Side Effects
Mariah Carey Lyrics


It's M.C. And Y.J.
Another hit, okay
We lookin' fine, takin' off
Saw us on a runway
On any given Sunday
Monday, Tuesday (haha)
They try to confuse me
I never let 'em use me

I was a girl, you was a man
I was too young to understand
I was naive, I just believed
Everything that you told me

Said you were strong, protecting me
Then I found out that you were weak
Keeping me there under your thumb
'Cause you were scared that I'd become much

More than you could handle
Shining like a chandelier
That decorated every room
Inside this private hell we built
And I dealt with it like a kid
I wished I could fly away but instead

I kept my tears inside 'cause I knew if I
Started I'd keep cryin' for the rest of my
Life with you I finally built up the strength
To walk away don't regret it
But I still live with the side effects

Wakin' up scared some nights
Still dreamin' 'bout the violent times
Still a little protective 'bout the people
That I let inside
Still a little defensive
Thinkin' folks be tryin' to run my life
Still a little depressed
Inside I fake a smile and deal with the

Side effects
Side effects
Side effects
Side effects

Vacant inside no one was there
Couldn't be real, had to keep quiet
Once in a while put up a fight
It's just too much night after night

After a while I would just lie
You were dead wrong said you were right
Did what I could just to survive
Couldn't believe this was my life

Flickering like a candle
Doin' my best to handle
Sleepin with the enemy
Aware that he was smothering
Every last part of me
So I broke away and finally
Found the strength to breathe

I kept my tears inside 'cause I knew if I
Started I'd keep cryin' for the rest of my
Life with you I finally built up the strength
To walk away don't regret it
But I still live with the side effects

Wakin' up scared some nights
Still dreamin' 'bout the violent times
Still a little protective 'bout the people
That I let inside
Still a little defensive
Thinkin' folks be tryin' to run my life
Still a little depressed
Inside I fake a smile and deal with the

Side effects
Side effects
Side effects
Side effects

Hey Magnifico or should I say Magnificent?
Ain't nothing worth your happiness
And I ain't caring who you're with
Misery love company so we ain't tryin' to hang with y'all
Hurt you if you let 'em in
Gotta keep your circle small
Keep tryin' to play
I tell him I ain't blowin' tho
Think they want me outta here
I tell 'em I ain't goin' tho
Side effects be drowsiness
Loneliness
How is this?
I think the call it hateration
What can you prescribe for this?

Forgive but I can't forget it
Everyday I deal with this
I live with the side effects
But I ain't gon let them get the best of me
Forgive but I can't forget
Everyday I deal with this
I live with the side effects
But I ain't gon let them get the best of me

I kept my tears inside 'cause I knew if I
Started I'd keep cryin' for the rest of my
Life with you I finally built up the strength
To walk away don't regret it
But I still live with the side effects

Wakin' up scared some nights
Still dreamin' 'bout the violent times
Still a little protective 'bout the people
That I let inside
Still a little defensive
Thinkin' folks be tryin' to run my life
Still a little depressed
Inside I fake a smile and deal with the

Side effects
Side effects
Side effects
Side effects

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC
Written by: JAY JENKINS, CRYSTAL JOHNSON, MARIAH CAREY, SCOTT STORCH

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Comments from YouTube:

Brandon Lambert

This is one of her best songs and yes it's about Tommy.

Aamir Villalobos

She confirmed this song is about Tommy.

m3142 missy

Yea love this song

Tiffy Nikki

@Melicio DelTorro well who else is it about? It's apparent it's about Tommy considering the lyrics are everything she already talked about in interviews that she went thru in that abusive relationship with Tommy. She even mentioned that the song "Side Effects" is about Tommy Mottola in this interview :
https://parade.com/40075/parade/mariah-carey-ive-faced-my-worst-fears/

Scroll down to the bottom where it says
"On Her Ex-Husband, Former Chairman of Sony Music, Tommy Mottola"

Melicio DelTorro

It's not about Tom, we're not talking tommy, It's not him, He's not the guy!

Angel Cervantes

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maryam mure

this song is for those women that were in an abusive relationship and they had to just get away from that bad man. wow such powerful lyrics. Mariah always has that song for everyone. I fucking love her

Gina Coyle

I relate word for word to my 15 year marriage I finally built the courage up to leave.

Zedrick Kern

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Donna Eastman

Going through the same with my husband now I am divorcing

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