"Semi-Charmed Life" as written by and Stephan Jenkins....
I'm packed and I'm holding
I'm smiling, she's living, she's golden
And she lives for me
She says she lives for me
Ovation
She's got her own motivation
She comes round and she goes down on me
And I make her smile
It's like a drug for you
Do ever what you want to do
Coming over you
Keep on smiling, what we go through
One stop to the rhythm that divides you
And I speak to you like the chorus to the verse
Chop another line like a coda with a curse
And I come on like a freak show takes the stage
We give them the games we play, she said
I want something else
To get me through this
Semi-charmed kind of life
I want something else
I'm not listening when you say
Good-bye
The sky it was gold, it was rose
I was taking sips of it through my nose
And I wish I could get back there
Some place back there
Smiling in the pictures you would take
Doing crystal myth
Will lift you up until you break
It won't stop
I won't come down, I keep stock
With a tick-tock rhythm and a bump for the drop
And then I bumped up
I took the hit I was given
Then I bumped again
And then I bumped again
How do I get back there to
The place where I fell asleep inside you?
How do I get myself back to
The place where you said
I want something else
To get me through this
Semi-charmed kind of life
I want something else
I'm not listening when you say
Good-bye
I believe in the sand beneath my toes
The beach gives a feeling
An earthy feeling
I believe in the faith that grows
And the four right chords can make me cry
When I'm with you I feel like I could die
And that would be all right
All right
When the plane came in
She said she was crashing
The velvet it rips
In the city we tripped
On the urge to feel alive
But now I'm struggling to survive
The days you were wearing
That velvet dress
You're the priestess, I must confess
Those little red panties
They pass the test
Slide up around the belly
Face down on the mattress
One
Now you hold me
And we're broken
Still its all that I want to do
Feel myself with a head made of the ground
I'm scared but I'm not coming down
And I won't run for my life
She's got her jaws just locked now in smile
But nothing is all right
All right
I want something else
To get me through this life
I want something else
I'm not listening when you say
Good-bye


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"Semi-Charmed Life" as written by Stephan Jenkins

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  • +14
    General CommentCrystal meth? Where are you getting that from? The song is obviously about waffles.
    souljamikeon July 12, 2005   Link
  • +10
    General CommentIt's funny how they take a song that's clearly about drugs and oral sex and wrap it up in such a pretty package so that the meaning goes virtually unnoticed to the casual listener.
    thequeenisdeadon July 22, 2005   Link
  • +8
    General Commenti love drugs.
    pablohoney94704on April 04, 2005   Link
  • +6
    General CommentHe's comparing the use of crystal meth with the stages of a relationship with someone and how now he's just chasing the dragon and wishing that it was the way it was in the beginning of his relationship with someone. In the beginning, there is the magical days, then in the end it is all so old and tiring and there's nothing there, there's no sex in the relationship anymore, etc. You're just there. The stages of addiction and dependence are just like friendship, dating, marriage. For example, when you try a drug, it's like acquiantance, then you try it more and more to the point where you're doing it socially and this is the friendship phase, you're in the dating phase when you're doing it alone, this is addiction, marriage is dependence.
    accebereon April 05, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthey edited it out, apparently coming down off of a meth binge is just to offensive for listneners. the song is about crystal meth, plain and simple. i love the line "she has her jaws locked down in a smile, but nothing is alright" i love this song, favorite song of all time
    StrongerDrinkson January 07, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Commentsorry about that.

    YES this song is about crystal.

    NO thats not all it's about people. just listen to it. It's about how crystal has ruined his life, but he can't stop. He loves his girl so much, but can't get his mindset back to before he started meth.

    "And I wish I could get back there
    Some place back there
    Smiling in the pictures you would take"

    Easy, he looks at pictures before his life went upside down and he just needs to get back to that point, but meth is so overwhelming, he just can't for the life of him.

    "I'm scared
    But I'm not coming down, no no
    And I won't run for my life
    She's got her jaws just locked now in smile
    But nothing is all right"

    he's so addicted at this point he doesn't believe in himself that he can be sober, and she's still somewhat in his life, but obviously , nothing is alright.


    Just like everyone else on here, I never new what the song was really about until a few years ago. I don't think one can truly appreciate this song unless you've been here. I have. I really connect with this song. I lost the love of my life to drugs and I'm still hurt by it.
    The song is about what a wreck his life has become, and it really is just so sad.


    How do I get back there to
    The place where I fell asleep inside you?
    How do I get myself back to
    The place where you said?


    vwayfan123on September 14, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthe radio edit of this song is terrible. the "crash" verse is like, the most essential verse to the meaning of the song, and they cut it...plus censoring "bump" and "hit" is stupid. Do they really think some kid is gonna hear the word "bump" and 3 days later be a full-blown meth addict? chances are most of them don't even know what it's referring to. If someone knows what the drug references are, they either -already are addicted to drugs, or -are smart enough to avoid them.
    man, fuck censorship. seriously.
    ashowofhandson July 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think one thing people miss when they analyze this song, is that the speaker is not glorifying sex and drugs, he is saying that thats what he does, but he is tired of it and he feels like he is half living "i want something else, to get me through this, semi-charmed kinda life", he wants to stop, to get something more out of his life, but its hard for him because their are good parts about it too.
    deepmusic13on December 28, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionSome of us who grew up in the 90s and are adults now can sympathize when I say this is a really nostalgic song in many ways. Clearly, the song is about drugs, specifically crystal meth and a relationship she had with a girl. There are better explanations and interpretations of the lyrics. However, I think it's a very special song that was such a hit with people because, as I mentioned before, nostalgia is a part of it. We all want to go back to that time that was golden. We all sometimes wish we could "get back there." And when life is tough, so many of us wish we could escape. And that's what "I want something else." The lyrics are very catchy, so is the actual music. In my opinion, it's a very American song, but also universal. A lot of young people and people like me in their thirties are trapped in lives and jobs and things they hate, and they long for the most beautiful times of their youth, for a more innocent era as well (this song is pre-2001, if you get what I mean). I think it's easy to enjoy --- I don't mind the part about drugs now that I'm an adult, and I don't think it's a bad song. It used to irritate me when it was all over the airwaves, but now I love it. Although it's hard to admit, many young people fantasize about drugs or smoking and such, even if they are really clean and do not do these things. I for example have never done those drugs, but I got hooked on cigarettes for a while in college. Then now I take some anxiety pills. Life sucks so much, it's nice to just let go and not care about anything anymore, but in a sunny, positive way. It's really human to respond to the hellish world we live in by escaping. And drugs or no drugs, love in fact is part of things we idealize. I haven't been in a relationship in an extremely long time, but I have a lot of nostalgia for the days of youth in which I was in the one I consider my most important one. This song is beautiful. It's one of those songs that talk about something that is absolutely and ridiculously destructive, and yet it's very easy to sympathize with the overall content, and I think that's part of why this song is genius. It's a sweet sad song and yet very happy at the same time. I like all of it...
    dyevushkaon November 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy did they take that last part out of the radio version? It'a my favorite part.
    yardarton December 28, 2004   Link

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