You dont throw your life away
Going Inside
You get to know who's watching you
And who besides you resides
In your body
Where you're slow
Where you go doesn't matter
Cuz there will come a time
When time goes out the window
And you'll learn to drive out of focus
I'm you and if anything unfolds
It's supposed to

You dont throw your time away sitting still
I'm in a chain of memories
It's my will
And I had to consult some figures of my past
And I know someone after me
Will go right back
I'm not telling a view
I've got this night to unglue
I moved this fight away
By doing things there's no reason to do


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    General Comment"You don't throw your life away
    Going Inside
    You get to know who's watching you
    And who besides you resides
    In your body
    Where you're slow"

    this song is definitely about getting away from the world.. When times are tough, people tend to "go inside" themselves to find comfort. A lot of times this is viewed negatively, as if it means the person is anti-social, an outcast, a recluse, or what have you.

    However; John seems to be preaching how this shouldn't be seen as such.. And how the process of "going inside" when times are rough can actually benefit you; in the sense that, at no other time would you necessarily find out what you're REALLY made of..

    "Where you go doesn't matter
    Cuz there will come a time
    When time goes out the window
    And you'll learn to drive out of focus
    I'm you and if anything unfolds
    It's supposed to"

    Here I think John is trying to say that when a person is on their death bed ("when time goes out the window"), all that really matters is knowing who you are; and what you ultimately think of your life. And basically that you shouldn't base your life's accomplishments on what you COULD or SHOULD have done.. but to look at your life relative to yours only and not hopes or dreams or expectations put on you by others.

    "You don't throw your time away sitting still
    I'm in a chain of memories
    It's my will
    And I had to consult some figures of my past
    And I know someone after me
    Will go right back
    I'm not telling a view
    I've got this night to unglue
    I moved this fight away
    By doing things there's no reason to do"

    Here I believe John is making amends with not living up to his full potential ("you don't throw your time away standing still"). But through it all, finding joy in the potential he did reach; seeing his accomplishments for what they meant to him.

    This could definitely be about something completely different too.. But that's the beauty of Frusciante's work.. so abstract, so cryptic.. It's a lot of fun to try and decipher his music. John is extremely underrated as a lyricist and a singer.
    oakleys09on May 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about him experiencing higher dimensions/beings from "going inside", he understands the idea of eternity/timelessness, and there will be a time when "time" will no longer be a boundary. "Figures of my past" refers to his spiritual experiences with voices in his head and spirits that influenced him greatly. Heroin is likely the gateway to the spiritual realm for him. One must realize inorder to seek higher dimensions, one must look inside rather than out. He knows all these "escapes" from reality and philosophical ideas won't get him anywhere in this life, but at the same time he sees lightly in this life, the importance of "driving out of focus" as the key to eternity while resisting to focus solely on earthly experiences.
    geoff1121on January 25, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about him experiencing higher dimensions/beings from "going inside", he understands the idea of eternity/timelessness, and there will be a time when "time" will no longer be a boundary. "Figures of my past" refers to his spiritual experiences with voices in his head and spirits that influenced him greatly. Heroin is likely the gateway to the spiritual realm for him. One must realize inorder to seek higher dimensions, one must look inside rather than out. He knows all these "escapes" from reality and philosophical ideas won't get him anywhere in this life, but at the same time he sees lightly in this life, the importance of "driving out of focus" as the key to eternity while resisting to focus solely on earthly experiences.
    geoff1121on January 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a really good song.. John is so underrated! he needs some more credit for being a guitarist and a singer.
    UseYourIllusionon July 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJohn is fucking awesome on this song. I love how it was recorded, and I love the guitar, and I love this song! John IS Indie rock!
    Emo_Guitaron August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with you, guys but, any idea what this song means at all?
    PiKueloon August 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentany one who sees this should check out the movie waking life, cuz this song fits it perfectly... awesome song!
    canada ruleson August 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti totally agree with canada rules, watch the movie and then listen to the song. the go hand in hand i ya know what i mean. it really gives you something to think about. this is one of the most incredible songs i've ever heard.
    punkrockmayaprincesson September 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti would say that this is john frusciante explaning why he became a heroin adict(going inside) or about being a herion adict or both.
    thats my guess
    smitchlovesfunkon September 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a cool song with a great video.john is totally underrated i agree
    peppermanon March 09, 2003   Link

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