Mayday Parade: Miserable at Best Meaning
Miserable at Best Lyrics
You're trying your hardest
And the hardest part is letting go
Of the nights we shared
Ocala is calling and you know it's haunting
But compared to your eyes, nothing shines quite as bright
And when we look to the...
I think this song has to deal with a guy and girl being in a good relationship but the guy having to leave to find out what to do in life. The lines "cause nothing feels like home
when you're a thousand miles away" and "cause I know I'm good for something I just haven't found it yet and I need it" show the idea of him having to leave. After he leaves he worries about "his girl" being with another guy, and the whole song sort of tears the relationship apart from beginning to end.
It's kind of ironic because in the beginning she wants to be with him but he needs to go. She cries and doesn't want him to leave but I think he gives her hope with the line "but compared to your eyes nothing shines quite as bright
and when we looked to the sky it's not mine but I want it" so they'll stay together while he's gone.
The first chorus part, after he leaves, shows how the guy could start to become paranoid about his girl hanging out with another guy. He doesn't know for sure but it could be possible.
The second verse slowly tears the relationship down by starting with the line "you're all that I hoped I'd find
in every single way", stating that he obviously cares for her and loves her, but then the line right after shows that there's something wrong with their relationship, "and everything I would give is everything you couldn't take." This shows that he might think there's a problem.
Now as the second chorus comes he kind of has an idea that their relationship is over. Because of the sort of "breakdown" of the song (the saddest part to me) shows how much he misses her ("and this will be the first time in a week that I'll talk to you and I can't speak"). He knows that she's with someone by saying, "it's been 3 whole days since I've had sleep cause I dream of his lips on your cheek", and the listener of the song knows it's completely over when he says "and I got the point that I should leave you alone" but he just wants her back.
The final chorus shows the ironic twist because it states that he knows everything that's happened and now he wants to be with her so he'll be miserable at BEST so as the person said above what will he be at WORST?
anonymous Jul 23rd 2012, 10:05 report
I disagree with almost all the interpretations. This song is about a guy who is in love with his best friend, but she keeps pushing him away and dating the wrong guys. He says he'll always be there for her but sometimes she just wants him to leave her alone. He knows he will treat her right, but she can't see it. This song basically describes the last two years of my life...I was the girl and my now boyfriend was the guy...but I listened to this song and it made me realize that he was the one for me....beautiful song, makes me cry every time I hear it.
anonymous Mar 27th 2012, 12:03 report
Jake Bundrick doesn't sing at all in this song, he lip syncs. It's about Jason Lancaster's ex. :)
anonymous Mar 7th 2012, 18:31 report
i think this is about a guy who went to war in Ocala, *ocala is calling* he is writing a note to his girlfriend (katie) While he is gone she cheats on him, and he knows. The first line *katie dont cry, I know youre trying your hardest and the hardest part is letting go* is sarcasm, he knows shes not upset hes not there because she has another guy to replace him.He misses her and knows he has to move on, but he loves her.
anonymous Jan 13th 2012, 10:34 report
It's about a guy moving to Ocala and the girl cheats on him but he still loves her and with out her he'll be miserable at best
anonymous Nov 2nd 2011, 19:29 report
The drummer didn't write it and he only sings because Jason Lancaster is no longer in the band so :P
anonymous Jun 7th 2011, 16:45 report
My friend told me this song was written by the drummer for his ex-girfriend when they broke up, hence the fact he also sings in this song.
anonymous Apr 15th 2011, 17:18 report
I believe the beginning of this song is her feeling bad about cheating on the guy while he's away, but there's a hint of depressing sarcasm from the narrator between the lines. I think the "Katie" in "Miserable at Best" is based on either lead singer Derek Sanders girlfriend, or former lead guitarist and backup vocals Jason Lancaster's girlfriend (I can't remember, I think it's Jason's girlfriend though). Obviously, as mentioned above, he still loves her and he can't function without her.
Very sad, but amazing song.
anonymous Apr 1st 2011, 17:40 report
This song is about the longing of a relationship that cannot be. Written actually by the bass player for the girl. The beginning, "Katie don't cry...You're trying your hardest, and the hardest part is letting go." The writer knows that he and Katie both have to move on towards new things in their lives because it wont work. It's not so much a break up song as it is a, "I am going to miss," you song.
anonymous Mar 18th 2011, 12:22 report
this song confuses me more and more with everytime i think about it. sure the first meaning that comes to mind is, "oh, break up song. boy loves girl but shes moving on and hes not. hes misserable." okay im confused by the beginning lyrics. "katie dont cry i know youre trying your hardest and the hardest part is letting go." why would she be sad if shes the one moving on? isnt he saying that hes going to be misserable without her and shes moving on? why would she be crying? i feel as if their is a part missing to this song. like a lost chapter.
anonymous Feb 9th 2011, 07:15 report
i agree with Heartless about the war theory, because just past half way when he sees her in the grocery store his heads shaved, if anyone noticed.
anonymous Dec 29th 2010, 20:43 report
This is what my friend and i believe. The song itsself is about the guy who wrote it and his girlfriend (whose name isn't Katie). He was going off to the military, and the Ocala Military base (ocala is calling) and they were together for 4 years. He was only gone for 4 months and she cheated on him, and so the beginning is sarcasm "Katie don't cry, i know, you're trying your hardest, but the hardest part is letting go of the nights we shared, ocala is calling"
The song is pretty much how he can't trust her again, even though he loves her so much. That she promised that everything was going to be okay, she still ended up cheating"
miserablenow Nov 29th 2010, 18:08 report
I think this song is about a guy who has obviously broken up with his girlfriend in order to move on with his life and "find himself" you could say. Although, when he's realized that she is over him and has moved on and he runs into her with her new boyfriend he realizes that he had the world when he was with her, and now regrets walking away from the relationship.
Heartless. Nov 18th 2010, 16:10 report
Ok well i really like this song and i often compare to the situation im currently in, but i believe its much different. I think that this song is about a man leaving off to war 'Ocala is calling and i know its huanting" And the rest of the song hes writing her letters and he loves this girl so much, but has no doubt that she already moved on. He's letting her know she's his everything, but he knows what she's doing. So he can live without her, but without her he's miserable at best, yes he's miserable because she's with another man, but its at best because he knows shes happy with him. Thats wuht i believer(:
anonymous May 1st 2010, 19:21 report
I think it's about a guy leaving his girl and he's upset because he doesn't want her to be with other guys.
This song is about a guy loving a woman who perhaps used to love him but either way it didn't work out. It's about knowing that she is with another man, hence the line
"I bet he gets the nerve to walk the floor and ask my girl to dance, she'll say yes"
The next part is the saddest part of the song...
"and thisll be the first time in a week
Were ill talk to you and I can't speak
It's been three whole days since if had sleep
Cause I dream of his lips on your cheek
And I got the point that I should leave you alone
But we both know that I'm not that strong..
And I miss the lips that made me fly.."
- that verse above pretty much explains itself really. He misses her so much and he hasn't slept for days etc etc...
And the title miserable at best basically means that if without her he would be miserable at BEST then what would he be at worst?
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