"Missing Cleveland" as written by and Scott Richard Weiland Douglas Allan Grean....
You were dressed up at the bar
They expected us to fall from the heavens
It's only seven, they were monkeys all of them
Entertainment summer stain
Wondering whether, it's now or never

Strapped into the monkey scene
Like a Martian chimpanzee
Love you more than ever
When you broke my laws

You're holding on but letting go
I'm missing Cleveland and the snow
And lonely thoughts where everybody
Knows the truth and lets it be

We'll have a dream and you don't care
At least it seems so when you're there
What really hurts these sometimes lonely
When your feet are on the ground

There was you and there was me like the perfect family
Thought we'd always live forever
One and one and one makes three
And in change a glass of pain
Glad we got it truly toxic

Strapped into the monkey scene
Like a Martian chimpanzee
Love you more than ever
When you broke my laws

You're holding on but letting go
I'm missing Cleveland and the snow
The lonely thoughts where everybody
Knows the truth and lets it be

We'll have a dream and you don't care
At least it seems so when you're there
What really hurts these sometimes lonely
When your feet are on the ground

Once again I am alone, now I'm older
Never meant to let you go, no

You're holding on but letting go
I'm missing Cleveland and the snow
The lonely thoughts where everybody
Knows the truth and lets it be

We'll have a dream and you don't care
At least it seems so when you're there
What really hurts is sometimes lonely
When your feet are on the ground


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"Missing Cleveland" as written by Scott Richard Weiland Douglas Allan Grean

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    General CommentI actually, surprisingly, really like this song.

    I guess it's about a girl, some relationship the singer had, evidently in Cleveland. Or maybe they met in Cleveland, and it's somehow special to them. And then I guess they broke up. Maybe they were too young, or too volatile to really make the relationship work. The line about "one and one and one make three" might also have something to do with a kid, perhaps the singer wasn't ready for the responsibility of fatherhood.

    So looking back, being older, he feels guilty about having left the girl and/or their child.

    What space monkeys have to do with all this, I'm still not sure of. Maybe something to do with the early space program, sending doomed animals into space... talking about leaving somewhere you'll never be able to return to.

    That's my personal opinion of it, anyhow. I'm probably putting a slight spin on it due to my own personal experiences. Also, I grew up just south of Cleveland (Ohio, anyway) so this song has special significance to me on that count.
    Desaparecidaon December 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think rockboy hit it right on the dot.
    I wasn't too partial with this song, considering theres tons of greater ones on the album, and double album. I didn't like the fact that this was the single I guess.
    It grew on me though, like all of Scott's songs.
    Normaljeansxxxon December 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt might have something to do with his ex-wife since I read in article that many of his songs would be about his dead bro and ex-wife. "So one and one and one make three
    And it changed the recipe, Strap into the monkey seat
    Like a Martian chimpanzee" might mean about how strange relationships are to him or how things become strange in a relationship.
    xJoelxon January 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAnyone seen the video?Interesting...looks like he dies in the end or takes his own life???
    crombiegirl00on February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about how having a wife and children can spin your life out of your control, and how Scott misses the single life (the bars, especially) and not having such a huge responsibility.
    $p$on September 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus should be

    "I'm a dreamer, you don't care
    at least it seems so when you're there
    and leaving Earth is sometimes lonely
    when your feet are on the ground"

    The monkey stuff is about fame, the music industry, being tied to something you can't really control, and then you have a wife and kids and a drug addiction and you wish everything was a little simpler again.
    TshirtLadezon October 18, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe lyric above has a pretty important mistake. It should be

    You're holding on but letting go
    I'm missing Cleveland and the snow
    The lonely bars where everybody
    Knows the truth and lets it be

    For those of us from Cleveland - we know these neighborhood bars. Where the grind of a bleak future known but is left unmentioned. The evening is all that matters at that moment.
    Schotzon May 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes no sense at all.
    mb2621on August 14, 2016   Link

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