"11am" as written by Brandon Charles Boyd, Michael Aaron Einziger, Alex Katunich, Jose Anthony Pasillas Ii and Christopher E Kilmore....
Seven a.m.,
The garbage truck beeps as it backs up
And I start my day thinking about what I've thrown away.
Could I push rewind?
The credits traverse signifying the end but I missed the best part.
Could we please go back to start?

Forgive my indecision
Then again, you're always first when no one's on your side.
But then again, a day will come when I want off that ride.

Eleven a.m.,
By now you would think that I would be up
But my bedsheets shade the heat of choices I've made.
And what did I find?
I never thought I could want someone so much
'Cause now you're not here and I'm knee deep in
That old fear.

Forgive my indecision... I am only a man
Then again, you're always first when no one's on your side.
But then again, a day will come when I want off that ride.

Twelve pm and my dusty telephone rings.
Heavy head up from my pillow, who could it be?
I hope it's you.


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"11 A.M." as written by Brandon Boyd Alex Katunich

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    General CommentI agree that this song is about the writer's regret at a past decision to end a relationship. Each verse is a poetic description of the misery caused by the "indecision" that put him in his depressed state of mind. At 7a.m. he is romantically reminiscing his relationship, which is something we all do, remembering the good times in a way that makes him regret his decision. At 11a.m. a familiar fear keeps him in bed shaded from the light that will illuminate his regretful actions. During every chorus he is trying to reassure himself that "you're always first when no one is one your side," which to me means that there's nobody to be conscious of in your daily life other than yourself when you do not have a significant other, which can be nice at times. All you have to do is worry about yourself. But at 12 the phone rings making him realize he still misses this person and that he no longer wants to "ride" alone.
    DizzyIzzyon September 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti absolutely love the first 3 lines of this song..it's very poetic as it alludes to the literal (throwing away trash) and metaphoric (throwing away what was of a relationship). however, i'd have to disagree with everyone in the part that the girl is the one leaving him. i think he is the one doing the leaving and coming back. it appears he's at that point again where he wants her back and he's contemplating "what have i done?!" as it is apparent in the lines "I never thought I could want someone so much, Cause now you're not here and I'm knee deep in that old fear ,Forgive my indecision ,I am only a man"...he's scared to be alone.
    PumpkinGurlon January 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLove the first three lines.I think this song is about a guy who was indecisive about a girl and decided to dump her but is now having second thoughts about his decision. "then again you're always first when no ones on your side" means that he values being single and only having to think about himself. In the last line he has decided that he "wants off that ride" I think that means he is done playing the field and wants to make it work with that girl.
    SFF900on September 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song aswell. What does the lyric mean "you're always first when no one's on your side" ? I am confused about that.I think maybe it means that she comes back 2 him when she has noone else? I agree with bug zapper about the meaning of the song.
    Ceridisbrayon January 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI like this song aswell. What does the lyric mean "you're always first when no one's on your side" ? I am confused about that.I think maybe it means that she comes back 2 him when she has noone else? I agree with bug zapper about the meaning of the song.
    Ceridisbrayon January 05, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"You're always first when no one's on your side."
    I'm thinking it means kind of what you said, Ceridisbray.
    You know, when you're in a relationship with someone and everything is *so* great and one day it just all ends cause your significant other has found someone new that they're completely taken by. Well, they dump you and go off with the other person, but then it doesn't work out with the other person...so they come back to you. So "you're first" because they have no one else to put first, but themselves. I dunno how to explain it. It makes sense in my head. *LOL* I think the line "the day has come and I want off that ride" means, it's happened before, and he won't take her back this time.
    ToolConfessionalon January 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i agree....dontcha just love this song? its very good huh...it makes sense in my head 2 i know what ur sayin!! But i think him saying that he wont take her back is not true...after all he wants her 2 call...isnt that just the way with relationships...its just hard 2 let go!
    Ceridisbrayon January 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with both of you although the meaning to ME of the he lyric "By now you would think that I would be up but my bedsheets shade the heated choices I made" Ok... so usually he's awake by then but this relationship really got to hm and he's a little depressed, doesn't wanna get out of bed and face reality. Something I can relate to... lol
    Conkeron January 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey guys, i just wanted to add my thoughts on this one, to put 2 and 2 together. this is how i see it. Its like this and and the gurl were goin out and then they broke up b/c she found someone new. then she goes back to the original guy when she is left alone, and this happens, alot. and when he says "Heavy head up from my pillow, who could it be? I hope it's you" hes saying, i hate getting stuck in this position, and i hat that you always leve me and come back, and i want to stop this, but i can't help myself...i love you. at least thats whta i think i dont know maybe im wrong.
    hoobagurl36on January 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think that the relationship has ended and he is "mourning" his loss. Then as the song progresses he realises that he was better off without her in the first place.
    Harry Manbackon February 07, 2002   Link

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