Joey Lyrics - Concrete Blonde

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Joey, baby - don't get crazy
Detours. Fences... I get defensive
I know you've heard it all before -
so I don't say it anymore
I just stand by and let you
fight your secret war.
And though I used to wonder why -
I used to cry till I was dry.
Still sometimes I get a strange pain inside
Oh, Joey, if you're hurting so am I.

Joey, honey - I got the money
All is forgiven. Listen, listen
And if I seem to be confused
I didn't mean to be with you.
And when you said I scared you,
well I guess you scared me too.
But we got lucky once before
And I don't wanna close the door
And if you're somewhere out there
passed out on the floor.
Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore.

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and if I seem to be confused
I didn't mean to be with you.
and when you said I scared you,
well I guess you scared me too.
But if its love you're looking for
Then i can give a little more
And if you're somewhere drunk and
passed out on the floor.
Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore.

Angry anymore..
Angry anymore..






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Song meaning | Reviewer: Stacy | 9/22/13

This song is actually about her being knocked up by joey, it was a one night stand. Years later he bumped into her and he first met the kid and he said he saw his eyes in the child. She soon made the song. I use to be a diehard fan so
I know lots about the artist.

Detours, fences | Reviewer: Muz | 4/6/11

The Detours, fences lyrics does make a lot of sense in context...

Joey, baby - don't get crazy
Detours, fences... I get defensive
I know you've heard it all before -
so I don't say it anymore

I think this means that, whenever she confronts him about his addiction, the conversation simply takes detours (he talks around the subject, and ultimately detours away from the topic), or puts up fences, simply refusing to talk about it... So she doesn't even bring it up directly anymore.

Brilliant lyrics, brilliant song. A real piece of art this song. Something nice and different from "Baby I love you, we can be together forever, la la la."

I just heard it the other day, and it brought out a few tears, I just thought it was so well sung, and composed. Great song.


addiction | Reviewer: kayla | 3/8/11

This song is surely about addiction in a relationship. The guy (joey) is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Or both maybe. That's what it means when it says "joey I got the money" he needs his drugs and doesn't have the money. So she gives him money for it becuz she doesn't want to see him hurt in withdrawal. Yet it hurts her when he's using too. And she got in a fight with him over his using but now he's gone and she worries so she says "if ur somewhere passed out on the floor I'm not angry anymore" cuz she just wants him back. Whether he uses or not. The lyrics for the fences part I think are "expensive fences" because the drugs are his "fences" against life and they are expensive but it also puts a fence up in the relationship when she has to give him the money for the expensive drug addiction. And she gets defensive when they fight about the drugs. She got in a fight with him over his using and now she's apologizing to get him back. It shows how ppl get controlled by their addiction when they get hooked on drugs and how it makes the ppl who love them controlled by the addiction too. Becuz she just wants to love him no matter what it means.she's weak cuz she just wants him back even if he still uses at the end. She was strong enough to stand up to him and tell him to stop the drug use but when he left and used she worried so she would rather be weak and not angry if she gets to love him at least. Even if it means paying for his drugs and seeing him use to be happy.

It's about being in a relationship with an addict. | Reviewer: rottngrl | 12/10/10

The song is about alcoholism, but it could very well be about any drug addiction. It's about the struggle, the pain they both endure due to his addiction. He is in pain, because it has control over him, and she's in pain trying to be there for him. At the end of the song, she says she still has love for him. Thats it. There is no ending, or closure. The song is about being in a relationship with an addict.

Let me share an experience... | Reviewer: Alexandra | 11/10/10

I heard the end of the song on the radio today. I only heard the words "Joey, I'm not angry anymore", but those words meant so much to me. Right when i got home I looked up the lyrics and was shocked. My ex-boyfriend's name is Joey. We were so in love. Well, 6 months ago he got sent away to a Wilderness program for nine weeks and immediately after went to boarding school, very far away for his drug abuse. I suffered in indescribably pain for these 6 months that I haven't seen him. 6 MONTHS. Unbearable suffering. I would literally "cry till I was dry". After two months of his "extinction", he reentered my life through e-mail and a once-a-week phone call. Hearing his voice and talking to him for hours on end, however, actually increased my depression because I was not able to see him, touch him...it was as though he were a far-away dream. He had been telling me he was coming home on his birthday (which was in October). But he didn't come home, and he told me he wasn't going to be coming home until next August. Well, when he told me this, something inside of me woke up. "It's time to move on now...you can't keep holding onto this...he is a part of the past, and it's time to focus on what is in front of you," a voice inside my head was telling me. I realized I can't hang onto him anymore, it's too unhealthy. We have cut off all communication, and I feel like a new person. I'm really pulling through. I still think about him all the time, but I can't keep living like this. Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore!

my son Joey | Reviewer: Gina Bianchi | 9/3/10

My son's name is Joey and this has been my song to him since he was born. I had forgotten about it over the years. He is 17 now and strugling w/ being between being a kid and becoming an adult. We've been through so much together.
I heard "Joey" a few wks ago on the radio and I busted out crying! I bought the CD and played it for my Joey. He reconized the song right away. I know most people hear it and think of a male/female relationship, however this song really captures all the emotions, advise and love I feel every single day of my life as a mother.
Thank God for "Joey"

Joey! | Reviewer: brittany | 7/23/10

well, i believe that shes saying shes madly in love with joey and shes held some kind of anger towards him well not towards him but towards his stupidity that she never wanted to hold. she gives him money because its the only reason he comes around and she knows its the only way she can pretend he loves her! its a sad love story!

Detours, Fences??? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/19/10

Hey, does anyone actually know what the lyrics is in the second line?... All of the interpretations say Detours.. Fences, I get defensive.... I've listened to that a zillion times and, although it sort of makes sense, it simply sounds like something else... something like 'expenses'.. or .. 'expensive'. or.. 'too expensive'.???

The song is about drug abuse and co-dependency. | Reviewer: Methadras | 1/19/10

The money reference is her getting it for him so he can get his other fix and that's all he uses her for even though she is his enabler and she loves him. Later in the song she references that she doesn't want to see him passed out on the floor which is in reference to his drug abuse. The song is about deep co-dependence and how we are willing to overlook the deep flaws of the ones we love and will do anything to keep the peace between each other for the sake of the illusion of love and that if we love someone hard enough they will come around, yet never do.

The money issue.. | Reviewer: Stych | 9/17/09

The "money" reference has always sounded to me as though some money was lent, ie. from the singer-character to Joey; that this debt factored badly in the breakup. I've seen this happen enough, and I've been there myself. Perhaps that is why it's the first thing comes to mind on hearing it. Joey may have discreetly repaid her in his shame, and she is letting him know that she has indeed received it; or, conversely, she has become a success and no longer needs repayment, and is telling him "no worries"... While I don't necessarily disagree with the other theories, I hate to think that she's trying to buy "peace" by saying she can afford to keep him in his habits. That is far too low, far too ugly for such a beautiful and compassionate work of art!

Joey a Love Song | Reviewer: pumkin marmalade | 7/7/09

We will never know what the money was referring to as we do not know the situation between the two. We do know that the singer just wants to make amends for a split up that may not have ended too well. He/She may not want to get back together with Joey, they just want to show that there is no longer any harsh feelings towards Joey.

He is an addict | Reviewer: Carol | 4/8/09

when she says joey i got the money... he is wasted and he wants to get more drugs or what ever his habbit is. She is just trying to keep the peace and to keep him in one piece. She does not know what to do.

Joey | Reviewer: jess | 1/12/09

i was having an affair with my joey. we were both married. He stuggled as did i about our situation.He would always stay a while and leave, then come back again when things were bad. The money part i can relate to..(lets just go away together). But reality isnt the same. Although this song is probably about joey being an alcoholic or drug addict.I suppose itcan be just about joey not knowing how to deal with his pain.

Addiction | Reviewer: Johnny | 4/9/08

The money reference can be her way of offering to pay for the vice that holds "Joey"; for any addiction,,,, as in "come back to me and we can work through this together". Unfortunately, enabling a problem does not and cannot fix it. But the love the purveys CAN fix an addiction or any problem as long as both people acknowledge, accept, and desire to get through it together.

Personal life experiences!/Love this song! | Reviewer: Mackenzie | 3/27/08

well actually my ex's name is joey and im still very much in love with him. he started talking to me again and wanting to get closer to me again, and he was telling me he loved me and stuff again. but previously he had left me for his ex, so i thought it would be the same this time. well we were getting really closer to each other again, and i thought it would finally be my chance, but he got mad at me one day and found someone else and asked her out on the spot! i was and am still crushed. this happened a week ago, and i dont know what to do. i really do love him, but he has her now. this isnt the first time hes picked someone else over me, and i hope we will have a chance again. im just sooo confused on wat to do??? i realy care about him and want my chance but i dont think it will ever come!!! i wish and hope it will but i have a feeling it wont, that ill always be the girl that he messes with her head! i wish i wasnt but i guess i am. this song really hits home with me and its got his name in it and has similar struggles in it. im not angry at him anymore but im still in love with him, but i guess i should stop caring about him because its obviously never going to be my chance!!! =::[


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