haphazardly tumbling hard
fall right down laugh out loud
all in the scheme of things
we're all looking up growing tall

(it's like pulling one hair)
you are what you are to me
(with wet fingers)
in my eyes you're a star
(petroleum jelly)
you're something I'll never be
(and watch the rain dance)
you're something I'm frightened of

I've got to get clean
the rain will cleanse me
and I've got to wash these filthy hands

because it's all just a futile plan
that'd mean I'd have to believe again
it's like a career to breathe
an existence I can't conceive
emotionless as in slug
in my imagined oblivion

You would swear
(it's as much fun)
that I could walk and talk
(as poking at a nerve)
but I doubt you will ever
(no one wants to fail)
vocabulary test
(but no one wants to work)
is graded on a curve
ever prove enough
(smartest kid is stupid)
(word is never heard)
I doubt you'll ever prove it!

I've got to get clean
the rain will cleanse me
(I doubt you'll ever prove it!)
and I've got to wash these filthy hands

all these thoughts and feelings
are for naught unappealing
so you expect them to dull and fade
still they remain

waiting for the
time devours life

with my soul as the defendant
don't catch me if I fall
I may have jumped
you never know
you don't know me at all

Lyrics submitted by Royal77, edited by sinrise

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    General CommentAll I can say right now...is that everything in the lyrical pattern of this song seems random....I recomend you all step back and look at the BIG PICTURE.....thanks
    Killer_Divineon April 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmushroomhead rocks, they've got sum kick ass guitar
    flinginmonkeypooon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaight, this song is one of the best songs EVER so yall better begin worship
    trucutzon September 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song kicks ass but im not too sure what it means....
    bdawgon October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAnyone?
    WerdzHertzon April 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commentin my opinion i think its about people are greatly intimidated by the people they love. for example i love my father but the person who he is makes me hate myself more cuz i can only think that he's so much better than me. its like i have "filthy hands" compared to him.
    born4of3desireon September 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about masterbating to a girl he is afraid to approach and he hates himself for being weak
    The Hobson November 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell, this guy friend of mine, came up to me put a cd in my pocket and told me listen to #4. I said ok (I was really confused). I listened to it and i thought its about being a bit afraid and intimidated by someone you have feelings for.The speaker in the song is afraid and intimidated because compared to this person, hes like "filfthy hands". After Thankgiving vacation, i came back to school and he got the courage to ask me out. So, In my case, he liked me and was afraid to ask me out because he felt he wasnt good enough to be with me. We only lasted about a month though. True story. He did tell me that he masterbated to me once, so it could be that other meaning, but i think i'll stick with mine.
    lyrics_r_meaningfulon February 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHey The_Hobs, I'd never come up with that interpretation, but in some weird kind of way it might fit. Still, there's so much in it, I just can't make sense of. Like a lotta thoughts bouncing about, richochetting and intertwining, and all... I also thought about what born4of3desire wrote, and there is something to that explanation as well. Well, lyrics_r_meaningful, the lyrics were certainly meaningful to that guy who gave you the cd. This is so romantic, how it helped him to finally get in touch w/ you. It might well be that _both_ interpretations sort of came together in his case. I mean, what else could he do before you two got together. And he probably did blame himself for not finding the strength to tell you that he loved you... Anyway, I just love that song, although I haven't figured all of it out for myself as yet (and probably never will). But the piano part is just great, and the way it first seems chaotic but everything together just comes out fine once you've gotten to know it a bit.
    Lepra Messiason April 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdunno what it means,
    but it kicks major feckin ass
    indeed it does
    peace out you all
    MinionVarchildon December 07, 2005   Link

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