Now I could lie by your side
All serrated for you
Down below cancer grows
Weeping waits inside you too
All our rage begs a stage
It's a waste of time though
And you style seems worthwhile
But this lonely road has turned And you faded there
They pretend to care
Vultures waiting
If you don't like me
Certify Me Yeah ­ I don't know
Yeah ­ I won't go
Yeah ­ save it I'm okay

And in the sun a loaded gun
Makes for conversation
All the while in denial
It's too late for me to change

And you were unchained
Nothing more had changed
I could fake it
If you still hate me
Confiscate me

Oh we're jaded ­ I don't know
Overrated ­ I won't go
All serrated ­ Save it I'm okay
Okay Yeah I won't play Yeah go away Yeah save it
I'm okay

Lyrics submitted by Matt

Vultures song meanings
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    General CommentA guy or girl chasing after someone else, but nothing else waits for them but the vultures....aka...the other person there rejecting them...and it eats them from the inside.
    mep8503on June 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure, but I think this song talks about a guy that likes a girl but denies it.
    crimsonlotuson March 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite song ever. i love the offspring alot and have almost all their cds (except for the first cd which i'm getting soon) and i don't think conspiracy of one gets enough credit. alot of other offspring fans like americana and ixnay on the hombre best, and conspiracy of one seems pretty far down on the list. anyways...

    I think this song is about losing a loved one to cancer (i'm assuming its a girl). he's confused about how he feels and has a dark outlook on life after it. "now all our rage begs a stage, it's a waste of time though" that is my favorite part of the song, what it means to me is how what we feel (anger sadness etc) in the end means nothing.

    i also think this song is about a very indecisive person. they're angry and sad and just plain undecided about the even that happened in their life. but they don't want any pity. "and in the sun a loaded gun makes for conversation" that might imply that he's suicidal after the event and it just becomes a topic for gossip. he's in denial about something, and possibly having a disagreement with some one else. idk.

    i probably read into the song too much, or analyze it too much. but yeah it is my favorite song and i listen to it alot, especially when i'm sad. i love the guitar rifts (it reminds me of dirty magic, another good song by them). it's an over all kick ass song.
    anonymous09on March 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't think cancer was meant literally. I think it's a metaphor for something destructive eating away at you slowly.
    jessamyon June 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song may be about someone losing someone close to them, but in a very bad and awkward way. Apparently, the speaker and the person dying had a distant and dissociated relationship, which was caused by a bad event. Here is my full lyrical analysis:

    "Now I could lie by your side, all serrated for you. Down below cancer grows, weeping waits inside you too"

    This is the speaker is at the person's deathbed and sees that they are ill and it's hurting them inside (the serrated part still perplexes me, because I only ever heard in used the context of "serrated knife")

    "Now all our rage begs a stage. It's a waste of time though."

    It is blatantly obvious that this is the speaker saying that, albeit there's an overflow of emotion, showing it won't change the fact that the person is dying.

    "And your stile seems worthwhile, but this lonely road has turned"

    This could be saying that the person dying wants the speaker to act a certain way, and it is appealing to the speaker. But alas, the "lonely road has turned," or it is too late to change. I'm still working out the meaning of this line.

    "And you faded there, they pretend to care, vultures waiting."

    It seems that there are people (close or not) who are waiting for this person to die, to harvest all his worthily possessions. They have only pretended to give a shit about him. Like vultures waiting for it's pray to die to eat it.

    "If you don't like me, certify me."

    This part kind of gives a history of the relationship between the speaker and the person. He's wondering if the person still hates him (for whatever reason).

    "I don't know. I won't go. Save it I'm okay"

    This part is the person coping with the death. He doesn't know how to feel about it, but he doesn't want to leave (i.e. run away from his problems), and tells people he's doing ok, when he might not actually be.

    "And in the sun a loaded gun begs for conversation"

    This part I can't figure out for the life of me (I know, it's sad really).

    "All the while in denial, it's to late for me to change.

    Back to my point on the "dissociated relationship." The speaker is in denial about the death (i.e. enraged) and he wants to so he can patch up his relationship, but feels it's too late.

    "And you we're unchained, nothing more has changed. I could fake it."

    This could relate to their relationship. That even after all these years, they finally communicate, and nothing about it has changed. He thinks to himself that maybe he should put on a façade to "bury the hatchet," so to say.

    "If you still hate me, confiscate me."

    Another blatant line in this song. The speaker says that if the person still hates him, that he should be taken away or "confiscated".

    "I won't play. Go away. Save it I'm okay."

    This is simply stating that the speaker has had enough of these games, and won't play it anymore, and wants the person to just die and go away.

    Now, I could just be speaking out of my ass, but this is what I think the songs about. Now, it just occurred to me that the chorus could be the dying person speaking, but meh, that's for another time ;).
    TheOutshinedon June 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHm, is it me or does this kind of sound like Dirty Magic, not with the cord structure, just with how the song feels and comes out.
    ihoodzon May 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have to say that this is one of the best offspring songs, i dont know why more people dont like this song.
    turalyinon September 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis songs' music is awesome. I love this song
    snafu287on March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis songs' music is awesome. I love this song
    snafu287on March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favourite song. Love the into bit. Not sure what it means though. It doesn't seem very popular though not sure why because its one of the best of that albulm. It's got a really good sound to it. It reminds me when my grandad was dying of cancer and all this family that we hadn't seen was gathering round him waiting for him to die only cincrned for him because they though they could get some money. That idea doesn't fit in with the rest of the song though.
    Evilsheepon April 11, 2004   Link

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