"Pure Narcotic" as written by Richard Barbieri, Steven John Wilson, Colin Edwin Balch and Chris Maitland....
You keep me waiting
You keep me alone in a room full of friends
You keep me hating
You keep me listening to the Bends

No amount of pointless days
Can make this go away

You have me on my knees
You have me listless and deranged
You have me in your pocket
You have me distant and estranged

No narcotics in my brain
Can make this go away

I'm sorry that, I'm sorry that I'm not like you
I worry that I don't act the way you'd like me to

You find me wanting
You find me bloodless but inspired
You find me out
You find me hallucinating fire

No narcotics in my brain
Can make this go away

Have we ever been here before?
Running headlong at the floor
Leave me dreaming on a railway track
Wrap me up and send me back


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"Pure Narcotic" as written by Colin Edwin Balch Christopher James Maitland

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  • +4
    General CommentHe's in love with a girl that once loved him back, but doesn't anymore. She expects too much from him, he feels like a let-down. "Leave me dreaming on a railway track, wrap me up and send me back"--listen to Trains.
    amatterofgraceon March 22, 2007   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationOk here's my interpertation of the song which most people can relate too
    i thinks it's about a break up

    You keep me waiting
    You keep me alone in a room full of friends
    You keep me hating
    You keep me listening to the Bends - the depressing music everyone listen too in a breack up

    No amount of pointless days
    Can make this go away- the passing days just doesn't make things better

    You have me on my knees
    You have me listless and deranged
    You have me in your pocket
    You have me distant and estranged - this part of the song is his change of personallity and he cant get her out of her head

    No narcotics in my brain
    Can make this go away- he been taking drugs (for me it was pot and cigs and im not the normal chain smoker)

    I'm sorry that, I'm sorry that I'm not like you
    I worry that I don't act the way you'd like me to- the dude just feels sorry in what he did wrong in the relationship

    You find me wanting
    You find me bloodless but inspired
    You find me out
    You find me hallucinating fire- i think this part of the song the lover found out he was getting high and pissed or dissapointed about it ( You find me hallucinating fire- I think thats a weed refernce)


    Have we ever been here before?
    Running headlong at the floor
    Leave me dreaming on a railway track
    Wrap me up and send me back - Im not sure about this part but i think they get back together but break up again I think (Wrap me up and send me back is a clear refernce to that)

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    marshall03on March 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentInterpret it as you will, but it's an unrequited love song, SW said so himself. This song, "Slave Called Shiver", and "Don't Hate Me" are sort of a series in that they describe the different stages of one person's feelings for another. At first, it's very romantic and hopeful, and this person is trying to change themselves so they can better fit the other's expectations. Once their love is still not returned, then things start getting violent and perverse(Slave Called Shiver), then just depressing(Don't Hate Me).
    CoyoteLongshoton May 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamatterofgrace: SPOT on, I think. I feel it. If it's not about that, it sure as hell is for me...

    You keep me waiting (waiting on her)
    You keep me alone in a room full of friends (he feels alone without her)
    You keep me hating (himself, everything)
    You keep me listening to the Bends (depressing music)

    No amount of pointless days (pointless without her)
    Can make this go away (it'll never be fixed without her)

    You have me on my knees (straightforward)
    You have me listless and deranged (he's losing his mind)
    You have me in your pocket (he knows he's at her mercy)
    You have me distant and estranged (distant and estranged)

    No narcotics in my brain
    Can make this go away (meds aren't going to help)

    I'm sorry that, I'm sorry that I'm not like you (is he really?)
    I worry that I don't act the way you'd like me to (insecurity)

    You find me wanting (indeed)
    You find me bloodless but inspired (doesn't want to let go)
    You find me out (he's a let-down)
    You find me hallucinating fire (honestly makes NO sense to me...)

    No narcotics in my brain
    Can make this go away

    Have we ever been here before? (yes)
    Running headlong at the floor (going nowhere with an argument)
    Leave me dreaming on a railway track (she leaves him)
    Wrap me up and send me back (rejection)

    Mindsafireon October 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentseems like a song about being wipped...

    for example

    You keep me alone in a room full of friends

    its how his girlfriend keeps him from his friends and wants him all to herself

    and when he says

    You have me on my knees

    it could mean how he is almost his girlfriends servant and does as she says, when she says sorta thing

    sorry for my shit explanation, just my opinion
    skyzon May 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHe allowed himself to let someone in, but he realises that he cares too much. It made him vulnerable, that's why he's apologizing. This person made him feel like nobody else, he misses her and if she would be gone for good, nothing could ever make that alright. No drugs, no amount of time.. without her he's just a dead body wrapped in a cloth.
    jana119855on November 27, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationCould be about relationships, but to me could be a somewhat autistic dude:

    "You keep me waiting
    You keep me alone in a room full of friends
    You keep me hating
    You keep me listening to the Bends

    No amount of pointless days
    Can make this go away"

    He is bored with his every day life, waiting (for doctors, maybe?), in groups of "friends" to interact, but still feeling alone. No amount of that repetition will cure him - make it go away.

    "You have me on my knees
    You have me listless and deranged
    You have me in your pocket
    You have me distant and estranged

    No narcotics in my brain
    Can make this go away"

    He is feeling hopeless and accept the suggestion of taking narcotics for his problems. But they make him just distant and stranged, numb.
    The absence of narcotics in his brain could make this go away...


    "I'm sorry that, I'm sorry that I'm not like you
    I worry that I don't act the way you'd like me to"

    Pretty literal

    "You find me wanting
    You find me bloodless but inspired
    You find me out
    You find me hallucinating fire

    No narcotics in my brain
    Can make this go away"

    He gets another medication (maybe?), but the effects aren't what the person who gave it to him desired.
    There is no ammount of narcotics in his brain that could make him better.

    "Have we ever been here before?
    Running headlong at the floor
    Leave me dreaming on a railway track
    Wrap me up and send me back"

    He can't stand life anymore. Everything looks the same over and over again e he just doesn't fit. Leave him dreaming on a railway track so he can die.
    fabrson April 29, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is just about sorta being made to fit someone's image...even though you are a unique person. Sad song.
    llowellon June 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a failing relationship where one of the people involved feels as if they're not the person that the other wants them to be. The whole song seems like a synical apology, as if to say "well gee, sorry I couldn't be the person you wanted me to, I am who I am"
    totaldeathon March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay... When I read the lyrics I think of a friendship where one is in love with his friend, but feels his friend isn't even aware. He feels so strongly for her but is afraid to confront her..or something. He seems to do pretty much anything to stay by her side even being someone other than himself to impress her. It's driving him crazy.
    happyloneon May 01, 2005   Link

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