This song is largely about wanting to live life to the fullest. At the beginning there is a powerful bit from the tape recording of the massacre of Jonestown with Jim Jones saying some of...
I really want to go out
I really want to go outside and stop to see your day
You really want to hole up
You really want to stay inside and sleep the light away

I really want to go out
I really want to go outside and make it light all day
You really want to hole up
You really want to stay inside and not care where you lay

Well I know what's good
Exactly cause I have been there before
Yeah I know what's good
Exactly those things night cannot behold

I really want to go out
I really want to go outside and stop to see your day
You really want to hole up
You really want to stay inside and sleep the light away

I think it's good to go out
cause if you don't you'll never make a memory that will stay
I think that you should wake up
I think I want to live my life and you're just in my way


Lyrics submitted by bshaw28

Go Outside song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentGo out and make the most of your life!
    legslikelittlespiderson January 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song couldn't have come at a better time in my life.
    powerful yet sweet.
    jhooveron February 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song tells exactly what someone would say to me now.
    buivictoron July 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the second to last line should be " I think that we should break up".

    hequestrianon July 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think with the initial audio of reverend Jim Jones 'But to me, death is not... death is not a fearful thing, its living thats treacherous... Do not be afraid to die! If these people land out here, they'll torture some of our children here, they'll torture our people, they'll torture our seniors, we cannot allow this!....' A part of which is then repeated under the rest of the audio later on, and the video of the song showing the Peoples Temple with the band members edited into the footage - being placed with those who leave Jonestone, that the song could have a double meaning of being from the perspective of one of the survivors of Jonestone or one of the people who want to leave, with the 'You really want to hole up' being Jones who wants to hole up in the compound and commit suicide.
    whquickon August 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAbout a stagnate relationship where the singer feels restricted by her partner's laziness. Let's make memories together or I need to move on.
    ggarnoldon December 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it's about religious oppression. Religion does not want you to go outside and live the life you want, but always keeps you in check. "Well I know what's good exactly cause I have been there before" - not because some strange book or preacher tells me what's good and what's wrong in theory.

    "You really want to hole up" - this is exactly what religious fundamentalists do. They don't care what's outside their religious circle, their religious friends and religious points of view. They just want to blindly believe that what their religion teaches is the best way. But the singer does not want this. The singer wants a true life experience which will become the standard by which good and wrong will stand.

    And the final words, "I think I want to live my life and you're just in my way" show the final rebuttal in which the singer recognizes the religious threat and simply dismisses its constraints.
    or29544on November 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI think it's "I think that you should break up," not "I think that you should wake up."
    encgon June 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds a lot like me and my sister.. total opposites. haha.

    Well, I think the singer is realizing that their boyfriend/girlfriend is on a different page on them. The singer wants to explore new things, etc. (Could possibly be due to a big age gap between them.) The two have different interests and the singer realizes they should break up.
    Leenzoon December 27, 2012   Link
  • -4
    Song MeaningIt's a nasty song. The music is pretty, but the words are unfriendly.
    bluescarf49on March 11, 2012   Link

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