"The Burn" as written by and Rob Thomas....
I thought about
Leaving but I couldn't even get outta bed
I'm hangin' cause I couldn't get a ride outta town
Now anyone who really wanted me to be down
Come 'round

Thought about
Singin' but I couldn't remember all of the words
Breakin' but I couldn't get the pieces apart
Laughin' never knowing what the joke was about

Now I'm down
And I wonder how I never got the burn
And if I'm ever gonna learn
How lonely people make a life
One strain at a time

Forgot about
Everything and everyone I needed before
Tryin' to get a handle on a reason to shine
Pickin' up the pieces that are falling behind takes time

So I wonder how I never got the burn
And if I'm ever gonna learn
How lonely people make a life
One strain at a time and still shine

And I wonder how I never got the burn
And if I'm ever gonna learn
How lonely people make a life
One strain at a time

And I wonder how I never got the burn
And if I'm ever gonna learn
How lonely people make a life
One strain at a time and still shine



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"The Burn" as written by Rob Thomas

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    General CommentI thought this song was about someone who couldn't connect with anyone on an emotional level. He see's people getting upset and crying and having real emotions, and he can't feel their emotions, and because of this, he gets upset. He wanders around and he doesn't know the meaning of things anymore. I'm probably wrong, but that's just what I thought.
    Unconquered Sunon March 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I think Unconquered Sun was right. It's about not being able to connect emotionally. He never gets "the burn", that overwhelming passion. He can't feel anything at all "I thought about leaving but I couldn't even get out of bed", etc. He wonders "if I'm ever gonna learn how lonely people make a life" because he doesn't know how lonely people make a life, or how he'll make a life. Essentially, he's a numb mess.
    feaadon December 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto me this song is about those times when eveything sucks and nothing goes right, when it seems like u cant get past whatever is making u depressed and move on. thats just what i think though. i love the line "breakin but i couldnt get the pieces apart"!
    applejuicyon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnote: it's "for the sake of our sanities"
    verbaljujitsuon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUnconquered Sun: Perfect. Absolutely perfect. I don't know how you feel about astrology or anyone else, for that matter, but Rob Thomas has the same birthday as an ex of mine (Aquarius) and with your explanation for this song it makes utter sense.

    They're so far detached from the world (or even society as a whole and how it's supposed to act, etc.) that they're practically outsiders, watching everyone else break down or out or whatever, and not knowing why they don't. Or can't, or won't: whichever applies to the individual. Some question it, some accept it and others fight against it and overcompensate. The moment emotion takes over, or 'The Burn', as he calls it at this particular time. Mike Patton's lyrics (of Faith No More) also ring of this detached state of being as well. But in the case of this song, full agreement with Unconquered Sun. ^__^


    T.
    trinity_tragedyon November 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS is my favorite MB20 song.
    vandalizedon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is pretty awesome.
    zacsteron July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this about just kind of lounging around because no one wants to pay attention to you. one of those days where you just kind of feel depressed but that the next day will be better because he kn0ows someone will remember him. he talks about how he "never got the burn" and "how lonely people make a life" so he doesnt exactly know what is like to be lonely.
    catycali83on July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who feels like his life isn't really working. It seems like everything is going wrong and he's just starting to notice all these problems that he didn't see before.
    sweet_jealousyon September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree. This song feels like all the times when you mean to do things right, but they just don't work out. I think everyone has that feeling at some point. It's like no matter what you do, you can't get it right. And you just can't get past whatever it is that's holding you back.
    I wax poeticon March 05, 2003   Link

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