"I'm serious, there's big money going on"
"Big big money!"
Why are here again?
It's the same old sit down roll around chewed up pen

Nothin' thrilling me too much, yeah
Nothin' thrilling me too much, yeah
Nothin' thrilling me too much, yeah
Nothin' thrilling me

Yeah, so close now
Yeah, so close now

Man, I nearly snapped my twig
Then again I nearly snapped a few of you

So I hear you think highly now
So I hear you think highly now
So I hear you think highly now
So I hear you think

Yeah, so close now
Yeah, so close now

Why?
Why?
Why?


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  • +3
    General Comment

    The song was written about having nothing to write about.

    "Man I nearly snapped my twig" - a good satirical line.

    I think it has something to do with needing inspiration in order to live up to your expectations.

    $p$on September 16, 2009   Link
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    It sounds mostly like the downsides and frusturation of fame, which is pretty much hinted at in the "big big monaaay!" intro. "Why are we here again?" seems to imply that he's asking why they came famous in the first place. The lines in which he said "I nearly snapped my twig" is obviously saying he almost went insane, and saying he almost 'snapped a few of you' probably means that he was very close to lashing out on his own bandmates. What he's probably saying by being "so close" to is being very close to either leaving the band or leaving the record label. Just my interpetation.

    Melvanaon December 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Maybe Sean was watching Wheel of Fortune so he yelled "big big money!"

    davewah3on March 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I definitely hear "So I hear you think I laid down" instead of "So I hear you think highly now." Maybe I'm wrong but that's what I hear.

    I agree with Melvana on the interpretation also. And props on the name Melvana.

    hoagiedudemanon March 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I think it's about having to hear lots of criticism when you're in a band and the frustration of having to please so many people.

    ILUVLAYNEon August 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning

    Song's about an incomplete idea insisting upon itself, thus creating a seemingly endless paradox, while knowing the answer to all (doubtfully)and being inable to affect it or change it only by ones insistent choices derived from hate and inability to be 'open-minded' to love. Now, ill try my best to help you see the truth in my thought. Ok, so the opening two dialogue lines are basically explaining how corporations (anything as a whole body) can not work if they only care about what they already get(money).Which, if you think about it, is exactly their view on themselves 'self-insistence' is their transit of profit. 'Why are we here again' implies directly that something is missing,thus,resulting in a constant paradox of hate and lies. The line immediately after that explains this (once articulated anyway).'nothing thrilling me too much yeah' shows how layne sees the repetition in corporations, their inability to change.'so close' insists that they know but are still blind to their success(just barely,or missing a base). Now the next half of the song is the implication of change, instead of saying 'why' to his current state he admits he almost fucked up 'MAAAAAN I nearly snapped my twig, then again i nearly snapped a few of you' ability to change (not snapping your twig) and realizing you're not the only one with a twig( life ). Goes on with 'thinking highly' , this means thinking highly of all ,considering all to see what matters now. Which, in Laynes' terms, is preventing everyone from snapping their twig(ending all life,only through hate).

    Comment if you want to hear more or simply contact me(just so i know i'm not alone in my thinking),no obligations of course, just implication:)

    "Any idea is irrelevant to itself ,only without its counter"-me 4.2.11

    LTSlive69on April 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I wish I knew what this song is about. I like the first line about rolling around a chewed up pen... nice descriptive line for being bored. lol What the heck is it about??

    Angry Saron May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    the part when he says "nothin thrillin me too much, yeah" sounds kind of like he's saying "nothin gluin me to my chair"

    ronald_reaganon January 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Sounds like the bordem and frustrations of being in a band your not getting along with and recording a record.

    sillybillyon April 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The song is about frusturation towards fame and the band. (What Melvana said)

    To me it sounds like "Nothing thrilling me too much, death" but i woudln't have a clue why.

    metzinchainson May 14, 2009   Link

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