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Jessie was the prom queen back in 1995
Punk and super pretty like a goddess on the outside
She was sweet and funny, popular and cool
It's got to be a drag when you peak in high school

She left college and she never went back
She posed for Playboy, made her think that she could act
Ten years looking for the luck
Chased her dreams in Cali but her laughing kinda sucked

Now she's pushing thirty five, working at Starbucks
Oh well, nowhere to go but up

Bill and Bobby Ann, Tiffany and Mike
They seemed to be the kids that did everything right
Now the boys are doing time for robbing a Korean store
The girls... to do internet porn

Bobby's little brother Brett always talked smack
He learned that you can go too far and never get back
He was drinking at the wrong place at the wrong time
He said the wrong thing to the wrong guy
He got himself stabbed in his one good eye

Life goes south when pretty goes away
The best that you can get is when you're falling in a good way

Good enough is never enough
Good enough is never enough

There was nowhere to go but up
There was nowhere to go but up
There was nowhere to go

Jimmy found god, Jimmy lost a leg
Amy married well to a man she hates
... bought a strip club makes a lot of dough
Alex sold drugs now he has his own reality show

Life goes south when pretty goes away
The best that you can get is when you're falling in a good way
Life goes south when pretty goes away
The best that you can get is when you're falling in a good way

Good enough is never enough
Good enough is never enough
Good enough is never enough

There was nowhere to go but up



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    pyoumansJul 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    This song has an energy that will remind many everclear fans of the song amphetamine, while conveying a message that is less than optimistic. Art sings of people who beamed with potential as teenagers, only to have their adult lives fall far short of expectations. He introduces us to a prom queen:

    "she was sweet and funny, popular and cool
    It’s gotta be a drag when you peak in high school"

    The prom queen ends up 35 and serving at starbucks, after various life disappointments. Later verses cover promising young people who find themselves in prison, porn, or maimed. Art moves toward his point when he tells the story of a brett, who gets stabbed in the eye for talking smack to the wrong person

    "he learned that you can go too far and never get back"

    Art brings home the message in the chorus, and it is to minimize the damage when your life falls short of where you might have expected it to be.

    "life goes south when pretty goes away
    The best that you can get is when you are falling in a good way"

    It’s a brutally honest, if somewhat pessimistic, view of adulthood.

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