There's something wrong inside of us
It's important to discuss
A narrow mind a hardened heart
And this is just the very start

Frustration gets the best of me
So I dont speak coherently
We are are taught to go along
We need to figure out it might be wrong

You oughta know you can be inches from life
And never live at all
You oughta know that our pride is our downfall
There's no need to stand up tall

No one knows what's going on
Even those who cause oppression
Most of which dont realize
Uneasy smiles and blackened eyes

Could it be there's something real
Not always known but you can feel
The presence of an absolute
That our lives cant substutute


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    HOW COME NOBODIES POSTED HERE? this song is rockin, it at least deserves that.

    ironcheeseon May 30, 2002   Link
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    i totally agree iron cheese, this song is so awesome. MXPX ROCKS!

    pretty punk rawkeron July 03, 2002   Link
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    this is seriously one of their best songs, i love it

    H2OGOPunxon April 20, 2003   Link
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    This is one of my favorite MxPx songs...it def. rocks!

    Well, it starts off by talking about "something wrong inside of us," "a narrow mind a hardened heart." I see this as talking about our sin problem, all humans are born sinners, turned from God. It's our natural state.

    The second verse goes on to say how frustrated the lyricist is with this problem, and how despite the fact that "we are taught to go along, we need to figure out what might be wrong."

    "You oughta know you can be inches from life and never live at all." Without God, life is empty. It ultimately has no meaning. You can be soo close to life, but you will never know what real life is while you are apart from God. And pride can keep people from turning to God, that is their "downfall" that they are only living "inches from life."

    I love verse 4: "Could it be there's something real, not always known but you can feel, the presence of an absolute, that our lives can't substitute." There is something real, God does exist. There is more to life than pursuing happiness. There is "the presence of an absolute," God, "that our lives can't substitute." There is no substitute for God. He is the only one that can save us, and allow us to know what true life is.

    But thats just my take. What does anyone else think this song is talking about?

    gartley86on June 28, 2004   Link

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