Daniel Johnston - Life In Vain Lyrics




Don't wanna be free of hope
And I'm at the end of my rope
It's so tough just to be alive
When I feel like the living dead

I'm givin' it up so plain
I'm living my life in vain
And where am I going to?
I gotta really try
Try so hard to get by
And where am I going to?

I don't know where is up or down
And there ain't any love left around
Everybody wearin' a frown
Waiting for Santa to come to town

You're giving it up so plain
You're living your lives in vain
And where are you going to?
You gotta really try
Try so hard to get by
And where are you going to?

Flip on your TV
And try to make sense out of that
If we were all in the movies
Maybe we wouldn't be so bored

We're giving it up so plain
We're living our lives in vain
And where are we going to?
We gotta really try
Try so hard to get by
And where are we going to?

Goodbye...
Goodbye...





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  1. blaho

    Made my morning commute to work

  2. A Curious Mind

    Amazing that I'd never heard this song...
    Love you, Daniel.

  3. Jack

    goodbye danny

  4. Jamie

    Rest in piece Daniel. Your life wasn't in vain <3

  5. sebastian valenzuela

    This Is a really good song, are u telling me that people only bought 5k of copies of this in that age??

  6. kmatt12

    Just lost one of my cousins I grew up with to suicide. (We buried him today ..). Love you Ruben! Peace Daniel ! 🙏🏼😓💔

  7. scimitar818

    Found you too late.One of the beautiful ones.Rest well

  8. Francisco Jimenez

    Your life was not in vain, Daniel. You left us your music to keep holding on and getting by.

  9. Nick Jasper

    I'd love to have heard his earlier work in a studio, produced with other instruments... Those were his best songs. This song is good as well - but I do wonder how much greater some of those songs would have been.

  10. john branson

    I've been crying for about an hour. And I don't cry.

    DIRTNECK NEWS DNN

    I only discovered Daniel upon his passing and have fell in love with his music.. I am moved to tears each time I listen to his music or view footage of him.. NOTHING has ever been so touching in my 46 years. rest in peacefully Dan..

  11. Stacey Barlow

    Rest in peace to my precious Danny 🙏❤️

  12. Éric Veilleux

    Goodbye, Daniel.

  13. Jack Small

    "Goodbye...goodbye" :'(

  14. Cristian Berardi

    One of the most beautiful song ..... RIP Daniel your music will be in our heart forever

  15. Not_ Youtuber

    El género de Daniel no coincidía en ese entonces con la épocaporque lo que más querían escuchar era Grunge y rock and roll entre adolescentes. Por eso no tuvo éxito pero hoy en día, dónde probablemente puede que tenga éxito.

  16. Diego Taurisano

    These Lyrics now kick and hurt even harder

  17. marypotter52

    RIP Daniel, thanks for all you did ever, the beautiful songs, you will b remember forever

  18. leop21

    Dale like si estás aquí por Raúl Fuentes. #raulfuentismo

    Juan Cedano

    Y quién es ese 😧

  19. YANG GYAN

    😑🙏🙏🙏

  20. Shock Waves

    Sad too here about his death,got into this guy because of Nirvana and Beck,Arcade Fire.

  21. Daniel Vermeyen

    RIP, Daniel. †

  22. Kelsey Constantinoff

    Rest in peace.

  23. kloggmonkey

    *good bye*

  24. Garret Johnson

    RIP MAN SUCH A GREAT HUMAN

  25. Martha Reis

    Lovely. Thank you. And RIP.

  26. Abel Gonzales

    Goodbye Daniel. It was nice getting to know you through your magical and strange music. You won’t be forgotten.

  27. aa6884888

    RIP dude

  28. Gerry Stewart

    Goodbye Goodbye....Daniel I feel you man. One of my most favorite songs. Rest in Peace beautiful one. You are one in a million.

  29. Liam Hennessy

    Goodbye Daniel - thanks for the music, wherever you have gone to.

  30. Tom Hublot

    The opening title to friends the TV show bears a striking similarity

    Ksee

    Tom Hublot yea it does lol

  31. TheCinthio

    Beautiful and sad all at the same time.

  32. 13mollydog

    I am sad to say that I had never heard of him before his death and this makes it that bit sadder

    martin smith

    This is exactly how I feel too.

    Michael Danielson

    ditto...i feel late for supper.

    holcroft1969

    @Michael Danielson Everybody would benefit from Daniels uplifting songs.

    Johnny Mao

    Welcome - it's never too late to appreciate Daniel.

  33. Monica FL

    Don't want to be free of hope
    And I'm at the end of my rope
    It's so tough just to be alive
    When I feel like the living dead
    I'm giving it up so plain
    I'm living my life in vain
    And where am I going to?
    I got to really try
    Try so hard to get by
    And where am I going to?
    I don't know where is up or down
    And there ain't any love left around
    Everybody wearin' a frown
    Waiting for santa to come to town
    You're giving it up so plain
    You're living your lives in vain
    And where are you going to?
    You've got to really try
    Try so hard to get by
    And where are you going to?
    Flip on your TV
    And try to make sense of that
    If we were all in the movies
    Maybe we wouldn't be so bored
    We're giving it up so plain
    We're living our lives in vain
    And where are we going to?
    You gotta really try
    Try so hard to get by
    And where are you going ?
    Goodbye, goodbye...

  34. Fabrizio Fresa

    Goodbye my dear friend

  35. Michel Destieu

    Daniel johnston n’aurait pas pu être reconnu en France

  36. andan04

    Hard to imagine that a song titled "Life in Vain" can inspire but this one does. The songwriter literally says he is at the end of his rope but Daniel Johnston didn't take his life. He thought "it's so tough to be alive when I feel like the living dead" but he didn't check out. He didn't want "to be free of hope" and he found a way to hang on. He endured and I so admire him for that.

    Cg Cg

    ...perfect....I met him...life changed...

    DJKevvy Kev

    @Cg Cg I met too, for a few seconds after played a gig in Brighton. I said I liked his guitar and enjoyed his show. He was awkward (obvs) but polite. Sad loss. Great songs.

    Aidan Mcalinden

    What a beautiful comment

    Aidan Mcalinden

    anaan04

    andan04

    @Aidan Mcalinden Guess we all got to really try, try so hard to get by.

  37. Heru Tri Wahyono

    Great musician great song....RIP Daniel Johnston

  38. Great Wall of Norman

    Good to meet you. You were weird as hell and that's why I liked you.

  39. sam ferguson

    Got a real Dave Matthews vibe with the fiddle and the frat boy groove. Love it!


    (I kid.)

  40. Rafael Mateos

    How bad we did not giving him all the credit and gratitude he deserved. Rest in peace, friend. Thanks for all you did for us. Love.

  41. evelyn steinthaler

    Sleep well, Daniel Johnston

  42. notagiant1

    Fly high Daniel. Thanks for everything

  43. Shaun Lawton

    Rest in peace beautiful soul <3

  44. ErrorCreator

    Rip you legend

  45. Rob Spalding

    Beautiful song, beautiful man. Rest In Peace.

  46. John Coulter

    RIP DANIEL

  47. Nick Perry

    Rest easy. DJ will be remembered forever.

  48. Joel Howard

    This is a lost classic the whole album

  49. cometdust

    There was a time I was too punk rock to appreciate this, and mocked it. But I've lowered my shields, and find it comforting that someone understands.

    Bejai Finlan

    Me too man.

  50. mat leclair

    This song has made my day. I needed this. Thank you Daniel Johnston!

  51. loep

    pqp bom d++++

  52. fongzhwu hao

    This guy is a gem. The music breaks hearts.

  53. CheckOut

    En todo ese álbum esta canción junto a Fun son las mas destacadas.

  54. no Cacho

    💕😢

  55. Andrea Consonni

    Daniel Johston mi ha cambiato la vita

  56. Wade Masters

    This is one of the most underrated songs I've ever heard

  57. Ranger4402

    I am not hearing it. Why the fuss about this guy? He can’t sing. This song would sound great if a real singer took a crack at it.

    Ksubi

    It's all perspective man, but if you ask me hes the rawest artist alive

    cometdust

    It's about vulnerability, and I think that's what scared you.

    New Damage

    @Ksubi He is raw.

    Bejai Finlan

    Some people want overly polished fake plastic shit 🤷🏼‍♂️ some people want real music, played by actual human beings 🤷🏼‍♂️

    ss RR

    I find his broken voice very touching

  58. Shadow Banned

    Sounds like Paul Leary is playing here...

  59. Justin Ord Dr.Dark

    My credits song

  60. Øu†is [NEMO][Nadie]

    Muéstrame una vida sobria y te mostraré su lado "b".
    ¿A dónde vamos? ¡Quién sabe!
    Un soberbio Daniel desnudando su atormentado sentir para darle vida.

    John Coltrane

    fuck u bitch

  61. Daniel Cropp

    Cette chanson est tres genial!

    I'm American, just messing with you reading this. It's not often I get to practice French.

    Nicolas

    As a french person I can tell you that french people don't say "très génial" but rather "génial" alone or "vraiment génial" or just "super", just for the advice ! Keep on practicing ! :)

    Sneker

    and we say UNE chanson, so you have to write génialE...

  62. Henrik

    Great song, the live version is amazing

    Daniel Cropp

    Yeah, with the child choir and the backup vocals on the chorus. Incredible.

  63. Mad dog Conlon

    a lovely song by a lovely man

  64. yogi yogi

    he stole that violin from a waterboys song

    Daniel Cropp

    Talent borrows, genius steals.

    Dustin Keil

    Daniel Cropp That is the dumbest thing I've read all week

    Suko Pyramid

    the violin is the worst thing of the song

    Gingerbread King

    What Waterboys song?

  65. Milo

    This song is beyond beautiful. Daniel Johnston is a musical treasure.

  66. Mark Scott

    just watched girls season 2 episode, this was on the end credits!