Inmates Lyrics - The Good Life

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When you said you loved me, did you really love me or did the words just spill out like drool on my pillow. ‘Cause I was naked when you said those words, but I felt covered in your whispered worship. And as you passed out fast on my shoulder, I imagined a child waiting so sad and still for his mom to arrive. Did she leave you an orphan, in that big, brown leather chair? Said, “ Don’t you move a muscle, kid, I’ll be back in twenty years,” You were scared, you were lonely, but you must’ve been aware; life is a series of calluses, this is just another layer. So, build’em up, tough it out, yeah, that’s your skin – don’t let anyone under there.

When you said you needed me, did you really need me or was it just someone – oh, you’d take anything. Am I first on that list of yours, or am I second, or third? So, who’s that ahead of me, some harlot from Pittsburgh? Or Detroit, Santa Fe, or San Diego? I know you’re so alone, but how much affection does one guy really need?

Did you date a lot in high school? Were you always chasing girls? Couldn’t you find some young valentine to steal your heart for good? Were you content, or contemptible? Are your memories pleasant, or is it a string of endless flings of bitter resentment. Seems that what you want and what you need doesn’t mean a thing, we’re just here for the taking.

When you said you’d hurt me, did you think you hurt me? Are you really that cocky? Yeah, what a heartbreaker! Well, I’ve got my armor – yeah, I’ve been through some battles before – and I met your old girlfriend, she said, “Baby, don’t bother.” She told me you told her you’d hurt her….funny, how familiar. So, how much of this relationship was rehearsed?

Did you act out as a child? Were you always crying wolf? Attention-starved, you tried too hard just to get someone to look. Now you’re the wolf in second-hand clothing; I’m the sheep in a pleated skirt. It’s an awkward form of payback, but if it works for you – it works. It’s that I recognize your off-white lies, still, I lie beside you – and that’s what really hurts.

When you said you’d leave me…well, why haven’t you left me? What are we still doing here, so desperate for company? There’s a greyhound on Jackson Street, there’s an airport in Council Bluffs…hell, there’s a car in the driveway – fifty ways to get lost.

But as I hold you and listen to you sleeping, I’m starting to wonder if I really believe that you’ll ever really leave. Would you leave me an orphan, in that big, brown leather chair? The one you’ve lugged around from town to town for all these years. It’s the trophy of your childhood, like a shark’s tooth or gator skin boots – but this one holds you prisoner – it holds me prisoner too. What we need to set us free is to let go of each other – let go of everything.

When I said I loved you, it was because I loved you. When I said I needed you, well, I really need you. Yeah, I guess you hurt me, for once you’re a man of your word. Well, guess what – I’m leaving – I can’t be your prisoner.

I won’t.

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-> Patrick | Reviewer: Isaac | 9/11/12

Why would Tim change Anything when he is the Person that wrote the song in the first place? Tim has an amazing ability to Chanel a Character when writing a Song, almost like he is an Actor. It is an interesting Juxstaposition with Conner's amazing ability to Relate the Basic Human Experience with his own Life in his Songs. It amazes me that these two Incredibly Beautiful Souls are Best Friends. I mean, it is Understandable, but still Amazing. And how fortunate it is for the Whole World that they are, because they are constantly challenging each other to go Further with their Art. We All might have missed out on a lot from Both of them if they weren't Friends.

Wow | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/28/11

It's funny, this song describing someone abandoned by their mother, and always starved for attention completely describes my ex. The pain the woman feels in this song was to a T the same as what I felt. The best was I had heard this song right after I had finally told him I was done. I love this song so much and everytime I listen to it I know I made the right decision.

speachless | Reviewer: debz | 4/29/10

this song is flabergasting in every way, from the eary melody at the start to the lyrical captivation,,, i am begining to think that there is magic added to the song as i dont seem to be able to turn it off, its poetry to music,,, to show such depth and understanding to both the person who has been effected to the person who the song is sung about and the scars he bears,,, two characters who grip you,, listen and be moved

yhsethdr | Reviewer: rjyhjy | 10/5/09

"This song puts definition to EXACTLY how I feel. My boyfriend right now needs to hear this song. I'm sick of being the second best. He'll always be in love with her. blah blah blah. He needs to grow some balls and get over her. Guys are so stupid."

Uhh the person who said this is a total bitch.

yeah i guess you hurt me | Reviewer: celessa | 5/31/08

i have loved this song for so long.

now, crazy enough, i just got out of a painful relationship. every word matches the emotions i am going through. it hurts so damn much to hear this song, but it is so damn good.

thhhhaaankkks to the good life

tiny correction? | Reviewer: randall | 1/1/08

this song is amazing, that much goes without saying.

i know this is nitpicking and completely a tiny detail but where the lyric says

"Oh, you'd take anything"

she actually sings

"YEAH, you'd take anything"


this is a masterpiece of a song, well written and evokes emotion from ANYONE who's experienced pain from a relationship

<3 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/5/07

This song puts definition to EXACTLY how I feel. My boyfriend right now needs to hear this song. I'm sick of being the second best. He'll always be in love with her. blah blah blah. He needs to grow some balls and get over her. Guys are so stupid.

Oh, you'd take anything | Reviewer: Stephanie | 8/29/07

This is the most heartfelt, and powerful song I've ever heard. <333 cursive, and the good life

obsessed | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/15/05

this song has become my new obsession. i listen to it constantly and am really excited to know all of the lyrics! gotta love the good life.

simply amazing | Reviewer: deborah | 7/3/05

this song is simply incredible. it opened my eyes to the rest of The Good Life's music, but this is definately the best.

Inmates | Reviewer: Patrick | 6/4/05

This song is one of the best on the album. It is even better live, especially since Tim doesn't change anything and sings it from a woman's perspective.

thank you for printing the lyrics!!!!! | Reviewer: joseph | 11/27/04

i absolutly adore this song as well as tim and company. go good life, go cursive!!!!

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