"Somewhere Down The Barrel" as written by Paul Francis Mcdermott and Daniel Johns....
Somewhere from the mortar
They saved you from far away labels
Eternity means nothing
But a sign on a bridge

When everyone's a stranger
They call for you by your first name
And laugh at jokes you once made
When you were a kid

Somewhere down the barrel
Lies a bullet that I can't keep
And in these waters I'm wading for a reason
After all, it's in my head
I'm not a slave to a desperate lust
And in these waters I'm waiting for a reason afterall?

Screaming limitations
Fall silent on new york corners
A terrorist's a prisoner, and a tourist a thief
When paintings seem like bargains
But they're nothing but wallpaper
I'm plagued by small town fascists
Like a rash on my skin

Somewhere down the barrel
Lies a bullet that I can't keep and
I've been searching for something more than distance
After all, it's in my head
I'm not a slave to an unborn trust
And in these waters I'm waiting for a reason after all, after all, after all


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"Somewhere Down the Barrel" as written by Paul Mac Daniel Johns

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    General CommentI love this song...great choice for a first single
    Chelseaon June 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really awesome, so boppy and fun. I've really got no idea what it's about though. I know Daniel wrote it in New York City, there's obvious references to it. It appears to be such a random song, but knowing Daniel (well, knowing his music at least) I'm sure it's not...
    jacintaon October 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe canto:
    "When everyone's a stranger
    They call for you by your first name
    And laugh at jokes you once made
    when you were a kid "
    i think i understand.
    its about people thinking they know him just becasue they have a silverchair cd.
    its about being judged by your previous actions.
    the line "and laugh at jokes you once made" is a reference (i think) to him being in silverchair and not allowing him any room to develop as a msuician - they will always think of him as the acanthine haired youth who wrote israels son.
    in my opinion, anyway.:)
    eviction articleon March 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI read that daniels work with paul was wriiten just to be pure. The songs apparently have no specific meanings, he wrote them so anybody could listen and interpret them however they wished. In a way its frustrating, but in another its very noble and wise. Daniel Johns is God.
    benzoon April 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDon't think that this (or any other song by The Dissociatives) has any direct reference to Daniel's experience with Silverchair. Taken from the fact that Daniel wants to keep these two bands clearly seperated.
    nilleron July 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think it's screaming imitations.


    hmmm language is interesting.
    nonomdeplumeon June 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think eviction article's interpretation is spot-on. It's about people thinking they have Daniel pegged just because he is famous ("when everyone's a stranger, they call to you by your first name")

    It also seems to be about the difficulty he was having trying to shrug off the old 'teen grunge rocker' image now that he'd grown up and matured.

    Judging by the tone and style of this Dissociatives album, Dan obviously had a desire to move onto other things musically, but felt he was being held back/discouraged by those who didn't want him to change from the formula that had made silverchair so successful.

    ("When paintings seem like bargains, but they're nothing but wallpaper / I'm plagued by small town fascists, like a rash on my skin.") The "fascists" might refer to record label executives, hardcore fans or hometown rednecks who used to beat him up as a kid.
    Lantaon September 19, 2011   Link

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