Crying Shame
Jack Johnson Lyrics


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It's such a tired game
Will it ever stop?
How will this all play out
Of sight, out of mind now

By now, we should know how to communicate instead of coming to blows
We're on the road and there ain't no stopping us now
We're burning under control
Isn't it strange how we're all burning
Under the same sun
By now, they say if it's a war for peace
It's the same old game
But do we really want to play?
We could close our eyes, it's still there
We could say it's us against them
We could try but nobody wins
Gravity has got a hold on us all
Could try to put it out
But it's a growing flame
Using fear as fuel
Burning down our name
And it won't take too long
'Cause words all burn the same
Now who we gonna blame now and all?

It's such a crying, crying, crying shame
It's such a crying, crying, crying shame
It's such a crying, crying, crying shame
Shame, shame, shame

By now, it's beginning to show
A number of people are numbers that ain't coming home
I could close my eyes, it's still there
Close my mind, be alone
I could close my heart and not care
But gravity has got a hold on us all
It's a terrific price to pay
But in the true sense of the word
Are we using what we've learned
In the true sense of the word?
Are we losing what we were?

It's such a tired game
Will it ever stop?
It's not for me to say
And is it in our blood?
Or is it just our fate?
And how will this all play out?
Of sight, out of my mind now
Who we gonna blame all in all?

Just the crying, crying, crying shame




It's such a crying, crying, crying shame
It's such a crying, crying, crying shame, shame, shame

Overall Meaning

The lyrics in "Crying Shame" by Jack Johnson discuss the theme of the futility and cyclical nature of war and conflict. The opening lines introduce the idea of this being a "tired game," alluding to the weariness of continuing down the path of war and conflict. It poses the question of whether or not it will ever stop and how it will all play out. The following lyrics provide a solution, stating that communication is the answer to avoid conflict, but the sad reality is that conflict continues.


The lyrics highlight the unity of humanity and how we all burn under the same sun, yet continue to fight against each other. The line "using fear as fuel" emphasizes the idea that we often perpetuate conflict through fear-based tactics. The lyrics imply that even if we close our eyes, minds, and hearts to these issues, they will still exist.


The lyrics also reference the cost of war and conflict, with the line "a number of people are numbers that ain't coming home." The song challenges us to consider if it is worth the cost and whether we are using what we have learned to avoid repeating history. In the end, the song points to the irony of blaming others for the conflict, as it is a collective issue that requires change from everyone.


Line by Line Meaning

It's such a tired game
The same behavior is being repeated over and over again.


Will it ever stop?
Is there any way for it to come to an end?


How will this all play out
What is the outcome to all this?


Of sight, out of mind now
When something disappears, do we forget about it?


By now, we should know how to communicate instead of coming to blows
We need to learn how to communicate with each other without resorting to violence.


We're on the road and there ain't no stopping us now
We are on a path of destruction without any roadblocks.


We're burning under control
We are controlling the destruction we are causing.


Isn't it strange how we're all burning
It is strange, but we are all causing destruction.


Under the same sun
Although we are different, we are still causing destruction under the same circumstances.


By now, they say if it's a war for peace
People say that if we are fighting for peace, it is the same repetitive behavior we have always demonstrated.


It's the same old game
We keep repeating the same mistakes.


But do we really want to play?
Do we want to keep participating in a destructive game?


We could close our eyes, it's still there
Ignoring the problem does not make it disappear.


We could try but nobody wins
Even if we try to fix the issue, nobody wins in the end.


Gravity has got a hold on us all
There are consequences to our actions.


Could try to put it out
We can attempt to stop the problem.


But it's a growing flame
The problem is getting worse.


Using fear as fuel
We are causing destruction out of fear.


Burning down our name
We are ruining our reputation.


And it won't take too long
The problem will not take long to escalate.


'Cause words all burn the same
Words can cause just as much destruction as actions.


Now who we gonna blame now and all?
Who can we blame for this current situation?


By now, it's beginning to show
We can see the consequences now.


A number of people are numbers that ain't coming home
Many people are not returning home because of the destruction.


Close my mind, be alone
Ignoring the problem and isolating oneself is not the solution.


I could close my heart and not care
Being indifferent to the situation is not the solution.


It's a terrific price to pay
The consequences are severe.


But in the true sense of the word
In the true meaning of the word...


Are we using what we've learned
Are we using the knowledge we have gained?


Are we losing what we were?
Are we losing our true identity?


It's not for me to say
I cannot determine the outcome.


And is it in our blood?
Is the destructive behavior innate?


Or is it just our fate?
Is it predetermined?


And how will this all play out?
What will be the ultimate outcome?


Who we gonna blame all in all?
Who is ultimately responsible for what has happened?


Just the crying, crying, crying shame
It is a great shame what has happened.


It's such a crying, crying, crying shame
It is a terribly sad situation.


Shame, shame, shame
It is a shameful situation.




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Written by: Adam Topol, Jack Johnson

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