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What do you think about this quote?

Asked by le_inferno (6189points) May 3rd, 2010

So if you want to be with me
With these things there’s no telling
We just have to wait and see
But I’d rather be working for a paycheck
Than waiting to win the lottery

The last two lines are what I’m focusing on. I view them as a metaphor for relationships; specifically, settling for a relationship that’s less than optimal. Do you agree that you’d rather have a pleasant companionship and stave off loneliness, rather than wait around for the perfect person? Is it worth forming relationships with people you know aren’t “the one?” Or do you think relationships should only be pursued if he/she is a “lottery win”? Or, maybe you interpret the quote differently. Discuss!

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CMaz's avatar

Things are better earned then won.

zephyr826's avatar

I think that the author is saying that real relationships take work, not that you’re necessarily settling for someone who’s not “the one”. Yes, maybe, somewhere out there is one person with whom you will instantly click and the two of you will never disagree on anything, but who really wants that? We value the things and people that require effort.

freckles's avatar

OMG. I lovvvve this quote, and this sonnng so much! In the context I don’t think he is settling at all. I think he is talking about not being sure. Maybe they will work out, maybe not. But might as well try for it, because it has great potential. On the other hand, Waiting to win the lottery is most likely waiting for something that will never come, you aren’t venturing anything, just sitting around wondering if it will come.

Considering the other lines in the song like, “think I was blind before I met you.” and “I could go anywhere with you and I’d probly be happy” it is very much of a song about someone you really care for, not settling at all. I think this line just has to do with taking a risk for someone you care about, meybe it won’t work out, but they are so wonderful it is worth it.

Just my 2cents

thisisasituation's avatar

It is most certainly not good to wait for something to land in your lap. Working for something you really want and attaining it makes it so much sweeter once you have it. Having a relationship with someone that you may know is not the one may seem like a waste, but it is really the only way of learning what you want, what will make you happy, and what is worth having in your life. Also, this is one of the many songs that has touched my life.

Trillian's avatar

Relationships take work, and it’s good to know that some people realize this. “Working for a paycheck” indicates a willingness to put in effort for a continuing payoff rather than inactively waiting for the “click”. And as the others state, one appreciates and places value on those things worked for.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Meh, it’s pretty simple. I’d rather have my one soulmate even if it takes risk than have someone ‘good enough’.

squidcake's avatar

A Bright Eyes fan, I see. ;)
I’d have to agree with @ChazMaz .
I just may have to go pull out that album again…

free_fallin's avatar

Bright Eyes ftw!

It isn’t easy being in a relationship much less trying to find one that is ideal/perfect. To me that is what the last two lines mean. It’s nearly impossible to know if you’ll be with a person forever so the idea is to try anyway. We can’t hold ourselves back waiting to win the lottery when we can be earning money by working.

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