I don’t want your body, I don’t want your mind
Cos those things are easy, so easy to find
I don’t need your money, I don’t need your warm glow
When everybody is out to destroy my soul

So you packed up a suitcase, you stood at the door
But oh, how I’ve seen this, I’ve seen it before
So I ripped up your letters and threw them across the floor
I can’t stand to read them now, or anymore

And we will regret all the mistakes
That we swore we’d never make
How we were forgot, but never forgave
And how it will end this way

I don’t want a body, I don’t want a mind
But I never can seem to leave them behind
So take all your money, and take, take all your warm glow
I can’t love somebody that tries to destroy my soul

Oh, how I regret all the mistakes
That I swore I’d never make
How we were forgot, and never forgave
And how we will end this way


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    General CommentI feel most of his songs very personal and involve his life, history. angst, story, feelings and thoughts .they are a way he uses as therapy for him to release his feelings and thoughts and many of his songs seem to be about his mom (and other older family/friends ) and interestingly, he confirmed this about his mom being the inspiration for many of his songs on the Fort Worth radio interview.

    But this one is about a girlfriend/lover-- most probably L...y, his most recent one that I am aware of (or a past girlfriend)

    She is likely saying to him, I gave you everything I had..my body, my mind, love, sweetness, money when he had none and from her point of view all she had and it was not enough for him so she felt forced to leave him and stood "suitcase in hand". this is what she says to him during arguments..I gave you everything..how can you did this to me, Josiah? Finally, she feels forced to leave as he is not present a lot when with her or from her. She breaks it off finally..

    He became very angry at this and ripped up her letters which now seemed false to him all the love she claimed she had for him (and may well of had form her POV)..he will never read them and weep anymore..he is done..

    This is because she, from his point of view, failed him just like all the others before her..he had believed she was different...

    It is clear from his other songs that he feels noone gets him and his thirst to get where he wants to go and to his goals and dreams in a hurry no matter what..his family and many do not understand..they want him to wait and live the normal life..get a degree, a stable job, settle down and to him that is torture if he does not have what he wants and must have..without it he feels his reason for living, his very soul will be extinguished and he looked to her to be different and to support him in this even if it hurts her, even if he leaves her to pursue it and does what he feels he must do to achieve it.

    He is saying to this lover, I don't need things like your mind, your body, your money, the warm feelings when I am with you but what i really need from you is to understand my dreams, my quest, how it is everything to me; for you to support me in the midst of my
    feeling no one else does, that when all make fun of me and think I am crazy, you are there are me as a support believing in me .. this I needed above all, you would not give me as you sought to hold me here, to Morristown, to you, to the normal type of relationship that is just not enough for a man like me.

    She apparently in her need for the normal life and love..home, kids, family,. picket fenced house was not able to support him leaving and seeking his fortune and thus he tells her. go..I can find what you are offering anywhere....a body, mind, money, warm glow, they are all easy to find as many fish are in the sea,,,what I need is someone who understands my soul, my all, and is willing to do everything (even at pain to themselves) to support me.. to make my dreams her dreams to support me in this that noone else understands and this lack from you is the ultimate betrayal for me so your words of love and letters mean nothing to me but pain..

    I will have what I must have as it is like water and air to me--vital to my existence...

    He does have regrets though and though it is easy to find replacement bodies and minds, he still sad to leave her behind..as he did have feelings for her.

    My son, an artist and of the same artistic temperament as Josiah once said to me, he cares nothing for having family, kids, the mundane, the regular...all he wants is to draw to create and that this is why he was born...it is everything to him and all he cares about to his core..it is a great gift God has gave him and he must use it (unfortunately a tragic accident took away his dream and it is very sad to me-his mother who knows he wanted to be an artist since age 3 and how exceptionally talented he was--he had won a huge full ride art scholarship and many awards and if not for this tragedy would likely be working on movies or for Disney or something nowadays but I sense that same passion in Josiah). I also saw the immense devastation losing his dreams..his reason for living had on him..

    As far as the song, he feels sad that they had vowed to be different ..to not turn out like so many--busted and battered--and they failed and broke their vows to one another.... He is aware that they can eventually forget but the pain is too deep to forgive..he is hurt deeply to see it end this end for them but he feels in her failing to live up to his deepest wants and expectations from her, he cannot love her as he feels, she, too, like all those before her is out to destroy him from his core and essence,but (unintentionally from her part I am sure) destroying his soul in trying to force him to chose between him and his music and big dreams (like the song said also may be in part to her..he is bad news as the music is his true love) so he also recognizes in this song, he has some regrets too...that he failed her in his promises to her as well for being unable to be what she wanted someone who would give up things to be with her and he won't do it..

    One sees that she, placed in the unenviable position of many females of playing second fiddle to his quest and his music and dreams eventually felt he did not love her enough and so she left but now he tells her I also leave you as you never really loved me if you do not understand my most important needs...to be there so me no matter what and to support me in my dreams no matter what especially when I feel so few of the others who loves me do this...he fails to see how to few women can play 2nd fiddle to a man's dreams and his music and ambition and sees her fairly normal female reaction (for to girls loves must be proved with actions that she means more to him than anything pretty much although she can support him to a point but not the point she is hurting all the time for his absence and from him putting the music first time and time again (assumed).

    It is a tragedy essentially as he needs this kind of love so bad and it is so hard to find and she wants what most women wants and can't truly understand him as he is not typical of the average guy..Maybe someday they will both find what they want..he is tempted with women's bodies and words and stuff coming from their minds like any man and so he does not remain celebrate and keeps searching but he on some level knows he disappointed her which he never wanted to hurt her and understands he broke promises to her too but just can't be content with less than he needs. also, I know women and men coming from different places truly don't understand each other..a man must be admired and supported in the pursuit of his most cherished dreams and his work is so important..a women seeks love from a man above all else shown in words and deeds and though her work is also important not to the point usually that it super-cedes giving and receiving love to/from her mate and children...this is needed for her to feel truly fulfilled in many cases if women are honest with themselves. The truth is to a man being admired is everything and to a woman being loved is everything.

    In a way though I am sure he did not mean it this way, it bespeaks the truth that most men and women can never really get 100% what they need from the other sex and most people can never really met the deepest needs of another person..only God and we ourselves can ultimately do that...and yet we keep hoping...and getting devastated over and over (Hmm another song title ??)


    Does anyone agree with my take on this?
    calendar girlon April 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI see what you mean, calendar girl. I also noticed some lyrics that fit into your take on the song that you left out. I'm not nearly as good as expressing thoughts as you are, but I'll try...

    "all the mistakes that we swore we'd never make" refers to what you were saying about how the couple (Josiah and his girlfriend) were convinvced that they were different from everyone else. That is where "oh how i've seen this, i've seen it before." They've seen others break up, but never thought that they would ever come to that point. And then "how it could end this way" is him saying "and yet we ended up excatly like them anyway."

    I think that "how we were forgot, but never forgave" is about the lovers eventually drifting out of eachothers mind, and yet they still uncounsiously blame the other for the pain of the past that they have never let go of.

    You did a really good job on the verses; thanks for sharing you interpertaion!
    josiahcrazy5on May 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI see what you mean, calendar girl. I also noticed some lyrics that fit into your take on the song that you left out. I'm not nearly as good as expressing thoughts as you are, but I'll try...

    "all the mistakes that we swore we'd never make" refers to what you were saying about how the couple (Josiah and his girlfriend) were convinvced that they were different from everyone else. That is where "oh how i've seen this, i've seen it before." They've seen others break up, but never thought that they would ever come to that point. And then "how it could end this way" is him saying "and yet we ended up excatly like them anyway."

    I think that "how we were forgot, but never forgave" is about the lovers eventually drifting out of eachothers mind, and yet they still uncounsiously blame the other for the pain of the past that they have never let go of.

    You did a really good job on the verses; thanks for sharing you interpertaion!
    josiahcrazy5on May 31, 2008   Link

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