I'm talkin' I'm talkin'
I'm talkin' to myself more

Needle, fetal
Someone's pouring warm gravy all over me
And you see that synthetic therapy
Don't you know it seems to be so unappealing?
But, oh what a feeling

But I wish that you would stop spitting when you're talking to me

And inside, air dry
I might want to go another way
But you see now I'm too pale to get out
Into the lovely light of day
Oh, I'll do anything that you say
Oh, I'll do anything that you say

But I wish you would stop spitting when you're talking to me

I'm talkin' to myself more

One by one

Man to man
Stand to stand

Two by four

Talkin' to myself

Lyrics submitted by bubbrock316

2 X 4 Lyrics as written by Shannon Hoon Glen Graham

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song can surly be about more than a drug. For instance: The title, 2*4...I think it refers to a "two by four". This wooden beam four inches wide and two inches thick is the most common cut of wood used in construction. A two by four is dense and doesn't serve any perpose unless you nail it to something and use it as a strural element. Although It is essential as a basic element of construction, it is practicaly useless on its own.

    So yea i recon I didn't explain anything so clearly. But Im pointing in a direction...What did heroine do to him, and could one feel that way with out heroine(sure)...
    Guarimnon September 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about hoon dealing with his coke problem. Starting out with "needle, fetal" he reflects how he would shoot up, get in the fetal position and reap the rewards of a hit of coke. In the next line, "Someone's pouring warm gravy all over me" represents the euphoric wave of intense energy proceding a shot.

    The next three lines from "...synthetic therapy...o what a feeling" represents that although coke is bad and looked down upon in society, the feeling it produces is well worth the stigmata.

    The next verse, "But I wish that you would stop spitting when you're talking to me", represents the anger and resentment people give when they know of what your doing, and try to make persuade you from doing otherwise.

    The rest of the song goes on to say how he wants to quit but can't.....blahblah blah don't do coke it kills
    erthalon January 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commenteh..first of all, its about heroin addiction, and yea i know, he died of a cocaine overdose. people mix the two up. coke is not really synthetic..but whatever. hoon took two hits of acid at the woodstock concert, so i dont know where the coke thing came from but knowing shannon i wouldnt put it past him to mix acid and coke.
    TransparentSunChildon February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with most of the comments.. this song is about drug problems and how as much as you know you shouldn't be doing something that is terrible for you, its difficult to stop because, "oh what a feeling." I believe the drug of note in this song is heroin, not cocaine which later ended shannon's life. for anyone who has ever experimented with strong opioids(heroin,oxycontin etc), "Someone's pouring warm gravy all over me" is a good way to describe the high of feeling numb&weightless after a hit. All that aside this is one of my favorite songs because of the raw emotion and what seems almost like a cry for help through music. If you like this song other good blind melon songs with similar feeling&subject are "Hell"(Nico), "Frosting a cake"(Unreleased), & "Drive" (Blind Melon).
    R.I.P Shannon Hoon
    flyn1025on February 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes this song remind you of soundgarde?
    it does to me...
    spemcc123on March 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was thinking the same exact fucking thing....thats the first thought that came to my mind when i heard this song
    Overfloateron March 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"but knowing shannon i wouldnt put it past him to mix acid and coke." ...... so you personally knew shannon hoon? you're worthless.. don't say you know someone that you're miles below.
    BlindBoneJamon December 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song. But I have no idea what it is about. I just get good feeling from it.
    dobadogon March 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about heroin... and the effects it had on him....
    caazmoon June 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou need help in a bad way.
    There's this vulnerability you have and you feel that it's preventing you from living life to it's fullest. You try something synthetic and It's great for a while because life is better. But good feeling, that warm gravy, doesn't last. That's part one.

    Part 2 he is concerned, he want's to change his condition-he still wants therapy, but maybe not synthetic, because it doesent last. He speaks help but gets his ego brused from blunt or harsh words. He wishes to follow the advice he recieves as he struggles to deal with the rejection he feels.

    Part 3 he's turns to himself for comfort and understanding
    Guarimnon September 30, 2008   Link

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