headlights and red eyes
a warm beer between your thighs
mess of pills hollywood hills
red lights, read me my rights

goin in a circle gettin tighter every turn
think youre getting better but youre never quite sure
say its all ahead of you
how far can you see
youre living on your knees

driver please find your feet
the lights green but you spaced the keys
youre goin fast but it wont last
youre all speed and no gas

goin in a circle never getting to the point
burning up the atmosphere my rocketship boy
you say theres a finish line
youre already beat
youre livin on your knees
my only son
you look so sad
but youre so young
you get so high
you're all alone rocketboy
come home

notebook, some notes you took
a big head, with a crooked hook
your best friend is you again
you cant win, but you wont give in

goin in a circle gettin lower every time
say it isnt hurting but i never see you smile
asking for the doctor and calling you a priest
youre livin on your knees rocketboy
you burn so bright
and i believe
you light so beautifully
when you get high
you're all alone rocketboy
come home

dad its me again, i hate to call
could you come down, theres been an accident
with you involved
yes sir, no sir
they say im worse

got home, cried alone
a video was surely shown
no one knows i came this close
to being me, but i lost us both

goin in a circle and its keepin you around
you've been here forever but youve never been found
you didn't want a witness and i didn't want to see
you're livin on your knees rocketboy
my only son you look so sad
but youre so young
you get so high
you're all alone rocketboy
come home


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    General CommentOf course there are always deeper meanings and personal stories behind all of Blake Schwarzenbach's songs, but this is how I see it.

    "headlights and red eyes
    a warm beer between your thighs
    mess of pills hollywood hills
    red lights, read me my rights"

    He's been drinking, doing drugs, and gets arrested while driving.

    "goin in a circle gettin tighter every turn
    think youre getting better but youre never quite sure
    say its all ahead of you
    how far can you see
    youre living on your knees"

    He keeps doing the same things. He's in denial that those things aren't helping him.

    "driver please find your feet
    the lights green but you spaced the keys
    youre goin fast but it wont last
    youre all speed and no gas"

    He has potential to do something with his life, but he's failing to do so. He's high on drugs all the time (possibly speed), and he knows his life is stalling because of it.

    "goin in a circle never getting to the point
    burning up the atmosphere my rocketship boy
    you say theres a finish line
    youre already beat
    youre livin on your knees
    my only son
    you look so sad
    but youre so young
    you get so high
    you're all alone rocketboy
    come home"

    The way he's living is destroying his life. Maybe he keeps saying to himself or others that he's going to quit, but he's already screwed up. He's on his knees (debilitated from drugs), so he can't see his future. He's still young in life, and he's very sad. He's a rocketboy cos he's "high" in space, where nobody else is. He's all alone.

    "notebook, some notes you took
    a big head, with a crooked hook
    your best friend is you again
    you cant win, but you wont give in"

    It's hard to tell what the first two lines are about, but I think maybe he found some old notes of his that he either wrote before the drugs started destroying him, or maybe notes he wrote to himself about how he has to quit. Maybe he's analyzing what he looks like in a mirror. He feels like he doesn't have any friends anymore, probably because he alienated himself, and he's the only one that can help himself. He thinks he can't make things better, but he's too stubborn to quit trying.

    "goin in a circle gettin lower every time
    say it isnt hurting but i never see you smile
    asking for the doctor and calling you a priest
    youre livin on your knees rocketboy
    you burn so bright
    and i believe
    you light so beautifully
    when you get high
    you're all alone rocketboy
    come home"

    His addiction keeps on making his life worse and worse. He keeps saying to himself that he's fine and not in pain, but he is. He's in such a bad way that he could die. He still has so much potential, and he burns bright in life. He could do so much with his life if he wanted to. He's unique and special.

    "dad its me again, i hate to call
    could you come down, theres been an accident
    with you involved
    yes sir, no sir
    they say im worse"

    This could be read in numerous ways (just like all of Blake's music, you'd need to hear the meaning straight from him, which in a way, would remove some of the magicalness of his songs.) He's gotten in some kind of accident and calls his father. I'm thinking that it's possible his Dad is actually dead, maybe from a car accident or drugs himself, and he's asking him to come down from Heaven. But that could just be my overactive imagination, heh. I think the questions his Dad is asking him are, "Are you on something? Are you safe and okay?" to which he replies, "Yes sir, no sir, they say I'm worse."

    "got home, cried alone
    a video was surely shown
    no one knows i came this close
    to being me, but i lost us both"

    When he got home, he cried. Maybe he was watching a home movie of when he was younger, or a video of him was shown to someone else? Or maybe a video was shown at somebody's funeral. I'm not sure. He had been really close to finding his way in life, but he lost the person he was then, and he's lost now.

    "goin in a circle and its keepin you around
    you've been here forever but youve never been found
    you didn't want a witness and i didn't want to see
    you're livin on your knees rocketboy
    my only son you look so sad
    but youre so young
    you get so high
    you're all alone rocketboy
    come home"

    I think he's either talking about drugs or himself. He didn't want to see what he was doing to himself. He wanted to be in denial of his addiction.

    No matter what way you see it, it's a very emotional song. I'll always love JTB, Jawbreaker, and anything else Mr. Schwarzenbach creates. And even though we've never met dear reader, I love you too, for we share the same taste in amazing, thought provoking, heart touching music.

    You're all alone rocketboy. Come home.
    WeAreAllLoston August 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song always makes me cry, i want to give Blake a big hug! I think its about never feeling the hes suceeding.
    Jennie232on March 12, 2003   Link
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    General Commentcorrections


    my only son
    **rocket boy, my only son**

    asking for the doctor and calling you a priest
    **asking for the doctor and i'm calling you a priest**

    you light so beautifully
    **you lie so beautifully**

    a video was surely shown
    **the video will sureley show**

    i didn't want to see you're livin on your knees
    **i didn't want to see you living on your knees**
    impossibledreameron April 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised so few have commented on this song... it's really something incredible to listen to. In my opinion I think that Blake wrote this song about himself. I know he's struggled through depression over the course of his live, and this song seems to refer to the use of drugs as a way to cope with that depression.
    Saint Longinuson May 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song and I think it kind of embodies all of perfecting lonliness. The cover of the album and the song kind of go together...at least in my mind. (my mom found the lyrics of it on my bed and thought I was suicidal...hmmm). I don't know if this is personal experience, or just a story Blake is trying to tell, as many of his songs are. Either was it's a beautifully sad song and ends the album perfectly. And since we haven't heard from JTB since their last August tour, and their website is gone (and hadn't been updated since march 2003),..perhaps it's the ending song of JTB altogether...though I really hope I'm wrong.
    SavestheWeezon June 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI do not believe that they are completely lost and gone! The website(s) going down is(are) a poor omen, but the one ray of light can be found in the fact that Blake was giddy over finding a replacement for Chris. I can't recall this article, but it did exist.
    Tom-oon November 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me a lot of "accident prone" by jawbreaker. blake's been quoted, describing that song as about "a winter full of accidents" or something like that (used to be on the blackball records site, can't find it now). the reference to an accident here may very well be the same accident mentioned in "accident prone" written so many years earlier. i know blake broke his leg, mainly through the allusion in the bad astronaut song "unlucky stuntman."

    as for the bulk of it, i think this song describes leaving home for the first time, and how drastically that changes your life. this could refer to blake's time at NYU, or maybe just time spent on the road with jawbreaker.

    either way, it's about coming down from a great height, whether that be the initial excitement of college, or the initial excitement of jawbreaker's success. eventually, things begin to change, and loneliness and depression take hold.

    gah, i can't even begin to explain how deep i think this song goes.
    spangledon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOkay, to sound completely songmeanings.net cliche, WHY DOESN'T THIS SONG HAVE MORE COMMENTS? I expected there to be at least 100, this song is amazing.

    When it starts, I think the kid is just talking about himself, and he knows he's going down the wrong path. He's done some bad things, and made mistakes, and even when he thinks he's doing something better, he isn't. I think it's saying that he thinks it doesn't matter at that moment because he has his whole life ahead of him, but then the narrator is saying that he can't see that far into the future, because he's living on his knees (which I think means he's only living life half, not to the fullest).

    Then , I think his dad is the narrator taking to him. He's telling him the happiness he thinks he has isn't really pure, and he's saying to just quit the foolishness and come back home, but the "rocket boy" doesn't want to hear it, and leaves instead of going home, and even though he knows he can't win, he's not going to give in to his father. Even though he resists him, his dad is still there for him and I think essentially he's saying "you're better than this, I know it."

    Annnnnnnnnd so, it's Rocket Boy again talking to his dad. I think it's really just like him realizing that he's wrong and he needs to fix everything, saying there was an accident. Perhaps an overdose? Or purely just the whole mess was an accident. So Rocket Boy decides to finally go home, realizing what a situation he was in. My favorite line is "I came this close to being me, but I lost us both" but I don't know what that means as far as the story goes. I guess it's maybe like he thought his life was who he was meant to be, so he chose all the wrong things and instead of thriving, he lost who he really was and he lost who cared for him most.

    Last verse, it's his dad talking to him again. Basically I believe he's saying that he's always been his son, but he's never been truly happy with himself as a person, and his dad realizes that he's sad. He's telling him that he's better than this, and he has his whole life to be what's "right."

    This is really long, but basically I think it's about a kid who fucked up and his dad welcomed him back home with open arms.
    xxmodernloveon January 02, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI'm pretty sure the lines about his dad are:

    Dad, it's me, again. I hate to call.
    Could you come down?
    There's been an accident.
    "Were you involved?"
    "Yes, sir, no. Sir, they say I was." Not worse.

    It makes more sense that way. He gets into an accident and is taken into custody (standard protocol for drunk driving, especially when there's been an accident. His dad asks if he was involved. "Yes, sir.". Are you hurt? "No sir." Were you intoxicated? "They say I was."

    It makes more since considering that the song seems to be about a spiral of addiction. He gets into an accident and calls his dad to pick him up from the police station. His dad asks
    kdr519on September 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOne of the few songs that has made me cry.
    103077on January 31, 2013   Link

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