"Blown Wide Open" as written by and Ian Thornley....
So I'm all surrounded
By the things I thought I'd put away
And I'm all surrounded
By the things I thought I'd put away
An there s a pile in the closet
That's where I threw some yesterday
Maybe under the rug
That's where I swept some the other day

So the mess is drawing forces
Outside I hear them say
Just come out with your hands up
So we can blow you away

And I walk out the door
Get blown wide open
By the things I'd put away
And I wasn't even warned
Just blown wide open
Now the mess is where I lay

So I'm all surrounded
By the things I thought I'd put away
So I'm all surrounded
By the things I thought I'd put away
And if I'm a slob
Well I never looked at it that way
Irresponsible
Well you're not the first to say

But I told her I'm sorry
I never wanted it this way
Yeah, I still need her
But the mess won't go away

And I walk out the door
Get blown wide open
By the things I'd put away
And I'm out on the porch
Just blown wide open
Now the mess is where I lay

Yeah, blown wide open
Blown wide open

Blown wide open
The gun's still smokin'
Blood keeps flowin'
Blown wide open
Why's she going
All surrounded


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"Blown Wide Open" as written by Ian Thornley

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  • +2
    General CommentThe second last lyric is supposed to be "Why's she going?"

    It's about the skeletons in his closet that are coming back to haunt him. The girl left (Why's she going) and he's horribly depressed about it. Christ the entire albulm is about his depression based on the one that got away!
    cguentheron June 20, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe whole album is about a break up with a girl. Listen to "Under the Lighthouse"

    So I think the meaning of the some is stuff that happens AFTER the breakup. The album and the song is about regrets about ending the relationship and longing for the woman he swept away. The feelings that he keeps thinking he set aside and put away keep coming back to the surface and destroying him till he can sweep them away again.
    SixofSpadeson January 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know exactly what this song is about, and every time i hear it i get reminded of my own messes that just wont go away...
    BigHeadJedon April 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song! I think it seems as though he's trying to be someone he's not but he slips up and gets "blown wide open".
    ally_773on May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHats interesting, i love reading other people's interpretations, i always thought of it as a depression like he thought he got over it and he just gets blown away when it comes back thinking it was over with, but i think you guys are right...... Big Wreck is awesome, this song is great for relaxing
    sundayon June 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy take on it is that he has done some things in his past that he tried to put behind him (sweep them away), but they came back to haunt him. His girlfriend/wife leaves him and he gets "blown wide open" (literally, or not).

    I really like this song, although it's sad.
    TwistedBon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat last comment is right. It's about how he cheated on her, or did something like that, early on in the relationship, when he thought it wouldn't matter if it ended. But as the relationship progressed, and they fell deeply in love, he became afraid that his former Sins would be discovered. Eventually they were, and when he walked in, she hit him with what he had done, Hence the Metaphorical feeling of being "Blown Wide Open" Which also explains why he cries out "Why's She Going?" at the end of the song, like he's saying "Goddamnit, I did it before, when I didn't think it'd matter, I realize I've done wrong and I think we can work through it."
    TheLegendaryJokeron June 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat last comment is right. It's about how he cheated on her, or did something like that, early on in the relationship, when he thought it wouldn't matter if it ended. But as the relationship progressed, and they fell deeply in love, he became afraid that his former Sins would be discovered. Eventually they were, and when he walked in, she hit him with what he had done, Hence the Metaphorical feeling of being "Blown Wide Open" Which also explains why he cries out "Why's She Going?" at the end of the song, like he's saying "Goddamnit, I did it before, when I didn't think it'd matter, I realize I've done wrong and I think we can work through it."
    TheLegendaryJokeron June 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the imagery in this tune. I always picture his house surrounded, as you would expect cops to surround a house with a dangerous person inside. But, that's not what I feel the song is about. It's more like all the things he's been hiding from someone or everyone suddenly hit him as being wrong and he's desperately hopeless to correct them. He steps out on the porch and basically just breaks down and starts crying. That's how I imagine it.
    Wattzon September 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFREAKING AMAZING SONG ♥
    Stefanieeeon October 17, 2009   Link

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