"New Song" as written by and Bradley James Nowell....
I heard that payback's a mother fuckin' bitch
But I won't stress and I won't switch
And I would not take my life
Glory please, my God the only thing on my mind
Takes up all of my time
And I said ooh!

Running from a gun
Or some brain that weights a ton
And my God it hurts to get so low
Searchin' through the cars
Cold still searchin' through the night
I think I will run to you but I refuse to fuss and fight

And God may find a reason
Well I'm sure you'll find a rhyme
Because it takes up nearly all my time
He who stands for freedom
God knows I've got the number
But maybe I just use too much

I was sitting in that bar
Now I'm sittin' in that stolen car
Cold, still rollin' down the boulevard
Saw you with a gleam
And the microphone scene
Think I will run, to you
But I know I won't live for me
Cause I know God's got both, the reason and the rhyme
Please tell me, why he takes up all my time
I've been drinking, just like you
And baby, you've got something I can use

Payback's a mother fuckin' blast
But I won't stress and I won't blast
And I would not take my life
Glory please, my God, comin' from heaven above
Takes up all of my time
And I said

(Why must I feel like that?)

Running from a gun
And some brain that weights a ton
You know, I did that line for Flava' Flav

But, all the D.J.'s do it
All the D.J.'s use it
I would run, I would switch
But I want to be the same
And I know I'll find a reason
'Cause I always bust a rhyme
Because it takes up nearly all my time

The T hear stands for treason
The D hear stands for dove
And maybe I just use too
Maybe I'm just used too
And maybe I just use too much


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"New Song" as written by Bradley James Nowell

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    General CommentBefore I knew the lyrics of this song it was always just a fun song for me, something to sing along to in the car. Then I heard the slang for injecting heroin (blast) in the lyrics, and I stopped to listen. This song is about the extreams someone will go to for heroin. People are after him, he's stuck looking and searching for heroin, and even sleeps with a girl for a blast. Thoughout the song, though, he is pleading with God for it to be differnt, that he doesn't need that hit, but at the same time he's to arogent to trust God to help him clean up. He's also scared of what may happen after he quits. "I would run, I would switch, but I wanna be the same." is talking about how he gets insperation for his lyrics from the drug. He's doesn't know how he will go on without that infuential power. The song, to me, is what one would write in a journal, or think outloud to themselves. This song will never be the same to me, now that I know the dark and horrible meaning to the lyrics. (I love you Brad and miss you deeply!)
    sentimentalf0olon June 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song sounds amazing
    and the lyrics just depress me
    and on top of that, the way Bradley sings it... he just sounds so sad.
    and as if that's not enough, he's dead.
    R.I.P. brad
    GobbyRockson March 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah. It may be sad, but the dope can get anyone. Thats a reason i like sublime. brad is a real dude. He had real problems. Not like a lot of bands that are all hollywood.
    milkwigon July 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe solo is mindblowing. the pinch harmonic makes my brain peak. (i think it's actually the emptiness between the notes... wtf.)
    Keef21Moonon November 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best Sublime songs by far, and before I knew what it was about, I just kind of liked the sound of it, the bass, the singing, but now that I know what it is about, it takes on a whole other meaning, and while it is sad that he died, he probably would have never written this song if he wasn't on drugs. So, we can thank drugs for Sublime's profound lyrics and sound. I'm just glad Bradley didn't burn out too soon before he put out enough material to satisfy me. Sure, he died too young, but he sure made a ton of music in that time, which says a lot about the guy and his bandmates. This song just has that "awesome" factor to it. It sounds bootleg, and has Bradley sounding at his best voice-wise, although the sound quality isn't that good. Either way, a song I will probably listen to until the day I die.
    komickazeon May 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHere's my take on this song. First of all, it sounds amazing, even though the sound quality is a little off. It's smooth and has a solo that is so good, there aren't words to describe it. It is about drugs, but I don't know for sure if it is about heroin. He supposedly didn't do heroin up until a certain point, but the title is New Song, so it could have been a late addition to the CD, after he started heroin. Either way, we all know it is about some kind of drugs, but it's also a double-meaning, talking about busting rhymes and how that also takes up all his time.

    Bradley suffered from depression, and was most likely bipolar. That's why he self-medicated. He also felt like he had to be larger than life. He was leading his band, his fans, and he felt he had to live up to all the expectations of sex, DRUGS, ROCK AND ROLL. He did drugs because he thought it would make him more creative, and for the most part it did. But heroin killed him. Thank God they finished the self-titled album (Killin' It) before he died, or else he may have never gotten the recognition he deserved.

    If he was still alive today, who knows how many great albums would be out there? But, anyway, everyone should spread Sublime's music throughout the world. Especially the songs that DIDN'T appear on MTV, or whatever. Just to show the range and variety of influences he had. If you delve deep, you'll see quite clearly that Bradley was the BOSS DJ, no question. Nobody could touch his sampling ability, his covering ability, and how he could take a good song by someone else and flip it on its head and make it amazing.
    komickazeon April 19, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWhat exactly is referring to when he says "the T here stands for treason" and "the D here stands for dove"?
    ebin40ozdjon August 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell, when i heard the "T" and "D" thing the first thing that came to my mind was STD, i dunno why, just thought i'd say that, bye - <{{><
    Trillianon April 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah really it's obvious that it's about the drugs.... damn.. how I wish it wasn't .. how I wish they didn't do that with him..
    .. it's a great song anyways..cause it's a sublime song... RIP Bradley ...
    sublimegirlon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think heroine had a massive influence on him and his music, i wonder if they would have made music as good if he wasnt a junkie. I personally think he was a friggin god but i dont know if it would have been the same if he wasnt so messed up. what u think?
    sublincuvanaon May 27, 2005   Link

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