Simple Life

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"Simple Life"
Simple Life cover
Song by The Rentals
Released May 9, 2000
Length 3:29
Label Mojo
Writer(s) Matt Sharp
Status Officially released

"Simple Life" is a song by the Rentals recorded during the sessions for the band's 1999 sophomore album, Seven More Minutes. It appeared on the compilation The Solution to Benefit Heal the Bay in 2000.


The distorted sound effects from the intro to "Simple Life" were later used for the song "Must Be Wrong". An early version of "Simple Life" appeared on the compilation Little Russell Street.



lyrics for "Simple Life"

I been thinking of the simple life
I'd like to have with you
We could build a house in the hills
Modest place where we could stay

And my friends from the States would visit
Wondering why I've thrown it all away and
I feel strange with this language
which I haven't spoken in a while
Well, my friends, this is the simple life

Our kids, roughhousing in the yard, filthy,
Join us in the living room
They ask me who my friends are
Before I met their mom, what was my life like?

So I haul boxes from the basement
And try to explain what I used to do
We're going through all the press and photos
My children say "It barely looks like you"
Well, my kids, that was not a simple life

So I put on funny-looking sandals
Head down to the market for some food
And I scratch my beard and have a good meal
And go home on a long walk with you

With my wife, walking through the simple life
Well, my kids, tell my friends goodbye
It's time, my friends, to get back to your good lives
Oh, it's such a simple life

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