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All my life, trouble follows me Like a mystery girl I’ve been chasing 'round a memory Like a mystery girl I’ve been getting lost searching my soul All around this town I took a wrong turn at growing up And it’s freaking me out Back at school, it never made much sense Now I pay, but I can pay attention Teaching me the hardest lessons of my life Too dumb to die I guess But that’s the way it goes Sometimes, I must regress to Sex, drugs and violence English, math, and science Safety in numbers Gimme, gimme danger Well, I don’t wanna be an imbecile But Jesus made me that way All my life, I’ve been running wild Like a runaway Wherever the night takes me Like a stowaway Back at home, it never made much sense Now I pay, but I can pay attention Teaching me the hardest lessons of my life Too dumb to die I guess But that’s the way it goes Sometimes, I must regress to Sex, drugs and violence English, math, and science Safety in numbers Gimme, gimme danger Back at home, it never made much sense I can pay, but I can pay attention Teaching me the hardest lessons of my life Too dumb to die I guess But that’s the way it goes Sometimes, I must regress to Sex, drugs and violence English, math, and science Safety in numbers Gimme, gimme danger This song is about the narrator feeling sorry for himself, more than anything else. The lines "I took a wrong turn at growing up" and "Back at school it never made much sense" mean that the narrator considers part of his childhood to be a failure of sorts, in that he didn't pick up on the values that others tried to instill in him.