It's not the way I go
It's not the way I go
Noone here hears me
I'm sick of people knowing me
Life's confusing me
There's so much I don't see
Something's controlling me
It's no way to live
I haven't got a thing to give
And as those signs trade off
I'm a line from loud to soft
From what I have to say
I wanted to build a stage
I wanted to feel this way
All these things are real
I don't know my own field
You will prove me wrong
I don't know one
I see now what I've got
It reveals just what it's not
Someday I'll take it away
There's nothing for me anyway
Love don't choose me
Wide don't see a thing
What I'm saying now
I don't know what it's about
I wander through the dawn
So much goes on
Who will make me run
I admit I might be wrong
These letters shelter me now
I wonder how



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    General CommentThis song is
    Talking about when the Chili Peppers were on the BSSM tour and that whole era.(that John was involved in)
    John felt exactly as he explains in this song during that whole time.
    "I'm sick of people knowing me"
    "Life's confusing me"
    He hated the fame
    All he wanted to do is write music
    And nothing else
    "Noone here hears me"
    He hated the little communication
    During the tour.
    All of this ulltimetly would end up with John leaving during the tour and him
    Nearly killing himself with his drug addiction.
    NoN4m3on August 31, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI dont know why no one posted this song, its really great. Anyway, I am pretty sure this song is about being frustrated. It seems like John is frustrated by a number of things: "Noone here hears me, I'm sick of people knowing me". John tired of being famous maybe, or wanting to be normal. "These letters shelter me now", the writing helps him through it. Anyway thats the best idea ive got..
    vekiskevon June 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love how the music changes around 'I wanted to feel this way/All these things are real'
    And yeah I think you're pretty much dead on
    mayxivon October 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song might be about drug addiction and coping with recovery/sobriety.

    I'm not gonna gonna walk you through the words cause they're right up there.

    To me the verse could represent a drug addicts thought process while on the verge of relapse. He seems to be both justifying and running from a reason to get high again. Even the manic depressive sounding strumming fits The mood perfectly.

    The chorus seems to kick down the door and slip right in like an uninvited guest as the slide guitar screams the cries of regret. I think this might be the relapse. The dream like feel in the chorus also seems to harness all the emotions I could imagine an addict would experience during a relapse.

    All of the lyrics and even the title of the song make perfect sense for this scenario.

    My favorite lines are:

    "I wanted to build a stage
    I wanted to feel this way"

    This has been one of my favorite Frusciante songs ever since I first heard it on the day it came out. And up until now, I have never even tried to think about what he was singing about.

    I could be off by a mile. You never know with John Frusciante. Let me know what you think.

    Jeff




    "I wanted to build a stage
    I wanted to feel this way"
    FiniteSDon February 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCompleatly agree with vekiskev. This song is so wonderfull, so... passionate, so frustrated... It's great. The only thing that anoyes is that it's kinda hard to play on guitar :P
    Venice_Queenon May 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCompleatly agree with vekiskev. This song is so wonderfull, so... passionate, so frustrated... It's great. The only thing that anoyes is that it's kinda hard to play on guitar :P
    Venice_Queenon May 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCompleatly agree with vekiskev. This song is so wonderfull, so... passionate, so frustrated... It's great. The only thing that anoyes is that it's kinda hard to play on guitar :P
    Venice_Queenon May 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, I think vekiskev is right with the Meaining.
    This is the first John Frusciante Song I heard and I loved it from the first Second. He`s so amazing!
    sandra_on July 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentye i agree with vekiskev, i think i could be about when he left RHCP an how he didnt like the fame (sick of people knowin me) an how he wanted to make it on his own (i wanted to build a stage) and how his life after RHCP was basically wasted by drugs (its no way to live...i wander through the dawn) .
    minimark157on January 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMan this song makes me think of the movie Control, a movie based around Ian Curtis' life in the band Joy Division. The movie came out after this song though.

    John loves Joy Division and these lyrics really do read like Ian Curtis' point of view.
    Would be something if he was writing from Ian's point of view on a song called Control many years before the movie Control. Probably no connection but watch the movie then read these lyrics and they match up nicely.
    Robdukeson November 23, 2012   Link

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