I've got to buy some shoes
These ones are getting lose
My feet are shrinking in the
Sun, and it ain't fun
But it looks like rain up ahead
In forty miles
A big rainbow took the blue sky

I'm gonna tell my momma, I love
Her so and thank you for
Giving me these bones o gold
I'm gonna run from my home
Jump in the river and let the
Water soak the sin in my soul.

Fine time we all crossed lines
Make the music that makes us
Feel fine
Rednecks on sun decks hearing a
Hillside romeo say "boys this is the
Good shit, so come on all and eat
A little bit"

And if I ever go back home I'm
Gonna sell
And tell my momma, I love
Her so and thank you for
Giving me these bones o gold
I'm gonna run from my home
Jump in the river and let the
Water soak the sin in my soul

Don't even say a word, it confuses me
What he says to do, is that we don't
Have to
We don't have to


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"I Wonder" as written by Bill Nelson

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    General Commenti think this song is about an addiction and is trying to get over it. and all these people are looking down on this persona nd he just wants to go back to his world where it was ok. when it states" And I cant remember who I was before.

    And I only wanted to be 16 and free." he wants to go back to when he was a teen and he didnt have this addiction but its ahrd to remember the good life or the life he lived before the addiction took over his life.
    punkiebruster21on June 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm confused - the comments seem to be about the right song, but the lyrics above are for the song "Soak in the Sin."

    here are the proper lyrics:
    I wonder Lyrics

    Album: Blind Melon


    All alone in the broadening skies
    Under the every night I will lie
    Scratching claw and grip the rails
    Every day is my living hell

    Oh God you know I've tried
    I know how hard I tried
    and oh I tried
    Ooh

    Hey I'd like to daze away to a
    Place like no one has known
    In a state of mind I could call mine
    That only I could own

    Where I could hum a tune anytime I choose
    And then there is no such thing as time
    Where I can feel no pain just calm and sane
    What a place for one to find

    Now you see I'm watching everything I do
    And they're watching everything I say
    So they will leave me be
    Whoa, leave me be
    Why am I even here?

    I wonder
    You leave me wondering
    You leave me wondering

    Won't you stop watching me
    I said they're watching me, watching me, watching me

    Now in my corner I got the ceiling in my eyes
    Arms holding up my knees
    And rocking back and forth my life
    I didn't mean to feel this way
    When I walked into the door, Lord

    Then they ripped away my memories
    And I cant remember who I was before.
    Now they're watching everything I do
    And they're watching everything I say
    So they will leave me be
    Whoa, leave me be

    And I only wanted to be 16
    And free

    And I wonder
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    my two cents on "I Wonder": Seems like a story about a teenager in a psychiatric facility. He's depressed, but feels victimized by his incarceration, and he can't figure out why he's being punished for thinking and feeling things that simply come naturally to him. He simply tries to keep to himself but the staff are always watching him, examining him for signs that he's either becoming the person that they want him to be, a person that they're molding into their idea of a "sane" person after breaking him down through behavior modification, pschotropic medications and/or electrconvulsive therapy that screws wi/ his self image and recall ability.

    All he ever wanted was to be a teenager that was free to deal with his problems in his own way as he grows and develops without being locked away like a rhesus monkey in a research lab.
    h3rm35on August 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs
    I'm here on my own, if i do not take care of myself , nobody will. I'm the one who's resposible for what I do or do not do. But still everybody like to put their eyes on you, to criticize, they won't leave you alone, they won't leave you be. Though your lonely, you're not alone, and never will be. People use to watch every step you make, they're actually waiting for you to fall, they're waiting so they can laugh. All you want is to be 16 and free, don't care about people and you'll probably get it.
    dafne_ebon May 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs
    I'm here on my own, if i do not take care of myself , nobody will. I'm the one who's resposible for what I do or do not do. But still everybody like to put their eyes on you, to criticize, they won't leave you alone, they won't leave you be. Though your lonely, you're not alone, and never will be. People use to watch every step you make, they're actually waiting for you to fall, they're waiting so they can laugh. All you want is to be 16 and free, don't care about people and you'll probably get it.
    dafne_ebon May 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs
    I'm here on my own, if i do not take care of myself , nobody will. I'm the one who's resposible for what I do or do not do. But still everybody like to put their eyes on you, to criticize, they won't leave you alone, they won't leave you be. Though your lonely, you're not alone, and never will be. People use to watch every step you make, they're actually waiting for you to fall, they're waiting so they can laugh. All you want is to be 16 and free, don't care about people and you'll probably get it.
    dafne_ebon May 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti read that shannon wrote this song about one of the rehab centers he was in after he got out. it makes sense because he keeps talking about people watching him.
    k9ttyk1ton October 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentArtists > Blind Melon > I Wonder


    needing a simple life in a complex society
    -----------------------------------------
    All alone the broadening skies
    Under the every night I will lie
    Scratching claw and grip the rails
    Every day my living hell
    Oh God you know I've tried
    I know how hard I tried
    and oh I tried......




    goes insane, feels good
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    Hey I'd like to daze away to a
    Place like no one has known
    In a state of mind I could call mine
    That only I could own
    Where I could hum a tune anytime
    I choose, and then there is no such thing as time
    Where I can feel no pain just calm and sane
    What a place for one to find


    insanity feeling turns bad
    --------------------------------------
    Now you see I'm watching everything
    I do and they're watching everything I say
    Why wont they leave me be?
    Why am I even here? I wonder
    You leave me wondering
    Won't you stop watching me
    I said they're watching me, watching me, watching me


    committed to institution
    -------------------------
    Now in my corner I got the ceiling in my eyes
    Arms holding up my knees
    And rocking back and forth's my life
    I didn't mean to feel this way
    When I walked into the door, Lord
    Then they ripped away my memories
    And I cant remember who I was before.
    And I only wanted to be 16 and free.
    script kiddieon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've always liked this song, a lot. But one night, I was with a bunch of friends, and we were all on shrooms, and it seemed like EVERYBODY just started having a really fucked up trip... and I saw them, and didn't want to be there. I wandered off, and the first CD I grabbed, that I had with me, was Blind Melon... and hearing the verse, "Hey, I'd like to dase away to a place no one has known, in a state of mind I could call mine, that only I could own, where I could hum a tune any time I choose, and there's no such thing as time, where I feel no pain, just calm and sane, what a place for one to find..." I swear, it was absolutely PERFECT. Much thanks to that, I'll NEVER be able to listen to this song and hear it the same, again. I love it.
    DeathRowDiscoon April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I only wanted to be sixteen and free." What a statement, simple, but oh so true. I've felt like that so many times when life gets overly complicated and peace of mind seems to be unobtainable. If I were only 16 again with minimal responsibilities and the freedom to f*ck sh*t up and it be ok. Shannon was very much obsessed with youth. In a way, Shannon will be forever young. RIP
    MELONcholyon August 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell this song takes me back to when I would come home stoned out of my face and parents would make me paranoid about some of the shit... and having a bad trip on zoomers. And all you wanted to do was expand your mind and instead he's facing demons rather than being lost in his dreams(the place he'd like to daze away to). That's just how I see it.
    Desertedon September 26, 2005   Link

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