"The Saddest Thing I Know" as written by and Anthony John Jackson Adam John Spark....
How long you been asleep at the wheel?
Out of control, gathering up speed
Your heart is on the dashboard, head's in the street
I hope that you wake up in time to scream

Race me for tail or for hits
Your attitude is mud and your promise is dead
You counteract the fuel with the drink and the drugs
It's not what you did, it's what you will do
So take another turn on the merry-go-round
Your numbers are come up now your king of the town
So buckle up and chase yourself a new thrill
You're never gonna feel like before

You keep coming back for more
To find me almost knocking on your door
Say man you are the saddest thing I know
You got a cold sweat begging for the score
You lose it all as you stumble to the floor
Say man you are the saddest thing I know

You keep coming up for air
To find your own foot pushing on your head
Say man you are the saddest thing I know
I see the dried up lotus(?) in your hair
You got the old kaleidoscopic stare
Say man you are the saddest thing I know

When you gonna finally admit
It's the end of the line you've been hammered and hit
Your body is a wreck and your mind is amiss
I know what you want I think this is it


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"The Saddest Thing I Know" as written by Ian Lewis Kenny Anthony John T Jackson

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    General CommentSounds like the singer is paying out on someone who is out of control with their substance abuse.
    drunkon May 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou keep coming up for air
    To find your own foot pushing on your head
    Say man you are the saddest thing I know
    "I see the dried up lotus(?) in your hair"
    You got the old kaleidoscopic stare
    Say man you are the saddest thing I know

    i believe it's actually
    "I see the dried up blood is in your hair"
    d0ppelgangeron June 27, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree that it's about a gambling and drug addiction, but I think the last part

    "When you gonna finally admit
    It's the end of the line you've been hammered and hit
    Your body is a wreck and your mind is amiss
    I know what you want I think this is it"

    isn't about the singer killing the addict, or the drug, but about the singer wanting the addict to wake up, snap out of it, get clean.

    This is backed up by them saying "I hope that you wake up in time to scream" i.e. become aware of what's going on and that it's ruining their life, and "You keep coming back for more/To find me almost knocking on your door" describing the addict going back to get more all the time and seeing the singer wanting to talk to them about the problem.

    Therefore the line "I know what you want I think this is it" is the singer saying they know better than the addict what they want (=to be aware and get out of it) and them telling the addict straight that what they are doing needs to stop, which will help them snap out of it.

    Love this band.
    lynxgirlon September 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, agree with drunk. The song is about having absolute disrespect for a loser who wrecked his life with drugs and alcohol. I'd even go as far as saying the very last line is about killing the loser.

    "I know what you want. I think this is it" Then the song ends suddenly. What he wants is to be put out of his misery.
    Orichalconon September 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOrichalcon, you're almost there.
    I think it's not about drugs or alcohol, rather a gambling addiction.
    "Race me for tail or for heads" - tails and heads, usual gambling choices
    "Your attitude is mud and your promise is dead" - gamblers will always promise "never again", and "just this once", I know a few
    "Your numbers all come up now you're king of the town" - sounds like gambling to me :D
    "You got a cold sweat begging for a score, you lose it all as you stumble to the floor"
    travarizzaon December 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis definately sounds like a person has been mixing drugs and alcohol with gambling.
    "how long you been asleep at the wheel" meaning how long has he been stuck on the same gambling machine
    gathering up speed. So it's non stop consuming alcohol and gambling
    "Race me for tail or for hits" is the gambling part of things.
    "Your numbers are come up now your king of the town" At a start he's hitting up big money, and he feels amazed by the amount that he's winning.
    Closer to the end it's now beginning to speak on the persons' downfall. He keeps coming back for more but is out of luck.
    He keeps "stumbling to the floor" The alcohol and the drugs are getting to his head.
    Drawing to the end, he's not looking so good, he doesn't know when to stop.
    "Your body is a wreck and your mind is amiss"
    "I know what you want I think this is it" Possibly saying he can't go further, by being so intoxicated with drugs and alcohol, and losing everything that he had, he wants to be "put out of his misery", as to what Orichalcon
    So I agree with both Orichalcon and travarizza opinions
    MusicEqLifeon January 01, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI thought it was about drugs. But from the drugs' perspective.

    I dont think it would be about the dealer/friend saying you are the saddest thing cus dealers have to make their money and they dont give a fuck.

    Theres alot of songs about drugs where alot of writers call them a 'she', they become this metaphor.

    The line about chasing a new thrill, thats the thing about drugs is that you constantly look for that high but you wont get it after the first time or after a while..
    Swndchekon February 02, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about drugs, alcohol, gambling, drink driving.
    I think the song is bagging out all the loser's who give humanity a bad name. The people who gamble all their money and spend everything on alcohol. The people who decide to drink drive and kill someone else in the process but don't care and keep doing what they're doing.

    Birds of Tokyo is appalled by today's society and the negative rammifications which the loser's bring.
    timothy536on December 11, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIt sound to me like the lyrics are that which the substances says to the addictee
    mushroomfaton December 20, 2015   Link

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