"Motorcycle Drive By" as written by and Stephan Jenkins....
Summer time and the wind is blowing outside
In lower Chelsea and I don't know
What I'm doing in this city
The sun is always in my eyes
It crashes through the windows
And I'm sleeping on the couch
When I came to visit you
That's when I knew I could never
Have you

I knew that before you did
Still I'm the one who's stupid
And there's this burning
Like there's always been
I never been so alone
And I've never bee n so alive
Visions of you on a motorcycle drive by
The cigarette ash flies in your eyes
And you don't mind, you smile
And say the world doesn't fit with you

I don't believe you, you're so serene
Careening through the universe
Your axis on a tilt , you're guiltless and free
I hope you take a piece of me with you
And there's things I'd like to do
That you don't believe in
I would like to build something
But you never see it happen
And there's this burning
Like there's always been
I've ne ver been so alone
And I've, I've never been so alive
And there's this burning
There is this burning
Where's the soul I want to know
New York City is evil

The surface is everything but I could never do that
Someone would see through that
And this is our last time
We'll be friends again
I'll get over you, you'll wonder who I am
And there's this burning
Just like there's always been
I've never been so alone alone
And I've, and I've never been so alive
So alive

I go home to the coast
It starts to rain I paddle out on the water
Alone
Taste the salt and taste the pain
I'm not thinking of you again
Summer dies and swells rise
The sun goes down in my eyes
See this rolling wave
Darkly coming to take me
Home
And I've never been so alone
And I've never been so alive


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"Motorcycle Drive By" as written by Stephan Jenkins

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is one song I absolutley love to listen to. I can relate to this in my own life. Stephen is a mastermind. I think this band needs a little more respect from the world. This is one of the few CDs I can listen to from beggining to the end over and over and never tire from it.
    elevendyon February 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentisn't it "and this is the last time we'll be friends again" instead of "this is our last time, we'll be friends again"?
    Melissa2061on July 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song. It reminds me of perhaps loving someone, losing him/her (either to death or maybe it was just a bad relationship), and then realizing that you're happier alone, that you don't need them, though the times that you've had with said person will always haunt you... something or another.
    xmakesherflyxon May 22, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song is about a guy and a girl who are just friends - but the guy wants more. He knows that she thinks it will never happen and that they are better as friends. Whenever he is with her he "has never been so alive" because he is able to spend time with her but also he "has never been so alone" because he can't be intimate with her, a feeling that is killing him.

    I assume they both live in NYC. She loves it but he hates it. The only reason he still stays there is because he thinks there is still a chance they will end up together.

    "And this is our last time We'll be friends again" most likely means that he puts it all out on the line. He tells her how he feels, and she turns him down (as he expected she would).

    The last few verses is about him getting over her and moving on with his life.
    levere19on March 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think out of all third eye blind's stuff, this has got to be the best song. There are so many artists that have great lyrics and I think this band gets over-looked on that aspect. The lyrics are great. This song is beautiful.
    Awkward Smileon December 09, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell Stephen has said this song is about a girlfreind in new york that never worked out
    nanook_1999on April 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is probably the best song on the album that much of the public has not heard. Most people are probably only familiar with "Semi-Charmed Life," which is an EXCELLENT song, but "Motorcyle Drive-By" is like an undiscovered treasure to many. Stephan's lyrics really get to the root of the emotions, and he doesn't waste his words. He just nails it with this song. This is definitely one of my favorite songs of all time.
    sscw46on April 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI just have to say I absolutely love this song, even though it makes me want to cry everytime I hear it. I love the lines "I knew that I could never have you I knew that before you did still I'm the one who's stupid" the entire song is great, but those lines get me everytime.
    Stupid Kidon August 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentp.s. the burning thing... I don't think I can buy that it's an STD. There are definitely stronger types of burning than physical ones... lol.
    sfloveon November 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite part is where they sing "New York City is evil"...not that I think it is, and it could be, but I just love how it's sung.
    ChloeGirldieon February 12, 2008   Link

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