"Chameleon Boy" as written by and Justin Furstenfeld....
I change my color for you.
I shed my coat with caution.
I lack the beauty you display.
See here they are the bruises.
Some were self inflicted.
Some showed up along the way.
So I nod my head, I'm ready for the world to see.
The secret I kept here inside, the man you thought I'd be.

I slip into coma calm.
The coma where I calm myself down.
Here come excuses.
Why I let you down.

(chorus)
Stand by for another break down.
Sound off the alarm.
Is this the chameleon boy I swore I wouldn't become?
Chameleon boy...

So now we've come upon the hardest thing I've ever done.
It's telling you that I'm a mess.
What sort of mess I mean is self destructive gasoline...
The kind that strips you of your best.
While I play instead...
The way that most would end up dead.
You sleep alone at home and wish that I were in our bed.
With this I'm telling you my color changes back to blue...
How do I ask you this?
Will you help me through?

(chorus) X2

I try to think of all the people I looked up to.
While growing up who would I be?
Now the twisted part...Where did all my idols end up?
They've all past away...

Past away...

(Stand by...
It's the chameleon boy) X2


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"Chameleon Boy" as written by Justin S Furstenfeld

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    General CommentHm, I hadn't looked at it that way before. It does fit, but we can have other interpretations that fit as well.

    Justin really knows how to use words and turn them into perfection...
    drmnon May 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Chameleon Boy"is a song about Furstenfeld's feelings of guilt about not doing enough to help a friend who died of a drug overdose ("Here come excuses / Of why I let you down").
    moosecrossingon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah moosecrossing is correct. Justin talks about what this song is about. He had about 5 friends pass in a year due to drugs so he wrote this song.
    darkshadows17on July 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat isn't the whole thing behind the song. He had this wall of pictures and such and while he was staring at in, on drug's himself, he came up with Chameleon Boy. I'm sure the other given answers are also correct but I remembered him talking about this at one of his concerts.
    OKRomeoon February 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNo way jose. In the DVD Argue with a Tree... He talks about this song behind the scenes, it's about his girlfriend of like 4 years and he hid his addiction from her that whole time and it's his apology to her, but at the same time thanks because she helped him after he told her that he was lying for all that time. She was the one who called his mom and told him, and got him through it.
    cassienicoleon March 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song is writen to a girl that has inspired him to be better, and he really wants to be the man she sees when she looks at him. Yet no matter how hard he tries to live up to the image she holds for him the truth he's keeping inside is slowly seping through. So he's forced to show her his true colors and in essnce revealing himself as a chameleon, one who shade changes to reflect the world around him. He changed to fit into her world but his demons are so strong he so often has to change back. I think it 's kinda like saying he wants to be the man that she deserves but he's an addict and an emotional mess so he's going to really need her help to become worthy of her.
    Islandnycon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJustin dedicates it (in Argue With a Tree) to the five friends he lost that year, but he doesn't say he wrote it for them . The part that goes "where did all my idols end up? they've all passed away" does seem related to the friends. I suspect that the song isn't about one or the other...it's about his experience with addiction (and whatever other issues there were) as a whole...to me, it seems he is talking about the consequences of it and how he feels about the person he was during that time (and how it affected the person he loved).
    TroubledPhoenixon September 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song was written with the thoughts of those five friends he lost that year... and Justin refers to it as probably the most personal song he's ever written. So, yeah, there's probably a lot behind it that's too deep to even get into. Based on the wording, it seems like there could be something about a girl he let down, but we can't really know.
    LeeEyeLaon March 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is both about the 5 friends that passed in a year and the drug abuse he kept from his girlfriend!
    gunmetalblue5591on April 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commentvery good song, my favorite of all the blue october. Its about him not caring about people finding out about his secret because of the close friends he had that died. Its about telling someone about his drug use while being depressed about who he has become and what happened to his friends. i can relate to the story in this song, every song blue october has come out with i can relate to it on some level.
    TheOriginalChubbzon August 26, 2009   Link

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