"Boss Inside" as written by and Adam M Green....
How do you find the guy around here
I've already sped through a year
I've already tried all the campus bars at night
And even cried alone at the diner

Somewhere there's a prince
And he likes to strike me down
I know I'm not the reason
I'm just the one he found

And all these other cowards
They're not hard to boss around
You just get them in your arms
Then you hold them till they drown

I walked back to the cottage
With no hand around my wrist
And I heard the sound of vodka bottles breaking

I went out to the clearing
He was standing with a fist
But I couldn't see the face that he was making

He said make me some dinner
Said I thought you'd never ask
He was standing in my kitchen
I was filling up his glass

He finally started screaming
And pointing to the bed
He wanted me to kill him
But I took his life instead

Ugly moments strung together
And the poor guy couldn't even find his temper
And he could no longer make me cry
I guess the boss inside of him died
I guess the boss inside of him died
I guess the boss inside of him died


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    General CommentTo me, it sounds like this song is about someone with schizophrenia. And the 'boss inside' is the voice inside his head. Throughout his life he's been able to deal with the voices (And all these other cowards
    They're not hard to boss around You just get them in your arms Then you hold them till they drown) but the 'boss inside' makes him go crazy, and he thinks he is two different people and starts screaming etc.
    His life would have been made up of 'ugly moments' due to his disorder. That's just what I think, anyway.
    exothermicon October 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentcan anyone take a stab at what this song is about?
    NewHealthRockon May 10, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI think it's about either his father or a father figure.
    glocklibertyon June 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyeah that's about where i'm at more or less. looking for a bit more insight though...
    NewHealthRockon July 16, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationSeems like it's from a woman's point of view. She is looking for her perfect man, but in the meantime she has a lot of guys who aren't right for her that she will be with to pass the time.
    Dan33185on September 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA woman can't find a lover because she's been fucked up by her abusive father.
    HowardTCoon June 11, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, it sounds like Green is trying to describe abusive/destructive relationships, specifically one where a man beats a woman.

    She "cries alone at the diner" to attract guys; Violent and abusive men are drawn to women they percieve as weak and insecure, since they are easier to manipulate and control. And indeed; "I walked back to the cottage with no hand around my wrist". She remains in this relationship. Either willingly, or due to not finding the strength to leave.

    "I know I'm not the reason. I'm just the one he found."; She's aware that while his violence is directed at her, she's just an outlet. The origin of his anger lies elsewhere, as usually is the case with domestic abuse. "He wanted me to kill him" furner hints at this, as his anger seems to be pointed towards himself. "Vodka bottles breaking" is another example of the man's self-destructive mindset (alcoholism).

    And yet, what finally 'kills' him (I think this is more metaphorically - it breaks his spirit) is the realization that he's lost control of her. Abusers and sociopaths are obscessed with having control, and when "he could no longer make me cry" then "the boss inside of him died."

    The song seems to end with her finally leaving, and yet it doesn't. Throughout the song are hints that this is not her first abusive relationship. It's a sad truth that women who are abused by their partner, often are in the next relationship as well. Perhaps not willingly or knowingly, but they seem to be drawn to a certain type of partner. "Crying alone at the diner" is descrive as a deliberate action. "Somewhere there's a prince and he likes to strike me down..." "All these other cowards..." To me it seems like a vicious and repeating cycle.

    It's a powerful and sad song. Kudos to Adam Green for putting words to such a difficult subject.
    oysteinon May 31, 2017   Link

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