"Burning Man" as written by and Stephan/cadogan Jenkins....
The rise and fall of my sloppy love, The smatterings, and splatterings,
They'll get you.
I'm not the one you were thinking of,
Maybe you thought I'd call, Instead of crashing down your hall.
Hold me down, but I'll find out.
You know you will never get what you need,
Blue Diamond strike 'em anywhere,
First we caffeinate, then incinerate,
We'll get you.
And sparks will fly in the summer air,
Did you pull out of your stall,
Maybe I'll see you after all.
Say we don't. Know who we are. We say no,
I live my life like the burning man,
Like a burning man,
Like a burning man,
And I won't get enough 'Till my legs are broken,
The stars they shine. In an empty void.
Life is not to fear, life is to enjoy,
He'll get you.
Mr. Death catches all someday.
Baby I thought you'd call.
Or leave a light on in the hall,
Hold me down, But I'll find out. We say no,
I live my life like a burning man,
And I won't get enough,
till my legs are broken.



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"Burning Man" as written by Kevin Cadogan Arion Salazar

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    General Comment..one of their best in my opinion
    crashintomeon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentUm, ok... I'll agree that 1000 Julys is about sex, and I'll even agree that Deep Inside of You is about sex, but this one definetely isn't.

    Stephen realizes that life is too short, and he doesn't want to waste it, so he lives his life like it's constantly fading; (like a "burning man") experiencing everything and anything. "I won't get enough until my legs are broken". He's a burning man, he's running around like hell; ie, he's living his life to the fullest. He won't stop until his legs are broken means he won't stop living his life until he's died. He may refer to sex in some of the lines, but that's not what the the theme of the song is.

    It's alot like the theme to "The Red Summer Sun", but then you probably think the theme to that is sex too.
    facelessman00on July 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYou can't judge anything from from what he says in concert. Stephen has a habit of making himself and his material shallow for the masses at concerts; trust me, I've seen them several times. He introduces Motorcycle Driveby as being about "a girl who dumped me, on my skinny white ass" harharhar. We know there's more to it than that. Same with 'Forget Myself' - "This is a song about how I was BAAAD, last summer." Riiight. It may also convey powerful messages that just about anyone can relate to but we aren't going to talk about those, no no.

    All I'm trying to say is that he likes to project a bad-ass image of himself and his music, but alot of it is pretense. Most everything he writes is very personal to him, he just doesn't like to get all poetic when he's trying to keep a stadium full of cheering people happy.

    So I stick by my interpretation of the song. Stephen may love women, but he's anything but shallow... he's at heart just a real emotional guy, and a genius lyricist.
    facelessman00on August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEasy......
    'rise and fall of my sloppy love the smatterings and splatterings' is sex, and smatterings getting you is pregnancy possibly. Maybe a girlfriend or affair of his was very paranoid about un-planned-for babies.
    Also, 'hold me down I wanna find out' is sexual discovery of personal technique, perhaps. Kinky. Ummm...
    'You know you never get what you need',Maybe she never orgasms?
    Blue Diamonds are a brand of matches, caffeine is an upper, basically excitement. Not sure about incineration, squelching desire by giving in to it? (My way)
    'Pull out of your stall, maybe I'll see you after all' is use of a pun that PARENTS use, "Kinda like closing the barn door after the horses have escaped"
    'Burning man', easily a man overheated by his....mojo.
    'I won't get enough until my legs are broken' , going at it like a couple of little rabbits until you poke an eye out with that thing!!!!!
    'Life is not to fear' the irrational fears of a virgin.
    'Life is to enjoy' a come-on line of some sort.
    Mr Death.....who knows for sure? I like that line the best out of them all,however.....
    ' sparks will fly into the summer air' 'the stars they shine in an empty void' is the ecstatic visions acheived during orgasm, falling into 'the summer sky' and they being the stars,so to speak.
    she must not have been too impressed, or she would've called.
    Definitely the theme is sex.
    HaloDemonon January 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree with the above statement. I love the way Stephan says things in a different way to make the fans really think about what the song is about. :D
    Rx_Queenon April 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenta lot of his songs talk about sex. but i dont think this one is about sex. I think he is pissed cuz his girl cheated on him "maybe you thought i'd call instead im crashing down your hall" you know she wasnt expecting him to just show up. So now he's just like screw it.
    Trektxon July 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthird eye blind are my gods
    motorcycledrivebyeron August 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI happen to agree with the former of the comments.. Sex.

    To illustrate, I was recently at a 3eb concert down in Jones Beach Ampitheatre, and Steven said something which resembles the following right before they played Semi-Charmed Life:

    (Refering to their touring), "In the last 2 years.. I have learned _NOTHING_ about myself... I am still a naughty... naughty... naughty... dirty, dirty bastard."
    Fidibidabahon August 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree that it's about living live to the fullest, but I think maybe it's more about how he's been living life the the fullest, doing everything he'd ever wished to do, but perhaps constantly running (ie. like a burning man would run) from committments & responsibilites & relationships . But maybe he's finally found someone he'd like to keep in his life, but he's not sure if it would grow to be anything so he says, "Hold me down, I want to find out." He's asking for their help to keep him stationary long enough to try. That's my 2¢ anyway. ~*PaIgE*~
    cars_and_calorieson September 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhile I agree that some 3eb songs are focused around sex, I don't think that's completely the case for "Burning Man". For those of you who have read On The Road by Jack Kerouac, there's a quote that sums up how I imagine the band to live their lives:

    "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"

    I think this quote encompasses Stephan and the band perfectly. The entire book is about a man traveling across the country in search of his real identity while spending time with an eclectic group of friends, a theme that shows up in the song. Like people have said before, it's all about finding your own way in life and enjoying every second of it. That's what it means to be a "burning man".
    moromouon March 17, 2003   Link

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