Fine place for a day full of breakdowns
takes more than a meltdown to show us how
throw a tack on the road, stop the meatplow
got a bullet but it ain't mine.
They got these pictures of everything
to break us down, yeah to break me down
they make us hate and we make it bleed.

But I got a lover and yeah
she shows me how,
to understand it, yea to understand
I got a brother and well
he show me how,
to make amends, yeah to make amends
with it.

Take a break from the mousetrap we call home
takes more than a message to make me smile
I can feel when she kisses me sleeping
but not when the news is on.


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    Hmm. It sounds like it may be about a group that tries to influence the thoughts and decisions of other people in order to give strength to the group. The chrorus explains how one just deals with it. The last stanza shows how even though one just puts up with it, he still cannot have peace of mind.

    I guess that sort of makes sense.

    Seymour Jugson May 22, 2007   Link
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    kinda sad the chorus... bc scott got a divorce with his first wife and his bro passed... so now hes got neither unlike how he says in the song =(

    templeofthepiloton June 03, 2010   Link
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    i could be wrong here but i think its about how the media does everything they can to breakdown a band and show the badside of celebrities hence they got these pictures of everything to bring me down and i can feel when she kisses me sleeping but not when the news is on

    bjjdwvon August 06, 2008   Link
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    to me it sounds like drug/ breakdown rehab... the doctors have pictures of everything.. like those butterfly pictures that can be portrayed as anything.

    and then looking for help from friends and family to keep you on the straight and narrow.

    woody1977on March 26, 2010   Link
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    i think this song is about about how the media was treating STP like shit while they were touring for core calling them rip offs and all

    stpfan22on April 08, 2010   Link
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    songs about scotts mistrust with the media and how he despises them

    Nickelbacksucks109on May 24, 2010   Link
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    I think it's about how we perceive the media and events and bullshit, politics, opinions... all the things that stink and aren't clear... and also about the things that are clear say in life as well, like someone who is your lover or brother and them teaching you to understand it, like chill out ya know... make us hate/bleed... basically buying into bad ideas and life styles... the whole song I think is the combination of all of this and it still not making sense, yet.

    Ahourstoryon June 22, 2015   Link
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    It is about obsessive fans. "They have pictures of everything"

    sethynatoron September 19, 2004   Link
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    I sounds to me like he is singing about people who influence his opinions. Like his lover and brother open his mind but 'They' close it with paranoia and negative emotions and feelings.

    sillybillyon March 28, 2005   Link
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    This really reminds me of George Orwell's 1984.

    1. "They got these pictures of everything to break us down... They make us hate and we make it bleed" -- could very well be a reference to the Two Minutes Hate, during which citizens were made to watch videos to inspire a hatred towards the state's enemies.

    2. "I got a lover and she shows me how to understand" -- a reference to Julia, Winston's forbidden lover. She is a thought-criminal like Winston.

    3. "I got a brother and he shows me how to make amends" -- Big Brother uses the Two Minutes Hate to drain the citizens of feeling by forcing them to use up so much emotion during this exercise. This could very well be construed as "making amends" with the state.

    I'm not totally convinced that this is what STP had in mind writing the song, but I think the parallels are pretty interesting.

    radixon October 13, 2006   Link

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