"I Did It" as written by David John Matthews and Glen Ballard....
I'm mixing up a bunch of magic stuff
A magic mushroom cloud of care
A potion that will rock the boat will rock
Make a bomb of love and blow it up

I did it
Do you think I've gone too far
I did it
Guilty as charged
I did it
It was me right or wrong
I did it Yeah

I never did a single thing that did a single thing to
Change the ugly ways of the world
I didn't know it felt so right inside
I didn't know at all
Open up the curtains I heard sirens there the lights flash and crawl
I did it justice I just did it for us all

It's a nickel or a dime for what I've done
The truth is that I don't really care
For such a lovely crime I'll do the time
You better lock me up I'll do it again

I did it
Do you think I've gone too far
I did it
Guilty as charged
I did it
It was me right or wrong
I did it
Yeah

I never did a single thing that did a single thing to
Change the ugly ways of the world
I didn't know it felt so right inside
I didn't know at all
Open up the curtains I heard sirens there the lights flash and crawl
I did it justice I just did it for the buzz

All you people are the skewers of our dreams
Like the cat that collared me
Oh what I gotta say to you got love don't
Turn it down
Turn it loud
Let it build
We got a long way to go
But you gotta start somewhere
Go door to door spread the love you got
You got the love
You get what you want
Does it matter where you get it from
I for one
Don't turn my cheek for anyone
Unturn your cheek to give your love
Love to grow

I did it
Do you think I've gone too far
I did it
Guilty as charged
I did it

Was me right or wrong
I did it
Yeah
I did it
I told you I told you I told you I told
I did it
Guilty as charged
I did it
I told you I told you I told you I
I did it
Yeah

I never did a single thing that did a single thing to
Change the ugly ways of the world
I didn't know it felt so right inside
I didn't know at all
Open up the curtain I heard sirens there the lights flash and crawl
I did it justice I just did it for us all


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"I Did It" as written by David Matthews Glen Ballard

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  • +1
    General Comment"Nickel and dime for what I did...I'll do the time" means 15 years in jail.

    I think it's about doing anything you feel passionate about, no matter what the outside world might think or say or do to you because of it.
    jennathenaon August 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe breakdown:
    "I'm mixing up a bunch of magic stuff
    A magic mushroom cloud of care
    A potion that will rock the boat will rock
    Make a bomb of love and blow it up"
    -he's talking about the music they are creating and the love and care they put into it. when everyone hears their music it will explode like a bomb and rock the world.

    "I did it
    Do you think I've gone too far
    I did it
    Guilty as charged
    I did it
    It was me right or wrong
    I did it
    Yeah
    --he's admitting that they had to become big to make their musci heard and make money along the way, but its up to you to decide whether he went too far to the point of selling out

    "I never did a single thing that did a single thing to
    Change the ugly ways of the world
    I didn't know it felt so right inside
    I didn't know it at all
    Open up the curtains I heard sirens there the lights flash and crawl
    I did it justice I just did it for the buzz "
    --he never did anything to change the world, and through their music they are able to achieve this on some level. the sirens and lights are people accusing him of selling out. he is saying he did it for THE buzz, not A buzz. by the buzz he means the way people talk and spread the message of their music.

    "It's a nickel or a dime for what I've done
    The truth is that I don't really care
    For such a lovely crime I'll do the time
    You better lock me up I'll do it again "
    --the money that he made along the way isnt really important to him and if it takes his "selling out" to get their music heard, he would do it again in a heartbeat.

    "Oh what I gotta say to you got love
    don't Turn it down
    Turn it loud
    Let it build
    We got a long way to go
    But you gotta start somewhere
    Go door to door spread the love you got
    You got the love
    You get what you want
    Does it matter where you get it from"
    --he's once again talking about the spread of their music and the message that it sends. there is alot of love in their music, so spread it around and let it be heard, it doesnt matter where or why it is coming, just spread it for what it is worth.

    well, thats my opinion, i honestly dont see the drug references, although it wouldnt surprise me in his lyrics to find them/
    vdub18on August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is entirely about drugs.
    elabowitzon January 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, totally about drug use, and the reasons why he/they did it.
    alkalinegirlon January 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentboy you read that somewhere... cause i can agree with on that, but there are stong drug reffernces in this song... hmmm dime and nickel.... a bag no doubt... hmmm think about man... but i do agree with you except for the fact that dave still play the acoustic and not every song on Everyday was electric... and not every song coming out on Busted Stuff will be electric... but we will have to wait and see.
    Phildoon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"I just did it for a buzz"

    no drug reference???? haha, however the point made about it not being about drugs it alrite, i just feel its drug references are very strong in this song
    sean7711on May 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is dave matthews talking about his music in general and his so-called "sellling out." He didn't do it for the money he did it for the sake of music. He had tp make a positive contribution towards what music is today.
    vdub18on June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen I 1st heard this song I seriously thought it was all bout drugs but kno that I look at everyone elses views I believe that it is bout him changin his music.
    DmB182on June 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOk, here's my two cents: I think Dave is trying to spread love around and make people get addicted to it like a drug. Instead of selling/using drugs or what not...try love instead...and then spread it to others. That's why there are so many referrences to drugs. I think he's using drugs and love as a metaphor.
    DarthMilonon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with vdub18, totally about him talking about selling out and how if all these so called hard core fans have a problem with him making alot of money they can go shove themselves because he's always going to have fans, but I also think that He's tlaking to the members in the band about how the bands name is Dave Matthews and not something like Aerosmith where the lead man is the lead man. But he's also saying that even though it's the way it is, he did for them all, so they have rich a luxorous life, and the video really reall shows this so you can take the drug thoughts and shove 'em because the video is the perfect story of him just defending himself against the band and the sucky people that suck.
    Crimson0311on July 06, 2002   Link

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