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Allie woke up 8AM
Graduation day.
Got into a car,
And crashed along the way.

When we arrived late to the wake,
Stole the urn while they
Looked away,
And drove to the beach
'Cause I knew you'd want it
That way.

And you were standing
On the hood of the car
Singing out loud
When the sun came up.

And I know I wasn't right,
But it felt so good.
And your mother didn't mind,
Like I thought she would.
And that REM song was playing
In my mind.
And three and a half minutes
Felt like a lifetime

It felt like a lifetime

And you move like water
I could drown in you.
And I fell so deep once,
Till you pulled me through

You would tell me
"No one is allowed to be so proud
They never reach out
When they're giving up."

And I know I wasn't right,
But it felt so good.
And your mother didn't mind,
Like I thought she would.
And that REM song was playing
In my mind.
And three and a half minutes
Felt like a lifetime

Are you sitting in the lights?
Or combing your hair again,
And talking in rhymes?
Are you sitting in the lights?

When I got home, heard the phone,
Your parents had arrived.
And your dad set his jaw
Your mom just smiled and sighed.

But they left soon
And I went to my room.
Played that disc that you'd given me,
And I shut my eyes
Swear I could hear the sea.

When we were standing
On the hood of your car
Singing out loud when the sun came up.

And I know I wasn't right,
But it felt so good.
And your mother didn't mind,
Like I thought she would.
And that REM song was playing
In my mind.
And three and a half minutes,
Three and a half minutes,

Felt like a lifetime.






Writer: GRIFFIN, KEVIN
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group



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What REM song? | Reviewer: Nyx | 11/19/2008

At Better Than Ezra website in their FAQ’s many people have wondered the same thing, here is their statement:

In the song "Lifetime", the lyrics reference an R.E.M. song. What song are they talking about?
Kevin has been asked this question before and his response has been that it’s a general REM song reference. Fans have guessed that it’s several possibilities: Perfect Circle, Shiny Happy People, Drive, Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, etc .



the r.e.m. song | Reviewer: Alli | 11/13/2008

im not sure what rem song he was referring to in the song, but the suggestion of gardening at night probably isnt it. 3 and a half minutes isnt 3:50 its 3:30, since 30 seconds is half of a minute. its not really important i just wanted to clarify haha



Per KG in an interview with Barnes & Nobel | Reviewer: NOLa | 3/10/2008

"The song is partly autobiographical, it was about losing a really good friend in college. And I was writing about it. But at the same time I had just read this story about when Gram Parsons died. His friends stole his casket from a cargo plane at LAX in Los Angeles. And they took his casket down to 29 Palms, a desert down in southern California. And they set his casket on fire when the sun came up, per his wishes. And I always thought that was a cool, romantic story. Somewhere along the way I decided, Wow, it would great if I could use that story in my song, and I put the two together."



I thought it was this REM song. | Reviewer: Hannuh | 1/3/2008

I honestly thought of the song "Losing My Religion" to be the song he sang about. I don't know if that's right, but it sort of fits the song. 3:30 minutes might just be what fit, next to what actually happens. And you can tell that he added in personal expierences due to Sheep's answer. Idk. Check it. Love the song. Love Ezra :) My brother looks a lot like the lead singer. Lol.



my interpretation | Reviewer: John | 10/12/2007

I thought the song was a lighthearted one about a young man's first sexual encounter when I first heard it. It wasn't until I saw the lyrics written out that I realized there could be other interpretations. Either way, it's a great song with interesting lyrics and a captivating melody.



Gardening At Night | Reviewer: ed | 8/28/2007

This is the only R.E.M. song that is exactly 3:50. Hard to feel that this would be the song that 2 people would be having a magic moment with singing along but hey....I'm sure each generation has their own...look at most Nirvana songs.



Gardening At Night | Reviewer: ed | 8/28/2007

This is the only R.E.M. song that is exactly 3:50. Hard to feel that this would be the song that 2 people would be having a magic moment with singing along but hey....I'm sure each generation has their own...look at most Nirvana songs.



Amazing song | Reviewer: Mike | 8/27/2007

this song is and always will be one of my favorite song of all time.this song brought better than ezra in as one of my influences on music.its an emotional,moving song.



I dont wanna enter a title | Reviewer: sheep | 6/1/2007

Ezra fans may get the most excited about the album's first single, "A Lifetime", which features Griffin incorporating a legendary rock'n'roll story into elements of his own life. "Being a writer, it's liberating to know you can create characters and circumstances in your songs," says the frontman. "But on 'A Lifetime,' I take a bit of a personal story, and then embellish it." The song, an epic pop-rock ballad following the aftermath of a friend's death, actually takes its plot from the death of legendary country-rocker Gram Parsons. "Gram's tale is just a great, romantic rock'n'roll story," says the singer. "His friend stole his funeral casket from LAX and took it down to 29 Palms and set him on fire as the sun came up ... and that's where I got the story of some friends stealing their friend's urn, and honoring the girl's true wishes, and going out to the beach one morning and listening to this REM song they used to listen to growing up as the sun was coming up. It was a way to make something both personal and dramatic."

source: http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/better_than_ezra/bio.jhtml



I need help!! | Reviewer: Ashley | 5/17/2007

I love this song, it actually made me cry, and that's amazing for a song to do. But i HAVE to know what the REM song is!!!!! it's killing me not knowing and stupid REM has to have 6 million albums so can someone please help me out???!




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