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Steven, I love you, I can't grow past you,
I'm, homesick in spite of the place
that I fostered and styled to raise this child
who keeps me in pitch and in pace

But I miss reaching for the lasers,
the sound of the beat as it clicks away,
classes, school behavior.
sweating the night out of the sky,
learning to laugh and not ask why.

Steven, I missed you,
the whole world kissed you.
You shot up in bloom like a fern
that was spotted and black,
with the leaves swirled backwards,
as same trick too easy to turn.

Should I change my name and move to the country?
A life full of children and animals,
white fences, landed gentry.
Maybe I want to be myself,
but I am somebody else.

Nine months later, I'm the lonely one,
with all the fruit of labor and half of the fun.
(just like) crisp and cozy in the rising sun,
we've got a heart of gold, man, it beats like a drum.

It shakes, the pebbles are cracking and break,
(the kid logic) dissolves and it all starts to give away,
then nothing is ever the same,
I can't stand it.
I want to be myself,
but I am somebody else

Steven, I'm watching the world get boring,
there's too much restraint in the mix.
I'd be overly flattered to feel so shattered to,
have something broken and fixed.

But i know the world outside is knocking
the dream, the drive or the pedigree.
The forces interlocking,
well, maybe I want to be myself,
but I am somebody else.

Nine months later, I'm the lonely one,
with all the fruit of labor and half of the fun.
Just like crisp and cozy in the rising sun,
he's got a heart of gold, man, it beats like a drum.

It shakes, the pebbles are cracking and break,
(the kid logic) dissolves and it all starts to give away,
and nothing is ever the same,
I can't stand it.
I want to be myself,
but I am somebody else

And you'll never harbor someone like me,
if you'll never leave then you'll never see.
I swear that I will pull you from the wreckage
of this sunday, monday routine.
I will pull you from the wreckage.
oh, don't you need me on my own.

Cos you and me,
we're two of a kind.
We're two of a kind.

Steven, I love you, I can't grow past you,
I got nothing left to give to you.


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  • +2
    General CommentI think it's "as it clicks away" instead of "is eight clicks away". That would make more sense anyway.

    I don't think that Steven is about childbirth and sorrow for the mother. Steven is about the narrator meeting a guy named Steven who taught him/her to loosen up and have fun and be wild ("learning to laugh and not ask why"). Then, the narrator gets a kid, and starts to long for Steven and his carefree lifestyle ("Steven, I miss you, etc."), and wants to run away again ("Should I change my name and move to the country?"), but he realizes that doing so would be irresponsible ("the kid logic dissolves and it all starts to give away"). At that point, he notices that he's changed into a more mature person, and laments that ("I want to be myself, / but I am somebody else").

    Basically, Steven is about changing from a kid to an adult, and the inability to stop it.
    Alskn_Prideon March 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song, to me, is about growing up and moving away. For some reason when I listen to it I imagine the singer writing a letter to this guy named Steven, although I have no evidence as to why I get that image. It seems that the singer could be going off to boarding school or college, but regardless, he's moved away from a childhood friend and is sad that they are both getting older. During the transition the singer stops recognizing himself, saying, "Maybe I want to be myself, but I am somebody else."

    One of the main themes is personal responsibility that comes from adulthood (I'd be overly flattered to feel so shattered to, have something broken and fixed.) When you're a kid, you can have something "broken and fixed" by adults, but once you mature it isn't so simple.

    The speaker clearly misses Steven but also the childhood innocence that he possessed, hence, "I swear that I will pull you from the wreckage of this sunday, monday routine. I will pull you from the wreckage. oh, don't you need me on my own." He wishes they could both revert to that younger mindset they had together.

    As for the labor analogy (Nine months later, I'm the lonely one, with all the fruit of labor and half of the fun.)- I think it's just a witty pun, like he's been the only one really buckling down and working the past 9 months (also that's the amount of time in a school year? just sayin) but because of this maturity nothing is as fun.

    So yes. As other people have said, it's about maturing into an adult. That's just my break down of some lines.
    loveAZon May 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks to my friend daphne for helping me out with this one. still, we bet there are a lot of things we misheard so feel free to correct us.
    reutcon April 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's "sunday, monday routine" for sure ... i love that line.
    erbylikewhoaon April 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'oh, don't you need me on my own.'

    I'm pretty sure it's 'oh, don't you LEAVE me on my own'.
    Artichokeon April 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'oh, don't you need me on my own.'

    I'm pretty sure it's 'oh, don't you LEAVE me on my own'.
    Artichokeon April 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is called Steven, not stephen ;)
    Ruttyxon May 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe it is "SHOT up in bloom."
    unic0rnyon May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea, i heard its called steven on the album now... oh well. :)
    reutcon May 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso what's this song about then?
    paul_bankson June 07, 2007   Link

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