"Down And Out" as written by Dean Dillon and Frank Dycus....
I'm coming up for air so I can
Check myself again and I stand
Proven to the man but sheltered
Confidence we tend to shelf and

Unexpected hunger drives me
Just shut up and stand beside me
I don't need your understanding
I don't need to change a damn thing

And though I'm used to have you here
It doesn't change the man I was
When you found me
And there was no one else around me, yeah

Just turn the page and watch me grow
There's so many things that you don't know
About my soul
Live and die but this will not get old

Just when you think that you're down and out
Don't preconceive what I'm all about
Look for a reason that you have to start
Acting like a friend that you are not

And when you think that we played it out
We come from the bottom and knock it out
Look for a reason that you have to start
Acting like a friend but you are not, yeah

Nothing in between to fall through
I'm being myself who are you
You stand above and look down
You're just a plagaristic clown

You suck the life out of me
You keep track of the pity
And when this well becomes dry
You'll shed a tear for another lie

And though I'm used to have you here
It doesn't change the man I was
When you found me
And there was no one else around me, yeah

Just turn the page and watch me grow
There's so many things that you don't know
About my soul
Live and die but this will not get old

Just when you think that you're down and out
Don't preconceive what I'm all about
Look for a reason that you have to start
Acting like a friend that you are not

And when you think that we played it out
We come from the bottom and knock it out
Look for a reason that you have to start
Acting like a friend but you are not, yeah

And though I'm used to have you here
It doesn't change the man I was
When you found me
And there was no one else around me, yeah, yeah, yeah ooh

Just when you think that you're down and out
Don't preconceive what I'm all about
Look for a reason that you have to start
Acting like a friend that you are not

And when you think that we played it out
We come from the bottom and knock it out
Look for a reason that you have to start
Acting like a friend but you are not, yeah



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"Down And Out" as written by Erik Leonhardt Hugo Ferreira

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI think its about People who act like they are your friends because you are doing something great, but really arnt your friends and just want some of the glory. Or perhaps im wrong? hmm?
    killerdudeeon June 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfake friends giving fake pitty
    chernaruson November 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song is about suicide. if you watch the video you'll understand.
    trooper911on August 23, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIt is written from the perspective of somebody that has a hard time relating to other people. He often feels alone because even his friends he feels are trying to change him and refuse to love him for how he is usually whether their friends are trying to change him or not.

    "Just shut up and stand beside me
    I don't need your understanding
    I don't need to change a damn thing"

    "Look for a reason that you have to start
    Acting like a friend that you are not"

    Often when people feel like this, they think that their friends are not really their friends but are trying to use them. Often they think that nobody really knows them (despite how well people really do know them, this type of person is very transparent).

    "There's so many things that you don�t know
    About my soul"

    Sometimes they think people are fake and trying to screw them over by lying about who they are to get close to them.

    "I'm being myself who are you
    You stand above and look down
    You're just a plagaristic clown
    You suck the life out of me
    You keep track of the petty
    And when this well becomes dry
    You'll shed a tear for another lie"

    The reason that the video has a suicide theme is because often when they realize the reason they are lonely is all their own fault for driving people away usually cuz they are falsely thinking that everyone around him is fake and using him. Or because he has some kind of other significant person problems that drives away everyone but users (it is usually this one, think about it how often is the notion "everybody in the world is crazy except for me" true?). When people suddenly come to the realization that everything bad in their life is their own fault, one of two things will happen. They will try to change themselves, or will kill themselves.
    MrTylerGreenon December 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. One of Tantrics best imo, I loved it from the beginning.

    Seems to be about standing by your friends, but I could be wrong.
    Sprigganon April 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Killerdudee. I think it's about "friends" who are only there to get some fame.
    TopazLynxon June 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is definitely about companionship and turbulent relationships. I don't think it's about just friends, though, especially considering the lines

    "Though I’m used to have you here
    It's doesn’t change the man I was
    When you found me"

    He is addressing a specific person whom he is accustomed to having constantly at his side. I suppose it could be interpreted as dealing with friends, I think there is a more intimate component to this song that reminds me of "Breakdown". I think the point is that there is a troubled, complex relationship and he is accusing the other party of not being the friend he/she/they should be. It is a little open-ended though, and the mood is unambiguous.
    chirality21on July 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI see it as someone(lover/close friend) trying to change someone, who is, somewhat broken, and shaping them into something else. but the "broken" one is all like, let me be, let me rediscover who I am, because for someone whose supposed to be a friend, you don't know the shit I've been through, so let me do my own thing....I guess that's kinda, in a manner of speaking, what it means.....great song, I love the violin parts
    Blackhart_Antiheroon August 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh the meaning is way too obvious.
    HEDplanetearthon August 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh the meaning is way too obvious.
    HEDplanetearthon August 27, 2008   Link

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