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"The Good Life" Lyrics

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When I look in the mirror
I can't believe what I see
Tell me, who's that funky dude starin' back at me?
Broken, beaten-down can't get around
Without an old-man cane I'd fall and hit the ground
Shivering in the cold, I'm bitter and alone

Excuse the bitchin' - I shouldn't complain
I should have no feeling, 'coz feeling is pain
As everything I need is denied me
And everything I want is taken away from me
But who have I got to blame?
Nobody but me

I don't wanna be an old man anymore
It's been a year or two since I was out on the floor
Shakin' booty, makin' sweet love all the night
It's time I got back to the Good Life
It's time I got back, it's time I got back
'N I don't even know how I got off the track
I wanna go back, yeah!

Screw this crap, I've had it! (I've had it!) I ain't no Mr. Cool
I'm a pig, I'm a dog, so 'scuse me if I drool
I ain't gonna hurt nobody, ain't gonna cause a scene
I just need to admit I want sugar in my tea
Hear me, hear me? I want sugar in my tea!

I don't wanna be an old man anymore
It's been a year or two since I was out on the floor
Shakin' booty, makin' sweet love all the night
It's time I got back to the Good Life
It's time I got back, it's time I got back
'N I don't even know how I got off the track
I wanna go back, yeah!
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"The Good Life" is a song by American alternative rock band Weezer. It was released in October 1996 as the second single from the band's second album Pinkerton as well as an EP in Australia. It was rush-released by the record company to try to save the commercially failing album, but was not successful.

In 1996, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo underwent a corrective operation for his leg and was in a leg brace. The brace was debilitatingly painful and inspired the lyrics to the title song. It can also be noted that the inside picture in the CD's booklet is an X-ray of Rivers' leg brace.

The B-sides of this single/EP are notable as they are derived from the unreleased Weezer concept album, Songs from the Black Hole. The release includes two live acoustic tracks and the song "I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams", a collaboration with Rachel Haden of that dog. on lead vocals. The live songs were taken from a set played by the band at Shorecrest High School near Seattle. The school had won a contest and got Weezer to play during lunch in 1997. A very young Daniel Brummel of Ozma can be seen in the upper right side of the EP's cover.

The song's music video, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, features a pizza delivery girl (played by Mary Lynn Rajskub) on her route, highlighting the monotony of her job. The music video is noted for its use of simultaneous camera angles appearing on screen as a fractured full image in a technique jokingly described by Weezer bassist Scott Shriner on the band's March 2004 DVD Video Capture Device as being "so innovative, I've never seen it since." Blink-182's video for their November 2004 single "Always" used a similar technique. The video's directors would go on to cast Mary Lynn Rajskub as Pageant Assistant Pam in their first feature-length motion picture Little Miss Sunshine.

"The Good Life" single and EP was released in the spring of 1997 at the behest of the band's label DGC. Pinkerton had not received the same response that the group's first eponymous album did, and the single/EP was issued in an attempt to score a hit, but was not successful.

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