Took it like medicine, horrible in a hurry
Lots of plans go awry, nothing’s wrong, I won’t worry
But I rolled for a dollar on your advice
And I lost you bad because that’s the luck of the dice

Taking a fall
You don’t know who to call
Well, you don’t know who, do you?
Taking a fall

Why do the neighbor’s kids have to scream when they’re playing?
You know I never can understand what you’re saying
Then you won’t hear a word out of me
Because I know how indifferent someone can be

Taking a fall
You don’t know who to call
No, you don’t know who, do you?
Taking a fall
When there’s someone to call
But you don’t know who, do you?
Taking a fall
But you don’t know who, do you?
Taking a fall
Well, you don’t know who, do you?


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    General CommentRolling a dollar.
    The piercing shrills of a stupid child.

    I feel so alone.

    P.S.
    I hate kids.
    SeeTheBrownBunnyon January 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentim not sure, but i think its abotu drug abuse, and how it made him feel, why he needed it. what the outcome of it was. i think he is talking about how he is never dependant on himself, but someone else, how he doens't undestand anything right now. and how he wont complain. or be stubborn. because he can see things in different perspectives. but he needs it to be more clear
    emiton May 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is what it means to me .

    it's like when something really bad is happening in your life and you want to talk to someone but there's no one really you want to talk about your problems or none of your friends or anyone but you still want to talk to some one but everyone seems "dead " these days.

    "Taking a fall
    When there’s someone to call
    But you don’t know who, do you?"
    Angelboybrigadeon July 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere's what I think. In the first verse, the main guy in the song is thinking back about a broken friendship. The lines "rolled for a dollar..." and "...luck of the dice" make me think that he took some sort of risk at his friend's suggestion, and somehow that risk led to them no longer being friends. Based on the first two lines of the song, I'd guess that the friend encouraged the main guy to experiment with drugs, but the main guy got hooked on harder stuff and got in too deep and now the friend wants nothing to do with him.

    In the second verse, the first two lines ("kids" and "..what you're saying") are words of a new acquaintance in a conversation with main guy. The last two lines of the verse ("..word out of me" and "indifferent") are the main guy's thoughts during the conversation. If this new person can't understand him, then he just won't talk. Perhaps due to past friendships and broken trust, he knows that others can seem cold and indifferent to his own problems.

    And that brings us to the chorus. He feels that others have let him down when he's been in a bad place before, now he's struggling again, and he feels that there's no one in the world he can trust to help hi out.

    Very sad.

    Since this was a '97 Jackpot! recording originally, I imagine it might be Interscope property now.. but I still hope it will be released at some point. I like the demo well enough, but a release would be nice.
    yesteryear_soonon November 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti never thought about this song as something to do with drugs and i still really don't. the only lines that could make it seem that way are these four (which happen to be half the song so...)

    "Took it like medicine, horrible in a hurry
    Lots of plans go awry, nothing’s wrong, I won’t worry"


    Took it like medicine, horrible in a hurry
    - take heroin like your daily dose of paxil, what have you
    Lots of plans go awry, nothing’s wrong, I won’t worry
    - you could have so many plans but once you get a heroin addiction or back into your addiction all your plans do what he says, go awry. and when you are high nothing is wrong, and you have no worries (hence why he wont worry - he has nothing to worry about)

    then we have these two lines:

    "Then you won’t hear a word out of me
    Cause I know how indifferent someone can be"

    Then you won’t hear a word out of me
    - you usually dont hear to many words out of someone who just shot up because they have no worries and they are numb and not so much oblivious to things but just dont care to acknowledge things (usually the main focus of a junkie, to not have to acknowledge and feel things)

    Cause I know how indifferent someone can be
    - indifferent to me is used here as meaning something marked by a lack of interest or enthusiasm which goes hand in hand with heroin addiction.

    then we have the chorus:

    "Taking a fall
    You don’t know who to call
    Well, you don’t know who, do you?
    Taking a fall"

    heroin addiction is certainly taking a fall if anything is. i think he doesnt know who to call for help with his addiction, probably because it seems so hopeless, as it should and would.


    everyone gets mad when people turn everyone of elliotts songs into a song about addiction but what you all need to realize, whether he meant it to be about that or not, is neither here nor there. you get what you get out of a song, and if it helps you cope then it helps you cope. he wrong the song for one reason, and you may like it and listen to it for another reason. so calm down everybody.
    the green eyeson August 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentElliott come back and teach me everything you know!
    jboon March 09, 2007   Link

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