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Miserable at Best
Mayday Parade Lyrics


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Katy, don't cry, I know
You're trying your hardest
And the hardest part is
Letting go of the nights we shared
Ocala is calling
And you know it's haunting
But compared to your eyes
Nothing shines quite as bright
And when we look to the sky
It's not mine, but I want it so

Let's not pretend like you're alone tonight
I know he's there and
You're probably hanging out and making nice
While across the room he stares
I'll bet he gets the nerve to walk the floor
And ask my girl to dance
She'll say yes
Because these words were never easier for me to say
Or her to second guess, but I guess
That I can live without you but
Without you, I'll be miserable at best

You're all that I hoped I'd find in every single way
And everything I would give is everything you couldn't take
Cause nothing feels like home, you're a thousand miles away
And the hardest part of living is just taking breaths to stay
'Cause I know I'm good for something, I just haven't found it yet
But I need it, so

Let's not pretend like you're alone tonight
I know he's there and
You're probably hanging out and making nice
While across the room he stares
I'll bet he gets the nerve to walk the floor
And ask my girl to dance
She'll say yes
Because these words were never easier for me to say
Or her to second guess, but I guess
That I can live without you but
Without you, I'll be miserable at best

La-da-da, la-da-da
Ah-da-da, la, oh
Oh

And this will be the first time in a week
That I'll talk to you and I can't speak
It's been three whole days since I've had sleep
'Cause I dream of his lips on your cheek
And I got the point that I should leave you alone
But we both know that I'm not that strong and
I miss the lips that made me fly, so

Let's not pretend like you're alone tonight
I know he's there and
You're probably hanging out and making nice
While across the room he stares
I'll bet he gets the nerve to walk the floor
And ask my girl to dance
She'll say yes
Because these words were never easier for me to say
Or her to second guess, but I guess
That I can live without you but
Without you I'll be miserable
And I can live without you, but
Without you I'll be miserable
And I can live without you, but
Oh, without you I'll be miserable at best

Overall Meaning

The song "Miserable At Best" by Mayday Parade tells the story of a man who is desperately in love with Katy, but she is with someone else. Despite knowing that she is with another man, the protagonist cannot help but express his feelings for her. He acknowledges that Ocala, where he lives, is calling to him, but compared to Katy's eyes, nothing shines quite as bright. He describes the pain of missing her and feeling lonely, even if she is with someone else. The hardest part of living for him is just taking breaths to stay, as he feels like nothing without her.


The chorus is particularly poignant in this song, as it conveys the internal conflict and pain of the protagonist. He acknowledges that he can live without Katy, but he knows that he will be miserable at best. He recognizes that Katy may be happy with the other man and may even dance with him, but he cannot help his feelings.


The bridge of the song is particularly heartbreaking, as the protagonist talks about dreaming of the other man's lips on Katy's cheek. He expresses his longing for the happiness that he believes he could have with her, and laments that he cannot stay away from her. The final repetition of "And I can live without you, but without you I'll be miserable at best" reinforces the theme of the song and leaves the listener feeling the protagonist's pain.


Line by Line Meaning

Katy, don't cry, I know You're trying your hardest And the hardest part is Letting go of the nights we shared
The speaker knows that Katy is trying her best to move on, but it's difficult to let go of the memories they shared together.


Ocala is calling And you know it's haunting But compared to your eyes Nothing shines quite as bright
The thought of leaving is scary, but even scarier is the idea of being without Katy. Nothing else can compare to her beauty and presence.


And when we look to the sky It's not mine, but I want it so
The speaker wishes for something that is not theirs, and although they cannot have it, they still desire it deeply.


Let's not pretend like you're alone tonight I know he's there and You're probably hanging out and making nice While across the room he stares
The speaker knows that Katy is with someone else and although they may be friendly, the other person is still staring across the room.


I'll bet he gets the nerve to walk the floor And ask my girl to dance She'll say yes Because these words were never easier for me to say Or her to second guess, but I guess That I can live without you but Without you, I'll be miserable at best
The speaker knows that the other person will eventually ask Katy to dance and she will say yes, mainly because the speaker cannot bring themselves to be with her. Although they may be able to live without her, they know they will still be miserable.


You're all that I hoped I'd find in every single way And everything I would give is everything you couldn't take Cause nothing feels like home, you're a thousand miles away And the hardest part of living is just taking breaths to stay
Katy is all that the speaker has ever wanted and they would give anything to be with her, but it seems that she cannot reciprocate these feelings. Life is hard and sometimes just staying alive is a struggle without her.


'Cause I know I'm good for something, I just haven't found it yet But I need it, so
The speaker knows that they have a purpose in life, but they haven't figured out what it is yet. They need to find it in order to move on and be happy.


And this will be the first time in a week That I'll talk to you and I can't speak It's been three whole days since I've had sleep 'Cause I dream of his lips on your cheek
The speaker hasn't been able to talk to Katy in a while, and when they finally do, they are so overwhelmed that they can't even speak. They can't sleep because they keep dreaming about Katy and the other person being together.


And I got the point that I should leave you alone But we both know that I'm not that strong and I miss the lips that made me fly, so
The speaker knows that they should distance themselves from Katy, but it's too hard. They miss the feeling of being with her so much.


And I can live without you, but Without you I'll be miserable And I can live without you, but Oh, without you I'll be miserable at best
The speaker knows that they could technically survive without Katy, but they would be incredibly unhappy and miserable without her by their side. She is everything to them and they can't imagine life without her.




Lyrics © THE TALLAHASSEE SKYLINE PUBLISHING, Songtrust Ave
Written by: Alexander Antonio Garcia, Brooks Patrick Betts, Christopher Jacob Bundrick, Derek Michael Sanders, Jason Alan Lancaster, Jeremy Stephen Lenzo

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Ann Margarette Legaspi

Katie, don't cry, I know
You're trying your hardest
And the hardest part is letting go
Of the nights we shared
Ocala is calling
And you know it's haunting
But compared
To your eyes,
Nothing shines
Quite as bright

And when we look to the sky,
It's not mine,
But I want it so

Let's not pretend like you're alone tonight
(I know he's there and)
You're probably hanging out and making eyes
(while across the room he stares)
I'll bet he gets the nerve to walk the floor
And ask my girl to dance, and she'll say yes

Because these words were never easier for me to say
Or her to second guess
But I guess
That I can live without you but
Without you I'll be miserable at best

You're all that I hoped to find
In every single way
And everything I would give
Is everything you couldn't take
'Cause nothing feels like home,
You're a thousand miles away
And the hardest part of living
Is just taking breaths to stay

'Cause I know I'm good for something
I just haven't found it yet
But I need it

So let's not pretend like you're alone tonight
(I know he's there and)
You're probably hanging out and making eyes
(while across the room he stares)
I'll bet he gets the nerve to walk the floor
And ask my girl to dance, and she'll say yes

Because these words were never easier for me to say
Or her to second guess
But I guess
That I can live without you but
Without you I'll be miserable
And I can live without you
But without you I'll be miserable
And I can live without you
Oh, without you I'll be miserable at best



All comments from YouTube:

suncutie12

"I know I'm good for something and I just haven't found it" me every single day when I realize I suck at EVERYTHING

Diana Suárez

Dont say that, each person is good for something, be patient you will find that and the felling it´s amazing, dont leave believe on you !!!

Boomer by blood gen z by choice

Same here

Alki

😄

𝒥𝑜𝓈𝒽𝓊𝒶 𝐻𝒾𝓅𝓅𝑜

I’m the same

𝒥𝑜𝓈𝒽𝓊𝒶 𝐻𝒾𝓅𝓅𝑜

@Aerenwyn Alantina yes

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Brandi Hebert

"The hardest part of living is just taking breaths to stay"

Sad that this still rings true like 15 years later...

Travis Davis

Well I'm glad that you're still here <3

Stephen Sunday

Can we just admire how clean Mayday Parade's vocals are in the sense that they're intelligible? I mean, the words are so clear and usually not meshed together, which makes it easier to hear and remember the lyrics. I've always admired that about them and how their vocal style works awesomely with their instruments.

josh robinson

@電気船長Danky wait what? They don't?

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