Hello don't you know me
I'm the dirt beneath your feet
The most important fool you forgot to see
I've seen how you give it
Now I want you to receive
I'm sure that you would do the same for me

'Cause I know I'm headed for the bottom
I know I'm headed for the bottom
I know I'm headed for the bottom
But I'm riding you all the way
Yeah, I'm riding you all the way
I'm riding, yeah

For all of your kisses turned to spit in my face
For all that reminds me which is my place
For all of the times when you made me disappear
This time I'm sure you will know that I'm here

'Cause I know I'm headed for the bottom
I know I'm headed for the bottom
I know I'm headed for the bottom
But I'm riding you all the way
Yeah I'm riding you all the way
I'm riding you all the way
I'm riding you all the way
Riding, riding all the way

My place was beneath you but now I am above
And now I send you a message of love
A simple reminder of what you won't see
A future so holy without me

I know I'm headed for the bottom
I know I'm headed for the bottom
I know I'm headed for the
But I'm riding you all the way
Yeah I'm riding you all the way
I'm riding you all the way
Oh I'm riding you, yes I'm riding you
Oh I'm riding you, yes I'm riding you
Oh I'm riding you all the way

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Mailman Lyrics as written by Matthew Cameron Chris Cornell

Lyrics © HIPGNOSIS SONGS GROUP, Peermusic Publishing

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  • +4
    General CommentI think that this song is about a situation where he came across an old crush or maybe just a girl he used to know not neccessarily someone he was interested in.. I think she was all about trying to get his attention now... now that he's a big star and gorgeous, and everybody loves him now. But what about back in the day when she knew him as a regular person and she wouldn't have given him the time of day. Doesn't she recognize him, doesn't she know him, doesn't she remember he's just a no-name, someone below her... but now he's above, and that makes her want him. Well he knows his fame won't last and that her attention is real or worthy, but to hell with her superficialiaty, he'll take her ride just despite her and know in his own heart that she's a worthless drone of society, a materialistic snob who only wants what's shiny and new. At least he has the comfort of knowing that he may be heading nowhere and fast, but she's always gonna be one step further to nowhere than he is.
    I really don't think the person was a truly significant person in his life, just a typical situation that was the needle in his side making him even more disgusted with the world and causing him write a song about it.
    ...just my take
    WinterOnyxon April 14, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about the way people treat the sort of ... "worker ants" of society. Like how there'll be people there to do menial jobs, or do the things tht we just take for granted or don't see as really important. And people will look down on them, their responsiblity and their imporatance, and see them as bottem of the barrel, lowest wrung, etc. But all these people are seeing the indiffernce and apathy towards them and know that if not for them, the people who are so above them wouldn't have any way to get where they are, and that if they fall sometime in their life, the people who look down on them will fall twice as hard, and twice as easliy.
    Or maybe it's just about people who think they're powerful and important not seeing how ordinary and flawed they really are, leaving that "job" up to people they see as being below them. I hope that was more coherent, sorry.
    darkspoton January 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhen I first heard this song I interpreted it, uh, similarly to how crazy_horse did, but after reading WinterOnyx's interpretation, all I can say is "wow". That's probably the best interpretation of any song I've ever seen. Kudos to you, man.
    rock_hawkon March 29, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhy are they dumbasses? That's THEIR interpretation for you NOT to judge. You have your own and they have their own.

    Anyway, I love this song. I'm having a hard time with the interpretation. Meh.
    1989Son December 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is totally about anal sex and maybe a little oral sex:

    I know I'm headed for the "bottom" and I'm "riding you all the way"

    I know how you "give it" now I want you t "receive" (Love the connection between giving and receiving and "I'm sure you would do the same for me")

    For all the times you made me disappear: yeah, into your ass!! (That's how you'll know I'm here)

    My place was beneath you but now I'm above(he's a top!)And now I send you a message of love(delivering a shot of love juice in your ass)
    A simple reminder of what you won't see(you can't see because I'm inside you, and behind you as well).....

    'nuff said.

    Howblardon August 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDude, look on the last page, Chris himself said it's about killing your boss xD I think we can all relate...
    Tig45on March 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me think about sex. As for the name, I think alot of early alternative songs the name had nothing to do with the song.
    Genesisfanon February 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere's the true meaning. FIFTEEN frickin' years after I first heard this infectious damn song.

    I though that it all sounded familiar...

    Before I give you the acronym clue. Get ready to do a little study boys and girls. Phrases like "Top/Bottom", "Ridin' you" "Do the same for me". Ha ha! Are ya' gettin' it a little bit now? Look up these definitions, once I lay it out for you...

    "Switch",."Eye Averting", There are a lot more in this tune, but I think you're getting it now.

    I'm the "mailman", this time around. You just became the "recipient"! Uhhg! Ya' like that!

    Red! Red!

    Oh crap! Yeah that's right! You guessed it. Chris Cornell was a fan!


    I'm right huh?

    How's that for a subliminal? - jef
    jeff113528on August 01, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationlmao this song just sounds like a metaphor for gay anal sex. or gaynal sex. whatever floats your boat
    sayhello2heavenon July 02, 2017   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHmm.. It does seem to be about wanting to shoot your boss, except:
    1. Kisses turned to spit in my face. Well, your boss never kissed you, or showed you any love...
    2. A future so holy without me. They're still alive whoever they are, so either he's dead (suicide) or he's moved on...

    I think it's a very personal song, and can't be explained with generalisations.
    I think it's a letter to a specific person (the song is the mailman), a person who perhaps he had a very bad break up with, that put him on a self destructive path, but a path that provides inspiration to write very personal and artistic music.
    So I thinks like, look at me now bitch, thanks for the inspiration that made me famous, and the bad habits that go along with that lifestyle.
    D_Psi4oron April 29, 2016   Link

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