My room's a mess, I don't care
Tired of sitting at my desk
You can't bother me
Man, I'm far away from you
Got to get away
You can't ruin my day
You can't tell me what to do
You can't make me think I love you

Shoot it in your arm, you can't hurt me
I'm on my way to Catalina
I'm not going to read your books
My tank's full of squid
And it's getting light

Whores, you can't make me want
I got all the fish I need
On the deck of my boat
You can't take my heart when I'm here
Long swim home
For your cute little arms

I'll steal some gas, fix my motor
Turn on my Beatles tape
And get you out of my head

Ah yes, here I am, far away from everyone
The only fish I smell
Is on the deck of my boat
Yeah, I want to go, I really want to go
but my motor's broken
There's no scotch tape, I'm out of gas,
Looks like I'm stuck here
Shit, it looks like I'm stuck here

I'll steal some gas, fix my motor
Turn on my Doors tape
And get you out of my head
Get you out of my head

Ah, head.

Lyrics submitted by clay6986, edited by Shambhala

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    General Commentwhy has no one posted to this song? its a fuckin excellent song! i know itsa guy singing about a chick but still..the first few lines...
    "my room's a mess, but i don't care i m tired of sitting at my desk you can't bother me i'm far away from you got to get away you can't ruin my day you can't tell me what to do you can't make me think i love you!!! shoot it in the arm, you can't hurt me" i can totally relate to that...
    RaCh3LsFcK3don August 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a pretty good song. Just thought I'd share that.
    WarAgainstBoyson April 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song isn't about a girl, it's about Catalina Island. I mean...I'm from the UK, but I'm guessing it's only a boat ride away from the coast..? Plus with all the boat and squid references. Blahblah. My favourite tune on the album anyway.
    _average_on April 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe Beatles must be the most referenced band in history. It seems like every band references the Beatles in at least one of their songs.
    plosionon May 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentcatalina island is just off the coast of california
    es330on June 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about escaping. catalina is an island off california and this song is about how this guy is sitting there and he has to get away "can't tell me what to do can't make me think i love you!" that's amazing writing. the guys in descendents like boats a lot i guess, they sing about them a lot. i think one of the former members died in a boating accident but i might be wrong. someone did i'm pretty sure. anyways this song is about how he's going to escape all this shit at home or on land or whatever and just go out on his boat where nobody can bug him. i feel that way a lot. i wish i had a boat, or an ocean.
    ryan_horstmanon June 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it's pretty obvious what this song's about (maybe because it's how I usually feel). He feels surrounded by sex, he wants it, but only on a primal level. There are other things that are more important to him, so he tries to get away. Obviously, he's not very successful. Apart from the broken motor and lack of fuel, he still can't stop thinking about girls ("it's a long swim home for your cute little arms", "the only fish i smell is on the back of my boat"). He seems pretty determined at the end, though, like he still believes he can escape. Funny song, and typical Descendents lyrics.
    Regos the Saneon September 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah the fish lyric is pretty funny..i guess his past girl friends never douched very often. smelly roast beef, eeew...
    Atemporalon January 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit wasn't a former member, but a good friend of the band, that died in a boating accident.
    juffon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthey great song but a correction "Whores can't make me want, I've got all the FISH i need on the deck of my boat" like girls being fish in the sea but he already has what he needs. Descendents best album by far.
    phallingdownon August 27, 2006   Link

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