"A Tendency to Start Fires" as written by and Gavin Rossdale....
Strange zoo, strange blaze
Douse my head in flames
Coming through got to get some
Happiness is a bad son

Forceps, kitchen tools
Deconstruct your every move
Feels better when you're here
Guillotine just got here

Back bend, back break
Please yourself to make it rate
Live it all at your own cost
So many just got lost

Leaning to fire
Leaning to fire
Leaning to fire

Here's tomorrow man
Best of my ability
Chasing what I can
Here's tomorrow man

Instinct, bare boned
Light it up, take it home
You will be all things
You'll get what you bring

Leaning to fire
Leaning to fire
Leaning to fire

Here's tomorrow man
Best of my civility
Chasing what I can
Here's tomorrow man
Best of my ability
Chasing water cans
Here's tomorrow man
Here's tomorrow man

With our own tongue
With our own tongues

Here's tomorrow man
Best of my ability
Chasing what I can
Here's tomorrow man
And I'll set you free
Chasing what I can
Here's tomorrow man
Here's tomorrow man
Here's tomorrow man
Here's tomorrow man



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"A Tendency to Start Fires" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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    General CommentI have an interpretation for this song. The song is about the future and the cause to destroy it (suicide)

    A very angst-style song especially in the sound of it.

    The first verse has to deal with the urge to destroy oneself. Living in a strange zoo - paralleling the world that is just to bizarre to cope with. Happiness is a bad son, meaning that in a couple of ways happiness can actually lead to sadness (because its fleeting or feels shallow, etc.) The forceps kitchen tools and the guillotine seem to reference slitting ones wrist in a way ~ forceps - wrist, kitchen tools & guillotine - razorblade

    2nd verse-
    Its seems like Gavin is singing to the audience here about what was going on the first verse. That we all do things that take away our humanity just to make ourselves happy. In all it leads to fire - or chaos, or death, etc.

    Choruses: The choruses have a unique sound to it - kinda like sitting at a bar or pub and drinking a beer and toasting to the end of the world (think American Pie). It seems like - Gavin is giving us a chant - that we only can wish that tomorrow is better, and hope for the best.

    Third Verse: This took me a while to grasp but I feel that all in all - you have to realize that you will die, and that (if there's an afterlife) what you did on earth- how u acted as a human will be returned to you (or your future).

    Chasing Watercans - sometimes we want to put out the fires that we started.
    bloodshineon February 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDude i love this song, its so fast and powerful. Kinda like their first album. I really couldn't tell you the meaning but it looks like a train of thought type thing. Just writing what hes thinking of feeling at that moment. Unconnnected and fleeting, not really about anything. He's probably pissed considering the heavyness of the song and the name. hyper
    Dr Fishopolison June 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthere's tmrw man. best of my civility. chasing watercans...

    yeeeah this is random even for a bush song. it's fucking awesome tho. I have no idea what it's about. Gavin is a weird dude.
    sixstringshredderon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't know, I like bloodshine's analysis, it could be doable, but I get the feeling this is a song about drugs, heroin in particular. A lot of Bush's stuff is about addictions("Swallowed", "Comedown") There's a good amount of references if you read into it. Kitchen tools: spoons are used extensively in using certain illegal drugs. "Live it all at your own cost, so many just got lost" This might be a reference to how many famous people at that time frame (late 90's) O'D on heroin. The fire theme may be a metaphor, or a literal feeling of being on drugs, or even commenting in a pun sort of way on burning bridges, burning relationships, etc. Re-read it with that in mind and see if I'm not the only one who thinks it fits perfectly.
    Revidescent_84on January 04, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLike Dr. Fish said, it's has the sound of Sixteen Stone. It's really one of the gems of Razorblade Suitcase.
    LightingCounton March 14, 2003   Link

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