Push me to the left, hold me to the right
I never know where to go
Burning that trail to the promised land
You're moving on out of control
Well I don't want to be some puppet on a string
And I don't want to learn of things you can't explain
And I don't want to have your views on everything
I just want to scream

Scream about hurting
Scream about mercy
Scream about something
Scream about nothing

Drop me in the hills, leave me in the plains
Give me some room to breathe
The words you spill, the moves you make
I find them all hard to believe
Well I don't want to be statistic industry
And I don't want to give when all you share is greed
And I don't want to have one more enemy
I just want to scream

There you go with all your might
Giving promises by decree
Well God is great and God is good
But God you'll never be
Well I don't want to be in your hospitality
And I don't want to live in false reality
See I'm the one obsessed with truth and honesty
I just want to scream



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    General Comment:wow...seven years later and still noone has commented about this...well ill still express my thoughts.
    The song sems to be about someone being smothered by another. The smotherer "[pushes him] to the left, [pulls him] to the right" and treats the singer as a "puppet on a string." The victim cant take it anymore, and he wants to "scream."
    The singer wants room for himself, whether it be in the "hills" or the "plains," he just wants "some room to breathe" and get away from the person smothering him.
    The smotherer constantly pushes his/her opinions upon the victim, and the victim accepted them and accepted them until he couldnt take it anymore. He finds what he hears "hard to believe." The one smothering the singer takes all he/she can, sharing only "greed." The smotherer talks about "something" and "nothing," speaking of "hurting" and "mercy," when, ironically, he/she is the one who is hurting others, rejecting their pleas for mercy.
    The smotherer acts as if he/she is god, which the singer refutes and rejects as "false reality." The one smothering struts around, acting better than everyone else, while in fact he/she is lesser than the singer, the one who believes in "truth and honesty," and believes in the true God.
    The singer doesnt want to create an enemy with the one smothering him, he just wants a little space where he can express his own thoughts.
    Perhaps this song is about Collective Soul's lead guitarist at the time, Ross Kindress (i think). he was pushing Ed Roland to produce his own song, and wouldn't let up until eventually, in (i believe it was, correct me if im wrong) Blender, they let him have his own song, which is (again, correct me if im wrong) the sixth track, Dandy Life. Personally, i find that song to be one of the worst songs produced on the album. And i realize that, yes, Collective Soul's new guitarist Joel Kosche (i think i spelled that right) wrote a new song on Collective Soul's latest album, Afterwords. However, i think Ed Roland had a new appreciation for other's input after the incident with Kindress. And Joel is a much cooler person than Kindress ever was, from the way he acted.
    If you actually read all this, thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts. and contradict me if you wish; i always appreciate new input :)
    general_spiderpigon February 21, 2008   Link

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