"Busted" as written by and Rob Thomas....
I forget when words were only words
She knows the party makes me nervous
In this stage we can't get hurt
Don't try to understand me

We're too cool to be alone
But, not too crazy to get busted

I found out one life just ain't enough
I need another soul to feed on
I'm the flame I can't get burnt
I'm wholly understated

I found solace in this space
An on and off again attraction
I need such amazing grace
Heaven sweep me away

Love don't change, don't come around here
Don't wear my heart on your sleeve
Like a high school letter
Don't strain, 'cause nothing ever comes from it
And the people we've become, well
They've never been the people who we are

I strapped on one horse and prayed for luck
I dug another hole to bleed
I know exactly how this works
I need a new feel dirty

I don't need you crowding up my space
I just want to get inside you, inside
You can't blame the heart you save
Giving something away

Love don't change, don't come around here
Don't wear my heart on your sleeve
Like a high school letter
Don't strain, 'cause nothing ever comes from it
And the people we've become, well
They've never been the people who we are
Don't strain, don't come around here
Don't mistake something more for something better
Don't strain, 'cause nothing ever comes from it
And the people we've become, well
They've never been the people who we are
Who we are, yeah

I dreamed that the world was crumbling down
We sat on my back porch and watched it

I dreamed that the buildings all fell down
We sat on my back porch and watched it

I dreamed that the world was crumbling down
We sat on my back porch and watched it
In my head I heard the sound
Like fifteen strangers dancing

But oh how I want you to know me
Oh how I want you to know me
Oh how I wish I was somebody else, baby
Oh how I wish you could own me

Love don't change, don't come around here
Don't wear my heart on your sleeve
Like a high school letter
Don't strain, 'cause nothing ever comes from it
And the people we've become, well
They've never been the people who we are

Don't change, don't come around here
Don't wear my heart on your sleeve
Like a high school letter
Don't strain, 'cause nothing ever comes from it
And the people we've become, well
They've never been the people who we are
Who we are, who we are, yeah


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"Busted" as written by Rob Thomas

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    General Comment"...I strap on one horse and prayed for luck
    I dug another hole to bleed
    I know exactly how this works
    I need a new feel dirty..."

    to go along with twister62's idea.... its about a purely sexual relationship... ...

    quite bluntly... the "horse" is a condom (trojan) and hes hoping he doesnt get her pregnant...

    "hole to bleed": him having sex with her is his release... he feels relived of his stress(sorrow,etc.) when they fuck... (hence the praing for luck with the condom)

    the rest is him realizing that this release is becoming old... it no longer has the same effect on him as it once had... he needs to find something new....

    out of every matchbox20 and tabithas secret songs.. this is my favorite... it has such emotion and meaning....
    MRdDoAnRnKiOeon November 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments?! No way... I really love this song... it's so sexy...(sorry but for some reason it is to me). Rob thomas has such a great voice...
    basketcase06on September 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about people who sleep together. He's got this thing going on with this girl where there's a purely physical attraction and things tend to happen when they're together. But that's it.

    I don't need you crowding up my space
    I just want to get inside you

    A part of him wants to be with her for real:

    Oh, how I want you to know me
    Oh, how I wish I was somebody else, baby
    Oh, how I wish you could own me

    But ultimately he's not ready for that kind of commitment.

    I am the flame, I can't get burned.

    He's reminding her that it's just sex, nothing more.
    Twister62on June 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI strap on one horse and prayed for luck
    I dug another hole to bleed
    I know exactly how this works
    I need a new feel dirty


    Quite possibly the stupidest lines ever.
    Eamonon October 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentby Eamon on 10-07-2004 @ 12:52:51 AM
    I strap on one horse and prayed for luck
    I dug another hole to bleed
    I know exactly how this works
    I need a new feel dirty

    I love the way Rob Thomas' voice sounds on the part but I'm not sure how these lyrics fit into the song
    i x luv MatchB0x 2oon October 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAlright, i'm gunna need somebody to explain to me (in a kid friendly way) the line:
    "I dreamed that the world was crumbling down
    We sat on my back porch and watched it
    I dreamed that the buildings all fell down
    We sat on my back porch and watched it
    In my head I heard the sound
    Like fifteen strangers dancing"
    please!!! i need this for a skool project!
    FunnyLittleHunnyon March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I'm the flame I can't get burnt "
    I love that part.
    controversialchickon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentimo, its about a young relationship that starts really powerful, but after spending too much time together, it turns into a physical relationship with no emotion involved, although they think there is because thats what they are used to. and the song goes through the process of realizing this.
    happily_sullenon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBasically I see this as being like Twister62 said. This is very much about sex. They start it out as kind of a fling type thing then when he thinks about turning into a relationship they feel it all come apart. He isn't going to let it get to him since nothing was ever started anyway though.
    Runixon April 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentoh my god, this song is so damn badass. ONE OF MY ALLTIME FAVORITE SONGS OF ALL TIME. this is the ultimate pissed off anthem for me. damn. I wanted to quote my favorite parts, but the entirety of the damn song is my favorite part.

    "oh how I want you to know me
    oh how I wish I was somebody else, baby
    oh how I wish you could own me..."

    YEAH DAMN, his voice durin this part is so amazing. great to sing along to.

    yeah... "don't wear my heart on your sleeve like a high school letter" is one of my favorite lines ever.

    it's all about refusing to be taken for granted ANYMORE!
    delialon August 08, 2005   Link

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