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Jon Brion Lyrics


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It was happy at the start
When you offered me the part
We agreed to go awhile
And it all was on a handshake and a smile
'Cause it looked okay to me
But I guess you shouldn't be too sure of yourself
And now I see that I was incorrect
But that's easier in retrospect
All my friends said what's the fuss
Don't you know these things happen to the best of us
So if you think of me as desperate
You should not even ask for it
Oh, and as for my defense
I can swear that it made sense to me at the time
So now it's safe to say
That I really should've run the other way





I didn't think it would turn out bad

Overall Meaning

These lyrics of Jon Brion's song Didn't Think It Would Turn Out Bad depict the regret of an individual who has agreed to a deal that appeared promising at first but turned out to be disappointing. The song is reflective of the life lesson that not all opportunities that appear promising will turn out to be fruitful. The individual is filled with regret and is trying to defend his decision by stating that it all made sense to him at the time. Furthermore, the first paragraph of the song highlights the fact that everything seemed okay initially, and both parties agreed to the deal. However, in retrospect, the individual was incorrect.


The second paragraph of the song exhibits the individual's feelings of embarrassment and desperation. The individual is embarrassed that he fell for the deal, as his friends were aware of the potential shortcomings. However, he defends his actions by stating that he thought everything would work in his favor. Moreover, he highlights the fact that he is desperate and advises the other person to not even ask for it. The concluding paragraph speaks of the individual's regrets, and he wishes that he ran away from the deal at the first opportunity he had. The lyrics offer a poignant reflection on the importance of being cautious and aware of the risks associated with any opportunity.


Line by Line Meaning

It was happy at the start
Initially, everything seemed to be going well


When you offered me the part
You offered me a role in this project


We agreed to go awhile
We decided to move forward with the project for some time


And it all was on a handshake and a smile
We sealed the agreement with a handshake and a smile


'Cause it looked okay to me
At the time, everything seemed fine to me


But I guess you shouldn't be too sure of yourself
I've learned that one should not be too confident about their assumptions


And now I see that I was incorrect
I realize that I was mistaken


But that's easier in retrospect
It's always easier to understand something after the fact


All my friends said what's the fuss
My friends were not concerned about the situation


Don't you know these things happen to the best of us
It's common for things to not go as planned, even for well-intentioned people


So if you think of me as desperate
If you view me as being in a bad situation


You should not even ask for it
You shouldn't even consider asking me for help


Oh, and as for my defense
As my own defense


I can swear that it made sense to me at the time
I can honestly say that my actions made sense to me when I made them


So now it's safe to say
It's now clear to me


That I really should've run the other way
I should have avoided getting involved in this project altogether




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Written by: JON BRION

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