"All I Want" as written by David Foster and Linda ...
Day after day your home life's a wreck
The powers that be just
Breathe down your neck
You get no respect

You get no relief
You gotta speak up
And yell out your piece
So back off your rules

Back off your jive
'Cause I'm sick of not living
To stay alive
Leave me alone

I'm not asking a lot
I just don't want to be controlled
That's all I want
All I want

How many times is it gonna take
'Til someone around you hears what you say
You've tried being cool
You feel like a lie

You've played by their rules
Now it's their turn to try
So back off your rules
Back off your jive

'Cause I'm sick of not living
To stay alive
Leave me alone
I'm not asking a lot

I just don't want to be controlled
That's all I want
All I want
I said it before

I'll say it again
If you could just listen
Then it might make sense


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    General CommentI love this song, this is the song that made me start listening punkrock.
    I think this song is about people never saying what they think and who are botteling up all their anger. This is how they feel about hte world, and what they should scream out loud.
    ice-diveon May 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI see this song as being tolerant to people's shit for a long time and tried speaking up about it, and now you're just saying "screw it," and defying what they say, and speaking your mind instead of being coiled up and controlled.
    InsanityXon February 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHey vinnyimthedumbass, Your the one that though about what to say. He is pointing the obvious because this site is about that. READ FUCKHEAD.If you havent noticed it, the title of the site has the word MEANINGS in it, oh yeah, i'll pause while you ask your mom what that means. He i sjust giving his own opinoin about the song because some people might not notice the obvious. So STFU n00b!!!

    And by the way, Kick Ass song.... :)
    foreignmanon April 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is 4 people who're fed up with society were they live and wanna blow up 'em all or runaway from all this bullshit, it' s my personnal philosophy, try to conform, if you're rejected, fuck 'em all
    dexterstrifeon April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is another Offspring song that I relate to...I always used to put up with people's shit, never saying boo to anyone, but you can only do that for so long until you can't take it anymore and you speak up.
    Linogeon May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is a song i relate 2, coz i allways have 2 put up with ppls shit & if i want 2 go neware pretend 2 b sumthing im not. thats 1 thing i would like 2 do, i'd just have a crappy life though then, mind u i do now neway.
    emmad299on June 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish I'd found this song earlier when I was going through tough times........and before I got kicked out of high-school........death to the preppy bastads!!
    TacticalEliteon June 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFUCK THE US GOVERNMENT, THEY LIE. i should make them eat my shit and then shit out my shit which will be both my shit and thier shit and make them eat it again
    Torrenteon July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoo :O AAAAAAAARGH
    Survived Abortionon August 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont like to explain songs that are self explanitory. I still comment on them tho :-)
    xThePunishedxon September 24, 2002   Link

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