"Chances" as written by and Derek/john/ingram Bramble....
This is the time to die
I'm not someone on whom to rely
Chances come and chances go
This is letting go

I feel the tightening of the dawn
The creation of something I've sung
No one goes back 'cause they're all there
Are you everywhere

Becoming who you think you are
In order to do your part
In the multi-dimensional scheme
you'll know what i mean
This is the time to die
I'm not someone on whom to rely

Chances come and chances go
This is letting you know
I'm almost where ill never be
This cutting off off ate like a string
A line that falls to the floor
And I'm not me anymore

Lyrics submitted by Monkey Boy

"Chances" as written by John Frusciante

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    General CommentThis is my favorite JF song, probably one of the most relevant song of our time. We are near the end of times "I feel the tightening of the dawn", to truly live is to live with the will to die. John has become aware of the true consciousness "i'm not me anymore", an ego death in a sense. "Are you everywhere" implies the awareness of a greater mind or soul that transcends the physical realm and that we are all one, what sets us apart is awareness versus ignorance. THIS IS the time to die for those who are aware, we are in the darkest age of ignorance, the kali yuga in Hinduism, the last phase of the cosmic cycle in the mayan calendar, the end times in Christianity. "Chances come and go", this dark age that is about to end is however the easiest one to reach enlightenment in and break free "cutting off of fate like a string" from the cyclic fate of life and rebirth. Figure out your spirituality before its too late, the end is near. Become who you really are: a part of God, and be free from the world.
    geoff1121on March 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe most beautiful 2 minutes you'll ever hear..

    Possibly about quitting his addictions?
    Monkey Boyon January 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is complex. I think, this song is driven by the concept of fate. Chances coming and going allows you to become who you think you are.

    "No one goes back 'cause they're all there" is very important. I think he's acknowledging that for each person there is one continuing fate/life (past, present, future) and that chances come along that allow us to affect our fate for the better. In the end I think he is maybe saying that he has been making the best of chances that come along - affecting what his fate/life has always been leading to. The grand finale would be to cut off fate - by taking advantage of the chances he is given.

    If any of what I think here makes sense then I think the irony is that fate/life is an obvious overbearing controlling thing but it has embedded in it certain chances that allow you to take control of it.
    owenparry26on February 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentive got a weird feeling in me now fron=m reading what you wrote.
    i think its called being loved again.
    like the first time i heard jfs stuff.
    i havent had this feeling in a long while now.

    i love JFon February 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou know the feeling you get all through your body, when you hear a song like this one, and alot of john's music, to me, where u kind of ache, shiver and tingle, because it is so good. thats what i get from this song.
    i also think i understand what owenparry26 is saying, that all the chanes you take in life build up to the 'big finale', when youv taken all the chnces that youv been given and then its time to use them.
    red_and_hoton August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom the lyrics, it doesn't sound like he ever really expects to be in control of his fate, but instead of worrying about it he just lets go (possibly his near-death from the heroin and infection?). Only in being ready to meet death he found real freedom to enjoy the rest of his life, free to take whatever chances "come and go," free from worrying about other people's reliances on him. Whether from the drugs or the near death experience, he feels like he saw through physical reality to a "multi-dimensional scheme" of life and death and what comes next, and now he's "almost where he'll never be": in control of his fate.
    TshirtLadezon January 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was reading about how free will might not exist, and this song has taken on a new meaning for me.
    herbivoreon October 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't know, like many of his songs this is open to all kinds of interpretations...

    Personally I think it's about taking chances in life before it's too late

    "Chances come and chances go", you have to take your chances because life it's about possibilities

    "I'm not someone on whom to rely" sounds like he's saying "don't take me too seriously, have your opinion"

    There's also a sad, melancholic feeling about death and the end of everything

    "This is the time to die", "I'm almost where I'll never be" are pretty obvious from this point of view

    "A line that falls to the floor, and I'm not me anymore", a life that ends.
    When life ends, you end being someone and then yourself

    It kinda makes me cry, it has a bitter taste but at the same time it's sweet and comforting

    But maybe I'm just a bit emo and this song is way happier than what I think it is haha
    Wild Wolfon December 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm a huge frusciante fan. Every song can mean other things to other people, but when I hear this song I feel like its his awesome attempt of honering syd barrett. Off lyrics and great guitar effects
    Bushman215on November 12, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commentyour right beautiful song.
    i dont really know about the drugs so much.
    mabey to do with wanting to show you your inner life in others.
    something like that?
    oh i dont know
    i love JFon February 04, 2005   Link

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