i've come here a thousand times, some things never change
"yes i will, anything you say"
i've quit this a million times, can't quite stay away
just one more time...i'll be ok
but i'm so damn tired

when i come back down
though i'm crazy to
anything you want from me i'll do

"hey joe, could you spare a buck
i could use some food"
what a laugh, one more fool
two hours and it's back again, lapping at my heels
stop yelling..i'll get through
but i'm so damn tired

i've come here a thousand time
some things never change
lay me down...take me away
god, i'm so damn tired

Lyrics submitted by rabidpenguin

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  • +1
    General CommentThis definitely sounds like an addiction song to me...does anyone know if glen phillips had any drug problems?
    flwerchildon May 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's definatly about an addiction to something. Either a drug, or a relationship. i'm leaning towards drugs. "yes i will, anything you say". something has a hold on him. I think everyone has had the feeling of knowing something is bad for them, but being too damn tired to stop. great song
    searching4meaningon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with searching4meaning. Definetly about addiction, but can be either drugs or a relationship. I've been addicted to a person before and this is a very fitting song for that.
    mrsdarthvaderon July 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis might be my favorite toad song, definitely top five... the vocals are just incredible
    rabidpenguinon February 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is definitely an addiction to a drug and someone is nagging him about it. He's done it a thousand times and has tried to quit a thousand times and he's telling this person that he will stop and do anything for their forgiveness. He asks "Joe" for a buck for some "food" but really he uses it to get a drug of some kind, and 2 hours later his addiction is "lapping at his heals" again.
    qb42931on February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely about drug addiction, and the things people will do for a hit. By the sounds of the lyrics, this is probably a fairly hardcore drug - not something like booze or weed. More like pain killers, heroin, or even crack. Something that will come back in 2 hours is usually pretty hardcore.

    Finally, it's possible that the author isn't the singer, but this might be the story of someone the guys in the band knew that did have a drug problem.
    Heljon February 18, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI concur with those who said this song is about a drug addiction. Furthermore, the title itself offers a clue to this. When you do drugs you get "high", so it seems logical that when you "come back down" it means you are getting down from that high.

    This doesn't necessarily mean Glen or anyone in the band had a drug problem, though. It could be about someone they know, or just something they decided to write about for whatever reason.
    Teabeardon November 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely about drug addiction. "Hey Joe, can you spare a buck, I could use some food". Implies this person needs to borrow money, probably can't make it on their own.

    Also, the person is also dealing with people nagging them about getting clean it seems.
    lildee293on September 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThe Song is about Glen's bout with depression.
    rick106710on September 08, 2016   Link

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