"All I Want" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon, Kevin Skaff, Neil S Westfall, Alexander Thomas Shelnutt and Joshua Steven Woodard....
I'm always screaming my lungs out 'til my head starts spinning
Playing my songs is the way I cope with life
Won't keep my voice down
Know the words I speak are the thoughts I think out loud

I like to keep things honest
I'm a safe bet like your life's staked on it, for real
I'd hate to keep you all wondering
I'm constant like the seasons, I will never be forgotten man

Let's leave no words unspoken
And save regrets for the broken
Will you even look back when you think of me?

All I want is a place to call my own
To mend the hearts of everyone who feels alone
Whoa, you know to keep your hopes up high
And your head down low
Keep your hopes up high and your head down low

Still got something left to prove
It tends to keep things movin' while everyone around me says
My last days are looming overhead
But just what the hell do they think they know?

I keep my head above the water
While they drown in the undertow
Let's leave no words unspoken and save regrets for the broken
Will you even look back when you think of me?

All I want is a place to call my own
To mend the hearts of everyone who feels alone
Whoa, you know to keep your hopes up high
And your head down low

All I want is a place to call my own
To mend the hearts of everyone who feels alone
Whoa, you know to keep your hopes up high
And your head down low

If you take it from me, live your life for yourself
'Cause when it's all said and done, you don't need anyone else
C'mon!

So let's get back to when everything seemed perfect
Not a worry in the world, tell me was this all worth it?
I get what I want so everyone's always judging me
I'm not afraid of anything, I've got the whole world in front of me

All I want is a place to call my own
To mend the hearts of everyone who feels alone
Whoa, you know to keep your hopes up high
And your head down low

All I want is a place to call my own
To mend the hearts of everyone who feels alone
Whoa, you know to keep your hopes up high
And your head down low

Keep your heads down low
Keep your heads down low
Keep your hopes up high
And your heads down low


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"All I Want" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon Alexander Thomas Shelnutt

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  • +4
    General CommentI don't think anyone really "sells out". I think it's more that people and bands change and wanna try different things. But honestly, I don't think this even applies to ADTR cause this new album doesn't sound like much of a departure from Homesick. It's a little less heavy, but that's really it.

    "I'm always screaming my lungs out
    till my head starts spinning.
    Playing my songs is the way I cope with life.
    Won't keep my voice down.
    Know the words I speak are the thoughts I think out loud."
    -His music is honest and it's what makes life easier for him. The things he can't say, he sings. So since he feels so passionately about it he does it with all his heart until he physically can't anymore. And he wants to get that across first and foremost, which is why he starts the song with this verse.

    "I like to keep things honest.
    I'm a safe bet like your life's staked on it. For real.
    I'd hate to keep you all wondering.
    I'm constant like the seasons, and I will never be forgotten man."
    -More about being honest and letting people in, but now it's more about being brutally honest. He's himself and will always be himself whether other people like it or not. But if you keep faith in him and trust in what he's saying he'll be around forever, never letting anything change him, thus keeping him "constant".

    "Let's leave no words unspoken
    and save regrets for the broken.
    Will you even look back when you think of me?"
    -My favorite part :). The band is gonna say everything they wanna say and be everything they wanna be. They won't regret anything because that would be accepting defeat and turning their backs on everything they once believed. After all, you really can't regret anything because at one time that's what you wanted. I think the last line he means that since the band is constantly moving forward, will an outsider or fan even have time to look back on all of the shit that's happened in the past. They're constantly moving forward and doing bigger, better things. Also I believe the quote is usually 'Will you even think of me when you look back?', which implies that he's stuck in the past, but since he's not, he's switched it around to be constantly in the present and future.

    "All I want is a place to call my own,
    and mend the hearts of everyone who feels alone
    Whoa
    You know to keep your hopes up high and your head down low.
    Keep your hopes up high and your head down low."
    -He wants a place to belong, not just for himself but for everyone like him who's ever had to suffer, been made to be something they're not, or had their heart broken. You don't have to be alone because there's a place for you if you look long and hard enough. Just be humble in keeping your head low but on the inside keep hope that you'll find that place and be happy.

    "Still got something left to prove.
    It tends to keep things moving.
    While everyone around me says my last days are looming overhead
    But just what the hell do they think they know?
    I keep my head above the water while they drown in the undertow"
    -He doesn't stop working because he's still gotta prove himself to the non-believers and haters. These are the people saying they have no chance at becoming any more successful than they've already been, but the band ignores them and in the end, they're the ones still alive and succeeding while the ones who doubted them are failing and falling into obscurity.

    "If you take it from me,
    Live your life for yourself.
    Cause when it's all said and done you don't need anyone else.
    Come on!"
    -Don't let anyone get you down or tell you what to do or who to be, basically.

    "So let's get back to when everything seemed perfect.
    Not a worry in the world, tell me was this all worth it?
    I get what I want, so everyone's always judging me.
    I'm not afraid of anything, and I've got the whole world in front of me."
    -Looking back on a time when everything was going just right and wondering if that time will affect them now ('Homesick' era/earlier success). Unlike the other successful bands from that time, ADTR is still going strong, so the less successful bands are talking shit about them WHILE outsiders are still judging them for being the kind of band they are. But the band knows they've got a lot to do and a lot of oppertunities on the horizon so they have nothing to worry about but themselves.
    babyghostrogueon September 18, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song is amazing i think its about not caring what people think and he just wants everyone to stop being so full of themselves and stop judging and lets get back to the way things were.
    ra3ra3on January 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is pretty self explanatory. His music is how he copes. Putting words on paper is his therapy.

    "Still got something left to prove.
    It tends to keep things moving.
    While everyone around me says my last days are looming overhead
    But just what the hell do they think they know?
    I keep my head above the water while they drown in the undertow"

    I think that verse is about all the other bands on the warped tour scene who are all dying because their 15 seconds of fame is over, and they all say that ADTR had their 15 seconds of fame with the Homesick album, but they keep going. They keep being more and more successful. They still have something to prove.

    I'M CODY TRAVISS BITCHHHHHHH
    herestolife1000on November 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"You know to keep your hopes up high and your head down low."

    Kind of sounds like he's getting a blowjob
    frostbyte44on December 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think this is about why he writes/makes music, ("All I want is a place to call my own,and mend the hearts of everyone who feels alone") and how people don't believe in him or are being pessimistic about his future.. or even critical of his work ("While everyone around me says my last days are looming overhead
    But just what the hell do they think they know?" & "everyone's always judging me. I'm not afraid of anything, and I've got the whole world in front of me").

    Thaaaat's my take on it :)
    BrightestEyes7on December 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the music video. there are so many bands in it...whoo for peirce the veil!
    emptinesson February 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti didnt like this song at first, but it's growing on me. the music is wayyy lighter, but the vocals and lyrics are also veryyyy good. pumped for the new album though.
    morethanmistakeson November 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentplaying my songs is the way i cope with life. insanely direct, but they pull it off. can't help but like this song and the video is straight royal.
    staticseason January 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPS itd be funny and weird if that part was about a blowjob...jeremy's ballin dude...
    staticseason January 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's ironic how their music got lighter, yet their lyrics became really straight forward... and better.
    This song, for me is like a continuation for The Downfall Of Us All.

    People get really stupid with comments like "they are sell outs", "they are trying to be more pop"... EVERY artist wants to be listened to by as many people as possible, it would be stupid if they played the same style for their entire careers, musicians get bored and they like to experiment.
    They have come to realize that it doesn't matter what purists think of them.

    "You know to keep your hopes up high and your head down low" they can't be more straight forward than that, that's a lesson for life.
    FT9on February 20, 2011   Link

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