When I was a young boy I was honest and I had more self-
Control if I was tempted I would run
Then when I got older I began to lie to get exactly
What I wanted when I wanted it
And I wanted it

Now I'm having trouble differentiating between what I
Want and what I need to make me happy,
So instead of thinking, I just act before I have a chance to
Contemplate the consequence of action

And I will turn off
And I will shut down
Burying the voices of my conscience hitting ground
And I will turn off
And I will shut down
The chemicals are restless in my head

Cause I lie
Not because I want to
But I seem to need to all the time
Yeah, I lie
And I don't even know it
Maybe this all a part of my
Flawed design

And ever since I figured out that I could control other people
I've had trouble sleeping with both eyes closed
And if I ask permission, if I make sure it's okay,
I promise I won't slip up this time, you can trust me

But never take advice from someone who just admitted to being devious, who just confessed to treason
And I would ask you never a question that I cannot ask myself
For it might dirty up your conscience

Cause I lie
Not because I want to
But I seem to need to all the time
Yeah, I lie
And I don't even know it
Maybe this all a part of my

How can you say those things? Why can't you just believe?
How can you say those things and keep a straight face?
How can you say those things? Why can't we just believe?
How can you say those things and keep a straight face?

And I will turn off
And I will shut down
Burying the voices of my conscience hitting ground
And I will turn off
And I will shut down
The chemicals are restless in my head

Cause I lie
Not because I want to
But I seem to need to all the time
Yeah, I lie
And I don't even know it
Maybe this all a part of my

Cause I lie
And if I could control it
Maybe I could leave it all behind
Yeah, I lie
And I don't even know it
Maybe this is all a part of my
Flawed design


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"Flawed Design" as written by Christopher John Moerman Chris Moerman

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  • +2
    My InterpretationMany of you make very good interpretations, but here's another one:
    Sociopath.

    It's often thought a sociopath is not aware of their disorder or how their actions hurt others, but this is not exactly true.
    To me, the song sounds like a sociopath realizing/explaining how their life has gone so far.
    "Flawed design" and the "chemicals" would thus point to the theory that there is something fundamentally wrong with people like that, that can not be changed.

    Even though the character briefly acknowledges that there are negative consequences for his actions, he once again returns to "I lie..Not because I want to, but I seem to need to".
    He does not feel guilty, because whenever he is faced with his problem, he WILL shut down.
    Note that he is using definite words (I am, I will, it is) when talking about his condition.

    "Trouble sleeping with both eyes closed", to me, is not a sign of remorse either.
    Once a sociopath gets active ("I realized I could control other people", he will crave more and more control over his surroundings.
    He keeps "one eye open", making sure he has control over everything his victim does.

    The "how can you say those things" part is obviously someone else talking.
    Perhaps it's us, the "unflawed", having learned of his true nature, shocked at how he is able to do it.
    At the same time he is having a hard time keeping a straight face. He can't help but enjoy it.
    He even shows us how easily he traps us:
    "And if I ask permission, if I make sure it's ok, I promise I won't slip up this time, you can trust me."
    So we trust him. He promised. But then he says:
    "But never take advice from someone who just admitted to being devious and just confessed to treason."
    in other words: "see what I did there? it's that easy."
    in the last part of the verse he reminds us that we are not so unlike him.
    Everybody lies, so how can we expect more of him?
    Also he reminds us that if we judge him for being a user, then we have to judge ourselves for being so gullible.

    it's probably obvious that I'm a person who has been targeted by such a "devious" person.
    It's amazing what these people are capable of. While knowing exactly what they are doing.
    trageekon September 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about someone that got everything he wanted: things like money, prestige, popularity, etc.. And by going after these things he went against this morals and beliefs, shuting out his conscience. Now, he got everything he wanted.. but hes still not happy and he realizes that he wanted all the wrong things... But he pretends that everything is ok blaming it on "his flawed design" aka the imperfections of humanity. So he lies to himself because the truth, it hurts..
    Acid_Dreameron April 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI completely agree with hogkill2

    Something tells me that the writer or someone he knows is/was suffering from a mental "disorder".

    Reason 1: The line "The chemicals are restless in my head"
    Reason 2: This song describes me so well that it's scares me. Yes I have a "disorder"

    If I had to take a stab at which disorder I'd go for ADHD or something related to it. But if I was to pinpoint it I'd pick Inattentive ADHD, which is what I was diagnosed with. Basically you can't focus and concentrate like regular ADHD, but you're not hyper. And guess what one of the side affects of my meds (that are supposed to help) is? Guess the right one and I'll give u a cookie
    Nijelloon November 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with hogkill2. To reiterate: I think this song is about someone who manipulates everybody around him to get exactly what he wants. He ignores morality and doesn't care about the repricussions. In short, he's a compulsive liar.
    yousaidloveon March 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgotta disagree with you yousaidlove.

    The thing to me that makes it interesting is that the person DOES care and feels guilty about it.

    "And ever since I figured out that I could control other people
    I’ve had trouble sleeping with both
    Eyes closed"

    Not sure if I'm missing some meaning here, but I take it as you try to sleep but you just can't cuz ur thinking of wut u did. You may have a straight face during the lie, but not after.
    Also, whenever you get into trouble and u go to bed, ur not really sleeping but if sumone comes in to check on u, u might have one eye slightly open to see wut's goin on.
    I dunt think it's really about watching ur bak tho since u "control" those people.

    "‘Cause I lie
    And if I could control it
    Maybe I could leave it all behind (leave it all behind)"

    Doesn't want to lie, lies because the person feels like they have to, not want to. And the singer's saying that if he can stop this lying then he can turn his life around. He can leave this life that he created.

    Read over hogkill2's post again and look for the stuff about hating urself for doin it and trying (or at least saying to urself) to turn it around
    Nijelloon April 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPEOPLE this girl i went to scouts with is the singers sister and i had the pleasure of meeting with him, he is quite sane and is funny as well. This song is exactly how hogkill2 described it. He was a pathological liar and got everything he wanted but still didn't feel right.
    Aly_13on November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNijello i disagree with u on the "And ever since I figured out that I could control other people
    I’ve had trouble sleeping with both
    Eyes closed" point. when u dont sleep with both eyes closed is when u live a life of danger. when u expect someone to cum after you at anytime. I think he has manipulated so many persons he thinks someone will came get him.
    kevibombon December 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me this song is about a politician growing up, and (like most politicians) changes completely, and abandons all morals he once had to get what he wants, yet even in the lyrics he knows he is going about life the wrong way.
    kiniziboyon January 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hate how much this song relates to me
    rockoutloud900on January 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hate how much this song relates to me
    rockoutloud900on January 20, 2008   Link

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