Open up and let me in
I was lucky to live, don't need to win
Forgave myself and if that's a sin
It's not enough you'd even know it
You did right to call my bluff
'Cause I won't say when I've had enough
And I worked so hard to need this stuff
And you tried so long to just ignore it

Won't you come down where I am
Words are hidden, understand

I won't repeat myself again
I will not repeat myself again
It's another promise D.O.A.
And despite my every hope there is no truth
Behind my best intentioned oath

Won't you come down where I am
Words are hidden, understand
Won't you come down
Been away to long, I know I have

Won't you come down, help me stand
There is healing in your hands
Won't you come down where I am
Words all leave me
Been away too long
I know I've been away too long
I know I have


Lyrics submitted by rabidpenguin

Come Down Lyrics as written by Glen Richard Phillips Todd B. Nichols

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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
  • 0
    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 March 01, 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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