"Losing a Whole Year" as written by and Arion Salazar Kevin Cadogan....
Losing a whole year
I remember you and me used to spend the whole goddamned day in bed
Losing a whole year
Lying in your room we'd lay like dogs
The phone would ring like a joke that's left unsaid
Rich daddy left you with a parachute
Your voice sounds like money and your face is cute
But your daddy left you with no love
You touch everything with a velvet glove and
Now you want to try a life of sin
You want to be down with the down and in
Always copping my truths
I kind of get the feeling like I'm being used
And now I realize you never heard
One goddamned word I ever said
Losing a whole year
Took your stuff and put it in the basement
When I found out what the smile on your face meant
I've seen you pop that check
Craning your neck at my car wreck
It always seems the juice used to flow
In the car, in the kitchen you were good to go
Now we're stuck with the tube
A sink full of dishes and some aqualube
I remember you and me used to spend the whole gotdamn day in bed
Losing a whole year
And if it's not the defense then you're on the attack
When you start talking I hear the Prozac
Convinced you've found your place
With the pierced queer teens in Cyberspace
When you were yourself it tasted sweet
But it sours into a routine deceit
Well this drama is a bore
And I don't want to play no more
I remember you and me used to spend the whole gotdamn day in bed


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"Losing a Whole Year" as written by Stephan Jenkins Kevin Cadogan

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  • +5
    Song Meaningsuch an emotional song video's pretty cool too.

    Its about how he was with this one girl for so long and things seemed so great; he was oblivious and so wrapped around her that things would be going on around him and he wouldnt care.

    when they broke up he finally realized how she used him for money, sex, etc, was never actually ever there for him, and he lost an entire year wasting it on this girl.

    and all those things he thought were cute and mysterious about that girl, he now realizes were just hiding the truth. she always hid things and would be quick to defend herself and kept her secret buried.
    it was fine in the beginning but after time and time of drama he's sick of it and is just done.
    nicnic3on May 23, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSo, yeah, this song isn't about the Great Gatsby. I don't really see Daisy finding her place "with the pierced queer teens in cyberspace." Whether the book was an inspiration for some of the lines, who knows, maybe. This song is about a rich trust-fund ("parachute") girl who's had a sheltered life and is rebelling. "Now you want to try a life of sin/you want to be down with the down and in." The "copping my truths" thing could be that she had adopted his outlook and is trying to join his scene while it is fun and convenient for her, but he realizes later she was just using him to piss of her Daddy. He is thinking about how great it was in the beginning, how much amazing sex they had and what a strong connection he'd thought they shared. He now realizes it was all fake, "And now I realize that you never heard/One goddamned word I ever said." He feels like he wasted the whole year they were together. The last part makes me think maybe she hasn't totally let go of the relationship and is still screwing with his head, and he has decided that he is done with her and all her drama "I don't want to play no more."
    JAM4321on February 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe instrumental breaks in 11/8 (alternating bars of 5 and 6) are REALLY cool. Third Eye Blind are such a great band-- on the surface they're catchy '90s alternative, but on the next level they've got some of the best lyrics i've ever seen, some of the most talented musicians i've ever heard, and some of the coolest musical concepts you could possibly work into the genre.
    ashowofhandson July 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI watched a documentary on Third Eye Blind.

    The singer said the song was about a boy and girl who were together. They started out in love, but she never knew what real love was, because she hadn't grew up with love. Her dad bought her, "love". So, she starts a life with this boy, and they break up within a year, because she changes. She's not the sweet girl he once knew. She starts hanging around other people, and taking meds, but they used to spend their time together.
    The singer specifically states (in the interview, part of the documentary) that the part in the song that says, "I Took your stuff and put it in the basement ,When I found out what the smile on your face meant, I've seen you pop that check , Craning your neck at my car wreck" means that he put her stuff away, because she was never there, and she got the check from her father, so she smiles cause now that she has money, she's leaving again, and says the "car wreck" he is referring to is their break-up. Because he lost her, she doesn't love him anymore.
    LaceFace3on July 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone else noticed the allusions to The Great Gatsby? This song reminds me of the relationship between Nic Carraway and Jordan Baker.
    uknowthe1on May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNow that u mentiooned the Great Gatsby...i see it - but it reminds me more of Gatsby and Daisy...in the book Gatsby also makes a reference to Nick saying"her voice sounds like money" about Daisy...

    When they talk about a life of sin - remember Daisy hits Myrtle with the car? And runs off...
    theres a lot of references about Gatsby in this ....gtg tho later!
    rocketqueenzon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, that's amazing! The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, and i'm so glad that you found that allusion, because now i love t3b even more!
    TusseyTheTerribleon June 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah, rocketqueenz, i think i got the relationships confused... but then i also see nick as the narrator, kind of naive yet tired w/ the whole glamourus lifestyle. hmm, maybe this only makes sense to me. I don't think Gatsby ever got tired of chasing after Daisy. IT'S A MIX OF ALL OF THEM! wow, 3eb, wow.
    uknowthe1on June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah ur rite uknowthe1....this song is so f'n good! i luv 3eb so much,...next year i wanna show this song to my teacher who i read great gatsby with n see what he says about it
    rocketqueenzon July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI haven't read the Great Gatsby or whatever, so I dunno about THAT meaning. But I think it's about this couple who don't have sex anymore and they've wasted a whole year.

    "it always seems the juices used to flow in the car, in the kitchen, you were good to go but now we're stuck with the tube"

    'Tube' I think, referring to a dildo.
    stephan_jenkinson September 29, 2002   Link

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