"Ill with Want" as written by and Robert William Crawford Scott Yancey Avett....
I am sick with wanting
And it's evil and it's daunting
How I let everything I cherish lay to waste
I am lost in greed this time, it's definitely me
I point fingers but there's no one there to blame

I need for something
Not let me break it down again
I need for something
But not more medicine

I am sick with wanting
And it's evil how it's got me
And everyday is worse than the one before
The more I have the more I think,
I'm almost where I need to be
If only I could get a little more

I need for something
Now let me break it down again
I need for something
But not more medicine

Something has me (Something has me)
Oh something has me (Something has me)
Acting like someone I don't wanna be
Something has me (Something has me)
Oh something has me (Something has me)
Acting like someone I know isn't me
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed

Temporary is my time
Ain't nothin' on this world that's mine
Except the will I found to carry on
Free is not your right to choose
It's answering what's asked of you
To give the love you find until it's gone

I need for something
Now let me break it down again
I need for something
But not more medicine

Something has me (Something has me)
Oh something has me (Something has me)
Acting like someone I don't wanna be
Something has me (Something has me)
Oh something has me (Something has me)
Acting like someone I know isn't me
I'll with want and poisoned by this ugly greed
I'll with want and poisoned by this ugly greed


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"Ill with Want" as written by Scott Yancey Avett Robert William Crawford

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    General CommentA need for something, now let me break it down again
    A need for SOMETHING BUT NOT MORE medicine

    looking for a curative for the evils of greed?

    A recognition of a searching that can't be fulfilled simply by attaining more of what you already have?



    42 stepson February 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot to be a stickler but "Free is not your right to choose" not "Free is not your right to chose." One letter difference but it's pretty big.
    Anyway, great song. One of my favorites on this album
    iamjackslameusernameon July 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is my first comment on a song. I don't like those on here that try to make a song about God that is clearly not about God. I don't think this song is about God, but there is real biblical truth in this song. Materialistic things never satisfy and seeking them only can turn us evil. The bit about freedom seems to be a direct reference to Galatians 5:13. It basically says that freedom is not given to indulge ourselves but rather to give ourselves to loving others.
    Philsname32on February 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"A need for something, now let me break it down again
    A need for something but not more medicine"

    A very poignant statement to make in today's society.
    28undermyspellon September 19, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"The more I have the more I think I'm almost where I need to be
    If only I could get a little more"

    Defiantly a comment on society--a very good comment.
    insertbandnamehereon October 28, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionMaybe I am totally wrong here, but it seems pretty obviously to me that this song is about drug addiction. I think anyone who has gone through a drug addiction (me being one of those people) can see that pretty plainly. BUT I also agree that it can be viewed on another level, particularly dealing with the greed that is so prevalent in (American) capitalistic society today. However, while I am sure the Avett Brothers are smart enough that they were aware of multiple meanings behind this song (or at least particular lines in the song), I definitely think it was written, as a whole, about dealing with and trying to overcome drug addiction.
    deekbooteron November 04, 2012   Link

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