"On Fire" as written by Dwayne Carter, Andre Lyon, Marcello Antonio Valenzano, Eddie Montilla and . Unknown Composer....
My opinion could change today,
but I'm responsible anyway
For second or third hand information
That complicates the complication
And I don't think before I speak
And I don't know how far my words reach
So wrong nearly every time,
that I'm sorry I speak my mind
If what I said was unkind

Now it feels like I'm on fire
It's burning the world through
But don't hold it against me,
‘cuz I know you're lying, too

Is there any need for apology?
There's no reason to believe me
Judgments born in my jealous mind,
creeping inside outside
Connections I've made never follow through
And sooner or later disappoint you
Or cross you twice when your back is turned, that's how I've learned
That someone has got to be burned

Now it feels like I'm on fire,
these words are not the truth
But don't hold it against me,
‘cuz I know you're lying, too

Feels like I'm on fire,
it's burning the world through
Don't let me fall without someone to hold on to
Someone to hold to, someone to hold on to


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"On Fire" as written by Louis Knox Barlow

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    General CommentA song about frustration. A guy who is so often misconstrued that he resigns himself to it.
    thenarratoron August 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti hate zach braff.

    but this song is good.

    if someone broke into my house and was going to kill one of the two and i had to choose which one, i'd pick "on fire" to live.
    ()on March 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"My opinion could change today, but I'm responsible anyway
    For second or third hand information
    That complicates the complication."

    Anything you say will be held against you forever, brought up in an arguments. Even if you didn't mean it. Or, it could be a tiny rumor that got out of hand and reaches the person it will hurt the most. Like if you say something about someone (and not really meaning it) in passing, not realizing this person is gonna spread it around.

    "And I don't think before I speak
    And I don't know how far my words reach."

    Exactly! People forget their words can be taken seriously, they just say stuff to anyone. Most of the time it's never in an effort to hurt someone...but it usually gets twisted around to make it seem like it is.

    "So wrong nearly every time, that I'm sorry I speak my mind
    If what I said was unkind."

    Same thing here. This guy is learning that he has to censor himself around certain people.

    "Now it feels like I'm on fire
    It's burning the world through."

    Feeling like everything, the "complication" was your fault. You were misunderstood but no one cares to hear you defend or explain yourself.

    "But don't hold it against me, 'cause I know you're lying too."

    I think this is basically saying that words are useless. Everybody's "lying" in some way because they never get the right message across. There will always be people who hear things the wrong way, misunderstand you, or don't get the underlying meaning...so he's pretty much saying communication sucks.

    "Is there any need for apology? There's no reason to believe me."

    Kind of the same as the last line. There's the question of if we need to apologize for what we say, even if it's what we truly felt in the moment. Should we apologize for our words, or take them back in retrospect or if our opinions/beliefs change? It's kind of the same concept as regretting our past actions. Should we regret them if it got us where we are today? And then...should you even believe what anyone says? What if somewhere down the road they change their opinions/beliefs? Does that mean what they said in the past is no longer true or valid?

    OMG I sound so high.

    "Judgments born in my jealous mind, creeping inside outside."

    Everybody judges whether or not we like to think otherwise. We can call ourselves open minded but the fact is, first impressions and stereotypes matter. Our inner ugliness will always find a way to "creep outside" in our daily comments, the way we poke fun at people with our friends, the way we have inner monologues within ourselves about how much we hate so-and-so...

    "Connections I've made never follow through
    And sooner or later disappoint you."

    I'm extremely, painfully shy. It's a lot easier to talk to people online than it is face to face. For this reason, I always end up starting friendships over facebook rather than in person. Most of my friends online are people I met but never talked to at my old school. When I moved, I finally felt comfortable enough to talk to them through chat because I didn't have to see them the next day. We'd talk about everything and anything. The thing is, sooner or later they end up wanting to hang out with you. I can't. I just can't. They don't understand that I'm the opposite of what I am online. You can calculate what you wanna say on the internet, there's no awkward silence, there's no eye contact. But they wanna hang, or they like me so much they wanna date. So I stop replying to their texts, chats, and messages. I disappear and disappoint them.

    "Or cross you twice when your back is turned, that's how I've learned
    That someone has got to be burned."

    Reject them before they reject you. Burn them before they burn you.

    "Now it feels like I'm on fire, these words are not the truth."

    I can never say what I fucking mean. Nothing comes out right. There's just no words to describe what it's like, the fact that I want a friendship/love, but I can't be enough for them right now. There's too much shit in my mind and it's overcrowded.

    "But don't hold it against me, 'cause I know you're lying, too
    Feels like I'm on fire, it's burning the world through
    Don't let me fall without someone to hold on to."

    Everybody must feel like this at some point right? Like you can't even describe who you are or what you want, just that you want someone to GET you? Nobody should have to live their life alone because of fear...everybody needs somebody I think. So that's what that last line means.

    I am so, so sorry to anyone who read through this crap. I'm an angsty 17 year old with nothing better to do at 5 o clock in the morning. Just discovered Sebadoh and fell in love! I'm sure when I graduate and get a job I'll have no time for this insignificant woe-is-me bullshit. Hopefully. ;)
    Aquarius121on June 16, 2011   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone know the scrubs episode "my nickname" (season 1 episode 10)? the scene with carla sitting in the bus and leaving j.d. in the rain and then this song fades in... wonderful
    Zach Braff is doin a great job.. watch "garden state" and listen to the soundtrack, you'll see what i mean
    HansMaulwurfon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy opinion could change today, but I’m responsible anyway
    For second or third hand information
    That complicates the complication
    And I don’t think before I speak
    And I don’t know how far my words reach
    So wrong nearly every time, that I’m sorry I speak my mind
    If what I said was unkind
    Now it feels like I’m on fire
    It’s burning the world through
    But don’t hold it against me, ‘cuz I know you’re lying, too
    Is there any need for apology? There’s no reason to believe me
    Judgments born in my jealous mind, creeping inside outside
    Connections I’ve made never follow through
    And sooner or later disappoint you
    Or cross you twice when your back is turned, that’s how I’ve learned
    That someone has got to be burned
    Now it feels like I’m on fire, these words are not the truth
    But don’t hold it against me, ‘cuz I know you’re lying, too
    Feels like I’m on fire, it’s burning the world through
    Don’t let me fall without someone to hold on to
    Someone to hold to, someone to hold on to

    He's a dick.-_- and he knows it and he'll never change for money nor love but he finds somebody he cares about and he's warning them what he's like..a kind of "hate to say i told you so" but he also knows they're not the nicest people!But he knows he'll hurt them..backstab them basically screw them around!
    a its a nice song...cause people are like that personly i know a few myself including me!
    BelleoftheBallon September 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can relate a lot to this. I think it's about saying the wrong things at the wrong times and making yourself give a bad impression when your intentions weren't really bad in the first place. It also seems to be that the character keeps trying to get on people's good side but fails to do so, eventually realizing you can't make everyone happy. Such a personal song.

    Favorite line:
    "Connections I've made never follow through,
    And sooner or later dissapoint you"
    PickleMcNuggeton November 03, 2015   Link

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