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I'LL BE YOU Lyrics

Artist: The Replacements
Album: Don't Tell A Soul

If it's a temporary lull
why'm I bored right outta my skull?
Man, I'm dressin' sharp an' feelin' dull

Lonely, I guess that's where I'm from
If I was from Canada
then I'd best be called lonesome
[BTW, I read in an interview that Paul was struck with how some people in
Canada used the word "lonesome" instead of "lonely," hence this lyric.]

And if it's just a game
Then I'll break down just in case
Oh yeah, we're runnin' in our last race

Well, I laughed half the way to Tokyo
I dreamt I was Surfer Joe
An' what that means, I don't know

A dream too tired to come true
Left a rebel without a clue
And I'm searching for somethin' to do

And if it's just a game
Then we'll hold hands just the same
So what, we're bleeding but we ain't cut

And I could purge my soul perhaps
For the imminent collapse
Oh yeah, I'll tell you what we could do
You be me for a while
I'll be you

A dream too tired to come true
Left a rebel without a clue
Won't you tell me what I should do?

And if it's just a lull
why'm I bored right outta my skull?
Oh yeah, keep me from feeling so dull

And if it's just a game
Then we'll break down just in case
Then again, I'll tell you what we could do
You be me for a while
You be me for a while
and I'll be you
Comments/Interpretations
by dani on 9/12/2008 12:58pm
he says hurry up not oh yeah.
hurry up, we're runnin in our last race.
by Will Dockery on 10/19/2009 12:59am
One of the all time pieces of poetry by one of the 20th Century's finest, Paul Westerberg.
by woofmutt on 10/7/2011 9:59am
Pretty sure the repeat of the "dream" line is

A dream too tired to get to
by Matt on 2/26/2012 9:31am
Always hated that Canada verse.
by Freddy Bananas on 10/22/2013 1:11pm
Never a big fan of post-Pleased To Meet Me stuff, but this is killer.
by Gruffydd on 8/24/2014 1:54am
"And I could purge my soul perhaps
For the imminent collapse..." probably my favorite lyric ever...


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