If I had my way I'd wish them all away,
but I can't find the magic inside of me.
I'll give my best,
'cause I can give no more,
but your problems aren't solved so easily.
I'm not someone that you should run to.
I've been, often, as broken as you,
more often than you'd like me to.
If I could heal all the pain that you feel,
I'd gladly cure all that ails you inside.
Unfortunately, I have no degree and I can not anesthetize.
I wish that I could help you.
I can't even help myself.
It seems you need a saving grace and a savior's something I'm not.

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    I think this song is about how someone only wants you when they need help. Then when they get the help they leave. And he is trying to tell them he cant always be there and make the pain go away for them. He has his own problems to deal with. Its a great song.
    PunkRockAFIon July 23, 2002   Link
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    This song is about the narrator wanting to help someone close to him but "[u]fortunately, [he] has no degree and [he] can not anesthetize," and he "can't find the magic inside of [him]." The narrator is too caught up in his own problems and must find solutions to them before he can begin to help aforementioned someone.
    cawsinon August 22, 2002   Link
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    does anyone know what album this is from?
    CaKiYoon May 04, 2003   Link
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    It's from very proud of ya. Awesome song.
    xrainontheroofxon May 15, 2004   Link
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    this is a great song. i don't see why anyone else hasn't said anything...
    wedanceinmiseryon December 27, 2004   Link
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    2004 since someone last commented on this? I love this song and it's pretty damn obvious what it's about like all of AFI's old stuff, that doesn't diminish it though.
    mashwon May 16, 2006   Link
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    I love this song too. I love AFI. cawsin, you pretty much said it. Although it was kinda obvious anyway. heh...
    MissNeuroticon May 17, 2008   Link
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    Hahaha, I commented on this fuckin song 7 years ago as "cawsin" (old account). Goddamnit I'm an old man. As for AFI, love this song and the record it's on.
    clamumon July 24, 2009   Link

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