"Pepper" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joseph Hahn....
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, edited by Lswallow46

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

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  • +9
    General CommentThis 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
  • +5
    General CommentI 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 CommentThere 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
    General CommentI 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 CommentI 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
    Song MeaningIt'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
  • +2
    General CommentThis song says a lot without forcing it. I don't think this song goes out of its way to make a point or send a message, and that's part of why it is such a great song. The purpose of lyrics is to "show," rather than "tell". So what does the song do? It gives us examples of the types of characters the singer is associated with, images of life so to speak. And as for falling in love, it could be with death, or with living dangerously, which is essentially "flirting with death" if we want to personify Death. The kid who lost his leg in a train accident, for example, flirts with death. And as for the chorus:

    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

    I think the sun, because it is essentially light, just represents him seeing the truth. He doesn't mind it for these reasons: it is cinnamon and sugary, yet juxtaposed with softly spoken lies reveals what the sun reveals: that there is a downside to everything as well. A lot of these 90's lyrics do the same thing and it's really neat. Third Eye Blind lyrics work the same way.
    EnglishThinkeron January 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI 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
  • +1
    General Commentoh and doesn't anyone remember the big 20/20 heroin hits texas hard story that came out about a year before this song did? Look it up and you'll find a lot of similarities between it and this song.
    Ribbityon November 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk... Well, First off, I always that the line was "They were all in love with Di, and they were drinking from a fountain..." I'm listening to it right now... that one line over and over and I can't tell... It could be either one... let's gowith the dying theory...

    I hate that almost any song out there people turn into a drug reference, but I can definitely see that in this one... I've never done heroin, but from what I've heard about it, it could be described as drinking from a fountain (shooting up) that was pouring like an avalanche, coming down a mountain (The rush of heroin into your system puts you into a stupor, and each time you do it, there's the possibility of being buried under that rush and not coming out... much like an avalanche)

    But moving away from the drug reference, This song is simply about being stupid... and the chorus is about coming out of that wild streak for a moment... Waking up during the day sometimes, and seeing that the world is a pretty ok place in the sunshine...

    I think the taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes line is about... Ok, Screw it... The more I think about it, the more clearly this becomes an ode to heroin...
    SoundandFury1031on January 17, 2005   Link

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