Standing on the Outside
Cold Chisel Lyrics


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Standing on the outside lookin' in
Standing on the outside lookin' in
Oh-oh, I never strayed outside the law
Standing on the outside lookin' in

Room full of money and the born to win
No amount of work's gonna get me through the door
When I go walkin' down Bluewater Bay
Surface in the city at the end of the day

Oh-oh, I got a bad case of the benz
Standing on the sidewalk you can see
Somebody everybody wants to be
They got the means to justify every end

I had a friend broke through illegally
Pulled a job on a small-town T.A.B.
Five grand down on her own piece of Eden

And I know . . .
And I know . . .

The first thing I do when I get into town
Is buy a twenty-two and cut the whole thing down
No amount of work's gonna buy my way to Freedom

I'm on the outside lookin' in




Standing on the outside lookin' in
Oh Yeah!

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Standing on the Outside" by Cold Chisel describe the feeling of being an outsider in a world of wealth and opportunity. The singer is looking in at the luxurious lifestyle of the "born to win" and feels excluded from their world of abundance. Despite never having strayed outside the law, the singer can't seem to find their way in and feels stuck on the outside looking in.


The mention of Bluewater Bay and the city suggest a contrast between a peaceful suburban setting and the hustle and bustle of city life. The singer admits to having a "bad case of the benz," suggesting that they may be struggling with drug addiction or a mental health issue that is contributing to their feelings of inadequacy.


The final verses of the song take a darker turn, with the singer admitting to contemplating violence as a means of achieving freedom. The "twenty-two" mentioned in the lyrics is a reference to a small-caliber firearm. Despite the desperation in the lyrics, the song ends on a note of defiance, with the singer declaring that they are proud to be on the outside looking in.


Overall, "Standing on the Outside" is a poignant commentary on the social and economic divides that exist in modern society. The lyrics speak to feelings of frustration, isolation, and a yearning for something that seems just out of reach.


Line by Line Meaning

Standing on the outside lookin' in
I feel left out and excluded from the inner circle.


Standing on the outside lookin' in
I feel left out and excluded from the inner circle.


Oh-oh, I never strayed outside the law
I have never broken any rules or laws to get ahead.


Standing on the outside lookin' in
I feel left out and excluded from the inner circle.


Room full of money and the born to win
The privileged few who have money and status seem to have everything handed to them.


No amount of work's gonna get me through the door
No amount of hard work and perseverance is going to get me the same opportunities as those born into wealth and power.


When I go walkin' down Bluewater Bay
When I am out in the world trying to make a living,


Surface in the city at the end of the day
I return home to the city each day.


Oh-oh, I got a bad case of the benz
I feel envious and resentful of those with wealth and status.


Standing on the sidewalk you can see
From my position on the outside, I can see what those on the inside are doing.


Somebody everybody wants to be
The people on the inside are admired and envied by everyone else.


They got the means to justify every end
Those on the inside can rationalize their actions because they have the resources to do so.


I had a friend broke through illegally
I know someone who broke the law to get ahead.


Pulled a job on a small-town T.A.B.
They committed a robbery at a small-town betting establishment.


Five grand down on her own piece of Eden
They used the money to buy their own piece of paradise.


And I know . . .
I am aware of the fact that some people bend the rules to get what they want.


And I know . . .
I am aware of the fact that some people bend the rules to get what they want.


The first thing I do when I get into town
When I return to the city each day,


Is buy a twenty-two and cut the whole thing down
I feel so hopeless, I contemplate taking violent action to destroy the system that excludes me.


No amount of work's gonna buy my way to Freedom
I realize that working hard alone is not going to get me the same level of freedom and success as those born into privilege.


I'm on the outside lookin' in
I feel left out and excluded from the inner circle.


Standing on the outside lookin' in
I feel left out and excluded from the inner circle.


Oh Yeah!
An expression of frustration and resentment.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: DON WALKER

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