"Dudley" as written by and Nicholas Joseph Zinner Karen Lee Orzolek....
Hot cold season gonna sink in my sweat
No one isn't ever gonna make it there yet
If you can't even cope with it
Then you'll pass me by
You'll take it over
And make it mine

Fast slow living is a holding me back
Wishing that my baby never told me that
I can't even cope to make it last
Then you'll pass me by
You'll take it over
And make it mine

Then you want it a want it a want it again
Then you want it a want it a want it again
Then you want it a want it a want it again
Then you want it a want it a want it again

My dear, you've been used
I'm breaking the news
Love nearly beat us
I'm thinking like you
I'm thinking of you
Love follows near us
Can love really steer us?
Oh can it be true?
Oh can it be true?

Lost all reason after playing your game
Better quit staring cause your looking the same
I can't even cope to make a change
Then you'll pass me by
You'll take it over
And make it mine

Use me up,
Use me up,
Taper off and I'm had


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"Dudley" as written by Karen Lee Orzolek Brian Chase

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    My InterpretationI've always thought this song was about a relationship with a sex addict who wants an open relationship.

    "Hot-cold season going to sink in my sweat
    No one isn't ever gonna make it there yet"
    - They do it all the time (regardless the season, she's sweating; lots of effort put into the sex), but satisfaction is impossible to reach

    "You can't even cope with it
    Then it passed me by"
    - The partner wants to sleep with other people.

    "Fast slow living is holding me back
    Wishing that my baby never told me that
    Can't even cope to make it last
    Then it passed me by
    We'll take it over
    And make it mine"
    - Here's where he asks for an open relationship. Fast-slow living is where they're at; she's not sure if she's being "old-fashioned" by rejecting the idea or not ("slow" living), and she can't deal with it, so having an open relationship "passes her by", and the partner agrees to stay in a closed relationship.

    "And you wanted it, wanted it, wanted it again"
    - But that's not enough for the partner.

    "My dear you've been used
    I'm breaking in the news"
    - He cheats, and she forgives him and agrees to be in an open relationship.

    "Well, love nearly beat us
    I'm thinking like you, I'm thinking of you"
    - If they both loved each other in the same way, it would have torn him apart and caused her to ultimately lose him much farther down the road, so instead, she's sleeping around for his sake (thinking like you), but does it so he doesn't feel guilty/while imagining it's him (thinking of you).

    "Well, love follows near us
    Can love really steer us?
    Oh, can't it be true?
    Oh, can't it be true?"
    - She's hoping that he'll want to stay devout to her eventually.

    "Lost all reason for playing your games
    Better quit staring 'cause you're looking the same"
    - She grows tired of it being an open relationship.

    "Can't even cope to make a change
    Then it passed me by
    And we'll take it over
    And make it mine"
    - They go back into a closed relationship, making it "hers", but as he can't really do it (cope to make a change), she knows he'll end up cheating.

    "Use me up, use me up
    Taper off and I'm had"
    - She'll stay with him, knowing he's cheating, all for the sake of love, until she either can't stand it anymore or doesn't care.
    Fionnon May 05, 2010   Link
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    General Commentoh, jeez, I love this song.
    elleonon March 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentme too, its definitely one of my favourties on the album
    zennoron March 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentis it just me or this song reminds me of a lullaby?
    Ailujon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdoes to me as well, especially the first four lines
    zennoron April 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe first verse is almost identical as the hush little baby lullaby and that bugs me a little bit.
    hr_tetraon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favourites on the album. I love the haunting melody after "and make it mine".
    Skumballon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit kind of sounds like that lullaby/nursery rhyme that goes "daddy's gonna buy you a mockingbird"
    SparkleMorgueon April 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentITS IS THE MOCKING BIRD SONG
    gawsh. my friend told me that
    and ever since then i can actually remember the tune to this song
    i dont know what was wrong with me
    i was sitting at school and i had the words in my head
    but couldnt remember the tune
    but now im listening to it
    and singing away

    : )
    rose.paradeon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure its "then you pass me by"

    "Lost all reason from playing your games
    Better quit staring cuz you're looking the same"

    These lines make me think that its about a relationship, and shes tired of them playing games. Some bits remind me of the "chase" before a relationship of being passed by, but then other bits make me think that they are in a relationship and shes tired of trying to make it work.
    candystripeon August 14, 2006   Link

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