"Gotta Get Away" as written by and Henry Kapono Kaaihue....
I'm getting edgy all the time
There's someone around just a step behind
It's kinda scary, the shape I'm in
The walls are shakin' and they're closing in

Too fast or a bit slow
I'm paranoid of people and it's starting to show
There's one guy that I can't shake
Over my shoulder is a big mistake

Sitting on the bed
Or lying wide awake
There's demons in my head
And it's no more than I can take

I think it's kinda weak
Saying all I know is
I gotta get away from me
I tell you something just ain't right

My head is on loose but my shoes are tight
Avoiding my friends cause they all bug
Life is like a riddle and I'm really stumped
If you reason, don't you know

Your own preoccupation is where you'll go
I think I'm being followed, I look around
It's only my shadow creepin' on the ground

Lyrics submitted by spitfirek7, edited by bkn, Igetspamed

"Gotta Get Away [DVD]" as written by Henry Kapono Kaaihue

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    General CommentI always thought it was about paranoia.
    BD007hon May 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentno, no, i gotta get away from ME
    nirvknot210on September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis has got to be my favourite Offspring song ever. The meaning isn't too hard to see ,and when you're feelin low its great to sing along to.They need to write more of these.
    Alcoholicpandaon September 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentive always had the impression that he was stoned...
    Wryneckon September 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I thought it was drug related as well....
    worthdyingforon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou don´t need drugs to feel like the song. You just need to open your eyes and see the world and yourself in it.
    Oiramon April 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentLife is a riddle and I'm really stumped

    i always thought where it said STUMPED it should say STONED but idk if that makes sense.

    i would say the paranoia works out fine.. and makes more sense to me. or just that he can't be happy with the person he is. either way, its a GREAT song.. nice to blast and sing along too.. and i can definitely relate to it however you look at it.
    radiostaron April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's literally about paranoia. It's really about being stoned. So, you're both right.
    slagoniaon May 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti would say it's about how fucked up you're mind feels when you're stoned. he doesnt wanna feel like that anymore and wants to get away. too bad this song skips on my CD, since i dropped it. it's the 2nd the best 1 on smash. (at least i can still watch the video on launch).
    epp88on May 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song's literal meaning is about paranoia and hating yourself. the implyed meaning is about how fucked up your mind is on drugs. you gotta love the bass line and drums in the intro
    You_Tell_Emon September 29, 2004   Link

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