"Do We Need This?" as written by and Matthew James Bellamy....
Too many young and too many old
Too many people left during the cold
You want everything to change
Cause you are afraid of losing

She only exists when she's on a string
He's only alive inside a machine
We want everything to change
Cause we are afraid of losing

Tell me do you really need this
Tell me do you really care
Tell me do you really need this
Tell me do you really careI don't think you really need this
I don't think you really care
I don't think you really need this
I don't think you really care

Too many young and too many old
To many people left in the cold
We want everything to change
Now I'm so afraid of losing
Yeah yeah yeah







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"Do We Need This?" as written by Matthew James Bellamy

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    General Commenttoo many distant
    she's on a screen

    Should be "she only exists when shes on a screen"...
    Buckoon December 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of my boyfriend who questions our relationship all the time, which makes me doubt his feelings.
    and to me, this song is about doubting feelings.
    howz_gon December 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how people are kept alive in hospitals on machines, and how sometimes its painful for these people to be kept alive, or they don't want to be kept alive, but other people are keeping them alive because THEY dont want to lose the ill person. I think its about how selfish people can be, and how people can put other people through misery for their benefit.

    Maybe Matt is talking about how we keep on developing our technology tod make them live longer, when maybe we should stop and think about whether we really need to do this, and maybe whether the person actually wants to be kept alive?
    forfeit_the_gameon September 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about an internet relationship (C'mon..."She only exists when she's on a screen, he's only alive inside a machine"?), and how easy it is to proclaim your love and necessity for the other person over the internet. The song is someone in the relationship questioning and doubting the authenticity of the other person's alleged feelings.
    ThatSpookyTallChickon June 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe live version of this song is amazing. Everything comes out perfect, I wonder if it has a video.
    coco7weweon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with 'forfeit the game'
    "afraid of losing" = keeping a dying loved one alive
    "too many young and too many old" refers to euthanasia and unhealthy babies.
    chackoon January 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnaa i think you are on the wrong path!
    "too many young
    and too many old
    too many people
    left you in the cold
    you want everyting to change"
    that is about people of a society, their fears, created due to news and stuff(like "new studies show that in 50 years there are too less workers(-> too many olds and too less youngs and so on)
    "too many people left you in the cold" is different to the lines above it, because it is about a personal disappointment. It means, "too many people disappointed you(either emotionally(once you loved broke up or something) or well like friends who didnt keep a promise).

    "you want everyting to change
    'cause you are afraid
    of losing "
    so the points above are leading to this part. Because they are afraid of losing their security(not in the way of being threatend but in a way of losing your job and stuff)

    "she only exists when shes on a screen"
    that could have 3 meanings.
    1) she isn't real in the physical way
    2) she is but needs all the attention
    3) she is but she is faking her personality

    "he's only alive
    inside a machine"

    hmmm hard one ;/ yeah mybe about pc/internet life, talking to someone over icq/msn whatever, but you have no "real" contact with him, or it is about machinisation

    "we want everyting
    to change
    'cause you are afraid
    of losing "

    same as above, but here it is "we"...that changes through out the song ^^

    "
    tell me, do you really need this?
    and tell me, do you really care?
    and tell me, do you really need this?
    and tell me, do you really care?
    I don't think you really need this
    I don't think you really care
    and I don't think you really need this
    and I don't think you really care "

    i think this is about consumtion, and the society which buys think they dont need, they dont care about if it is not there

    "too many young
    and too many old
    too many people
    left you in the cold
    you want everyting to change
    now I'm so afraid
    of losing"

    i think he is afraid of the way everyone wants the system to change, which he thinks is wrong...hmm
    yeah, it is about mhh a capitalistic society, kinda
    kingcoolson March 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe live version of this is pretty good, and bellamy makes minor changes to the lyrics all over -

    too many young and too many old
    too many people trapped you in your hold
    you want everyting to change
    'cause you are afraid
    of losing
    she only exists when she's on a screen
    he's only alive inside a machine
    we want everyting
    to change
    'cause we are afraid
    of losing
    tell me do you really need this?
    and tell me do you really care?
    tell me do you really need this?
    and tell me do you really care?
    i don't think you really need this
    i don't think you really care
    and i don't think you really need this
    and i don't think you really care
    too many young and too many old
    too many people left you in the cold
    we want everything to change
    now I'm so afraid of losing
    yeah yeah yeah

    i thinks that's how it goes
    dead_staron April 12, 2007   Link

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