I know you
You were too short
You had bad skin
You couldn't talk to them very well
Words didn't seem to work
They lied when they came out of your mouth

You tried so hard to understand them
You wanted to be part of what was happening
You saw them having fun
And it seemed like such a mystery
Almost magic

Made you think that there was something wrong with you
You'd look in the mirror and try to find it
You thought that you were ugly
And that everyone was looking at you

So you learned to be invisible
To look down
To avoid conversation

The hours, days, weekends
Ah, the weekend nights alone
Where were you?
In the basement?
In the attic?
In your room?
Working some job - just to have something to do.
Just to have a place to put yourself
Just to have a way to get away from them
A chance to get away from the ones that made you feel
so strange and ill at ease inside yourself

Did you ever get invited to one of their parties?
You sat and wondered if you would go or not
For hours you imagined the scenarios that might transpire
They would laugh at you
If you would know what to do
If you'd have the right things on
If they would notice that you came from a different planet

Did you get all brave in your thoughts?
Like you going to be able to go in there and deal with it
and have a great time.
Did you think that you might be the life of the party?
That all these people were gonna talk to you and you
would find out that you were wrong?
That you had a lot of friends and you weren't so
strange after all?

Did you end up going?
Did they mess with you?
Did they single you out?
Did you find out that you were invited because they
thought you were so weird?

Yeah, I think I know you
You spent a lot of time full of hate
A hate that was pure sunshine
A hate that saw for miles
A hate that kept you up at night
A hate that filled your every waking moment
A hate that carried you for a long time

Yes, I think I know you
You couldn't figure out what they saw in the way they lived

Home was not home
Your room was home
A corner was home
The place they weren't, that was home

I know you

You're sensitive and you hide it because you fear
getting stepped on one more time
It seems that when you show a part of yourself that is
the least bit vulnerable someone takes advantage of you
One of them steps on you

They mistake kindliness for weakness
But you know the difference
You've been the brunt of their weakness for years
And strength is something you know a bit about because
you had to be strong to keep yourself alive

You know yourself very well now
And you don't trust people
You know them too well

You try to find that special person
Someone you can be with
Someone you can touch
Someone you can talk to
Someone you don't feel so strange around
And you find that they don't really exist
You feel closer to people on movie screens

Yeah, I think I know you
You spend a lot of time daydreaming
And people have made comment to that effect
Telling you that you're self involved, and self centred

But they don't know, do they?
About the long night shifts alone
About the years of keeping yourself company
All the nights you wrapped your arms around yourself
so you could imagine someone holding you
The hours of indecision, self doubt
The intense depression
The blinding hate
The rage that made you stagger
The devastation of rejection

Well, maybe they do know
But if they do, they sure do a good job of hiding it
It astounds you how they can be so smooth
How they seem to pass through life as if life itself
was some divine gift
And it infuriates you to watch yourself with your
apparent skill at finding every way possible to screw it up

For you life is a long trip
Terrifying and wonderful
Birds sing to you at night
The rain and the sun the changing seasons are true friends
Solitude is a hard won ally, faithful and patient

Yeah, I think I know you


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  • +1
    General CommentSocial anxiety.
    vintagerocketon January 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first time I heard this - I cried. Haha and I never cry over stuff like this. Henry Rollins is just so powerful with words and thought provoction. (sp?)

    I agree in it being about social anxiety. About the feelings everyone experiences at one point.
    Daxyon July 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHenry Rollins is a very smart guy, and he keeps it real. He tells it like it is. and he tells the truth. If you like this, check out his books!
    dblbassmikeon September 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentunbelievable
    seredaon July 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn, the man has a way with words
    kmk_natashaon September 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnevery heard this song, but the lyrics are awesome. what he did with Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel and tool was good too.
    zeddiciouson March 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not a song. Its spoken with no music. Still very effective.
    XarsonXon September 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can relate to this song abit. its very intense.
    cherita chen*on January 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like how it was put to Nine Inch Nails' "A Warm Place."

    It's so fitting and relaxing.
    The story telling of someone we've watched ourselves. Someone we wanted to be there for. Maybe someone we've ridiculed behind their backs.
    Maybe, just maybe, the narrator is describing what we are; what everyone feels at one point in their lives.

    But that's just me.
    flayon March 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI 100% agree with flay about the NIN music played along with it. It really isn't a song, and even with the background music- I still wouldn't call it a song. It's free verse.. But beautiful with or without the music, perfectly spoken.
    numbon June 19, 2007   Link

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