I came in off a dead end street.
Walked in slow and took a back row seat;
I knew I had nothing new to say.
So many people looking so burned out
I couldn't help feeling bad about just
Having to be there anyway.

A friend of a friend from work came in.
I never have known what to make of him,
He'd always seemed to be so insincere to me.
You know I've always been afraid of a 12 step crowd;
They laugh too much and talk too loud
Like they all know where everyone should be.

It's been a long,
A long, long year.
It's been a long,
A long, long year.
How did I get here?

They were talking in a circle, I was by myself
Everyone was telling everyone how they felt;
It felt like so long since I'd been young.
As the circle kept moving its way to the back
I was wondering what I was going to say.
In fact, I still didn't know
As it rolled off my tongue...

It's been a long,
A long, long year.
It's been a long,
A long, long year.
How did I get here?

I didn't say a word all the way to my car
But a little later on that night at the bar
I was telling everyone how strange my day had been.
They said "Brother, all you need is another shot"
So I threw one down and said "thanks a lot"
As I thought to myself "Well, here we go again".

It's been a long,
A long, long year.
It's been a long,
A long, long year.
How did I get here?


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    General CommentIt appears to be about alcoholism; the situation the character (presumably Todd himself, being as he's had quite public substance abuse problems) is in would appear to be an alcoholic's anonymous meeting, and every chorus, he is asking "how did I get here?" - how did I get this bad?

    The key to this meaning is really in the lines "So I threw one down and said 'thanks a lot'/As I thought to myself 'Well, here we go again'." - He just can't give it up, no matter how many meetings he goes to.
    Exodus-Tonyon December 23, 2006   Link

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