"Fire Escape" as written by and Miles Zuniga....
Well I don't wanna be President
Superman or Clark Kent
I don't wanna walk 'round in their shoes

'Cause I don't know who's side I'm on
I don't know my right from wrong
I don't know where I'm going to
I don't know about you

I'll be the rain falling on your fire escape
And I may not be the man you want me to
I can be myself, how 'bout you?

I don't wanna make you mad
I don't wanna meet your dad
I don't wanna be your dream come true

'Cause I don't know just what I've found
I don't know my sky from ground
I don't know where I'm going to
I don't know about you


[Repeat Chorus]

I can be myself, how 'bout you?
I can be myself
How 'bout you?

Lyrics submitted by Zekethesweetpeak

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    General CommentI think this song is just about being yourself no matter what anybody else thinks you should be.

    "And I may not be the man you want me to,
    I can be myself, how bout you?"

    That's really something that is good to live by in today's world. Being yourself is a good quality to have and this is a really great song. One of my Fastball favorties.
    u2elevationon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about a guy trying to get a girl to give him a chance but she won't because she's either too egotistical and shallow to or she just doesn't know what she wants. He doesn't want to give up on her and he isn't sure if he wants to be with her, but he's willing to take that chance if it means finding himself.
    BigDaddyRay28on October 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI got something way different out of this song. I think it's about a guy admitting his imperfections, and telling a girl not to expect much out of him. The girl is probably expecting an ideal, traditional relationship with her knight in shining armor who's going to come rescue her out of her tower ("I don't want to meet your dad/ I don't want to be your dream come true") and I think he's trying to get her to just be what she is. He's saying that he'll be there for her when she needs him ("I'll be the rain falling on your fire escape" rain...fire....rain puts out fire...maybe?), but as far as being perfect, he's far from it and isn't even gonna try.
    animiramuon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah i think all you guys are right about it being about a guy admitting his faults plus this song is so darn catchy. It's so fun and cool.
    wolf cubon October 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlovely
    leaveandletgoon January 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOk I think the line 'I'll be the rain falling on your fire escape' isn't exactly saying he'll be there for her. A fire escape are those things in apartment buildings that look like little porches with tons of stairs, usually beside brick or concrete walls, and usually made our of some sort of metal. Rain on metal=uber slippery. He's warning her that he won't live up to everything she may be expecting, and her grandeur ideas of what love should be, he may even end up hurting her (being the rain on her fire escape), but he's willing to give it a shot anyway, if she's willing to accept reality.
    missa809on August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGood comments, especially from missa809. I never thought about the fire escape part like that. I think he's also saying that he's unsure of many things in his life at that point and wants to take things slow before committing to anything.
    fireToSteel0423on October 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've never lived in a building with a fire escape, but I always assumed that they would be noisy in the rain. I interpret that line as meaning he's going to be annoying. He's annoying, he may not always be what she wants, and he isn't going to pretend he's something different.
    nohiton June 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy personal feeling is that the song is about a guy that's not necessarily successful in the most common senses of the word. Especially when it comes to love. He realizes this and yet he's fine with it. He doesn't need to become what others feel he should. He's somewhat lost, but he's okay with that. He's going to make things harder on those around him as a result of all this. But, in the end, he can be himself. How 'bout you?
    CMan0928on July 07, 2012   Link

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