He knew he wasn't perfect
But he always did his best to get under the surface
Not a saint, not a serpent
He just wanted everyone to be impressed with him as a person
So when she came along with the sunbeam
Self-esteem stopped making nothing outta somethings
Leaving the scene was unseen, I mean
It was the first time he ever felt the need to keep the gun clean
Do the math
He knew he had to choose a path
Gotta get that girl, gotta make her laugh
Gotta shake the past and move forwards
Gotta make this last, it feels gorgeous
But she had a lover in the mid-west
Never figured out how to get him off her thick chest
Just like that everything is gone
He didn't wanna but he had to learn the words so he could sing along

(chorus)
Everything is all I have to give you
And I'm afraid it ain't enough
And you're not so young that you believe me
Just because I say its love
And even if they come to steal you tomorrow
I'll know my smile was yours
Go ahead and chase your dreams and your freedom
Run, run wild wild horses
You can't tame these horses
You can't tame these horses, no
You can't tame these horses
You can't tame these horses

Sometimes it can be so nice, right?
Sometimes she feel herself turn into the wife type
And when its dark, sometimes hes the night light
But most of the time she doesn't even feel lifelike
She got a man but he thinks hes a star
And it feels like she has to compete with the bar
She keeps up her guard but it seems so hard
Momma never told her she would see those scars
Every night hes out doin who knows whom
While she cries along like a new show tune
Last call past, is he comin home soon?
Or is he gonna run away with the dish and the spoon?
She'll realize she don't want that clown
Leave those shoes at the lost and found
He wont catch on until shes not around
After somebody else already locked that down
We sing...

(chorus)

He didn't want her to see him leave
And he couldn't keep sittin there watchin her sleep
Cause he knows if he hangs out for a few hours
He'll dig another hole tryin to plant some new flowers
But the sun don't shine under the table
He's tryin to hold his life together with staples
No investment cause hes incapable
And hes on the outro of being labeled available
The word on the street is his girls comin back home
No more alone, no more sad poems
No after-bar calls to the cell phone
Its time to walk a new path and grow a backbone
Shoved into the big book of just friends
Wondering how he would look as a husband
And everyone of em he ever allowed to love him
Now watching from the crowd tryin to be proud of him
They say...

(chorus)


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    General CommentWow. no one's commented?
    This song is amazing. Atmosphere is a master of words and expression.
    As far as the meaning I think it's pretty clear that it's about a relationship that keeps failing despite that he keeps wanting to try to make it work.
    The best line I think is: "And you're not so young that you believe me
    Just because I say its love"
    When we were young and love was still new it seemed so exciting and like such a big deal to say it and believe it. The older you get, the more relationships you go through, the less it feels like anything that special, especially if you've been with people who just throw around "love" like it's nothing while they're also in "love" with someone else on the side.
    alovelyfadeouton June 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti see this song as a story about either slugs relationship, orr a some other characters relationship because on this album he does have alot of stories from other peoples perspectives,
    but to me it seems the first verse is about the main character's (wether or not its slug) girl meeting a guy somewhere but shes "gotta lover in the midwest" (main character/slug).
    then the second verse is the main charachter and girls rocky relationship. like the main character is never there hes always out he "thinks hes a star" and my favorite line "or is he gonna run away with the dish and the spoon".
    then the third verse is about the main character's ended relationship with the girl. " its time to walk that path and grow a backbone, shoved into the big book of just friends"

    yea soo thats how i interpreted it at least. and if the main characters is slug himself which it could be cause like "he thinks hes a star" while hes up and comming in the underground game and how hes always writing about his relationships, its pretty cool cause it would be putting him in the second guys place and not the first one ( guy that the girl meets) and the first one is the one everyone should like.
    slug is a lyrical genious no matter what
    peace
    one eyed wonderon August 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentomg! this song does sooo much to me!! i dunno the beat makes it feel fairy tale-ish but the content is far from it.
    I was in bed when i first heard this song.it made me shut my eyes think of the imagery and these tears came down my eyes... i mean the second portion hits close to home (when he gives the girl's point of view).
    Bitter-fuckin-sweet song!


    ..You CANT Tame These Horses..

    Aint that the truth...
    music_IS_ubiquitouson November 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI could agree with every comment listed. Maybe Sean wrote it with the intent of having it be interpreted in many ways...or at least acknowledging that it could be.

    I wish I could remember where I found this interview but a few years ago I watched an interview with him just after this album was released...he basically said that in past albums he wrote most songs about his own experiences, but when he wrote lemons, he wrote all the songs except one (didn't say which one, but I think it could be "yesterday") with a "storyteller" viewpoint...I think he said this was intentional because all past albums were mostly based on his own life...So this song COULD be the one off the album he wrote about himself but I doubt it...I think he is just telling a story but not about his own personal experiences necessarily.

    If anyone has the time to do a little research, it should be fairly easy to find this interview or others about this particular album. If anyone does find it, please post a link!! I would love to watch it again and wish I could remember more specifics but the above is the jist of it ;)

    Hope that helps with the interpretation aspect...And thank you to everyone who gave their thoughts about it...they could all be true and I enjoyed reading all of them <3 ~~~ Gem Revolution~~~ <3
    GemRevolutionon April 02, 2012   Link
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    General Commentit seems to me like it's about repetition, it's a story about a lowdown guy, always broke, but he was musically talented, stopping one relationship to go to another, then ending that relationship to move on to another, he lies saying it's love, but the girls are always so naive they believe him, but he did care about them, hence the line "Cause he knows if he hangs out for a few hours
    He'll dig another hole tryin to plant some new flowers" and now all these women/girls just watch from the crowd, trying to keep some sort of connection with him, even though they know it'll never happen.
    xRealityon July 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel like the Slug is describing someone else in the first verse (Which could be anyone, not just Slug). It's someone who wants her and he's describing this person situation

    But he always did his best to get under the surface
    Not a saint, not a serpent
    He just wanted everyone to be impressed with him as a person

    --Then this girl maybe him happy.

    So when she came along with the sunbeam
    Self-esteem stopped making nothing outta somethings
    Leaving the scene was unseen, I mean
    It was the first time he ever felt the need to keep the gun clean
    Do the math
    He knew he had to choose a path
    Gotta get that girl, gotta make her laugh
    Gotta shake the past and move forwards
    Gotta make this last, it feels gorgeous

    -- then he goes onto why they can't be together.

    But she had a lover in the mid-west
    Never figured out how to get him off her thick chest
    Just like that everything is gone


    -- She can't let go of this guy she with even though he treats her like shit.

    She got a man but he thinks hes a star
    And it feels like she has to compete with the bar
    She keeps up her guard but it seems so hard
    Momma never told her she would see those scars
    Every night hes out doin who knows whom
    While she cries along like a new show tune
    Last call past, is he comin home soon?
    Or is he gonna run away with the dish and the spoon?

    -- He gives himself hope that maybe they'll be together.

    She'll realize she don't want that clown
    Leave those shoes at the lost and found
    He wont catch on until shes not around
    After somebody else already locked that down

    -- I think the last verse describes this other guy she's with as well as her thoughts on him and their situation.


    -- The chorus itself I think is also this guy who likes her, he's saying he wants to give his love but it isn't enough, he thinks its love but he thinks she probably won't feel the same way. He assures himself that even if she stays with this guy or goes onto someone else, he'll remember how he felt about her and tells her to go on and be free/happy.

    Everything is all I have to give you
    And I'm afraid it ain't enough
    And you're not so young that you believe me
    Just because I say its love
    And even if they come to steal you tomorrow
    I'll know my smile was yours
    Go ahead and chase your dreams and your freedom


    Just how I interpreted it and I think it fits...
    renegade0on April 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentim becoming obsessed with this song.
    i think that in the first part he introduces that he's kind of a player but then there's one girl he falls inlove with but can't have because she has a boyfriend but he gives her all the love and everything he has just to see her smile. in the second section he talks about how her boyfriend does her dirt and in the third i think he's kind of deciding that sticking around just digs himself into a bigger hole so he decides to let go hence the "no more sad poems" and how hes considered just a friend so he's gonna grow a backbone and move on. such a beautiful song
    julielevyon December 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the three verses some how tied Slug to the whole song.

    In the first verse a younger Slug fell for this one girl, that's how he chose to begin rapping in order to get her attention. Sadly the girl had another person she loved so nothing happen between them.

    Second verse is from slug's girls [might be the same from the first verse] point of view years later down the road. At this point Slug is going all over the United States Rapping and performing. She feels like there's no point on holding on to that type of relationship so she leaves him. Possibly falls for someone else.

    Last verse is from slug's point of view. He knows that he keeps fucking up with her, and he needs to do something in order to save the relationship. Finally when he was about to seal the deal and finally settle down, she dumped him, friend zoned him and moved on.

    And the whole cycle began all over and over again.
    Laced408on April 10, 2012   Link

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