Out Out Damn Spot John's conscience would return to him in time
John lived a lie, a lie that started out white and benign>

If you wanna know the truth about my life it's a mess it's a mess it's a mess it's a mess
If you wanna know the truth about my life I confess I confess I confess I confess
If you wanna know the truth about my life it's in disarray
I wish you met me earlier than today

John checked his hat, his coat, his mind, and somehow now the ticket stub he cannot find
John only dabbled, he babbled, and somewhat unraveled.
He never really looked me in the eye

If you wanna know the truth about my life it's a sham it's a sham it's a sham it's a sham
If you wanna know the truth about my life it's a sham it's a sham it's a sham
If you wanna know the truth about the truth it's a scam it's a scam it's scam it's a scam
I wish you met me earlier when I was outside and I was feeding the pigeons, they were flying around, it was really pretty outside
Where did my friends go?
It seemed some nights I had so many
Where did my ends go?
It seems I used to make them meet but now I'm so incomplete, when the snow turned to sleet

If you wanna know the truth about my life it's a mess it's a mess it's a mess it's a mess
If you wanna know the truth about my life it's a mess it's a mess it's a mess
If you wanna know the truth about my life I confess I confess I confess I confess
If you wanna know the truth about my life it's a sham it's a sham it's a sham
If you wanna know the truth about my life it's a scam it's a scam it's a scam it's a scam
If you wanna know the truth about my life it's a wreck it's a wreck it's a wreck
If you wanna know the truth about my life I'm in check I'm in check I'm in check I'm in check
Where did my friends go? Where did my friends go? Where did my friends go?


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    General CommentI'm thinking this song is just Anthony saying how confusing life can be. But the parts where he's like "i wish you met me earlier", I think it could be like he wishes someone came into his life at a bad time.
    Sarah!on January 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgain with the Rent relations, John might be named for Jonathan Larson. (I swear, I'll stop making these connections...) Anyhow, I agree with Sarah above me that Anthony is saying how crazy life can be. And it's a little like he's saying that he puts a facade on for the rest of the word, and that underneath the mask, he's just like John: Crazy, jumping from one thing to the next, ect.
    hooraytheweirdon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOk this might not make sesne to anyone, but the other day I had a ephiany while listening to this song. Ok how it starts out with John lived a lie, I think it's about this guy who puts on an act about what he really is. He's tired of be something he's not and that's where the "if you want to know the truth about my life it's a wreck, mess, sham, scam, and so on". And the "where did my friends go?" I inturpt that as being that when he tells the truth his "friends" don't want anything do with him since he's not who they thought he was.
    meggy_macon January 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcall me shallow and stupid, but i don't really think you need to read anything into this. i take it as a story about this guy, john, and that's just how it is. sometimes i feel like it begins as a story but by the end anthony's somehow singing about himself... but i could be crazy. it's a great song, though.
    Schreion February 10, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningthis is based on Macbeth...i dont know much about it, but there's a line in Macbeth where a woman is picking at blood on her hand saying "there's a spot on my hand...out, out, damn spot!" and yea..that's all i really know...
    sidewayspantson January 25, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationActually, after watching the music video (which is where I first heard the song), I'm pretty certain that this is about living in the closet. If you notice, he goes into the club and sees himself in glitter and lemay looking back at him.
    Gypsyofxanoson June 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentUmmm so I always wondered what this song meant soooo I asked Anthony....

    pinkmst@albinokid what in the world is Out Out Damn Spot about? It seems to have a hidden meaning thats totally over my head.....


    albinokid@pinkmst Out Out Damn Spot was written by my friend about a troubled guy who's always afraid to face himself.

    Make of that what you will.
    pinkmston June 25, 2009   Link

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