2 years today, I just pulled the blankets off the mirrors for the first time
Surprised at the new lines on my face that remind how I tried to catch an illusion
Hiding from me, hiding from facing the height of what I hope to be
Kept all my eggs in someone else's basket
Thinking they would care enough to not let someone smash it

What's wrong with me, I got this need to give back to a world that keeps me
And if I do just for myself it's like I'm selfish
'Cause I always had this thing about staying grounded and down
And it's not been worth it to share with the people I pick that I sought to prove they care
And I feel like a pussy sayin' shit out loud
But I'm openin' my eyes and I see myself now

I left myself behind
While chasing after dreams I could never find
I lived for all your lives
A machine for you to unplug at any time
I just realized today that I've wasted away

Maybe it's too late - the end has a date - and I'm cramming for the final test
It hasn't been a total mess, I'm just striving for higher
And humility will build me if I confess
Some people do what they chose some people look for every bump in the road
And some pretend and they play a good role
For the people that depend - they all come and go

Wrote half an album in 2 long days as I reflected and tried to take a hard next step
Of a spiritual kind so maybe I can find some sense as I pick apart a burdened mind
So I spread out on the floor all the pieces that I thought were fully formed
I see how much more I've got to go
I reach for a new drug to medicate my soul

I left myself behind
While chasing after dreams I could never find
I lived for all your lives
A machine for you to unplug at any time
Just realized today
I've wasted away

I left myself behind
While chasing after dreams I could never find
I lived for all your lives
A machine for you to unplug at any time
Just realized today

I left myself behind
While chasing after dreams I could never find
I lived for all your lives
To forget about the answers I need to find
Just realized today
I've wasted away


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    General CommentThis is a great lyric and i'm not going to analyse it.
    Just say i love the fretless guitar. looks like i've have to get 9.11.
    I wonder whether the line "Some people do what they chose, some people look for every bump in the road" has any reference to Pastorius' description of frets as "speed-bumps". Probably not.
    All right, i'll say a bit about the lyrical content. He's talking about morality, specifically the benefits of looking for a spiritual perspective of the world to cope with our contradictory nature as well as our decay and the inexorable passage of life. I'm not sure that he has found god or any explicit spirituality by the end of the song though.
    I daresay my half-minute understanding of the song is way out.
    azkmon June 20, 2007   Link

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