Grab my knee and look at me
And try to tell me I'll be home soon
Asleep in my bed and unstoned
I'm tired of me this way

I don't know what I've gotten into
But I'm glad it's now instead of sooner
This desert heat has crowded me strong
With a wish I had for winter

It's not as gentle as it sounds
As though it sounded yesterday
When I heard a leaf of my life hit the ground
And as a bottle cap flew from my fingers

I don't know what I've gotten in to
But I'm glad it's now instead of sooner
This desert heat has crowded me strong
With a wish I had for winter

And the sands blew in my eyes
I stood on the edge and looked down to see
The light of a new life, shinning up on me

With a wish that I had
The sand blew in my eyes


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    Grab my knee and look at me And try to tell me I'll be home soon Asleep in my bed and unstoned I'm tired of me this way

    First stanza : grab my knee… like a father or grandfather does when he wants to tell you a story or direct you… Unstoned… admission of drug use and not truly being in reality…grabbing the knee would refocus him… Like a young child often needs…

    I don't know what I've gotten into But I'm glad it's now instead of sooner This desert heat has crowded me strong With a wish I had for winter

    Second stanza: He’s confused but is glad he is old and wise enough to understand that he is confused by life… He feels crowded even in a desert… lost in a crowd…he wishes for isolation and desolation of winter…

    It's not as gentle as it sounds As though it sounded yesterday When I heard a leaf of my life hit the ground And as a bottle cap flew from my fingers

    Third stanza:

    The interplay of seasons… desert heat (summer/ adolescences… youth…. ) fall (changing , brilliance of leaves turns to falling leaves…entering of winter days… twilight of a day…of life… impending death… despair of drug use… The buzz is leaving him…)

    I don't know what I've gotten in to But I'm glad it's now instead of sooner This desert heat has crowded me strong With a wish I had for winter

    Fourth Stanza: a repeat of the chorus… again he is overwhelmed by his choices… where he is where he lives…the direction or lack there of in his life… and wishing for winter to just come and bury him in a way

    ..And the sands blew in my eyes I stood on the edge and looked down to see The light of a new life, shinning up on me

    (sand… desert… lack of clarity of vision…confusion…. Trails…drug reference… ) New life — a child…. Rebirth… born again reference…. Recovery from drugs…. HIS Own childhood…when things were easier…_)

    ...With a wish that I had The sand blew in my eyes

    (wishing for that “new life” turns into a desert mirage…recovery… his old child like innocence…disappears…)

    totallypaulion March 16, 2009   Link
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    Quite an awsome song in sound and in lyric. It's about a guy going through a tough times, whether it be drugs, relationships, or what have you. He wants someone to tell him everything will be okay and he'll be fine.

    ChaosFluro24on July 04, 2002   Link
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    great song! this song is about hitting 'rock bottom' and realizing you need to change the way you live your life and wishing for 'winter' or better days

    jdsmakavelion May 06, 2006   Link
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    Experiencing an intense high, in over your head with how much drugs you've taken and you just want it to be over with and lay in your bed sober. It's a reoccurring occasion, you're addicted. At least you're dealing with the intensity now and not anticipating it, as your body temperature rises and you just want to cool down. Sometimes it's sensational and relaxing, but this time it's uncomfortable and stressful. You've taken such a large amount of drugs you're on the verge of an overdose and can sense the afterlife, you might even have an illusion of the other side as your eyes roll back. You're sick of this existence and wish for a better life.

    AbsentMindedon June 22, 2010   Link
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    I Think this song is about the first time he tried heroin. I also believe this song may be about the perils of being sent to a treatment center or mental institution at the age of 16

    jlgreen15on September 21, 2012   Link
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    Going through a hard point in your drug addiction, and just being tired of it, but yet you can't get over it because you have not seen "the light" yet.

    And the sands blew in my eyes I stood on the edge and looked down to see The light of a new life, shinning up on me

    With a wish that I had The sand blew in my eyes

    At the end he only kind of sees the light because there is sand in his eyes (things are unclear, his mind isn't right). So he ends up not having this great see "the light" revelation, and feels kinda screwed about it because he's been longing for it.

    Bmiller92on March 19, 2014   Link

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