"You Don't Know How It Feels" as written by and Tom Petty....
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    General CommentI think some of you guys are way off base. This song isn't 'about smoking weed'. It definitely mentions that, but that's not what it's 'about'. I've never smoked in my life, but I have no problem relating to this song.

    The guy singing this has had a bad time and he wants to move on. The 'roll another joint' line is an example of how he wants to disconnect from whatever is stressing him out, but what he wants to do (disconnect) is way more important than how he wants to do it (smoke). You could say 'pour another pint' just as easily (though the rhyme would suffer).

    This song is about wanting to turn off the static in your life for a little bit and get some peace. The "you don't know how it feels" part is him feeling a little sorry for himself, I think. That's cool -- we all feel that way sometimes: that nobody understands us or what we're going through.

    The rest of the lyrics deal with a lack of control over life in general: "people come, people go / some grown young and some grow cold."

    And some of them, I think, are just there so that he has something to sing: "My old man was born to rock / he's still trying to beat the clock." -- I think it's just a bit of filler there, but it's entertaining filler and it's fun to sing, so what the hell.
    jackdiamondson March 23, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song makes me think of this
    driving down a country road with the window down smokin a cigarette at that point were the moon is out but the light is still in the west, but its not daytime, but its not really night, flying down this country road with this song playing, after a realaiotnship or some other traume, knowing for the first time after the accident that you know, you'll be alright after all. it's going to hurt and take some time, but you'll live.
    hurleychick42069on May 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell .. i think its aout him gettng dumped and wantng t go out an smoke with oem friends to foet about his problams...and he tells them a story of is life
    Hippychipson May 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsorry about the spelling errors ! u the jist anyway
    Hippychipson May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat is the strangest story that i have ever heard...what would make you think of that?
    stump522on May 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdrugs.
    roger wilcoon May 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me wanna smoke
    SexyAss14on July 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an awesome chill song....like the first guy said just riding down the street smoking a cigarette....or maybe something else ;-)
    Ladamson August 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou guys are so stupid. It's not hard to figure this out. He feels alone and all he wants to do is smoke weed. He's depressed and feels like he's wasted his life, and no one else understands his pain.
    Fanko311on March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Hippychips and Fanko. He's depressed maybe because a girl dumped him or something, so he wants to go out and get high to think about things.

    Great song
    Muzzyon March 09, 2003   Link

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