"Dirty Blue Balloons" as written by Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards....
I got high on scrapings from my nails
Now I'm back down my eyes are growing dark
My burnt spoon has dried beneath the bed
And I'm dreaming of dirty blue balloons

I've waited so long without you
I've waited too long for you

He came in, he didn't speak my language
I paid him with everything I had
And promised next time he opened up his mouth
And then they floated out dirty blue balloons

Nothing helps and no one else
Can make it feel okay float me through the day
Nothing helps and no one else
Can make it feel alright float me through the night
I can not let 'em go
Dirty blue balloons


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"Dirty Blue Balloons" as written by Ken Andrews Greg Edwards

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    General Commentyup..definately about heroin.

    "I got high on scrapping from my nails"
    Heroin addicts, when they hit rock bottom, cook up their own finger/toenail scrappings because the body concentrates it there

    "he came in, he didnt speak my language"
    referrring to his dealer

    "and promised next time, he opened up his mouth
    and then they floated out, dirty blue balloons"
    referring to the transfer of drugs such as heroin. Dealers would keep balloons full of them in their mouths, that way if a cop came after them they could swallow it, and just shit it out...hence the 'dirty' blue balloons.

    "nothing helps and no one else
    can make it feel okay float me through the day"
    meaning nothing can make him feel better but his drugs
    blade000on May 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song's very beautiful. I loved it since HS. Then In college i realized it was about being addicted to heroine. Now I love it even more. :)
    vanezon August 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah I don't know about the 'scrapping from my nails' home cooking project. he says 'the scrapings from my nails'
    nobody is going to cook up a broth from their toenails and fingernails, at least nobody in this band.

    the imagery in this song is quite blatant. how about the bit in the middle where you can hear a match being struck, firing up, and then the gurgle of something boiling...kind of takes the beastie boys and their audio bonghits to another place...
    exscapeon November 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIm pretty sure the nail thing is a reference to heroin addiction, but i dont think anyone in failure got high of their toenails. Its definitly heroin, "my burnt spoon is dry beneath my bed" says it all. failures songs were pretty much written by ken and greg, and the popular theory on why the band broke up was gregs debilitating heroin addiction. so it fits.
    mrpantson December 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah pretty much everything that's said above is right. And on the failure documentery he says that "he has never, nor ever known anyone who's gotten high of scrapings from nails. That was complete fiction"
    ScatScaton January 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis has always been my favorite failure song
    now it kind of makes me cry though
    because it only reminds me of a boy i know :[
    sarcasmandsodomyon December 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYet another song about heroine. Gotta love the imagery, even if this track lacks the artistry of songs off of Magnified or Comfort.
    RedSeptemberon December 07, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's about being desperate to get high and waiting for your drug dealer. Then once he shows up, getting high and feeling like you're floating.
    bigAlexon July 30, 2015   Link

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