as a recovering junlie, i believe the line "i can shake but not bleed" is referring to him being dope sick. you get the shakes when ur dope sick and he probably is talking about...
Lying in my plastic bed
Thinkin' how things were so cool to me
My baby likes to shoot pool
I like lying naked in my bedroom

Tying on the dinosaur
Tonight it used to be so cool

Now I've got the needle
And I can't bleed, but I can't breathe
Take it away and I want more and more
One day I'm gonna lose the war

Lying in my plastic bed
Thinkin' how things were so cool to me
My baby likes to shoot pool
I like lying naked in my bedroom

Tying on the dinosaur
Tonight it used to be so cool

Now I've got the needle
And I can't shake
But I can't breathe

Take it away and but I want more and more
One day I'm gonna lose the war


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"Pool Shark" as written by Bradley Nowell

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    General CommentI feel the song is about heroin addition. When people go into detox they have plastic beds so when they get sicks and sweat and other stuff. Also the lyric one day im gonna lose the war is how brad died. Plus al the talkabout needles and tying off
    dondeezon January 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentbrad quit and relapsed on herion 11 times. by listening to this song, i think he knew that he was eventully going to die if he didn't stop using herion. if a herion addict keeps using herion with no ambition to quit, they will die sooner or later. i'm just sorry it had to happen to brad. out of all of Sublime's songs, this one has the most meaning.
    mditty129on January 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFor a long time I used to just listen to this song- I never really cared about the meaning, or looked for one. Now that I read these comments and the song lyrics, I realize how sad and frightening this song actually is. Someone before mentioned this, the song is a masterpiece.
    tahwyason August 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPlastic bed... That has another meaning. Bradley often compares artificial drugs to plastic meaning that they are man-made. Rastafarians denounce 'plastic' drugs but they believe in the power of natural herb. He's broken, in pain, and lying in a bed of this powerful 'plastic' drug.
    One of the most moving songs of all time... RIP Brad.
    i think sno182 is right, but i see it as Brad comparing his hobbies with hers. She shoots pool to have a good time while he is strung out in his room, naked and alone.
    silent_thunderon March 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song means alot to me as a RECOVERING heroin addict... thats right, its not a death sentence, it just feels like it. heroin was a lie that told me that some day its gonna be alright, when the truth it was the reason why everything was not alright. i used to want to play the tortured artist pity-needing junky, but now i realise that self destruction via a needle is a cop out, not something to be pitied. i did it for years. i know. i know the taste in the back of your throat. i know the warmth. i know the torture of sickness. and i also know that in the long run you use the choice to use. that's not a death sentence though, but people like me cannot do it alone.. as long as we refuse to ask for help, we will be trapped.

    Lying in my plastic bed: jail and treatment use plastic to catch uncontrolable body fluids from detox
    Thinking how things wern't so cool to me: realising the lie that everything will be alright with junk
    My baby likes to shoot pool: an ironic view of how he likes to shoot things also
    I like lying naked in my bedroom: Dope makes you feel really warm and really cozy.. Clothing optional
    Tying off that dinosaur tonight: Tying off to do dope, and try and play out a dream that has long died out and gone extinct
    Used to be so cool: he's past the 'glamour phase'.. I.e. he doesnt shoot to get high, he shoots to keep from getting sick
    I can shake: tremors are awful when your dope sick.. it is called kicking because they get so bad your arms and legs kick in the air by themselves
    But I cant bleed: an addict knows that the needle is in his vein when he pulls back and blood shoot up into the barrel of the syringe.. this statement relays the frustration every addict feels missing vein after vein trying to get well.
    take it away but i want more and more: the addict becomes to people. the one who realises he is dying and wants to stop, and the one who loses hope and accepts his death. at this point in an addicts life, he will seek help or die.
    one day im gonna lose the war: meaning hes not oblivious to the meaning of the statement above.

    If you are addicted to heroin, ask for help.. i dont reccomend getting on done, like i did.. the detox is 10x worse, but if its gonna keep you from putting a needle in your arm, do it!

    good luck to all of you, and good luck to me. just for today im not gonna be bradley anymore.
    losethewaron August 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthow do you know this guy isnt a foreigner from brads favorite place jamaica and just is not that weelll educated geeez a fan is fan if he likes sublime and tried to put this up to help us then he get more respeect then yall should
    IMABADFISHAREYOUon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbrad quit and relapsed on herion 11 times. by listening to this song, i think he knew that he was eventully going to die if he didn't stop using herion. if a herion addict keeps using herion with no ambition to quit, they will die sooner or later. i'm just sorry it had to happen to brad. out of all of Sublime's songs, this one has the most meaning.
    mditty129on January 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthese are some powerful lyrics, this song was based on herion and it can definately relate to bradleys death *rip*
    xgrrbabion April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis fucking song is pool shark. not plastic bed
    skennedy97on April 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdondeez and mditty are right about brad and what the song is about.. brad totally forshadowed his death in this song and it is such a shame he could not keep straight.. brad was so talented and it is such a shame that he could not stop... he had been in rehab for his addiction right before he died.. he wanted to prove to himself that he could do it just once and that once was his last time.. he was found alone in a trashed motel room dead on the floor with louie dog (his brown spotted dalmation) licking his face.. its such a same -- right after his death is when sublime really got popular.. i wish he was here to see how much his talent is appriciated .. rip brad you will be in my heart forever -- peace and love - cristine
    StinaGurlon May 11, 2002   Link

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