Mikey got with Sharon, Sharon got Sheriee
She was sharin' Sharon's outlook on the topic of disease
Mikey had a facial scar and Bobby was a racist
They were all in love dying they were doin' it in Texas
Tommy played piano like a kid out in the rain then he lost his leg in Dallas he was dancin' with the train
They were all in love with dying they were drinkin' from a fountian
That is pouring like an avalance coming down the mountian
I don't mind the sun sometimes the images it shows
I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look through other people's eyes
Some will die in hot pursuit and firey auto crashes
Some will die in hot pursuit while sifting through my ashes
Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountian
That is pouring like and avalance coming down the mountian
I don't mind the sun sometimes the images it shows
I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look through other people's eyes
Another Mikey took a knife while arguing in traffic
Flipper died a natural death he caught a nasty virus
Then there was the ever-present football player rapist they were all in love with dying they were doin' it in Texas
Holly caught a bullet but it only hit his leg
While it should have been a better shot he got him in the head
They were all in love with dying they were drinkin' from a fountian
That was pouring like an avalance coming down the mountian
I don't mind the sun sometimes the images it shows
I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look through other people's eyes



Lyrics submitted by knate15

"Pepper" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell, Joseph Hahn

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +6
    General Comment:This song is about heroin. Like really really obviously about heroin. "I can taste you on my lips and smell you on my clothes cinnamon and sugary..." If you've ever been around or been a junkie you don't forget that not quite opium not quite cinnamon reek and the smell really is so sweet you can taste it. Knowing this the rest of the song is pretty easy to decipher. Junkies tend to have short ugly lives unless they stop being junkies(choose life)"Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain"
    Ribbityon November 01, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:I fucking got it!!!

    POV of characters!!!
    I don't mind the sun sometimes, the images it shows (people look at the sun are dumb it blinds them, but they do it anyway)
    I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes (sexual innuendo!!)
    Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies (another sexual innuendo)
    You never know just how to look through other people's eyes (they don't know themselves so they do what they think other people think they should do themselves)

    1rst verse sharon gave cherise an std
    the facial scar is a supremacist thing and they were killing people in texas
    tommy is a true story of a black boy who died by some white supremacists it was a famous story he played the piano good
    hit on a white woman or whistled at her and thats why he died, he was traveling at the time.
    he didn't break a leg (make it with his talent) he lost his leg (lost his life and talent)

    this song is based on sick people seriously.

    Some will die in hot pursuit in fiery auto crashes (i better slow the fuck down in my car!)
    Some will die in hot pursuit while sifting through my ashes (sifting through ashes may imply inheriting money)
    Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain (live like there's no tomorrow, fountains symbolize eternity)
    That is pouring like an avalanche, coming down the mountain (but they will died in this so its like what's the point?)


    Reckless people meet death...

    So don't do heroin kids. In my town some kids are dying of heroin abuse. Seriously what a waste. Make music but don't do heroin its not fun. My friend's bro was a fucking kurt kobain and he died by drug abuse :(

    Im tired of interpreting this song... blah.
    GrungyBeatleon October 23, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:There are alot of good ideas like mezdispencers, and im just onna expand upon it a little. The main part of the song is about how kids enjoy that life on the edge, but it catches up to them eventially

    "they were drinkin' from a fountain
    That was pouring like an avalanche,
    coming down the mountain."
    the water and the fountain are the things that hurt them but they still do anyway, but they eventually will ge washed away when the avalanche washes them away.
    the chorus is about how it's good to slow down and look at life, and the last like is saying "look at it through other people's eyes"because you have to see what you look like doing all these crazy kid things... (but he's not saying to stop, just to think about it)
    FunnyPunkKidon April 20, 2003   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaning:It's actually about the Texas cheerleading massacre,
    like it was a cheerleading leader try outs, and the mom wanted her daughter to win, so she paid people out to kill the other girls.
    This actually happened, and I saw a rare interview with them, and they talked about this being the meaning.
    The names and everything was in the actual newspaper when the mom and daughter got caught.
    That's what this song actually means.
    heatherrrrrrron June 10, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I think this song, like all great art has multiple interpretations that all reinforce the same basic conclusion.

    I think that heroin use is a theme in the song, but it is used to demonstrate a broader point. I believe that the lines "they were all in love with dying, they were drinking from a fountain, that was pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain" is a metaphor for all activities that people engage in to excess. Heroin, casual sex, fighting, drinking, and driving when done in a reckless manner are all enjoyable but inevitably lead to tragedy. One cannot really "drink" something like an avalanche, and here the point is made that while these people choose their actions, they cannot control the outcome or what will ultimately happen.
    Czechxicanon August 30, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I have no idea what this song is about, but this band fucking rules, the 2 albums before weird revolution are fucking rad.
    They have a rad original sound. rhink can suck my sac.
    Nomezon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This song is about being so in love with life, that you even dig the death part. It's about accepting the whole universe, with the ugliness and everything. It's about Nietzsche's "Eternal Return".

    "I don't mind the sun sometimes, the images it shows / I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes / Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies"

    The singer is ok with all of this, taking it all as part of the deal. As Dr. Hunter used to say: "Buy the ticket; take the ride." The singer describes people who have no detachment from life, who just go all in, balls to the wall. They're not self-conscious; they're not second-guessing themselves.

    "They were all in love with dying, they were drinking from a fountain / That was pouring like an avalanche, coming down the mountain."

    "Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain / that is pouring like an avalanche, coming down the mountain."

    They are in love with life. They are therefore also in love with dying, because they fully accept that to live is to be dying; as soon as we're born, we start dying. The contrast of these two lines (in love with dying/in love with life) indicates that life and dying are the SAME THING. The lack of self-consiousness explains the song's most memorable line:

    "You never know just how you look through other people's eyes."

    In a way, this is trivial. Of course you never know. The point is that the characters listed in this song don't CARE.

    "Some will die in hot pursuit while sifting through my ashes."

    Some people over-analyze life. They try to figure it out, as if from the outside, sifting through its ashes, instead of falling in love with it. They can't taste life on their lips, smell it in their clothes, because they're caught up in trying to understand it, which is detached.

    Of course the song is about drugs, as many have remarked. It's the Butthole Surfers for Chrissake. Drugs can get you past the whole self-conscious analysis that keeps you from being "in love" with life and death. The drugs intensify the experience of life, and they hasten (and sometimes resemble) death. The singer knows that these people die, sometimes horribly, but he doesn't mind the images that the sun shows him. He has experienced death and life, and he is in love with it all.
    GTonyon September 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:"I don't mind the sun sometimes, the images it shows
    I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes
    Cinnomin and sugary like softley spoken lies
    You never know just how you look through other people's eyes"
    Me and my friend have tried to figure out what this song means for the longest time, but I think the chorus is talking about how he's with a girl and he can really see who she is. The "images" the sun shows is who she really is. She's beautiful and seductive, but she's a fake. No one is taking the time to look at who she is, so they make up their opinions based on the little they know.

    As for the rest of the song...I think it's about youth and how teens are so obsessed with dying and depression and they eventually commit suicide. "They were all in love with dying, they were drinking from a fountain that was pouring like an avalanche, coming down the mountain". Also, it talks about innocent teens who love life, but end up dying anyway due to teen angst "Holly caught a bullet but it only hit his leg, while it should have been a better shot and got him in the head".
    MezDispenseron March 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Could it be that these guys made the song up from the reading the obits in the newspaper? I have a strange feeling that the "ever present football player rapist" could be a cutting reference at the Dallas Cowboys.
    OpinionHeadon May 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I dont know if anyone else thinks this, but in the first chorus that he sings in the song it sounds to me like "You never know just how to look through other people's eyes" and then the other times he says you never know just how u look through other people's eyes. maybe its just me..... but yea this song kicks ass! it always puts me in such a trance....
    k9ttyk1ton May 15, 2004   Link

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