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How've you been?
Can I come in?
Just came to get my things, and then I guess I'm leaving.
If I could say, what you'd like to hear,
I'd whisper in your ear, it's only temporary.

But I've been taking you for granted
And I thought you'd feel the same as me.
It's time that I come clean but,
But for now can we, just both pretend to sleep?
Sometimes the one you want is not the one you need.
What goes around, don't come around.
You should know me by now.

Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
I should know you as well
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me by now,

Our talk is small, I'm seven inches tall
And you should keep the apartment.
So here's my keys, changed all the bills.
We're only built to spill, and wonder where the heart went.

And you've been taking me for granted
And I thought you feel the same as me.
It's time that I come clean but,
But for now can we, just both pretend to sleep?
Sometimes the one you want, is not the one you need.
What goes around, don't come around.
You should know me by now.

Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
I should know you as well.
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me by now.

I know that I remember you, I think that you remember me too.
How can one of us still feel blessed when the other one's lost?
I know you got to feel the change, it just get's worse when it stays the same.
How can one of us still feel blessed when the other one is so lost?

By now!

Sometimes the one you want, is not the one you need.
What goes around, don't come around.
But don't you know me by now?

Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
I should know you as well.
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me
Better than, better than, better than,
You should know me by now.



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    UnregisteredJul 9, 2012 at 10:44 am
    What you need isn't always what you want and sometimes the people you want arent the people you should have kept around
  • u
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    UnregisteredFeb 21, 2012 at 2:40 am
    I actually heard this from one of my friends, who is close with josh. He wrote this about his (ex) girlfriend amanda
  • u
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    UnregisteredJul 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    I thin, by now is talking about how you should never pretend to be someone your not bc then the person / people you love will never know the real you, im just going through this with my boyfriend well ki think hes still my boyfriend anyways... I was trying to be the girl of his dreams but he doesn't want me to try bc he says im perfect as me and i shouldnt have to try and be someones perfect girl ... I love him to death and this song means exactly what im going through
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    UnregisteredJul 8, 2012 at 11:47 am
    I think it's josh wanting to be the guy she wants but he cant. She cheated on him cause he wasnt what she needed she thought she wanted him though hence what you want isn't what you need. There was no passion or depth to their relationship. He does live her but she doesn't return his feelings
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    UnregisteredApr 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm
    Josh wants to know how shes been and he wants to come in and get his things and then he will leave but he wants to say it's only temporary in her ear because hes been taking her for granted
    He thought shed feel the same as him so he wanted to come clean and just fake sleep because he wants her but doesnt need her also the saying what goes around comes around is wrong and she should know him by now

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