Picked up on the wrong scent
not gonna make a dent
how many times
are you in my rhymes
burn me once shame on thee
but burn me again, shame on me
I'm chasing and facing the point misplacing
when I think of you my mind's racing
I'm spacing out when I get to the point
of no return, I get burned
I told myself I'm through with you
the last thing that I'll ever do
let down my guard shoudln't be too hard
I know it's over, got to elevate, disregard

I can't believe I fell for it, but did it again
I told myself I'm gonna quit, but did it again
I can't believe I fell for it, but did it again
I told myself I'm gonna quit, but

This was supposed to be the last time
I told myself this wouldnt happen again
I told myself I wasn't ever going to call you
I told myself I wasn't going to let you back in
but here I am dialing, trying

I told myself to get a hold myself
I won't freak out, let you tweak out
on ecstacy not next to me
somethin tells me baby girl that you're testin me
I told myself to get a hold myself
and I'm tryin' I'm not lyin'
don't make me mad, you know I love you bad
I want to sniff the glue that hold me to you
I told myself to get a hold myself
but don't rush me can't you trust me
the sound I hear whenever you are near
I know it's never wrong and it's my favorite song

I can't believe I fell for it, but did it again
I told myself I'm gonna quit, but did it again
I can't believe I fell for it, but did it again
I told myself I'm gonna quit, but

This was supposed to be the last time
I told myself this wouldnt happen again
I told myself I wasn't ever going to call you
I told myself I wasn't going to let you back in
but here I am dialing, trying

And now it's all turned bad
turned bad, turned bad
your ploy to make me jealous
is obvious and sad
it has the opposite effect
now you're left with what you had
you had

The rain comes down as love turns to dust
I was joking she took me serious
the rain comed down as love turns to dust
I was joking she took me serious
yes, serious

This was the last time that I was ever going to call you
I told myself I wouldn't let you back in
but here I am dialing, trying


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    General CommentONE WORD.....AWESOME. I've honestly never heard this song, but I've seen the lyrics a lot. I cry every time I see them. I think of a guy who was totally in love with a girl went through a nasty breakup with her and she was the one who went through with it. And it was so nasty that he told himself he was through with it because she put him through so much pain. But he still loves her so they get back together again and history repeats itself- she hurts him again. But it seems that she still cares for him too, though not in the way he does for her. So each time he says he's through with her because of all the pain she caused him, but he loves her so much that he keeps coming back and getting hurt even though he knows he shouldn't.
    It reminds me a lot of my situation..I really liked this guy..we were together..I broke it off for dumb reasons and ended up hurting him..but also myself. A month later he tells me he still wants us to happen again..I for some reason I don't even know, turned him down again. Then later I found out that I want it too, only to realize that he doesn't- he doesn't want to be hurt again and can't trust me. It's really tough, but we're slowly getting closer and I think he's starting to forget, or at least forgive all the pain I caused. Maybe one day he'll be ready to try again- and when he is, I'll be waiting..and I can say that I won't screw it up again.
    its_been_awhileon February 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, just like everything else that 311 sings. This is def. about trying doing something that you have committed to not doing, or being with someone you told yourself that you wouldnt ever go back. 311 is amazing.
    ComeOriginal08on July 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst time i heard this was when i was getting back together with a girl i had cheated on before. i felt like shit and i thought i really cared for her and we ended up back together, but i joined the military and moved away. i ended up cheating on her again and i saw how much it hurt her and all i could think of was this song. all i can say looking back is that i'm sorry and that if anyone is cheating on someone who obviously cares about them, think twice or end it with them. all it does is cause more pain.
    brokin301on May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about dealing with someone that you really shouldnt..like i shouldnt be doing this..its wrong..stuff like that...its abotu someone wanting to get back together...and its clear that the other side doesnt want to
    ate_16amon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much; the first time I heard it, it brought me to tears. It reminds me so much of me and my ex-boyfriend. The line, "But here I am, dialing, trying." fits me to a T. My ex is constantly dragging me along, yet I always try to talk to him to make things better. Every single word of this song perfectly describes our relationship. It makes me sad, but it's one of my favorite songs.
    sunnybunnygirlon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great along with every song by 311...the band just kicks butt...nothing more really needs to be said.
    Shimmfuelon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti know exactly what they are talking about here. there is a girl who was infatuated with me and i used to say to myself i wont call or talk to her because i know she is going to just go crazy over me again, then i ended up talking with her and she wouldnt leave me alone. i felt like crap but it was my fault even though i told myself.
    clownmusicon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about how he was so in love with this girl, but she screwed him over somehow. He knows that he shouldn't be with her but his feelings are too strong.
    ieatglueon August 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think of the burning in my stomach and how it flips when i think of this song..i think of crying out of anger with myself for trusting someone and then i felt the role of the girl the bitch...i think of nick hexum.....he is a very smart guy, the whole band is, but i really only got to know him for u know a few hours...and i think of him singing this song...his body bending in fuery...
    sineadfileon April 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like this song is about a bad relationship that just won't end because he doesnt't want it to, he's torn between what he wants and what he needs, and God knows ive been there before...
    theLAV1on March 29, 2005   Link

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