"The Meddler" as written by and Peter/loeffler Loeffler....
You had that nighttime confidence
Yet again
Like when you tear us all to bits
Yet again
If you really want advice here
You're too much like a wall
If you're gonna light those fires
We're all up in arms again

Well I don't belong here
Don't fit your style
Felt your left foot
Now meet my right

See now over this, you meddler
Feed off all the rest, you meddler
Talking so close, you bring to mind
It's no fun to be behaving
But you really lit a fire
All up in arms again
Why don't you feed off all the rest

Well, I don't belong here
Don't fit your style
Felt your left foot
Now meet my right
It's now or never
More difficult
Those midnight answers
And stray arrows

Never, never
Lean on you
Clever, clever
One on two
You're mine
Finite
Imagine this
It's sad
To say
It's simple
When still we want to watch

Well, I don't belong here
Don't fit your style
Felt your left foot
Now meet my right
It's now or never
More difficult
Those midnight answers
And stray arrows
I don't belong


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"The Meddler" as written by Samuel Loeffler Peter Loeffler

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  • +2
    General CommentIt is actually a VERY good song.

    My interpretation would be quite simple: It is about how "we" don't belong, but still wanna take part in "life" or "society"... it's tough to say.

    It could be relationships as well. I actually think it is.... how THE narrator sees himself in a relationship where his counterpart doesn't understand his point of view and are "just like the rest".

    I have this problem myself.... too many generic people out there who doesn't wanna give other possibilities a try! EVEN MY OWN FAMILY.
    mecadonon January 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationdefinitely about a relationship gone sour. basically you discover the person you're with isn't who you originally thought they were - maybe they lie, is a selfish prick, or is just plain malevolent. either way, they don't "fit your style" so you decide to end the relationship and move one. it's very much like "An Evening With El Diablo"
    HatsOff2TheBullon January 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan this is a great song and my favorite off the album...honestly I love Chevelle's heavy edge which is largely absent from this album but it is not really missed when they write songs this good. I love the line 'I don't belong here, don't fit your style' this is how I feel for most of the day every day.
    defiant1on February 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentSeems like the speaker is talking to sorts on who has deceived him before. The speaker is aware of his deceptive "nighttime confidence" and is self aware that deceiver is trying his old tactics "like when you tear us up to bits yet again."

    "If you're gonna light those fires, we're all up in arms again" the speaker is saying if the deceiver is going to try his old tricks, the speaker will fight back and resist. This is further evident when he says "felt your left foot now meet my right."

    "It's now or never" the speaker is saying he has to fight off the deceiver now or it will be too late.

    "Those midnight answers and stray arrows" refers to the excuses and wrong paths the deceiver sends the speaker on that keeps the speaker from realizing the truth until it's too late.

    The chorus talks about the speaker realizing that that he doesn't deserve to be manipulated by the deceiver and is fighting back.
    kingmcf2on November 27, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis is definitely about someone who meddles in others' personal life and gets easily defensive while offending other people as well.

    Meddler means to involve oneself in a matter without right or invitation; interfere officiously and unwantedly.

    Easily defensive can be proven with the verse "You're too much like a wall" which means this person is not open to any other thoughts, opinions, ideas, or anyone not like them.

    "If you're gonna light those fires, we're all up in arms again" means this person is defensive or strongly opinionated to the point where it's making everyone else want to defend their ways of life or their own beliefs. For example, a Jehovah Witness who doesn't take on any ideas you have to say to them, but lectures you on the way it should be because of their beliefs.

    "Never, never
    Lean on you
    Clever, clever
    One on two
    You're mine
    Finite..." This person cannot be depended on "Never lean on you", this person is not fair (most likely in conversation rather than physically) "Clever, one on two", and this person is only a friend or more when it is convenient for them "You're mine, finite"

    Midnight answers, stray arrows, nighttime confidence all sounds like this occurs at a party or night club where there are a lot of people around and a lot of alcohol, so this person, this Meddler, sarcastically isn't very fun "it's no fun to be behaving"

    The end repeatedly states "I don't belong" because this place, this person, thinks his way is the right way and makes the experience no fun for anyone who doesn't give way to how he/she feels it should be.

    No one wants to be around The Meddler. I wouldn't belong there, either.I wouldn't want to be around someone who is verbally berating me "tear us all to bits" yet sees no fault on their part "Too much like a wall", to the point where I don't feel comfortable being around "Don't belong here"
    GrungeMonsteron April 13, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis reminds me of the College Humor skit where Katie is going through social anxiety disorder. Now of course anyone can have this disorder, it's just what it reminds me of.
    chevelleiton July 12, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think of Barack Obama every time I hear this song. Chevelle has commented in the realm of politics in the past, so this is not out of question. And this album in particular has some political themes as well. "Face to the Floor" concerns Bernie Madoff, while "Hats Off to the Bull" is for all the people feeling downtrodden right now in this cruddy economy. So now let's consider "The Meddler," from the top:

    "You had that nighttime confidence" Obama likes passing bills in the dead of night and he's always displaying an air of confidence, even when he's not.

    "Like when you tear us all to bits" I would argue we are at one of the most divided points in history as a nation right now. It was said during his campaign that he would unify the nation, but the opposite has happened, hence we are torn to bits.

    "You're too much like a wall" Obama shuts out everyone who disagrees with him. He doesn't want to hear it. It's his way or no way.

    "Well I don't belong here/ Don't fit your style/ Felt your left foot/ Now meet my right" Pete is saying he doesn't belong nor fit Obama's mold; he's not a part of that agenda. Note the feet: left foot and right foot, as in left wing and right wing in politics perhaps? Obama is left, and since he's the one kicking it would make sense in this quote. Time to kick back with the right foot!

    "It's now or never, more difficult" If we do not change things now, it only gets worse.

    "See now over this, you meddler" As president, Obama's job is to oversee everything in the nation

    "Feed off all the rest, you meddler" Redistribution of wealth?

    "Never, never/ Lean on you" Pete won't lean on the government. He would rather be independent.

    "The Meddler" Obama is a meddler. He campaigned on "change" and that's what meddlers do; they mess with things.

    If this song isn't about Obama, then there sure are a lot of coincidences. Remember, this is a political album--watch some interviews of Chevelle concerning this album if you don't believe me.
    counting91bluecarson September 27, 2012   Link

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