"Altered States" as written by and Rossdale....
Living in a cage
Washing in a birdbath
Sinking in a fish bowl
On a broken farm
I try to never lie
I really do
I wonder if my friends
Will get me through
Conscious of the was as best we can
17 ways to kill a man
States we've been through

Killing nostalgia
For future swims
Trash all your bridges
Kill the rock all roll thing
I want to move on
With no complains
Building our walls with yesterday
Might as well shine before you slide
Might as well you live before you die
States we've been through
Talk about states
A whole lot of emptiness

Living in a state of constant chasing
A river of flux for our tasting
I try to never lie
I really do
I wonder if my friends will get me through
It always seems to rain
When you leave
I try to stem the flow
As we bleed

States we've been through
Talk about states, states
Talk about states, states

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"Altered States" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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    General CommentDude this is a cool song. Its more of just a simple rock song compared to most bush songs but nevertheless its still good. Its just one of those indecipherable bush songs that regardless of thier hidden meaning, can still rock. Mabye talking about different emotons that we go though or have been though you know. just different feelings that we have in life put in one song.
    Just a song that makes you wanna go "yeah"
    Dr Fishopolison June 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYEAH! Haha, im just kidding. I like this song. Its wicked.
    ashley007on August 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a long car ride
    volssuck07on November 24, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"one of those indecipherable bush songs that regardless of thier hidden meaning, can still rock."

    I love that i'm not the only one. x
    WendyPopson March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think "altered states" is a complex worplay, of sorts. When you hear that phrase, you think of a hallucinatory experience. But aside from a mindset, what else does the word "state" mean? It can mean the condition of anything. Or it can mean actual states, as in places.

    So this song makes me think of someone driving around to places they went to in their childhood/youth, and seeing how nothing there is the same. Thus, the state of things in the states they've visited has been altered. :P And seeing that sort of thing gives you that unreal feeling that feels like you're in an altered state.
    Atagamay41on May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI like the dog "bark" sample on the last verse.lol
    sawyerscott1193on June 11, 2012   Link

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