
Posts: 97
Loc: Florida
I thought i'd add a couple BNL songs i like to this if that's okay...


I Live With It Every Day

On August first, nineteen-eight-one
I cycled to Scott's house with a BB gun
We were almost twelve, but we looked thirteen
He had baby-blue eyes that I shot him between
Nature provides for us a safety net
Whatever we do, we can never forget

I live with it every day
Even though we moved away
Our yesterdays are on a loop;
A marathon of heartbreaking moments
I live with it every day
For every step I have to pay
The only thing that they can't take;
The guilt that spirals in my wake

The day they found me asleep on the floor
Engine running, closed garage door
Was the day the For Sale sign arrived on the lawn
Two weeks later, and we were gone
Everyone falls through time and the funnel it makes
But I'm staying here inside my biggest mistake

I live with it every day
Even though we moved away
Our yesterdays are on a loop;
A marathon of heartbreaking moments
I live with it every day
For every step I have to pay
The only thing that they can't take;
The guilt that spirals in my wake

The love I put away
Like games that children play
The hearts you choose to break
Like cars dumped in the lake
The laugh lines on your face
The life I won't embrace
The cold house I won't leave
The guests I won't receive

I live with it every day
Even though we moved away
Our yesterdays are on a loop;
A marathon of heartbreaking moments
I live with it every day
For every step I have to pay
The only thing that they can't take;
The guilt that spirals in my wake


When I Fall
I look straight in the window, try not to look below
Pretend I'm not up here, try counting sheep
But the sheep seem to shower off this office tower
Nine-point-eight straight down I can't stop my knees

I wish I could fly
From this building,
From this wall
And if I should try,
would you catch me if I fall?

My hands clench the squeegee, my secular rosary
Hang on to your wallet, hang on to your rings
Can't look below me, or something might throw me
Curse at the windstorms that October brings

I look in the boardroom; a modern pharaoh's tomb
I'd gladly swap places, if they care to dive
They're lined up at the window, peer down into limbo
They're frightened of jumping, in case they survive

I wish I could step from this scaffold
onto soft green pastures, shopping malls, or bed
With my family and my pastor and my grandfather who's
Dead

Look straight in the mirror, watch it come clearer
I look like a painter, behind all the grease
But painting's creating, and I'm just erasing
A crystal-clear canvas is my masterpiece

I wish I could fly
From this building,
From this wall
And if I should try,
would you catch me if I fall?


War On Drugs

She likes to sleep with the radio on
So she can dream of her favourite song
The one that no one has every sung
Since she was small
She'll never know that she made it up
She had a soul and we ate it up
Thrown away like a paper cup, the music fails

The only flaw in her detailed plan
Is where she wins back the love of her man
Everyone knows that he's never coming back
He took her heart and she took his name
He couldn't stand taking all the blame
He left her only with guilt and shame and then she cracked

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves of all these demons
Haunting us to keep us company?

In the dream I refuse to have
She falls asleep in a lukewarm bath
We're left to deal with the aftermath again
On behalf of humanity
I will fight for your sanity
How profound such profanity can be

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves of all these demons
Haunting us to keep us company?
Won't it be odd to be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be?

Near where I live there's a viaduct
Where people jump when they're out of luck
Raining down on the cars and trucks below
They've put up a net there to catch their fall
Like that'll stop anyone at all
What they don't know is when nature calls you go

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves of all these demons
Haunting us to keep us compnany?

Won't it be odd to be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be?

They say that Jesus and mental health
Are just for those who can help themselves
What good is that when you live in Hell on Earth?
The very feart that makes you want to die
Is the same as what keeps you alive
It's more trouble than your suicide is worth

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves of all these demons
Haunting us to keep us company?
Won't it be odd to be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be?

Hard to admit I fought the war on drugs
My hands were tied and the phone was bugged
Another died and the world just shrugged it off

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The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. - Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 - February 20, 2005)

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#75026 - 09/09/05 04:31 AM Re: what a good boy - by Barenaked Ladies
cpt. confusion Offline
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Registered: 01/26/04
Posts: 159
Loc: midwest
It's definitely ok to add some bnl songs to the one i posted \:\) especially when I fall... thats still one of my favorites... and rings so clear to so many of the things that I used to feel and still do at times... thanks for adding \:\)

-nick

_________________________
"Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use."
-Carlos Castaneda

*WoR Alum
Sequoia I-March '11
Alta II, September '11

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#75027 - 09/09/05 06:06 AM Re: what a good boy - by Barenaked Ladies
Dewey2k Offline
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Registered: 08/22/05
Posts: 3069
At the risk of hijacking this thread from BNL, I found this song that really rang true for me. Please forgive me.

GUSTER - Window
Parachute

A gaping wound tells the story of it all
A man lost only to find
What was left of his mind?
With no hope of a scar at all

You say, "Go slow,"
But something's right behind me
I can run away for only so long
It will not stop
I will come down
Oh no

Let me find my way
I'll take you to the edge
Go across that window
And I'll carry you there

Oh when nothing goes right
Oh when days don't come to night
Oh when all I see is the error of my own enemy
A man alone and cut and torn for it
His whole life friend after friend
They're all a flash in the pan
With no hope of rejoice at all

You say, "Go slow,"
But something's right behind me
I can run away for only so long
It will not stop
I will come down
Oh no

Let me find my way (Don't be scared of what you might be thinking)
I'll take you to the edge (Go away those petty fears)
Go across that window (Go away those petty fears)
And I'll carry you....


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