"Wasteland" as written by Jesse Hasek, Ryan Johnson, Brian Vodinh and Matt Wantland....
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Change my attempt good intentions
Crouched over
You were not there
Living in fear
But signs were not really that scarce
Obvious tears
But I will not
Hide you through this I want you to help
And please see
The bleeding heart perched on my shirt
Die, withdraw
Hide in cold sweat
Quivering lips
Ignore remorse
Naming a kid, living wasteland
This time you've tried
All that you can turning you red
Change my attempt good intentions
Should I, could I
Here we are with your obsession
Should I, could I
Crowned hopeless
The article read living wasteland
This time you've tried
All that you can turning you red but I will not
Hide you through this
I want you to help
Change my attempt good intentions
Should I, could I
Here we are with your obsession
Should I, could I
Heave the silver hollow sliver
Piercing through another victim
Turn and tremble be judgmental
Ignorant to all the symbols
Blind the face with beauty paste
Eventually you'll one day know
Change my attempt good intentions
Limbs tied, skin tight
Self inflicted his perdition
Should I, could I
Change my attempt good intentions
Should I, could I
Should I, could I


Lyrics submitted by marxsux

"Wasteland" as written by Jonathan/dodds Sharp, Will Johnstone

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    General CommentHas any of you ever considered the fact that this song might actually have two meanings? There seems to be consistancy in the two interpretations people have. And if you relate the fish out of water video to the heroin addiction interpretation they seem to coincide very strongly. Both issues are intense and very powerful and send a message. Arguing about which is right might actually be a complete waste of time because maybe they are both right. Who cares what the initial intent was when the song was written. The lyrics vividly and correctly describe two equally important stories and the band released a video for each. Accept both interpretations or at the very least accept the fact that this amazing song can relate to so many people. When it really comes down to it, you will relate to and interpret this song how you want to anyways so it doesn't matter who's right and who's wrong. It is an amazing song, let's leave it at that.
    pebbles28on April 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmost def a song about heroin addiction. i mean, the withdraw and cold sweats, and "heave the silver hollow silver"- needles are silver, and needles are hollow. and he refers to the needles as piercing thru another victem. a victem of heroin addiction. great song tho.
    dyke_squadon December 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCrouched over
    *withdrawal symptoms

    Living in fear
    *drug paranoia

    But signs were not really that scarce
    *holes in the arms, bags under eyes

    But I will not
    Hide you through this
    I want you to help
    And please see
    The bleeding heart perched on my shirt
    *this is basically saying that the writer will not do the work, the addict has to help, but the writer does care

    withdraw
    Hide in cold sweat
    Quivering lips
    *obvious "withdraw"al symptoms


    Ignore remorse
    *still wanting more (probably heroine), though it has done this to you


    Crowned hopeless
    The article read living wasteland
    *much more likely to be an article about drugs than this specific person


    Heave the silver hollow sliver
    Piercing through another victim
    *injecting heroine


    Turn and tremble be judgmental
    Ignorant to all the symbols
    *once again (tremble, cold sweat, quiver) withdrawal and abuse signs


    Blind the face with beauty paste
    *this is confusing, but i think it means that the abuser is giving everything "beauty" and blinding the true individual beauty in the "face"


    Limbs tied, skin tight
    *simply refering to a preparation for doing heroine

    Self inflicted his perdition
    *abuser brought this hell upon himself, obviously
    caughtinaglimpseon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo I haven't. The point of this website is interpreting and discussing the meaning to a song. That is what I've done. This is the only song I can see 2 very distinct meanings to. Having gone through a drug addiction myself the meaning I first thought of when hearing it was the one you posted almost to the T so don't think I disagree with you. But having read other people's thoughts on it I would have to agree with them as well. It's odd that there are 2 meanings so diverse but that doesn't mean it can't happen. I just get sick of 2 sides arguing over who is right about a song. Posting your opinion is one thing, fighting that it's the only right possibility is ridiculous. Unless you personally conversed with the writer of the song and he told you the meaning, there is no guarantee that any of these posts are correct. THAT is the purpose of this website, tossing around probably incorrect interpretations of songs that have had significant impact on us.
    pebbles28on May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this so is about war, in particular, this war we're in right now or the Vietnam war. i think it's about how on the TV, news, and internet we see pictures and articles of the horrib things going on, detah, war, destruction. Everyone tries to censor it, but the person singing is saying if you censor it how will they know what it's like out there? They won't take it seriously, and one day they'll find otu anyway, so what's the point in censoring it? So this guy is changing his mind about censorship for probably his child. hence the chorus "Change my attemt, good intentions, Should/could I?"
    NijWijon July 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"So I did. And here it is: songmeanings.net/… I thought if he was going to say anything about it at the concert it was going to clear up confusions but in my opinion it kinda makes it more confusing." That song is about drugs a guy coming back from war! And turning to drugs needle in his arm just like this song! The meaning is much easier to fallow and understand so if what you said is true him saying this is the song we should look up to figure what his means then it's about drugs!
    nabonon July 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWe explained to him what the content of the song was about. Which, is life and overcoming struggles and adversities and to make it through life as part of the growing process. And, we came to the conclusion that instead of showing teenage angst or the very typical cliché American video, we wanted to show the U.S. social awareness of the struggles that other countries go through - that other people go through and how easy we have it compared to their lives.
    -Jess Hasek
    rockn23on February 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHere's a bit from an interview that I found from unrated magazine (unratedmagazine.com/bios/…) with Jesse Hasek, I think it should answer some questions...

    "TIM: Cool. Can you tell me a little bit about the video-making process that I know you guys recently did for "Wasteland?"

    JESSE: Yeah, the first time around.We've been asked many times why did we do it over. The first time around we had less of a budget and it was just trying to get a video done and it didn't really represent the song the way we wanted it to. And, then we met up with Kevin Kerslake the second time around. He's done a bunch of Nirvana videos, Chili Peppers videos, Stone Temple Pilots videos. He's a great guy. He really has good vision. We explained to him what the content of the song was about. Which, is life and overcoming struggles and adversities and to make it through life as part of the growing process. And, we came to the conclusion that instead of showing teenage angst or the very typical cliché American video, we wanted to show the U.S. social awareness of the struggles that other countries go through - that other people go through and how easy we have it compared to their lives."

    Where he says "We explained to him what the content of the song was about. Which, is life and overcoming struggles and adversities and to make it through life as part of the growing process.", that answers it right there.
    MaryMayhemon August 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's trying to get a messed up kid on track, but the kid just won't listen to him, and lives a miserable existence. His teachers and his parents crown his life hopeless and say that he will never amount to anything. He is the only one who tries to get this kids life in order before he ends up ruining it.

    One more note i'm not sure if he says heave or heat the silver hollow sliver. But i think heave would make more sense than heat because heave means to thrust forward; silver obviously means a knife; and sliver means slash.
    He is talking about what will happen if he doesn't staighten out this kid.
    I think in this case wasteland means neglected.
    marxsuxon July 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat are you on? Sliver doesn't mean slash. I interpreted it as a person hooked on drugs, possibly shooting up.
    Trinity303on August 03, 2005   Link

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