"Tyler" as written by and Todd Lewis....
And she runs through her days with a smile on her face
And she runs, and she waits, and I wait

We can drive to anyplace,
day or night, across the state
And in the morning, into Mexico, we will wake up

I find a window in the kitchen, and I let myself in
Rummage through the refrigerator, find myself a beer
I can't believe I'm really here,
and she's lying in that bed
I can almost feel her touch, and her anxious breath!

I stumble in the hallway, against the bedroom door
I hear her call out to me, I hear the fear in her voice
She pulls the covers tighter, I press against the door

I will be with her tonight!


Lyrics submitted by citizenx, edited by SiliconBadger

"Tyler" as written by Todd Lewis

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    General Commentthis song is great, i downloaded it b/c im obsessed with a guy named tyler, and i think its really creepy about the stalking thing.
    leigha109on July 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, I don't know what it means I'm a big fight club fan...now stay with me here...one of the main characters in fight club is named "Tyler". The end song in "fight club" is a song by the "pixies" called Where is my mind"....these two songs are remarkably similar..."Tyler" is the alternate personality of Jack...

    So I think this song is supposed to be the alternate personality to "where is my mind"

    I recommend download and compare!
    zyxguyon April 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI read somewhere that this song was based on a stalking case in Tyler, Texas. I have never been able to find any confirmation of that, but it makes plenty of sense. I just love that the song is so beautiful and yet contains such disturbing images.
    lilblckrncloudon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about rape. I have read articles where Todd Lewis admits this. I had a hard time realizing this as well, but upon further investigation, you can get this idea from the following:

    "And she runs,
    And she waits.
    And I wait."

    This is a direct reference to his stalking. He is waiting for her, waiting for a vulnerable moment when her guard is down as we see later in the song.

    "We can drive to anyplace,
    Day and night, to cross this state."

    He is referring to when he kidnaps her, they can drive anywhere they please. Or rather, anywhere he pleases.

    "I find a window in the kitchen,
    And I let myself in."

    He is breaking into her house at night.

    "I hear her call out to me.
    I hear the fear in her voice.
    She pulls the covers tighter.
    I press against the door."

    She is scared. Most people who are awaiting their significant other are not in fear of them coming into their room. She is also pulling the covers tighter, a further sign that she is trying to escape. This gives it its dark connotation.

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    Of course, all of what I have stated above can be interpretted differently to illustrate someone who is breaking into their girlfriend's house late at night to be with them. So, my feeling is it can be looked upon from multiple points, but one cannot overlook the idea that this is about rape.


    The Toadies are amazing. It is unfortunate that everyone seems to have neglected the achievement of Hell Below/ Stars Above, but that's a different story for another time. The Burden Brothers are a great band as well. I have seen them twice and with each concert they only seem to grow better. I am awaiting the sequel to Buried in your Black Heart and I look forward to a long career for them.

    <3 Todd Lewis
    lateralanon June 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is called Tyler because Tyler, Texas was where the lead singer had spent time as a child and I believe he may still spend some time there but I don't know. He now belongs to the band Burden Brothers, who he says will be together for the long run.
    Anyway Tyler is a great song, what I love is that the guitar and drums at the beginning sound so perfect together, and this song is a musical masterpiece in my opinion.
    Ubiqon December 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree that it is extremely likely for this song to be based on the stalking case in Tyler, Texas, as the Toadies come from Texas themselves. It's an awesome song, though it is a little disturbing. I think what's happening is he's stalking a girl then ends up raping her in the end. Very disturbing, but you gotta love the Toadies...
    bright_eyes13on April 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI wish I could find the interview where Vaden Lewis explains these lyrics... but alas.

    From what I recall, Vaden had gone back to his hometown of Tyler, Texas and the big thing his family was talking about was that some weirdo had been seen around town peeping into windows. So he wrote the song from that weirdo's perspective, with the addition of a "what would happen if he actually went inside?" kind of scenario tagged on.

    I'm sure you can find the article around the internet somewhere, i lack the energy to look for it at the moment.

    I hope this clears up all the pointless debate about whether or not it's about a stalking/rape. It most definitely IS, but not a specific real-life instance of it, as some have attested.
    spamuelon July 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentuntil i read these comments - i NEVER noticed any resemblance b/w where is my mind & tyler. now i listen to them & all i hear is maybe the toadies guitar riffs are similar & faster.
    tacokisseson October 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about A peeping tom Todd heard about and made the rest up to his imagination. End of story.
    Gashtallon July 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWell, I don't know what it means I'm a big fight club fan...now stay with me here...one of the main characters in fight club is named "Tyler". The end song in "fight club" is a song by the "pixies" called Where is my mind"....these two songs are remarkably similar..."Tyler" is the alternate personality of Jack...

    So I think this song is supposed to be the alternate personality to "where is my mind"

    I recommend download and compare!
    zyxguyon April 12, 2002   Link

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