"All That I Need" as written by Glen Graham, Christopher John Thorn, Thomas Rogers Stevens, Brad Smith and Shannon Hoon....
All that I need is the air that I breathe
And all that I need are things I don't need
And all that really matters is what matters to me
And who of you are like me

If I was to smile and I held out my hand
If I opened it now would you not understand
Because you know if I'm to benefit I'll do everything that I can
And who of you are like me

It will make you feel good, over my shoulder
It'll get me down and got me tied up
'Till I grow older, but feel me inside of you
Like you want it to

But is it just the pains in your head
That are thrilling me
Another life's falling down onto it's knees
But I'll never smile the way, that I did like that day

Everything will be okay
It'll be okay

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"All That I Need" as written by Christopher Thorn Brad Smith

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    General CommentI think the first two stanzas can be interpreted in a number of ways, but I personally think they were written quite literally.
    The second half of the song to me is clearly about drugs, most likely Hoon's heroin addiciton:
    "It will make you feel good, over my shoulder
    It'll get me down and got me tied up
    'Till I grow older, but feel me inside of you
    Like you want it to"
    'Over my shoulder' possibly a refference to the phrase 'monkey on my back' which is common metaphor for narcotic addition. This would also tie into the following lines, about his life being controlled by drugs, especially, until he grew older. In this way, 'feel me inside of you' would again be reffering to drug, likely heroin, use.
    The proceeding lines to me also follow the theme of addiction overcoming his life.
    Though more of a stretch, to me 'But I'll never smile the way, that I did like that day' reffers to how good the first high was, and how it has been downhill from there.
    It's ended with hopeful lines said in a despairing way, which is heard in a few of their other songs.
    kosamineon June 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not quite sure what this song it about....I like it alot I just havent quite figured it out.....can anyone help me??
    ekoostiklillyon September 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the selfishness of childhood. If you look at it like he's speaking to a parent, it fits.
    CeeJaion May 12, 2003   Link
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    General Commentits a great song who cares wat its about!!!! lol i love this song and this band
    Pink Elmoon July 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfuck you pink elmo, the is a songmeaning website,

    that line where he says Till I grow older, but feel me inside of you
    Like you want it to

    isn't that referring to sex, if not, what else could it be talkin about... it doesn't seem to go with the "child like" idea of the lyrics... i think that possibly the song is about selfishness, its more about wanting all types of emotions from, sex to respect to anything that makes you feel good. ITS ABOUT GREED
    u2ishorribleon March 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti really dont think shannon is referring to sex when he says, 'feel me inside of you
    Like you want it to'...."
    he asks, "who of you are like me?" (described throughout the song 'me' is someone as being selfish and greedy only looking out for themselves so much so that when 'me' holds out a hand and smiles its not understood as a nice gesture... 'me' inside of 'you' might be implying that we can all be a little greedy and selfish at times
    jdsmakavelion April 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti havent a clue of the original intent or meaning of the song.
    what perspective it comes from.
    i dont think any of that matters as much when the song becomes personally relevant.

    to me the song is about an internal struggle. some sort of anxiety regarding relationships formed with others.

    the highs and lows of the song remind me of a boy i once knew...
    of course, like most everyone, he lived for the simplicities of life...
    he had a hard time opening up to most...except when we were together it was different...that's how i take the line 'and who of you are like me'... just the desire to be able to confide in another, the simple intimacy of being able to open up...and realise that somewhere out there, there is someone else just like you.

    followed by questioning if it will matter to the other individual. and if so, will the good times be enough to even out the bad times.. is it honestly worth it?

    'is it just the pains in your head that are thrilling me' seems self-explanatory to me...again, tying back to being able to relate to someone who is much like yourself.

    yea. i miss him.
    sheliehon May 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's just the last part that's about drugs.
    Young people tend to be selfish and not think of the consequences for their actions. I think that the song is about how dealers take advantage of this to get teens to buy drugs.
    goodgollymissmollyon July 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song always makes me smile for the first 2 verses, and makes my smile fade for the second 2. When I read the lyrics it sounds like he's trying to convince himself he doesn't need the heroin, and for the first verse he's sure of it. But then the song morphs and he's battling with the idea. The hardest part to listen to is the end when he sings "Everything will be okay" in such a sincerely hopeless tone of voice.
    FreeJigsawEarthon February 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commenthm. I agree with freejigsawearth, that this song could be about heroin.

    this is my own take in it though-
    i think in the beginning of the song the artist is trying to say i do what i like to do because i am me. i don't listen to what other's want me to be.

    Then, in the second verse he is interested in a girl but she doesn't want to be with him because of certain qualities he holds. He is trying to tell her to be with him and embrace who he is because deep down they are meant to be together- "but feel me inside of you, Like you want it to"

    i think the turning point in his mood is the very last lines. He is realizing that maybe he does have to change who is is in order to be happy.

    That's just my take on it.
    br0kenrecordon February 21, 2010   Link

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