Mindless drifter on the road
Carry such an easy load
It's how you look, and how you feel
You must have a heart of steel

Why do I keep fuckin' up?

I can see you on a hill
Comatose but walking still
Curves beneath your flowing gown
Only I could bring you down

Why do I keep fuckin' up?

Dogs that lick and dogs that bite
Hounds that howl through the night
Broken leashes are all over the floor
Keys left hanging in a swinging door.

Why do I keep fuckin' up?


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    General CommentI think that if you listen to the live virson on year of the horse I think that you can get a good idea what this song is about
    inchainsfreakon April 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhy? All that happens is they get busted for shoplifting?

    I've never thought it was about shoplifting. Video clips don't always reflect the topic of songs.

    Verse 2 seems to be about how the main character has accidentally gotten someone pregant ("curves beneath her flowing gown": the bulge and lose clothing of pregancy). She thinks her life is ruined ("comatose but walking still"). The main character is amazed that only he could ruin her life.

    I'm not really sure what verse 3 is about. Maybe the main character didn't secure his dog properly and the leash broke and someone got bitten badly. Not too sure about they keys though.
    elwyn5150on January 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song was written when young had a fever of like 105 i think...i think parts of it are incoherent
    dcb4ron September 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgrandpa of Grunge, c'mon man.. Neil kicks ass & takes names.
    roeibooton November 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThese are the songs he wrote when he was sick were, "Down by the River" "Cinnamon Girl" and " Cowgirl in the Sand". This song was written to express what it is like to be a "Fuck up" in live. He depcits one as a mindless drifter who has no love or anyone who loves him. This final verse is just a scene that portreys a possible feeling of failure and self-loathing that the drifter feels. Neil often describes people who are helpless put themselves there with the assistance of drugs, especialy heroin. It's just what I think.
    ImNeilYoungon October 06, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's how you look, and how you feel
    You must have a heart of steel

    Can picture a disheveled drifter w/o a care in the world for anyone except his own survival, angry at the world, hence needing a heart of steel to not have any compassion for anyone or anything except himself.

    I can see you on a hill
    Comatose but walking still
    Curves beneath your flowing gown
    Only I could bring you down

    Getting someone hooked/addicted into drug use that led a clean life before, "curves beneath your flowing gown".

    Dogs that lick and dogs that bite
    Hounds that howl through the night

    Possible comparison to relationships with other women/people in the past?

    Broken leashes are all over the floor
    Keys left hanging in a swinging door.

    Never able, or not wanting to, keep a lasting relationship of any kind....."broken leashes", keys left behind never planning to return.
    HibernusMortison February 03, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningTo me, this is the white man talking to native Americans with remorse over his treatment of them:

    "Mindless drifter on the road
    Carry such an easy load
    It's how you look, and how you feel
    You must have a heart of steel
    Why do I keep fuckin' up?"

    First stanza, a vision of the native American with no where to get to, or searching for a new home now that the US government has forced him out. The "easy load" is no belongings or job, possibly just a bottle and little else. "You must have a heart of steel," would relate to one who has repeatedly been betrayed and mistreated.

    "I can see you on a hill
    Comatose but walking still
    Curves beneath your flowing gown
    Only I could bring you down
    Why do I keep fuckin' up?"

    On a hill overlooking futile times walks the native American in her flowing gown, comatose from a lack of purpose, bewildered by loss.

    "Dogs that lick and dogs that bite
    Hounds that howl through the night
    Broken leashes are all over the floor
    Keys left hanging in a swinging door.
    Why do I keep fuckin' up?"

    The dogs are the Indians, some that are "good injuns," some that fight back. Hounds through the night are the cries of them that we try to block out. Broken leashes, and keys left hanging in the swinging door, would refer to them being forced off their territory time after time, often with little notice. The white man had the chance to do right by them time after time, but still keeps fucking it up.
    bgogoon February 24, 2016   Link

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