"Enemy" as written by and Jack Hody Johnson....
After we spoke I had a dream that I broke
The teeth from a mouth of a snake
That I choked on the teeth
They were mine all along

I picked up the pieces when I woke
Put them in a boat made of things that I don't wanna see
I blew on the sail
Watched it drift out to sea
The further it drifted the closer it came to me
I can't explain

So I took it apart in a billion boxes
There was only one thing
You might think I'm your enemy
But that don't make you mine
And all I have now is above thee
I wish that you'd stop trying
Oh, please stop lying
Stop la la la la la la la la
La la la la

The hatred in the box then I locked
The strongest one I knew
I buried it all, grew a tree without thorns
Sat beneath the shade
You might think I'm your enemy
But that don't make you mine
And all I have now is above thee
I wish that you'd stop trying
Oh please stop lying
Please stop la la la la la la la
La la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la


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"Enemy" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

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    General CommentEnemy, which on first listening seems a pretty ballad about a break-up, is really about a man who publicly accused Johnson of conspiring to burn down his home. “I started having hateful feelings about this person I didn’t even know, and I had to work it out. One line sums it up: ‘Just because you think I’m your enemy, that doesn’t make you mine.’
    itisshaggyon February 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow, thanks itisshaggy. I would never have guessed that's what it was about. man, jack's had some hard times lately.

    I love this picture -
    "I put hatred in a box then I locked it
    The strongest one I made
    I buried it all grew a tree without thorns
    And sat beneath its shade"

    It is such a good feeling to rise above something like this and be at peace.
    *MadeForThis*on February 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlol fragin i'm affraid you are the noob for such a display of hypocrisy. Your version of the lyrics is ridiculous, and really the "la las" don't need to be included. Thankyou bad sun. I love the line "I burried it all grew a tree without thorns and sat beneath it's shade." To me this refers to the strength that comes with self affirmation; you don't need to feel upset about attacks anyone makes, because your own conscience is clear. This song is about pacifism. Clearly that's not something fragin picked up on....
    Chezon April 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song!!
    (L)..
    i think the song is about how you are an enemy to urself..
    (L) thanks aman (y)
    fofaXDon January 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow about both of y'all have the incorrect lyrics.

    These are the lyrics FROM THE BOOKLET:

    After we spoke I had a dream that I broke
    The teeth from a mouth of a snake
    Then I choked on the teeth they were mine all along
    I picked up the pieces when I woke
    I put them in a boat made of things that I don’t want to see
    I blew on the sail watched it drift out to sea
    The further it drifted the closer it came to me I can’t explain
    So I took it apart built a billion boxes
    But there was only one key

    You might think I’m your enemy
    But that don’t make you mine
    And all I have now is empathy
    I wish that you’d stop trying
    Please stop lying

    I put hatred in a box then I locked it
    The strongest one I made
    I buried it all grew a tree without thorns
    And sat beneath its shade

    You might think I’m your enemy
    But that don’t make you mine
    And all I have now is empathy
    I wish that you’d stop trying
    Please stop lying

    ----------------------------------------------

    But this is a great song and thanks itisshaggy for giving me info on what it's really about.
    bad sunon February 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it's about how a man's worse enemy can be himself. The things the character said and the hate he contained chased him around like a boomerang, but when he locked it away... his mistakes turned to good. (He planted bad seeds, but they grew into a thornless tree and he sat beneath it's shade). I love the line "you might think I'm your enemy, but that don't make you mine."
    CadillacKincaidon March 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfragin you stupid arsehole your a fuken arsehole. what does "all i have now is above the" even mean? do you have any idea how stupid that sounds. i can just imagine a stupid dumb ass singing it. what a fuken stupid fuken arsehole.
    johnjacksonon January 21, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about the more and more you try to further yourself from hatred and fighting of all kinds, the more it is going to antagonize you, and There’s no way to escape it, because some people just want to start shit.

    Jack is saying in the line, “You might think I’m your enemy,
    But that don’t make you mine.”
    That some people would just prefer to hassle you, and Jack just wants to chill, so he says, “I put hatred to a box then I locked it.
    The strongest one I made.
    I buried it all grew a tree without thorns,
    And I sat beneath its shade.”
    He chooses to ignore it and just goes with the flow, not letting the haters get to him. It’s a powerful message about living your life for yourself and nobody else.
    LoveIsTheAnsweron January 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commenthmmm what came to my mind is that jack is talking about hatred in general. "You might think im your enemy but that don't make you mine" refers to how he doesn't want to hate anything/anyone if he doesn't have to. Even if someone is not on good terms with him, he still likes them, he doesn't hate them.

    I think this is strongly showed through the first several lines,

    "After we spoke I had a dream that I broke
    The teeth from a mouth of a snake"

    these lines kind of relate to that time after an argument or fight you have with a person and you feel like destroying something/acting in rage (ex: punching a wall, screaming in a pillow, etc.) because you are so angry. Jack had a "dream" of him breaking the teeth of a snake because of his anger at that moment.

    But he later chokes on his own teeth (the moment when you realize how you reacted was wrong, like swallowing your own words). He becomes disgusted with himself for that spurt of anger he committed and those terrible images he imagined:

    "Then I choked on the teeth they were mine all along
    I picked up the pieces when I woke
    I put them in a boat made of things that I don't want to see"

    ^ similar to the moment when you say things or do things you dont really mean but you say/do them because you are so pissed. however, after all of it, you regret reacting to the situation so negatively. sometimes when we are angry we hurt the ones we love even thought we don't mean it. Jack picks up all the "pieces" (in this case the teeth, but this could also mean the things like debri from the wall, feathers from the pillow, pieces from the damage you may have caused, etc.) and he locks them away ("put them in a boat made of things I don't want to see") so he won't ever have to look at them/be reminded of them.

    But unfortunately anger and hatred are things that can't be avoided. its part of human nature as jack describes with these lines:

    "I blew on the sail watched it drift out to sea
    The further it drifted the closer it came to me I can't explain."

    So although he tries to forget about his times of anger and his acts of hatred, as he watches them "drift" away they still "drifted" "closer" to him.

    Clearly his idea of trying to go at life without anger is also obviously stated with "I put hatred in a box then I locked it, the strongest one I made." And even though anger/hatred is something you cannot control, you can ease it. you can grow strong from your wrong-doings and learn to be less angry with the world/people. And by doing that, you can enjoy life happily:
    "I buried it all grew a tree without thorns
    And sat beneath its shade"

    (Shade meaning comfort, happiness, peacefulness. He turned away from his anger and something good came out of it ((the tree with shade and no thorns))).

    idk that was just my take on it
    ericayupon April 02, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAfter we spoke I had a dream that I broke
    The teeth FROM A MOUTH OF A SNAKE THAT I choked on the teeth
    They were mine all along

    I picked up the pieces when I woke
    Put them in a boat made of things that I don’t want to see
    I blew on the sail
    Watched it drift out to sea
    The further it drifted the closer it came to me
    I can’t explain

    So I took it apart in a billion boxes
    There was only one thing
    You might think I’m your and only
    But that don’t make you mine
    And all I have now is ABOVE THE
    I wish that you’d stop trying
    Oh, please stop lying
    Stop la la la la la la la
    La la la la la…
    The hatred in the box that I locked
    The strongest one I knew
    I buried it all, grew a tree without thorns
    Sat beneath IT'S SHADE
    You might think I’m your EMEMY
    But that don’t make you mine
    And all I have now is ABOVE THE
    I wish that you’d stop trying
    Oh please stop lying
    Please stop la la la la la la
    La la la la la…
    La la la la la…
    fraginon January 31, 2008   Link

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