"Bound For The Floor" as written by Joseph W. Daniels and David Scott Lucas....
Born to be down
I've learned all my lessons before now
Born to be down
I think you'll get used to it

And you just don't get it
You keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it
You know it's so pathetic

Born to be down
I think that I've said this before now
Born to be down
What good is confidence?

And you just don't get it
You keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it
You know it's so pathetic
And you don't


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"Bound for the Floor" as written by Joseph Daniles David Scott Lucas

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  • +10
    General CommentI guess it's that when you're stuck in a rut you can convince yourself that it's not just a temporary thing, but that it means more. That it's not just now but it will always be like that; you're "born to be down" and don't have much to look forward to because you're not bound for greater things but (as the title puts it) you're "Bound For The Floor". Why aren't other people like you? Are they too stupid, or are they just in denial? When you're down, it's easy to be bitter and call other people pathetic for being better off than you.
    ArtieSevenon March 29, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt seems to me that the singer is talking either to himself or to another person, referred to Persona A from this point on. Persona A says that no matter how much he/she tries, nothing ever changes. The stars will never change, nothing great will ever happen, and that he/she is permanently stuck in his/her life situation. Confidence and hope for a better tomorrow is pointless so he/she becomes "grateful for what I have". Persona A gives up and accepts his/her crappy situation even though deep at heart, Persona A really regrets not having/being something more.
    This is the part the singer comes in, referred to Persona B from now on. It is the voice of reason. It is the voice of fight, stubbornness, standing up for your rights, change, hope, and desire. Persona B is telling Persona A, "You gotta be kidding me? You keep going through your menial life and, even though you told me that at one point you used to dream for more, you have been beaten down so many times that you have decided that this is the best you'll ever get? You have decided that you are going to be alright with this crap? You're going to put yourself in denial that you aren't truly happy at heart and pretend that everything is alright? That's so...pathetic." In a way, Persona B is trying to rile up the tiny flicker barely alive in Persona A's soul and ignite it into the flame it once was by constructive criticism.
    missrayneon September 03, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about how society and the bureaucracy keep every average person bound for the floor (they're "born to be down.") The normal person has to work their ass off at a shit job for nothing more than a little house they're always paying off and a tv to watch. However, these modern peasents are used to it, and don't do anything about it. The bureacracy has trained them to be happy with this tedious life they are living, and thus they keep it copacetic (completely satisfactory - the dictionary definition) and don't do anything to better their situation.
    MrMojoRisin5552on May 03, 2002   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionThe whole thing WOULD be nice.

    Born to be down
    I've learned all my lessons before now
    Born to be down
    I think you'll get used to it

    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic
    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic

    And you don't
    And you don't
    And you don't
    And you don't

    Born to be down
    I think that I've said this before now
    Born to be down
    What good is confidence?

    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic
    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic

    And you don't
    And you don't
    And you don't
    And you don't

    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic
    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic

    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic
    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic

    And you don't
    And you don't
    And you don't
    And you don't

    And you don't
    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you don't
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's pathetic
    And you don't
    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you don't
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic

    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic
    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic

    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic
    And you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic
    And you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic

    And you don't
    PickSlideon March 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about suffering from depression, as the chorus goes "you just don't get it, you keep it copacetic, and you learn to accept it, you know it's so pathetic" meaning that you don't understand why you feel down, theres no reason behind it but you still feel this way but you keep it all together on the outside (copacetic) and then eventually you accept it for what it is but you feel pathetic for feeling the way you do even though there's nothing you can do to prevent it.
    itzdalbixon March 29, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBasically it's saying what's the point? No matter what you do you're going to fail. You're going to fall short of your goal you're bound for the floor. and everytime you get back up you seem that much more pathetic. so why try? stay on the floor, keep it copasetic. if you dont stand back up then you cant fall back down.
    Deladeuson September 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAnd you just don't get it,
    [You push the thought into denial]
    you keep it copacetic
    [You act like your fine with it]
    And you learn to accept it,
    [You try to deal with it the best you can]
    you know it's so pathetic
    [You know the truth that you try to hide from yourself]

    And you don't
    [You continue to push it into denial despite the repetitiousness of it and knowing of the pattern for fear and lack of hope]
    And you don't
    [You continue to push it into denial despite the repetitiousness of it and knowing of the pattern for fear and lack of hope]
    And you don't
    [You continue to push it into denial despite the repetitiousness of it and knowing of the pattern for fear and lack of hope]
    And you don't
    [You continue to push it into denial despite the repetitiousness of it and knowing of the pattern for fear and lack of hope]


    And you don't
    [You given up trying to change it, starting to get use to the fate of it]
    yodustin00on September 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song shows the dual frustrations in growing up with depression in our society today...

    You just always feel down and you can't understand why but you just accept it and act like you're okay (perspective of yelling at yourself)...

    When you look at all the happy people, they've given in to all the societal norms and are brain-washed by the media and government, they don't notice all the problems with society and that culminates into you being even more depressed (perspective of yelling at society)...


    Using the music video as further reasoning for my thinking...

    The kids start out in a school playground, even at a young age you just have bad days and feel like shit with depression... And school is the beginning when teachers and parents tell young minds the way things are supposed to be and how you're supposed to act...

    They move to the bar, when you grow up you use alcohol to cope so you can feel happy and try to be social... And everyone else cares so much about being popular and trying to fit in, notice how everyone gets the same drink...



    At the end the music gets heavier, the kids go to the concert and rock out... Headbanging to a song or dancing like crazy at a concert is a good way to blow off steam and forget about your troubles... We might all be bound for the floor, but the band gets you and gives you an outlet to relieve some stress...
    hugeTooL69on October 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHELP ME!!! WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!

    The song is so monotonous and tedious, yet addicting & catchy. It reaks of tangieness and is dripping wet with spiteful... pained lyrics... i do think the song is about a dying relationship.. not necessarily a romance, or dating problems. While that is very possible... i believe the problem is faced with an association, or group. Maby just a single person. Does anybody know much about this?
    LiNkNmarkon March 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn this song I believe he is talking to himself. The verses are the side of him saying he doesn't deserve better and is 'born to be down.' The chorus is the other side of him saying he deserves better, but he keeps it (life, relationship, etc) copacetic (satisfactory). He has accepted the situation and feels pathetic because he isn't doing anything about it. The 'born to be down' side of him 'just doesn't get it.'
    prebes24on June 09, 2003   Link

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