A Very Good Life
Lebanon Hanover Lyrics


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when I was like you
I might have had less thoughts about murdering myself
but when I see you I'm so happy that I went
you sit there as a company of rundown longhaired
I smell your clothes your brand new fingernails
and i hear you whispering about me
but I will avoid your eyes
because I know I am the world's ugliest lady
I used to have less worries of life
but when I see you I'm so happy that I went
i never dressed like you
I don't know what it is this feeling of belonging
I ran away from school haven't we had such a great time together
no I won't reply to any of your emails
I never I've just lost interest
and I still hear you whispering about me
but I will avoid your eyes
because I know you all just hate me
And now i have a very good life




a very good life a very good life
but people like you don't need to be in it

Overall Meaning

Lebanon Hanover's song "A Very Good Life" has lyrics that can be interpreted in multiple ways. The song is about reflection and the realization of how much a person's life has changed. The lyrics revolve around the idea of comparing oneself to an old friend, noticing the stark differences between their lives, and feeling content with one's own life choices.


The opening stanza, "when I was like you, I might have had less thoughts about murdering myself," denotes a sense of morbidity and self-destruction. The lyrics allude to how the singer may have felt when they were younger, implying that they were once suicidal. However, on seeing the friend in the song, they feel grateful they did not carry out any plans of self-harm. The next stanza goes on to describe a friend who is unkempt and run down, someone who would typically be deemed negatively in society. But for the singer, the mere sight of the friend brings joy, and they even mention smelling their clothes. However, they also realize that the friend and her peers may gossip behind their back. The singer chooses to avoid their glances, which indicates a sense of insecurity.


As the song progresses, the singer talks about how they were not like the friend and never dressed the same way. They mention running away from school and how they had a great time doing things differently. Even though the friend may have reached out to the singer through emails or messages, they chose to ignore them. The chorus of "A Very Good Life" is a celebration of how the singer has achieved a good life but also implies that their old friend may not be a part of it. The closing lyrics, "but people like you don't need to be in it" insinuate that the singer has moved on from their youth and the people in it.


Overall, "A Very Good Life" is Lebanon Hanover's introspective take on the inevitable path that life takes. It shows a sense of contentment in one's journey and the choices made along the way. The singer's outlook on life is an example of how we all interpret life differently, and our experiences shape the people we become.


Line by Line Meaning

when I was like you
When I was your age


I might have had less thoughts about murdering myself
I didn't have as many suicidal thoughts as I do now


but when I see you I'm so happy that I went
I am glad I made it through those difficult times when I see you now


you sit there as a company of rundown longhaired
You are surrounded by people who look rundown and unkempt


I smell your clothes your brand new fingernails
I notice every detail about you, including the fact that you have new nails


and i hear you whispering about me
I am aware that you talk about me behind my back


but I will avoid your eyes
I won't make eye contact with you


because I know I am the world's ugliest lady
I believe that I am unattractive and undesirable


I used to have less worries of life
I was less anxious before


no I won't reply to any of your emails
I won't respond to your messages


I never I've just lost interest
I am no longer interested in being friends with you


because I know you all just hate me
I believe that you and your friends dislike me


And now i have a very good life
My life is good now


a very good life a very good life
My life is very good


but people like you don't need to be in it
I don't want you and people like you in my life




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