"A Thousand Days" as written by and Bryan Holland....
Ask me no questions and I'll tell you
I'll tell you no lies
When all is said and done
Does it really matter who's wrong or right
Don't ask me for a reason, I can't explain
Why we hurt one another again and again
As I lie bleeding here I still
I still reach for you

A thousand days
Have passed away
A thousand days
Were captured in her eyes

Your eyes are open now but you know
It's still hard to see inside
When action and intention
Are two separate things
Now I somehow wish I could explain
Why we hurt each other again and again
Like someone on his dying breath
I still reach for you

A thousand days
Have passed away
A thousand days
Were captured in her eyes

Forever we've been
Trapped by our hearts
Trapped by our minds
I'd like to leave
I'd like to win at love

But I just can't let it go
And I just can't watch it slipping away
And I just can't let it go
And I just can't stand another minute

Maybe now someday our shattered live
Will mend themselves again
But now a million miles away
I still wish I could
And though I somehow know, I can't explain
Why we hurt one another again and again
Like someone on his dying breath
I still reach for you


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"A Thousand Days" as written by Bryan Holland

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    General Commenti love the offspring!!
    AllimLoosingisMeon June 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think its just sort of an anti war sort of message, and as the war is still being fought, the people are still suffering, eg. 'on his dying breath' or 'lie bleeding here'
    Spandoon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General Commentah, the good ole days when the offspring weren't pop...you gotta love it
    prepgonepunkon July 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhat? Smash was their most well-received (popular) album, but you wouldn't call that pop, would you? The Offspring are not pop.

    Anyways,I don't see what it has to do with war. I think it is about a past love who he is no longer with, and a thousand days have passed since they were together.
    KillboyPowerheadon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBecause an album has commercial success doesn't mean it's pop music. In this day and age, there's a very not-so-fine line between an album being popular and being pop music.

    This song has definite anti-war overtones (as do several songs on The Offspring's self-titled album) but it goes further than that. It's questioning why leaders feel the need to let pride get in the way of rational judgement sparking conflicts that don't need to be started. The part that seems to hint at it being about love in a traditional sense represents love and peace in the world and our inability to reach it.

    A very good song
    nightwolf923on July 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentInteresting, I didn't think of this as an anti-war song. I just took it as about a relationship. I see what you mean now you mention it tho. The singer wants to win at love rather than win at war. And people on either side of the conflicts, even though they fight each other, still try to reach out to each other. Nice interpretation.
    Replace the Uniton September 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought that this song was about a bad relationship, although I do like the war interpretations above too. Basically the relationship is causing both people pain and they keep hurting one another, but they keep reaching for one another and going through it all again, although they don't know why. It seems to have been going on for a thousand days (i.e. a really long time!). He says that he wants to leave and win at love (in other words find a happier relationship) but just can't let the relationship go. I think that when he says 'action and intention are two separate things' he means that each time they reach for one another again they intend things to be different but they never are. It's a vicious, never-ending circle.
    REB_809on January 20, 2009   Link

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