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The Story
Conan Gray Lyrics


Let me tell you a story
About a boy and a girl
It's kinda short, kinda boring
But the end is a whirl
They were just sixteen
When the people were mean
So they didn't love themselves
And now they're gone
Headstones on a lawn

And when I was younger
I knew a boy and a boy
Best friends with each other
But always wished they were more
'Cause they loved one other
But never discovered
'Cause they were too afraid
Of what they'd say
Moved to different states

Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It's not the end of the story

Now it's on to the sequel
About me and my friend
Both our parents were evil
So we both made a bet
If we worked and we saved
We could both run away
And we'd have a better life
And I was right
I wonder if she's alright

Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It's not the end of the story

And the movie's always running in my head
All the people, all the lovers, all my friends
And I hope that they all get their happy end
In the end

Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It's not the end of the story

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Written by: Conan Gray

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Cosmic_Vxbes

My story starts when my dad died when I was 9. My mom was really sad, and "forgot" that she still had 3 kids to take care of. We stayed away from my dad's side of the family, which sucked, because my dad's parents were the only people I felt safe talking to. I grew up locked away in my bedroom. My little brother and sister were like servants to my mom, because she worked long shifts at a warehouse, and when she got home all she did was watch TV and sleep. I had friends from school, but after my dad died we had to stop after-school activities because of money. My dad had a good job, and grew up in a big house in a nice neighborhood. When I was in 3rd grade, we moved to Chicora, a small town in Mid-Western Pennsylvania, with a population of 967, and nothing to do. I hardly ever saw my friends anywhere except at school. Most of the time I stayed with my mom's mom, who I never thought of as a grandmother, because she never treated me as a grandchild. I was a closeted bisexual (eventually coming to the conclusion that I was trans FTM well), and I spent every night crying myself to sleep. My dad was Latino, making my biracial, but my grandmother was a racist, and insisted that I was white now that my dad was dead. I hated every moment I had to spend with her, she hated me for who I was, and I couldn't stand it. Every time she would make a racist or queerphobic comment, I wanted to scream "Your skin color isn't something people can change" or, "I'm LGBTQ+, so what?". In 6th grade I met 2 really amazing people who completely turned my life around. They were also queer, so I came out to them, because they were the only people I felt safe talking to. One of them, was holding hands with me on the bus. (Not in a relationship way, just bc we were close.) Some kids behind us started calling us "F*gs" and "Gay" and taking pictures with their phones. That night, she called me crying. Her parents had given her death threats and said she had to "Pray away the gay" or they wouldn't allow her to live with them. One night, tired of life, I came home to find she had a boyfriend. He seemed nice, and he had two kids, an autistic 4-year-old and a girl who was a year younger than my sister. The rest of my family seemed to like them, but I wasn't ready. I tried to kill myself twice that year. I never, ever thought I would make it out of where I was in life. To me, life was one endless loop. You got up, went to school, came home and sat in your bedroom, crying into your pillow, and repeat. Over and Over again. Once you survived one year, you had a birthday, and everything repeated itself. Once you survived childhood, you had your teen years. And I am 100% aware that Conan will never see this. All I'm saying is that Conan has given me a space to realize that I'm not the only one going though what I am. Conan has helped me so much, and is probably one of the only reasons my parents have 5 kids, not 4. In life, you will come upon hard times, and I'm afraid that's just the way the work works, but keep going, because eventually you will find your people, talents, and true self. I hope no matter what shit you go through, there will always be one person on Earth who can empathize, even if it's a stranger on the internet. Keep going and remember... It's not the end of the story.


Ok, edit!

First off, thanks to everyone wishing me love and luck, and I hope that you make it to a better place in life as well.
Second off, GO STREAM PEOPLE WATCHING RN OR DIE
And last, here's a little update.
I'll be off to high-school in 2 weeks, my siblings are 12, 10, 9, & 5, and my mom is engaged and will be married next spring. I'm still and introvert and I doubt I'll ever be even the tiniest sociable, but now I can order my own food at a restaurant and hold conversations with most people. I saw a therapist about 9 times, and I've been diagnosed with (here it goes), social anxiety, depression, gender dysphoria, depersonalization, and derealization. We now have double the income we had before, so we no longer have to worry about food or anything either, which is nice. I'm old enough that I can watch myself and siblings, so I rarely ever see my grandparents (other than holidays). I still struggle with self-harming and suicidal thoughts, but I've started not living in the past so much and worrying less about the future. I pretty much never see my middle school friends anymore but I have new friends and we are still in contact.

In about a month I plan to come out to my parents as trans, under the name Kai (I think, the name is the only thing I'm not sure about yet) and the pronouns he/they/it.

- Some random, depressed, small town, 14-year-old on the internet
(Also, yes, ik that my grammar is bad. I need to go back to 2nd grade :))



JJ

lyrics :

Let me tell you a story
About a boy and a girl
It's kinda short, kinda boring
But the end is a whirl
They were just sixteen
When the people were mean
So they didn't love themselves
And now they're gone
Headstones on a lawn
And when I was younger
I knew a boy and a boy
Best friends with each other
But always wished they were more
'Cause they loved one another
But never discovered
'Cause they were too afraid of what they'd say
Moved to different states
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It's not the end of the story
Now it's on to the sequel
About me and my friend
Both our parents were evil
So we both made a bet
If we worked and we saved
We could both run away
And we'd have a better life
And I was right
I wonder if she's alright
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It's not the end of the story
Okay
And the movie's always running in my head
All the people, all the lovers, all my friends
And I hope that they all get their happy end
In the end
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It's not the end of the story
Hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm



Lorenza Cornejo

Let me tell you a story
About a boy and a girl
It's kinda short, kinda boring
But the end is a whirl
They were just sixteen
When the people were mean
So they didn't love themselves
And now they're gone
Headstones on a lawn

And when I was younger
I knew a boy and a boy
Best friends with each other
But always wished they were more
'Cause they loved one another
But never discovered
'Cause they were too afraid of what they'd say
Moved to different states

Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It's not the end of the story

Now it's on to the sequel
About me and my friend
Both our parents were evil
So we both made a bet
If we worked and we saved
We could both run away
And we'd have a better life
And I was right
I wonder if she's alright

Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It's not the end of the story

Okay
And the movie's always running in my head
All the people, all the lovers, all my friends
And I hope that they all get their happy end
In the end

Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
It ain't funny, it ain't pretty, it ain't sweet
Oh, and I'm afraid that's just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It's not the end of the story

Hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm



Nancy Carlos

No es el final
Y no lo será
El mundo cambiemos
Siento q hay mucho q cambiar
Ojalá q cada uno haga lo q le gusta
Vamos más alla de la supuestamente realidad
Yo creo q podemos volar
Hacer volar las cosas
Td td más allá
Ir al exterior sin una máquina solo nuestros ser
Q somos, td es ns pero para mí Magic
Q la muerte no existe
Ns probemos yo lo haré



lofi

Let me tell you a story
About a boy and a girl
It’s kinda short kinda boring
But the end is a whirl
They were just sixteen
When the people were mean
So they didn’t love themselves
And now they’re gone
Headstones on a lawn

And when I was younger
I knew a boy and a boy
Best friends with each other
But always wished they were more
‘Cause they loved one another
But never discovered ‘cause they were too afraid
Of what they’d say
Moved to different states

Oh, and I’m afraid that’s just the way the world works
It ain’t funny, it ain’t pretty, it ain’t sweet
Oh, and I’m afraid that’s just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It’s not the end of the story

Now it's on to the sequel
About me and my friend
Both our parents were evil
So we both made a bet
If we worked and we saved
We could both run away
And we’d have a better life
And I was right
I wonder if she’s all right

Oh, and I’m afraid that’s just the way the world works
It ain’t funny, it ain’t pretty, it ain’t sweet
Oh, and I’m afraid that’s just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It’s not the end of the story

And the movie’s always running in my head
All the people, all the lovers, all my friends
And I hope that they all get their happy end
In the end

Oh, and I’m afraid that’s just the way the world works
It ain’t funny, it ain’t pretty, it ain’t sweet
Oh, and I’m afraid that’s just the way the world works
But I think that it could work for you and me
Just wait and see
It’s not the end of the story



Terra

parts of this song that hit hard/hit different:

"they were just 16, when the people were mean, so they didnt love themselves. and now theyre gone. headstones on a lawn."
"i knew a boy and a boy. bestfriends with each other, but always wished they were more. cuz they loved one another, but never discovered cuz they were too afraid of what they'd say. moved to different states. "
"oh and im afraid thats just the way the world works. it aint funny, it aint pretty, it aint sweet. oh and im afraid thats just the way the world works. but i think that it could work for you and me. just wait and see..... "
" its not the end of the story. "
"...onto the sequel. about me and my friend. both our parents were evil, so we both made a bet. if we worked and we saved we could both run away and we'd have a better life. and i was right. i wonder if she's alright.... "
"and the movie's always running in my head. all the people, all the lovers, all my friends ! and i hope that they all get their happy end. in the end....."
and also the last chorus, the part where it feels like thunder banging on a window after each word

in conclusion, this whole song is just a repeated punch in the gut.



All comments from YouTube:

Sal Gal

“It’s not the end of the story” what a beautiful way to end an album

I LOVE MM2 YT

fr..

Gopika G

he knew.

The scarlet letter

@Jenni Lötjönen okay if that day comes I'm gonna cry and remind you too =))))

Hope Myers

My thoughts exactly

Kristine Noffsinger

So beautiful

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Sin-Mtz

“I wonder if she’s alright”. Hits different when your childhood best friend moved away and y’all eventually lost touch with one another. We don’t talk anymore, but I think about her, alot.

Gabrielli Rodrigues da Silva

yeah

jxxy_daddy_milkerz

I have the same story kind of, I had girl who lived across the street for me and we grew really close we would hang out all the time and sleep over at each other’s house, then she moved away, I think about her a lot and wonder how she’s doing…

Caitlin

Recently I've stopped talking to my best friend for over 21 years. I'm 23. She always trampled all oved my boundaries and when I started loving myself I didn't let her anymore and stood up for myself. She wasn't good for me, but I loved her so much. We'd been there for each other for so long, and yeah.. long story short - I feel you.

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