Looking Like You Just Woke Up
The Front Bottoms Lyrics


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I love to wait. I love girls with ex boyfriends that they aren't really over
And I love new mexico, I love places I've never been
I love the idea of places I'll never go

So I'm swing like a fist fight concrete colored basement
All right, all right lets keep this clean as clean as you'd like
And it probably won't get easier just easier to hide
Prepare for a aching the rest of your life

I'm playing dead I faked my death and I'll keep pretending
If nothing else for the sake of the tradition
And I am confident
Even if it makes no sense. I will say I love you back to the love that I am given

So I'm swing like a fist fight concrete colored basement
All right, all right lets keep this clean as clean as you'd like




And it probably won't get easier just easier to hide
Prepare for a aching the rest of your life

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Front Bottoms' song "Looking Like You Just Woke Up" are a unique blend of love, nostalgia, and pain. The singer confesses their fondness for waiting, for girls with ex-boyfriends they aren't over, and even for places they've never been. The idea of these things seems to hold more appeal to the singer than the actual experience of them.


The tone of the song quickly shifts as the singer describes themselves as "swinging like a fist fight" in a "concrete colored basement." The lyric "let's keep this clean as clean as you'd like" suggests a confrontational situation where the singer is willing to comply with someone else's wishes to avoid conflict. The following lines "and it probably won't get easier just easier to hide/prepare for a aching the rest of your life" indicate that the singer is in a difficult situation that won't easily resolve, and they will carry the pain with them indefinitely.


The second half of the song takes a turn as the singer reveals they are "playing dead" and pretending to have faked their own death. They clarify that this is a traditional practice and express their confidence, even if it doesn't make logical sense. They end the song with the repeated lyric "I will say I love you back to the love that I am given," which echoes the earlier sentiment of waiting and yearning for love.


Overall, "Looking Like You Just Woke Up" presents a complex emotional landscape that is simultaneously hopeful and pessimistic, nostalgic and forward-leaning.


Line by Line Meaning

I love to wait. I love girls with ex boyfriends that they aren't really over
I enjoy waiting for things and find it attractive when girls have unresolved feelings for their ex-boyfriends.


And I love new mexico, I love places I've never been
I have a fascination with new and unknown places, and New Mexico is one of them.


I love the idea of places I'll never go
The thought of places that I will never visit intrigues me and brings a sense of excitement.


So I'm swing like a fist fight concrete colored basement
I am moving about with a strong and forceful energy, like a brawl in a dull and colorless basement.


All right, all right lets keep this clean as clean as you'd like
Let's keep things neat and orderly, exactly to your specifications.


And it probably won't get easier just easier to hide
Things may become more challenging and burdensome, but it will also become easier to conceal emotions and struggles.


Prepare for a aching the rest of your life
Be ready for a lifetime of emotional pain and discomfort.


I'm playing dead I faked my death and I'll keep pretending
I am acting as if I am dead and will continue to pretend in order to maintain a certain image.


If nothing else for the sake of the tradition
Even though there may be no real reason for it, I will continue to pretend to be dead to keep up the tradition.


And I am confident
I am self-assured and sure of myself.


Even if it makes no sense. I will say I love you back to the love that I am given
Regardless of whether or not it is logical or reasonable, I will reciprocate love if it is given to me.




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