"Bloodshot" as written by and Andrew Mcmahon....
There's a lot that I don't know
There's a lot that I'm still learning
But I think I'm letting go
To find my body is still burning
And you hold me down
And you got me living in the past
Come on and pick me up
Somebody clear the wreckage from the blast

And I'm alive
And I don't need a witness
To know that I survived
I'm not looking for forgiveness
I just need light
I need light in the dark as I search for the resolution

And the bars are finally closed
So I try living in the moment
'Til the moment it just froze
And I felt sick and so alone
I can hear the sound
Of your voice still ringing in my ear
I'm going underground
But you'll find me anywhere I feel


I need light in the dark as I search for the resolution

You hold me down
You hold me down
I'm alive
And I don't need a witness
To know that I survived
I'm not looking for forgiveness


I need light in the dark as I search for the resolution
I need light, I need light

Lyrics submitted by AbsolutionAgent_gMs, edited by maaarqueee

"The Bloodshot" as written by Andrew Ross Mcmahon


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    General CommentI think vball made some great points, but I also think smoking marijuana is a large part of the song. It wouldn't be the first and won't be the last time that Andrew will put elements of smoking in his work (solo and SoCo). I obviously think the title and the talk about looking into his bloodshot eyes, plus the repeated use of the word high, are more than enough example of this.

    I think that the song is about how life is depressing and sad, and a constant struggle, but about how smoking weed relieves that stress and somehow makes everything beautiful. This is why I think the lyrics are very dark and depressing like vBall described, but the music is so uplifting and beautiful just like the sun rising "the sky is on fire".

    Personally, no matter what crazy shit is going on in my life, waking up and watching the sun rise while smoking a bowl or joint or blunt is amazing, it clears my head and is a nice time to plan out my day and mentally prepare for it all.

    You guys can have your meanings, but for me- that is what this song reminds me of. I also visualize this sunrise on a beach, since skyscapes are rarely as amazing as in the middle of the summer on the beach, smoking a joint just by yourself watching it from right on the beach, the sky does look like its on fire sometimes, the reds and oranges and pinks eating up the darkness of night.
    Silon August 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea what this song means, but I think it's totally amazing, I got it like the minute it came out on The Ghost Overground, and Andrew McMahon ROCKS :D
    whereisyourboyyyon August 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshades of eleanor rigby (lyrically)... i like it... ahh what the hell - love it !
    JJ77on August 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentk, even though people might think this songs a little about drugs, what with the high and bloodshot eyes lyrics, i dont think thats what it is. The hills still left to climb, its just so high. i think its about growing up and how hard it can be. like, you know, going over the hill..getting older. OR, it can be about any sort of challenge in life, like maybe a depressed woman, a traumatized mannn. tell me whatya think!!! i love this song!!!
    ErCaLaon August 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt definitely is about how people's lives are bland, pointless, and just tiring. The first verse or two is about a girl who literally starts her day behind everyone else (the mail) and how her exuberance is fading by growing up and paying bills and handling real problems. The next verse is about a Veteran painting his sights from the war. The canvas is red because all he saw was carnage and blood. No one will see this. He's making a futile attempt to show his sights to people. The hill is a symbol for life. It's just too high to climb and by the end of the day, we're all too tired to actually climb it. The last verse is saying how we're in valleys (flat land) and we just keep trying to climb the hill. We start out already defeated.

    That's my take :)
    Vballon August 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with vball... They are like it's just so high, and I'm so tired, I don't wanna do this... get up and make a difference or something. Live life...
    DJgifon August 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlive life indeed...
    This song is great....so meaningful....it always
    gets to me when human examples are included in the lyrics....makes things real...you can picture it in your mind and that makes the mood just jump out.
    I love the tempo in this song....!!!
    Kristall888on August 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how when he sings "bright red," he sings it the same way that he sings a few of the "dark blue"'s in "Dark Blue" off Everything In Transit.
    drtomoe123on August 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Sil here. People feel like they live stressful lives. Weed is an escape from what is a burden to a person. I think the word "high" can be conveyed in two ways here. "Too high", as in a task you feel are out of reach or impossible. "High", as in a escape from life. They go hand and hand, i feel. When somethings "too high" you want to get high.
    ktlarneyon August 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI really love Andrew for this song. He's an amazing lyricist.

    I agree with the marijuana influences that others have mentioned.
    Like, if something gets difficult, most people want to just take the easy way out.

    This also sort of makes me think of his struggle with cancer.
    He might not have gotten much sleep when he was in treatment for it, hence the "I'm so tired" and "bloodshot eyes" part.

    Overall, this song's just amazing. I love it, and TGP.
    HighSchoolHighsCoolon September 20, 2008   Link

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