"Satellite" as written by and Paul David/mc Cluskey Humphreys....
I'll understand if you're not feeling well enough to write
I'll understand if you've got way too many things to do
You see I've been sitting here for an hour trying to finish what I started
Now it seems every line gets harder and never really what I want to say

So I hope this letter finds you well
It's taken me a little while to sit and spell out everything I want to say
But I think I'm ready to convey
You're the reason that I play at all

You got me thinking how a song can change it all
If there's any wonder how I made it through
Well I tell them that's between me and you, well
Someday I'll thank you if I see you around

But for now I'll just keep this letter to myself
And a song I'll probably never sing for you
Like a satellite
Spinning 'round my head in sound

You got me thinking how a song can change it all
If there's any wonder how I made it through
Well I tell them that's between me and you, well
Someday I'll thank you if I see you around

But for now I'll just keep this letter to myself
And a song I'll probably never sing for you
Like a satellite
Spinning 'round my head in sound

When you're sixteen and you're full of pain
Yeah nothing matters much but the sound of broken bottles and hearts
And the ties that bind you to what you can't ignore
In a world where I had no control I used my voice as a weapon that I could hold

I screamed and shouted until I played
I meant every single word I said
You're the reason that I care at all
You got me thinking how a song can change it all

If there's anyone that I want to hear
Well nothing's ever been so clear
Someday I'll thank you if I see you around
But for now I'll just keep this letter to myself

And a song I'll probably never sing for you
Like a satellite
Spinning 'round my head in sound
Like a song I won't forget

Oh satellite spinning 'round my head
Like a song I won't forget
When we're all grown up and looking for that anger nothing matters much
But the reassuring sound of a voice buzzing through the stereo

All this imagery and sound
With words that bite and tear out
So watch me for myself
Again now I found my voice again now.


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"Satellite" as written by Natalie Jane Imbruglia Phil Thornalley

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentIt sounds like he had a mentor or a teacher who understood his love for music and writing and this teacher encouraged him through tough times and now he is thanking that person for being there and showing confidence in his work.
    agnosticuson July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentby agnosticus on 07-09-2002 @ 12:42PM

    It sounds like he had a mentor or a teacher who understood his love for music and writing and this teacher encouraged him through tough times and now he is thanking that person for being there and showing confidence in his work.

    I agree with you.. prehaps the person is jim cherry, who recently died. he played bass in strung out, then he got kicked out and he and jason hadnt spken to each other in the 4 years before jim died. in an letter jason wrote in response to jim's death he thanks jim for giving him a chance to do what he wanted more than anything (form a band) he also credits jim for helping him become a better song writer. and he's great at that .
    marcosturmon August 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like he's saying that someone close to him inspired him to song-write, (probably Jim, yea..) and he wants to say thanks in his own way. "you're the reason that I play at all"...so touching. I can actually relate to this, although in a different way, because I've always got so much to say to those close to me -- but never know just how to put it. "I've been sitting here for an hour trying to finish what I started Now it seems every line gets harder and never really what I wanna say"
    Ankhon August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so good. its my favorite off the new album. i agree with the rest of you...he wants to thank someone that was very important in his life, but he never had. hes also saying that it doesn't matter if the person doesn't respond or doesn't want to say anything, he just wants to be able to say this to the person.
    I really like the last line of the song. it definatly wraps up the song well
    clay6986on September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI've heard it's about Greg Graffin, and that's no surprise to me, since Jason really likes Bad Religion
    matchbookon April 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe idea of writing this song about Jim Cherry is a very good one, but correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't American Paradox completed before the passing of Jim? I can definitely see this song being written for Greg Graffin. The lyrics all point toward someone who can write songs with deep meaning, and we all know that Mr. Graffin is excellent at that. Just my two cents.
    urbanninja4on April 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI would have to agree that the song was written before his passing. Although i think it would give more meaning to Cherry, i guess i could see it going to Greg Graffin. I am not aware of a connection between the two that would lead to this, though. If you read the letter about Jim's passing, you would have seen him talk about him helping with the song writing when he was in high school. Ditching class and scribbling in his notebook. I think that would justify "You're the reason that i play at all." Just a mix of both opinions. He might have meant it for Greg, but it makes great sense for Jim
    thirdnobletruthon April 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthe was basically saying thanks to Jim for teaching him how to write songs. even though american paradox was written before Jim passed away, he wasnt in the band when this album was being written.
    AnAmericanParadoxon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThey've hinted that the song is for Ozzy, but never gone right out and said it. The song was written before Jim passed away and their relatonship was a bit strained at that point (See Kill Your Scene)
    TeflonBillyon December 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI really think its about everyone whos helped him become a better song writer. Mostly Jim Cherry.
    Mephisto22on March 31, 2007   Link

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