"My Sundown" as written by and James Christopher/burch Adkins....
I see it around me
I see it in everything
I could be so much more than this

I said my goodbyes
This is my sundown
I'm going to be so much more than this

With one hand high
You'll show them your progress
You'll take your time
But no one cares
No one cares
No one cares

I need you to show the way from crazy
I want to be so much more than this

With one hand high
You'll show them your progress
You'll take your time
But no one cares

With one hand high
You'll show them your progress
You'll take your time
But no one cares
No one cares
No one cares

No one cares
I could be so much more than this
No one cares
I want to be so much more than this

No one cares
I could be so much more than this
No one cares
I want to be so much more than this

No one cares
I want to be so much more than this
No one cares
I want to be so much more than this

Good good bye
Lovely time
Good good bye
Tinsel shine

Good good bye
I'll be fine
Good good bye
Good good night


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"My Sundown" as written by Richard E Burch James Christopher Adkins

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  • +2
    General CommentAs soon as really good bands get playtime, everyone calls them sellouts. As long as any band continues to make music that touches the fans, I don't care what they're called... they're good.

    Bleed American is just a great album because it can be soothing like here, or energizing, and all between.
    Farloxon August 15, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHow can you call a band that completely recorded this album on its own budget THEN tried to pitch it to the labels, how can you call them sellouts? It's the total opposite; if anything they're buyouts ;)
    Vozzyon August 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"I see it around me I see it in everything, I could be so much more than this" - he is unhappy with himself and when he looks at the rest of the world he sees everything he could be achieving and how happy he could be.

    "Said my goodbyes, this is my sundown, I'm going to be so much more than this" - this is the turning point where he decides he is going to change. In this case I believe it is alcoholism (a factor in a number of JEW songs), and he is saying goodbye to the drink. The sun is going down on his last day as an addict. He's positive.

    "I need you to show me the way from crazy, I want to be so much more than this" - despite his positivity, he needs help to do be everything he wants to be. He looks for support in other people.

    "With one hand high you'll show them your progress,
    you'll take your time but no one cares" - he is at an AA meeting and raises his hand to admit he has a problem. He takes as long as he needs to talk, and no one cares about how long he is taking, because it is part of his recovery. He can talk as long as he wants about it.

    "No one cares (I could be so much more than this)" - no one cares about how long the process is taking, as they have taken the first step. The different voices singing 'I could be so much more than this' show that he is not the only person wanting to change.

    "Lovely time, tinsel shine, goodbye, I'll be fine. Good good bye, good good night" - either a sarcastic goodbye to the alcohol he is now nolonger dependant on, or a sincere goodbye to those who he has just been sharing his problems with. He knows he'll be fine.

    this is my song. i could be so much more than this...
    xpankfrisston September 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI noticed that no one really has a negative view of this song, so I thought that I would add one. Not that it matters, I don't know why I'm wasting your time by typing this and making your web browser take a bit longer to load this page because of it.....such a waste I suppose....

    "I see it around me, I see it in everything
    I could be so much more than this"
    You look around and realize that you could be so much more than what everything around you is, but this thought is in a sort of dissapoitment because you know that you can't be more until you have the thing that would allow you to be so. For me, this thing is love as silly as that may sound to some....

    "Said my goodbyes, this is my sundown
    I'm going to be so much more than this"
    For me, this is leaving everyone I ever knew before behind as I head off to college. I plan on cutting all of my contacts off for their own good, and I don't really have any friends so that will be no problem. The only people I'm really saying goodbye to is my parents because I'm planning by now not to talk to them very much again so that I can finally be fully alone. I hope that college will make me feel something more, be something a bit greater than this....but when I say "I'm going to be so much more" I'm not really thinking this. I'm actually being a bit gloomy about the future because I'm "agreeing" with what my parents taught me about college making me feel better about myself and everything with the feeling in my heart that it wont do anything of the sort. In essence it's leaving everyone you know to become something you could have never become with them, with the weight in your mind that it's in desperation and that it wont really work despite your fake optimism.

    "I need you to show me the way from crazy
    I want to be so much more than this"
    When I was in public schooling, and even sometimes by myself or in front of others in other locations, I would truly go insane due to everything being too much....so that in a way is how I relate to that. But the lyrics aren't just referring to that kind of crazy in my eyes, it seems that it means crazy in the strange way you act, the crazy way things around you work, etc. Basically how messed up everything is. You need someone to show you something other than this "craziness" that you've known, something better. And finally, it's admitted that you only want to be more than this....and though you are trying, you feel that it'll be only a wish that's buried deep inside you in the end.

    "With one hand high, you'll show them your progress
    You'll take your time, but no one cares"
    In my case, this is me finally in college. I would by now be working on several solo musical projects and would be doing many computer based programming and designing projects. I would work maticulously and patiently, taking my time; then I would show people my work in hopes of someone being impressed or proud of all of my labor but no one would care. They'll see how far I've come from where I was, but it would not matter to a single person. So, I slowly slide into a deeper inner depression while I hide inside myself more and more.
    It essentialy means that in your attempts to become something greater, you work slowly but surely and show everyone what you have done so far....and you are dismayed to find that your fears come true when no one cares.

    "No one cares, I could be so much more than this
    No one cares, I wanna be so much more than this"
    This is me going into the state that I drown myself in work on friday nights and other times that I should be enjoying myself, but because I have no one to spend them with I weep away each project alone in my dorm. I keep reiterating to myself how none of this matters and it makes things even worse inside and because all alternative options are not appealing it just stays this way as I recount how I have failed myself and others.
    As for pure meaning, to me it is just, as I said, reiterating that you still want to be more....but no one cares, and thus it doesn't matter.

    "good goodbye
    lovely time
    good goodbye
    tinsel shine
    good goodbye
    I'll be fine
    good goodbye
    good goodnight"
    I cry when I sing this. To me it's how I'd watch the days go by that I should be having fun (lovely time) and saying goodbye to my thoughts of ever shining as a star (tinsel shine). My hopes and dreams of ever being important pass me by, and with a frown I hold back my tears and I do my daily tasks and continue my pitiful existence. I'd do volunteer work to help others, but from fear of messing that up and with realization that I wouldn't really be needed there since there are so many volunteer workers I just continue to work. When people ask how I am, I lie and say that I'll be fine....and as I slowly fade away, I say goodnight. Can you guess what comes next?
    In essential meaning, it is as I said before. It's watching the days of joy you wanted to have pass by, it's watching your hopes and dreams die, and it's watching you die as a whole....
    BBUCommanderon September 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me cry everytime i hear it. i think its about suicide especially the bit when he says "this is my sundown"
    tilly_the_kidon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really have no idea what im talking about...but to me this song is about a guy trying to make it. he is leaving and he is going to try and make something of himself. And the whole "no one cares thing" that throws me off. i think it is just about how people are sick of listening to him tell people how he is gonna be famous. OR it could be that his band is gonna go make it, but when they are famous people call them sellouts. which seems to be happening quite a lot, since people are now calling NFG and JEW sellouts...what is that!!?!?!
    StupedRockerGirlon August 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthonestly..im a jackass..but i love jimmy..so im gonna take a stab at this song..i think its about said life in general, and everyone wants to go out and do somethin and come back to where they had there humble beginings and be like "look u fuckers i made it"..hence "with one had high,ull show them ur progress"..no matter how long it takes..do what u gotta to do what u want..and no one will care..just remember..u can be soooo much more than this
    theweakerthanson August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow! xpankfrisst, you really nailed down this song. I sooo oooo oooo understand it now! thanks! kudos to you ; )
    punk_Rockprincesson September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is heartbreaking, but wonderful.
    BellaCaelaon March 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey! I absolutely LOVE this song! It's got the best tune and melody goin' on. Normally I don't like them but this song is amazing. My opinion is the guy/girl won't settle for less then the best, he wants to be more then everyone expects him to be, but no one cares.
    Michelle_23on March 22, 2003   Link

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