No one ever said to me that I should write a symphony,
But write it, now I've wrote it, and the days are growing longer.
No hint of allegation, or trouble with notations,
And everyone's been mangling my name.

I took time to work it out at seats of higher learning,
But I never understood a single thing that they said to me
Except, "Son, you know you think you've got a chance but let me tell you,
We've worked her out and you've come here to fail".

Friend, don't you know, I've got thoughts that I'm scared of.
God is for me, is a thing to beware of.

Get it on, bag a girl.

Every single person who has told you that you couldn't,
Lives in fear that you'll achieve the things in life they think you shouldn't.
A parallel digression, unswerving in direction,
And that was why they set my hair on fire.

You worked out the best of it and I worked out the rest of it,
And finally solutions fell around us like in autumn.
We were wrong and we were right a bit,
We laughed and then we cried a bit.
I'll tell you now, I've not been born to fail.

Friend, don't you know I've got these eyes from crying,
You are depraved, I salute you for trying.
When I'm gone, you take my song.

No one ever said to me that I should write a symphony,
But write it, now I've wrote it, and the days are growing longer.
No hint of allegation, or trouble with notations,
And everyone's been laying off my name.

Friend, don't you know, I've got thoughts that I'm scared of.
God is for me, is a thing to beware of.

Friend, don't you know, I've got these eyes from crying,
You are depraved, and I love you for trying.
When I'm wrong, bring it on.



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    General CommentOkay well first of all, some of the lyrics are a bit off. Based on the booklet in the CD I have different lyrics. But I think the meaning of this song is pretty easy to interpret.

    "No one ever said to me
    That I should write a symphony
    But write it, now I've wrote it and the days are growing longer
    No hint of allegation, or trouble with my patience
    And everyone's been mangling my name"

    [Basically, he decided to do something really fantastic despite no one encouraging him to do so. "No hint of allegation", meaning, he hasn't done anything illegal or wrong, yet people are "mangling" his name because he's done something they don't think he is worthy enough for getting credit.]

    "I took time to work it out
    At seats of higher learning
    But I never understood a single thing that they said to me
    Except 'Son you know you think you've got a chance, but let me tell you
    We've worked it out and you've come here to fail'"

    [He tried to figure out something difficult in college, ("seats of higher learning"), but the teachers think he's an idiot so they don't really try to teach him, is what I'm getting. So they tell him, "Well, we know you think you can do it, but you're really an idiot, so don't try."]

    "Friend, don't you know
    I've got thoughts that I'm scared of
    Guidance from me
    Is a thing to beware of
    Get it on
    Bang a gong"

    [The chorus is the one thing that confuses me a little about this song. "Friend, don't you know / I've got thoughts that I'm scared of," kind of makes me think that he has new ideas he's not really sure what to do with. "Guidance from me / is a thing to beware of." Perhaps these lines mean that he considers himself an unpredictable person who may actually have no idea what he's doing. In the end, I have no idea why the allusion to a T.Rex song was included.]

    "Every single person who has told you that you couldn't
    Lives in fear that you'll achieve the things in life they think you shouldn't
    Unparalleled aggression, unswerving in direction
    And that was why they set my hair on fire."

    ["Every single person who has told you that you couldn't / Lives in fear that you'll achieve the things in life they think you shouldn't." I think this is simply saying that there are people in this world who believe they are on a "higher level" than others. Thus, they feel justified to tell people that they consider stupid what they can or cannot do. And then the singer goes to say that despite these people, you should tackle your goals with "unparalleled (unmatched) aggression", and go after it "unswerving in direction", or, without letting yourself be distracted/drawn away from your goals. And the singer goes on to tell that because he had these qualities, people did something terrible to him to try and scare him away from his accomplishment.]

    "You worked out the best of it and I worked out the rest of it
    And finally solutions fell around us like an autumn
    We were wrong and we were right a bit
    We laughed and then we cried a bit
    I'll tell you now I'm not been born to fail."

    [This verse tells how the singer had help from another, and together they worked out their query. Sometimes they were wrong, sometimes they were right, but ultimately, they solved the problem and achieved their goal, leading them to tears of happiness. The singer declares he's not been born to fail like his teachers/superiors/peers said he would.]

    "Friend, don't you know
    I got these eyes from crying
    You are depraved
    I salute you for trying
    When I'm gone
    Take my song"

    ["Friend, don't you know / I got these eyes from crying" — I believe he's trying to say that his eyes, or he himself, is more "wise", perhaps, because of the struggles he went through. "You are depraved / I salute you for trying." — Possibly referring to his adversaries, who are depraved (corrupt) for telling someone they would fail at life, but he salutes them for putting in such an effort. "When I'm gone / Take my song." This is another lyric I'm not sure what to make of.]

    "No one ever said to me
    That I should write a symphony
    But write it now I've wrote it and the days are growing longer
    No hint of allegation, or trouble with my patience
    And everyone's been laying off my mane"

    [Most of these lyrics would have the same meaning as the first verse, since they are the same lyrics. However, the last line adds more of a finality to the tale. "And everyone's been laying off my mane" — meaning, he's had such a huge accomplishment that anything anyone can do is get off his back and pout about being wrong. Also, "laying off my mane", — no one "sets (his) hair on fire" anymore.]

    "Friend, don't you know
    I've got thoughts that I'm scared of
    Guidance from me
    Is a thing to beware of
    Friend don't you know
    I got these eyes from crying
    You are depraved
    And I love you for trying
    When I'm wrong
    Bring it on."

    [This final chorus has much the same meaning as the previous two choruses, except the last two lines: "When I'm wrong / Bring it on," which would mean that when someone claims that he is wrong, he welcomes the challenge of proving himself right.]

    Overall, I think this song is about facing your goals in life with determination, and not letting others bring you down, despite whatever awful things they may say or do to you.
    SavageGeniuson June 12, 2011   Link

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