"Something To Be" as written by and Rob / Thomas....
Hey man
I don't wanna hear about love no more
I don't wanna talk about how I feel
I don't really wanna be me no more

Dress down now I look a little too
Boy next door
Maybe I should try to find a downtown whore
That'll make me look hardcore
I need you to tell me what to stand for

I've been looking for something
Something I've never seen
We're all looking for something
Something to be

Hey man
Play another one of those heartbreak songs
Tell another story how things go wrong
And they never get back
My pain is a platinum stack
Take that shit back
You don't wanna be me when it all goes wrong
You don't wanna see me with the houselights on
I'm a little too headstrong
Stand tall
I don't wanna get walked on

I can't stand what I'm starting to be
I can't stand the people that I'm starting to need
There's so much now
That can go wrong
And I don't need somebody
Trying to help it along
It's the same old song
Everybody says you've been away too long
Everybody wanna take you what went wrong
Wanna make you like an icon
Till you believe that they're right


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"Something to Be [Downtown Version]" as written by Robert Thomas Rob Thomas

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    General CommentI heard somewhere that Rob wrote this when he was pissed off at his record company. They were trying to make him something he wasn't.

    Great song, one of my favorites on the album.
    dont_say_a_word17on January 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me its about him trying to find identity. And then when he finds it, he doesnt like it. "I can't stand what I'm starting to be
    "
    fuck_loveon December 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI never really heard anything regarding the backstory, but to me it sounds almost as if Rob is attempting to discover himself as a songwriter. Throughout the CD which he titled after this song, he experiments with various different tunes that are unique and seperate itself from the one before. This song basically reflects that, on a small level.
    Chris Dixonon December 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNow that you mention it, I think that could be pretty right. Especially because of the lines "my pain is a platinum stack" and "Everybody says you've been away too long", which would refer to the gap between Matchbox Twenty's last album and Rob's first solo album.
    critch48on February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that's it. He don't want to be something some one else wants him to be. FUCK yeAH. this is my favorite song of his
    Tainted_Dreamson September 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI would have never thought about that, if I hadn't read this. It all makes sense too:

    "Hey man
    Play another one of those heartbreak songs
    Tell another story how things go wrong
    And they never get back "

    They want him to write songs like he did with MB20.

    "Hey man
    I don't wanna hear about love no more
    I don't wanna talk about how I feel
    I don't really wanna be me no more "

    He doesn't want to write about the same things as he used to.

    "Dress down now I look a little too
    Boy next door "

    He changed from the rock band of MB20 to alternative. He is 'cooling off' in a way.
    Purichanon December 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFor me, one of the main meanings of the song is Rob Thomas's quest for his identity as a musician.

    He seems to be running out of ideas and even consider using gimicks to look more "bad boy" (maybe I should try to find a downtown whore/that'll make me look hardcore), something so NOT Rob Thomas.

    He is basically trying to find a new role, something to "stand for", a personal philosophy.

    In the end of the song, he realizes that the show biz is almost trying to turn him into someone he doesn't want to be. He now despises all the back-stabbers that he used to call friends (such as his producer, etc; I'm guessing here).
    SF23on March 07, 2008   Link

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