If only the rules were built
Upon philosophy that I embraced
I'd hug your neck and kiss your face,
But it's very obvious
That your ideals are not for me.
You'll tell me what to do
But you will see that I do as I please.

'Cause I want to
Do it my way,
And I want to fly,
I want to
Do it my way,
'Cause I want to fly.

The problem with rules is
They alienate the criminals when whose to say
If what they did was wrong that day.
If you'd open your mind up
You'd see that there is nothing that's always wrong.
No matter what you say,
It's just not true that there's only one way.

'Cause I want to
Do it my way,
'Cause I want to fly,
I want to
Do it my way,
And I want to fly.

I hope we have ourselves an understanding.
I hope we have ourselves an understanding.
I hope we have ourselves an understanding.


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    he definitely has a good point....

    glendora04on May 22, 2002   Link
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    This song is a definate tongue in cheek sarcastic poem showing the problems with post-modern thinking. After reading interviews with Dave I can tell that these lyrics don't mesh with his real beliefs. Once again, the great storyteller creates a character. I think this song is written to God. Think about it in those terms.

    TarHeelMikeyon July 01, 2002   Link
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    i want to fly and do it my way too.....i feelz ya' david

    churchclotheson May 10, 2003   Link
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    i think this song is a realistic message to an evil ex girlfriend. at least, i could read this to mine. lol. reminds me of when you have someone who's constantlly telling you everything you do is wrong, no matter how hard you try to do right, and they never forgive you for the mistakes you've made.

    ejbelairon March 25, 2005   Link
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    It might also be a conversation with a christian trying to tell him what he must do. Or with his parents maybe, since he was raised in a christian family. It might also be a person trying to free himself from the ideas he's learned in his youth, because he seems frustrated.

    harmon April 08, 2005   Link
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    hey guys, he's talking to God in this song. not an ex or simply a christian.

    haydogsupon May 19, 2006   Link
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    I really disagree with haydogsup. Dave has mentioned how much he loathes Christian rockers for trying to be so in-your-face about faith and the like. I have trouble believing this song is about God. It almost seems a bit like he's prophessing his empirical philosophy on ethics.

    Kiddo85on May 23, 2006   Link
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    As much as I love Pedro the Lion and Bazan, I think this song is rather naive. You could say that right and wrong are all about frame of reference, but to say that nothing is always wrong is to ignore that there is such thing as right and wrong. Sometimes Bazan reminds me of a section of my life when I was very confused, except he never left. Very angsty, and yet always arguing that all he wants is to be himself. In some ways I agree with this song, but knowing that Bazan claims to be a God follower (christian or not) this ignores a lot of what we are blatantly told via the Bible.

    Then again, he could be opposed to the Bible too. In which case I'm not sure how he became accidentally associated with Christianity at all. But that's cool too.

    theenjoisk8ron November 24, 2008   Link
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    This is the first song of the concept album Whole. It cannot be seen as just one song, but a sixth of a song. The album is the story of a man who is struggling, specifically with drugs. This is the intro to that character and his ideas... Eventually in the album he finds something different, finds a "whole fixing man" and ends the album with a "hymn." It's the story of a man finding religion.

    ihikeaton June 16, 2010   Link

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