"Passenger" as written by Chino Camilo Moreno, Chi Cheng, Abe Cunningham, Stephen Carpenter and Maynard James Keenan....
Here I lay
Still and breathless
Just like always
Still, I want some more
Mirrors sideways
Who cares what's behind?
Just like always
Still your passenger

The chrome buttons buckle on leather surfaces
These and other lucky witnesses
Now to calm me
This time won't you please
Drive faster

Roll the windows down
This cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees anything?
I'm your passenger
I'm your passenger

Drop these down
Then put them on me
Nice cool seats
There to cushion your knees
Now to calm me
Take me around again
Just don't pull over
This time would you please
Drive faster

Roll the windows down
This cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees what tonight?
Roll these misty windows down
To catch my breath
And then go and go and go just drive me
Home and back again

Here I lay just like always
Don't let me go
Take me to the edge


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"Passenger" as written by Maynard James Keenan, Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham, Camilo Moreno, Chi Cheng

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  • +11
    General Comment"I did this song with Maynard from Tool. Basically, I told him I wanted to create a scenario of being in a car and being taken for a drive when you don't really know what's going on. I wanted him to create a lot of imagery. he wrote a majority of the of the lyrics and left blanks for me to fill in. it seems like you're being held captive, but enjoy what's going on." - Chino
    nayron April 09, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI have heard many opinions as to the meaning of this song, such as giving fellatio while driving or being physically disfigured and being in the back seat on a ride, but I have a different opinion. I think it is about entrusting your life blindly into someone else's hands. Its like comparing it to a car ride where you dont know where you are going.
    DownedSystemon February 03, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is someone completely under the control of others. But the person likes the experience, and doesn't want it to end. He doesn't want to have the responsibility of finding his own direction, so he just follows other, and let's them decide who he becomes. They give him things that look good, but don't necessarily have real value (chrome buttons, etc.). And that's pretty much the direction he's headed in, something that looks good but is fake and meaningless. Even if he knew this, he wouldn't care, because he is too intimidated by others to try to form his own identity. Even if he doesn't like who he's becoming, he'll still go on with it. He'll just want it to keep going so maybe he can see that in the end things will turn out okay. And even if he has doubts, he'll always go back. And if he tries to be his own person, he'll fail. He'll be under the control of others. He just wants it to end, but it won't. It can't.
    Sage865711916on June 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHere's my take on it: Being recently cheated on by a girl who had sex with the guy in the back of his car, it gives this song a completely different meaning. The way I see it is two people having sex in the car. Since most deftones songs are about sex, this comes as no surprise.

    "Roll the windows down
    This cool night air is curious
    Let the whole world look in
    Who cares who sees anything"

    Who cares if they get caught?

    "Chrome buttons, buckles and leather surfaces
    These and other lucky witnesses"

    Objects witnessing them having sex

    "Drop these down and
    Put them on me
    Nice cool seats
    There to cushion your knees"

    Getting comfortable

    "This time wont you please drive faster"

    This is a bit of a stretch, but I think when it says "drive faster" I don't really think it's about driving the car, I think it's about the sex getting faster.

    "Roll these misty windows down
    To catch my breath again"

    Heavy breathing and sweat causes the windows to get misty or foggy.

    "And then go and go and go just drive me home
    Then back again""

    Finish up and drive me home, then do this again.

    Anyways that's my take on it. It really hits me since this is the exact way my girlfriend cheated on me twice.
    Lostangeleson June 21, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Translation"I did this song with Maynard from Tool. Basically, I told him I wanted to create a scenario of being in a car and being taken for a drive when you don't really know what's going on. I wanted him to create a lot of imagery. he wrote a majority of the of the lyrics and left blanks for me to fill in. it seems like you're being held captive, but enjoy what's going on." - Chino :)

    I do believe it has sexual references though, but that's my opinion.
    TatumMichelleon August 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaynard's voice rocks and it perfectly compliments Chino's
    Harry Manbackon April 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlol figured that everyone would be arguing about sex.. It's not about sex people. It's about addiction, LIKE the entire White Pony album is about.( save the song Digital Bath, which is about murdering a chick)
    PTCGAZon December 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, what that guy's opinion was makes sense. i think that goes perfectly with the fact that maynard helped write the song, which is totally awesome (i love tool and deftones). it wouldn't be as obvious as the other opinions.
    magdalenaangelon February 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with downedsystem, but its the feeling you get from the song, it like relaxes you enough to cry, its funky
    Poptarts047on February 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with your opinions, but it looks more like Chino is drunk,and some chick is driving him home in a car.He is looking at everything around him trying not to throw up..Maybe true event..Maybe not..
    Painon February 26, 2002   Link

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