I think the meaning is pretty clear. This person got really burned in a previous relationship, and because of this is unable to love and show care in his present one, even though he so badly wants to. It's lovely song, and very sad. You can really feel how defeated and frustrated he is with himself.
I once snorted cocaine / Off of Gwen Stefani’s ass / I used to ride around in limousines / And flash my backstage pass / I hung out at the Viper Room / With Manson and Dave Grohl / I took X with Billy Corgan / Partied down with Courtney’s Hole / Did yoga with Madonna, smoked blunts with ODB / I rescued some Tibetans with the Boys Beastie / Is this thing on? / Hey hey check check / I once opened up for Beck / And everyone from sea to shining sea / Knew my face when I got on MTV / I used to pose for paparazzo / With Alanis on my arm / I seduced this gorgeous model chick / With my fame and not my charm / I headlined last years Lilith Fair / Just me and my brassiere / Sang songs for sweaty college girls / Spin’s artist of the year / I even wrote a song with that guy from the Fugees / Got doper rhymes than Master P / I went cruising with Dr. Dre / He tried to kiss me- thought I was gay / And everyone from Detroit to Yellowstone / Knew my face from the cover of Rolling Stone / I never thought it would end like this / People act like I don’t exist / I went from A-list to blacklist / Just another casualty / Another answer on Jeopardy!
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