"The First of Me" as written by and Douglas Sean/estrin Robb....
I must make a choice
A tough decision
Listen to my voice
Should I give in
To temptation, admiration
One leads to myself
The other some one else
Just an empty shell
Just an empty shell

It's harder than it seems
When you're told that
All your hopes and dreams
Are yours to hold if
You just give them
What's expected
Something they can sell
Put upon a shelf
That I am not for sell
I am not for sell

I here a voice inside
It's crowning to a scream
I'm not the next of them
I am the first of me
'cause I can live the lie
I am just what you see
I'm not the next of them
I am the first of me

If I can't refuse
The price they offer
I am sure to lose
And I will suffer
Sell my soul to make a profit
All I have to do
Is make believe it's true
That something I can't do
That something I can't do

I here a voice inside
It's crowning to a scream
I'm not the next of them
I am the first of me
'cause I can live the lie
I am just what you see
I'm not the next of them
I am the first of me

So when the waiting's gone
This time to face the truth
You know your good enough
Deep down inside of you

You're finally woken up
If only just to prove
You are born to lead the way
Then be the first of you


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"The First of Me" as written by Chris Light Hesse Chris Hesse

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    General CommentI love this song so much! As you can see, I dedicated my name to it!!! Hoobastank is amazing and I love the lyrics for this song. It is all about being yourself and paving your own path, not conforming to what is expected. Not having to follow trends. Not selling out just to make money. Like some artists. Keep it about the music!! this song is so inspiring and that is how i live my life. I will never be who people want me t be I will just be *me*! And I have to say i have never thought they sounded like Incubus. And if they do oh well a band is made by what they sing about to me. Sometimes I love bands even if they do sound like another because their lyrics are amazing.
    first_of_meon May 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The First of Me," for example, is Robb’s idea that people should start their own thing and be
    "the first of me", instead of "the next of you."

    That comes from the description of the new album. I definately agree with it too or that's what I got from this song too. Definately an awesome song; one that I listen to the most so far on this album!
    ta84on May 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with ta84 on the meaning, spot on. this is and awesome song, a highlight of their new and positively brilliant album. HOOBASTANK 4 LIFE!!!!
    woyloyboogon May 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song should be a single...Incredible.

    I have a feeling that the song has something to do with people's reactions to Hoobatank as "an Incubus clone". He's basically saying, "No, we are not the next ____. We are the first ____."
    IndelibleEntityon June 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about whether Hoobastank should sell out and in the end he says no.
    Sk3wl_BUson June 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"if I were you" sounds so much like incubus that I can definitely see the comparison. that's who it reminds me of, anyway ... but I have never been one to rag on a band for sounding like someone else, because as a musician, I understand that it's easy to take bits and pieces from other musicians and incorporate them into your sound.

    at any rate, this is one of my favorite songs on the new cd, along with "inside of you" and "more than a memory"
    nontoxicavengeron July 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "Grown" into a scream, not It's "crawled" into a scream
    Maggot Princeon December 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is the best hoobastank song ever. Maybe it means if you have a tough decision to make you just have to be yourself.
    mxthunderon February 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is SO good as everyone said, it doesn't really remind me of Incubus...just the beat...but the lyrics really remind me of a punk song just the meaning comes across as it; for example..."I will not follow your rules and become a mindless drown as everyone else in this fast paced business man world. I will be the FIRST OF ME, and not the next of you cliche americans"....i think the whole reason i got that idea is when he says 'If I can't refuse, the price they offer, I am sure to lose, and I will suffer, Sell my soul to make a profit'....but I'm not too sure, i was looking for a deaper meaning, the meaning is kinda obvious though XD
    bgriff777on August 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of my friend a lot. She writes books, a few have already been self-published, and a lot of people pressure writers to write what other people want to read/ will approve of. Moriah isn't like that. She writes for herself, and her writing style is unique to her. Weirdly enough, this is her favorite Hoobastank song.. and I heard it from her. =]
    LilSpiceGirlon December 08, 2008   Link

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