I don't think I am what I was before
Cause I never watched anyone die before
I wish I'd never left home
I wish I'd left it alone
Temptation is a disease
Cause you never do as you please
Your body takes over and your mind don't care
Never think twice what might happen out there

Screamin

Go straight in for the ultimate sin
Nobody else ever seems to care
So I took what I thought was mine
And waited for a very long time
And I thought I knew what happened to you
You told me exactly what to do
So I did it right, stayed up all night
Felt like killing myself for you

I don't think I think like I did before
I never watched anyone die before
I felt like I died as well
The look, the words, the smell
The way you looked at me
As if I'd never been free
I remember the words like a favorite song
Cause I forget the way things went wrong
Faked a picture of perfect health
I realised I was killing myself

I don't think I am what I was before
I never watched anyone die before
I dream in slow motion and I wake up screaming

Screamin


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    General CommentThis is such an amazingly ausome song, can hardly believe no-one's comented on it yet. I'm actually not shure if this song was on any of the albums, i got it on the first it giveth single. the song starts out pretty slow and sinister and carrys on like that untill you get to "screaming" where it does a superb build up into the fast tempo'd crazy rock we all love and expect from QOTSA (atleast while nick was still there).

    as for the meaning, to me it's about taking a strong psycadelic drug for the 1st time and having a "bad trip". The strange slow tempo'd start represents having just taken the drug, waiting for something to hapen and starting to feel the effects start up. The later part is a full blown tripping nightmare. I also think it's about geting heavily into drugs and experiencing someone overdosing.

    "I don't think I am what I was before
    Cause I never watched anyone die before"

    i feel like this stuff has killed the old me. seeing someone overdose has changed me.

    "I wish I'd never left home
    I wish I'd left it alone"

    I'm not comfortable with this new perspective of reality, i want the old me back. I wish i'd never touched drugs

    "Temptation is a disease
    Cause you never do as you please
    Your body takes over and your mind don't care
    Never think twice what might happen out there"

    my primitive want of pleasure was strong and my logical reasoning mind should have steped in to stop me but it didn't.Instead it was pasive and is now full of regret.

    "Screamin"

    This bit is whispered as the tempo builds/drug fully kicks in.

    "Go straight in for the ultimate sin
    Nobody else ever seems to care"

    i went right in and broke the law and the morals that society has drumed into me (ie don't do drugs), but no-one seemed to care.

    "So I took what I thought was mine
    And waited for a very long time"

    I took a substance i thaught i had evry rite to play with, and it took ages to take effect.

    "And I thought I knew what happened to you
    You told me exactly what to do
    So I did it right, stayed up all night
    Felt like killing myself for you"

    I've seen you (who ever gave it to him) take this stuff/live this life and i thaught i knew what the effects would be like. You taught me how to prepare and take it/how to live like this and i folowed your directions to a tee, But this is horible! i contemplated suicide to escape it.

    "I don't think I think like I did before"

    This has changed my life and perspective on everything. I'm shure these drugs have altered my thaught patterns

    "I never watched anyone die before
    I felt like I died as well"

    seeing that person overdose has traumatised me heavily.

    "The look, the words, the smell
    The way you looked at me
    As if I'd never been free
    I remember the words like a favorite song"

    those final moments before the overdose are going over and over in my head and i remember everything.

    "Cause I forget the way things went wrong
    Faked a picture of perfect health
    I realised I was killing myself"

    when did this change from a bit of carefree experimentation/casual use to the centre of my life? this is killing my body and i've been denieing it for a long time.

    "I don't think I am what I was before
    I never watched anyone die before
    I dream in slow motion and I wake up screaming"

    i've become another person. The trauma of death is plauging me in my sleep. the same moments played over and over
    Jebus_Christon February 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts on Stone Age Complications, its a cover isn't it?
    WestkAdaon May 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo the cover gets some tosser writing a full essay on his interpretation of the song but the original Subhumans version gets nuffin'... so fkn typical in this day and age.
    Tricky1979on April 28, 2013   Link

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