"Far Behind" as written by Kevin Colin Martin, Peter Andrew Klett, Scott Mercado and Bardi David Martin....
Now maybe I didn't mean to treat you bad
But I did it anyway
And now maybe
Some would say your life was sad
But you lived it anyway
And so maybe
Your friends they stand around they watch you crumble
As you fall to the ground
And someday
Your friends they stand beside as you were flying
Oh you were flying oh so high
But then some day people look at you for what they call their own
They watch you suffer
Yeah they hear you calling home
But then some day we could take our time
To brush the leaves aside so you can reach us
But you left me far behind

Now maybe I didn't mean to treat you oh so bad
But I did it anyway
Now maybe some would say you're left with what you had
But you couldn't share the pain
No, no, no

Couldn't share the pain they watch you suffer
Now maybe I could have made my own mistakes
But I live with what I've known
And then maybe we might share in something great
But won't you look at where we've grown
Won't you look at where we've gone
But then someday comes tomorrow holds a sense of what I fear for you in my mind
As you trip the final line
And that cold day when you lost control
Shame you left my life
So soon you should have told me
But you left me far behind

Now maybe I didn't meant to treat you oh so bad
Oh but I did it anyway
Now maybe some would say you're left with what you had
But you couldn't share the pain
No, no, no

Oh No, no, no
Oh No, No, no,
Don't say it, I know, say I know, say I know
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I said maybe I didn't mean to treat you oh-so bad?
Oh, but I did it anyway
So maybe some would say you're left with what you had
But you couldn't share the pain
I said times have changed your friends They come and watch you crumble to the ground
They watch you suffer
Yeah they hold you down hold you down
Said maybe, oh, maybe I didn't mean to treat you bad?
But you left me far behind
Left me far behind
Left me far behind

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"Far Behind" as written by Kevin Colin Martin Bardi David Martin

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is from the very bottom of Kevin Martin's heart.
    It is 'specially dedicated to one of his friends who died of overdose. Something good I'd like to add is that because of this song and "You" some people gave up using drugs. Which by the way that made Kevin feel very happy.
    The melancholy in Martin's songs is because he wrote most of them in Seattle, and as you know It rains a lot in Seattle, the weather is cloudy and cold. So once he said he couldn't write happy songs at Seattle because it didn't inspire him sunny feelings. So that's why they moved to California
    As far as I know that's the story behind the song
    And on my opinion ....Far Behind rocks!!!!
    Thumbs up!!!!!!!!
    Vanthon April 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdon't know what its about. don't honestly care. all i know is that recently it's haunted me. playing everywhere. random myspace and gaia profiles. radio in my car. alarm clock. and even a pop-up ad. and every time i hear it, it reminds me of the girl i want to be with more than anything. the girl who i care about more'n anyone. and, whats worse, the girl i let slip through my fingers. thats a lie. she didn't slip away, i pushed her. i was in a bad situation. i felt i had to keep her from getting involved. i actually broke up with her. she took it hard. i caused her more pain than i prevented. she wasn't there when the badness peaked, but even had she been, it wouldn't have affected her. now here i am, venting to a computer what no one else would give a fuzzy-purple-rats-nethers about. lost in the memories, and the what ifs, and the impossible fantasies of another shot. and this song playing constantly, peeling open a wound from 3 months ago. never allowed to forget. to me, this song is that. its hard to hear past "maybe," the rest just becomes white noise. "i did not mean to treat you oh so bad." i wouldn't even answer the phone to let her yell at me. never gave an explination. still haven't, fully. she even tried to get me to reconsider. was convinced she'd done something wrong. didn't want me to leave.

    "but i did it anyway"
    cantide8405on February 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is sort of an apology/F U sent to an ex girlfriend. He knows that he treated her badly... but at the same time.. She kept a lot of herself hidden from him and he justifies his distance from her in the fact that she "left him far behind".. GREAT SONG.
    maxpower114on February 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI searched high and low for this song. I agree with Aniota that this is one of the best of the '90s. I also agree with Max that this is an apology but f**k you. Beautiful song!
    Cool_Dandyon February 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah, i always thought this was a song was about someone who committed suicide or died of an overdose or something along those lines. "that cold day when you lost control, shame you left my life so soon you should have told me..."

    i think he is trying to deal with the pain of this person being gone, realizing that maybe he didn't treat them the best he possibly could... but at the same time he's angry. he tried, he would have been there for them, but they just turned away... left him far behind... and now he's trying to deal with the pain and the anger at the same time.

    great song. i love the emotion in his voice. it rarely fails to bring me to tears.
    rainbow6583on May 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionAlthough I do love this song...it's good..but not great musically. This song takes you right to the edge of really rocking. Rightuptothebrink...but pulls back. I always thought this song should've been a little harder. Likely some decision from the record company...turning it into a power ballad. But don't get me wrong...I still love this song. I just thought that it could've been greater. For a band to write such a great song...only to not hit it out of the park...

    There are a few times that Candlebox really excelled at rocking out on their first album...and didn't hold back. To me...most notablely is Rain. You...Don't You and Arrow also come to mind. What a great album this was...I couldn't believe that Candlebox didn't become superstars...
    thegitsfanon September 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionFrom a purely personal level, I can feel a lot of interesting shifts of perspective from lyric to lyric. From feeling that I was the one left behind to also relating to being the one whose friends watched suffer as I let myself emotionally self-destruct. This probably has to do with the fact that in my case my wife left me for a "friend" of mine. Lyrics mean different things to different people, obviously.

    This is one of my favorite songs ever. Great melodies, great lyrics that can mean many things to many people. There are also some great live recordings that are even more emotionally charged and driven with "rock rage". To this day, I still get the chills after hearing the first 2 seconds of the song.
    When_Music_IIs_Lifeon January 31, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh i just read up on the person who said it was about Andrew Wood is 100% correct but my first thoughts still apply only it was there good friend
    Jst4thefeelingon October 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou guys couldn't have came closer. this is such a great song. one of my all time favorites.
    tylersloason March 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a killer song...a beautiful deviation from candlebox's usual, pearl jam derived bullshit. Anyway, I concur that it's a big fuck off to an ex as well as an apology for misdeeds. This song kind of reminds me of a girl i knew once who was a couple years ahead of me in school. She fell into some drug shit and some bad relationships and she's (seriously) a crack whore. Pretty fucked up shit.
    chompyon April 04, 2002   Link

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