Mother said come home
Father said come home
Sisters said come home
So my friends said come home

And I said
Let me be, I'm alright
Can't you see, I'm just fine
Little skinny, okay
I'm asleep anyway

Then I heard a voice
Said son you have a choice
I then slapped my face

Let me be, I'm okay
I'm awake anyway
It's too bright over here
I can shift, cannot steer
So I drive them away
For a while, then I stay
Little skinny, okay
I'm awake anyway

Now I have to go home
Do as, when in Rome

Let me be, I'm alright
Can't you see I'm just fine
Little skinny, okay
I'm asleep anyway
Let me be, I'm okay
I'm awake anyway

Toby's still laughing
It sounds fuckin' pretty good
I'm laughing. That's tight as shit, what are you talkin' about?

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song appears to be about rehab.
    The first verse saying that everyone ask him to go.

    The chorus, Layne denying that he needed to go, sure, he didn't look great, but he was okay.

    Second verse, Layne coming to terms that he wasn't exactly okay.

    The chorus, reaffirms his intial view.

    The bridge, Layne coming to terms that he is becoming out of control. "I can shift, cannot steer" Him saying that his addiction is growing or speeding up, but he can not longer keep it under control, or "steer" it. The second part, is him saying that he pushed everyone away, and tried to get away from them, because he didn't want to go to rehab.

    The final verse. Layne decides that he has to get help, so he does. (going home) He decides that he must "do as when in rome" or finish the course and follow through with it.
    Redsand187on April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah it does. It appears to me that this song be the most upbeat anthem on the album. It's scary to think that but the introduction lulls you into that false sense of security. The acoustic tune of the song makes me think that way. I guess the point of this album is to make you go through an entire range of emotions. I guess this must be their happy song.
    OpinionHeadon February 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about rehab and knowing that it's not going to keep him away from drugs for long.
    SMUSER17506205on December 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood interpretation...i agree with everything.
    TransparentSunChildon April 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAHHH i love this song! it has an awesome rhythm. if you haven't heard this song, go buy Jar of Flies, its an awesome album.
    the King of shiton January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Redsand. It's about denying anything is wrong with him when everyone else could see there was.
    starfireon August 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis seems to be the most fast-paced song on Jar of Flies. It's not as good as No Excuses, though.
    Grind838on September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont really think it's a "happy" song..I mean the music is upbeat, but the lyrics are still pretty dark. I think its about his friends and family seeing all the things wrong with him from his drug addiction, but him trying to deny it or ignore it.
    Dirt689on November 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn this song, Layne is just sick of everyone. He wants to be alone. I doubt its about rehab. He might not be in perfect health, but he'll be better off without everyone else. I feel the same way about my parents, but maybe not my brothers and sister.
    sprizzleon June 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the upbeat instrumental section is trying 2 show how crazy everything is for him. that mixed with the hollow vocals and lyrics. i guess the instrument part gives an eerie sound and mood to the lyrics, as they are somewhat mild. i like that kind of drum and bass sound the song has. really cool!
    Joe Mama 1057on July 31, 2007   Link

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