"The Twistinside" as written by Art Alexakis, Ralph Scott Cuthbert and Craig Montoya....
We have been sleeping with the lights on
Just about every night
Because we are afraid of what the dark might bring
I know, I know it's just a childish fear
That grows and grows wild in the middle of me

I'm gonna get a new tattoo
Black and stretching around my arm
Like a life that is visible and real
I know, I know it's stupid and immature
I just want to give shape to the face
That twists inside both you and me

Breathing fire, doesn't look good on a resume
Neither does anything else we do
We got to get ready for the real world
Yeah yeah we got to grow up

You know I like to die for awhile
Everyday in the afternoon
I like to let the arms of a bar
Wrap around me tight
I'm just going to sprawl in the front booth
Big drink above my head
Cross eyed and smiling as I watch the world
Go twisting by

I don't want to die with you
Or live in the same dark room
I don't want to see your bloodshot eyes no more, no more
I just want to take this girl, all curls and big brown eyes
Man I can't take the pain of wanting her, needing her

I know the secret of your soul
And I just don't want to know
Yeah, man we got to grow up


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"The Twistinside" as written by Craig Montoya Art Alexakis

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    General Commentthis song is about loving someone and doing drugs with them. It's a one way ticket to hell when you share an addiction with a lover and if one person wants to straighten up you gotta leave the other down in the gutter "i dont wanna die with you" God, it hurts
    becfazon April 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment****please not that it's 2:20am****

    This was one of my favorite songs growing up. I remember listening to it on my first day of high school, and thinking how prolific the whole "yeah man, we gotta grow up" part was.

    Now, basically in my mid-twenties it represents something else entirely. Unbelievably.

    It seems to be about drowning in a relationship. Losing yourself, but not in the classic sense of the phrase. You've lost yourself. You've retrogressed, plateaued.

    And it's about the realization of saving yourself and what that will require--severing ties prematurely. Being the one to walk away. Accepting that if you don't end it, it will be the inevitable end of you.

    Can you tell what I'm dealing with...?
    massivetidalwaveon December 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe noone commented on this song...its one of my favorites. My favorite line is
    "I'm going to get a new tattoo black and stretching around my arm Like a life that is visable and real"
    Who hasn't felt like making their pain physical and real?
    mixpix45on August 28, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"You know I like to die for awhile, Everyday in the afternoon I like to let the arms of a bar Wrap around me tight."

    We all need some release in our days, especially when we feel like we aren't going anywhere. I used to do that too, it does help calm you down a bit. It can even be fun if you do it right.
    ChaosFluro24on September 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEverclear is amazing.

    that is all.
    *mLe*on September 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis has been my favorite everclear song for years. I love the lyrics, especially this one...

    "I don't want to die with you,
    Or live in the same dark room
    I don't want to see your
    bloodshot eyes no more, no more"

    I think he's talking about himself here... he's sick of the direction his life is going and is realizing that he needs to grow up.
    opus2200on November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE it. I like how it builds up, rockin' hard towards the end. I could basically put the whole song in quotes and say it's my favorite.
    twistinsidejon January 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentomg i love this song especially in the part when the sol/riff thingy comes in omg i love it (cant you tell?)but yeah everclear is described in one word:AWESOME! love ya guys!
    the_twistinsideon June 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOuch, ouch, ouch..
    ~on July 21, 2008   Link

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