"Speedway" as written by Daniel John Vickrey, Ben Mize, Adam Duritz, Charles Gillingham, David Bryson and Matthew Malley....
I get so nervous I'm shaking
Gets so I got no pride at all
Gets so bad but I just keep coming back for more
I guess I just get off on that stuff

I'm thinking about taking some time
I'm thinking about leaving soon

I got some things I can't tell anyone
I got some things I just can't say
They're the kind of things no one knows about
I just need somebody to talk to me

I'm thinking about leaving tomorrow
I'm thinking about being on my own
I think I been wasting my time
I'm thinking about getting out

In all this time,
The bottom line's you don't know how much I feel
You say you see but I don't agree
You don't know how I feel

I'm just trying to get myself some gravity
You're just trying to get me to stay
Sometimes I sit here looking down upon Los Angeles
Sometimes I'm floating away

I'm thinking about breakin myself
I'm thinking about getting back home
I think I been waiting for way too long
I'm thinking about getting out

Lyrics submitted by ShiverForMe

"Speedway" as written by Adam Fredric Duritz David Lynn Bryson

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    General CommentI agree with Jag. I realte to this like mad. Some days I really want to just get away and go. The line that gets me the most is:

    In all this time
    the bottom line's
    you dont know how much I feel
    you say you see but I dont agree.

    In the 6 years we've been together, I still don't think he understands what I go through in my head all of the time... he doesn't get why I listen to sad music all the time and why I sometimes feel like it's such a big deal that he doesn't. Maybe it's just cause I feel like music expresses everything I repress. Either way - end rant, sorry bout that, but yeah, powerful line right there.
    pjsoleson September 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song's about wanting to get away from your current surroundings to try and sort out your feelings but someone doesn't want you to go.
    ShiverForMeon January 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Shiver. I think this song is like a more melodic version of Hangingaround. In both songs Adam just wants to escape, get out of the town where society is causing him all this pressure, but something or someone is holding him back.
    Emo_ezraliteon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's definitely about escape. a great song just in the way it feels, at least to me.
    angon July 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti wish he said "slitting my wrists" instead of "breaking my self"
    battaryacidon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually this song is a sequel to mercury, it's about not really being "in love", but being addicted to someone. Trying to come to terms with why you have stayed and why you should leave.
    Rainking003on September 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song gives a lot more than it gets credit for. You've got this guy completely burnt out. Everything keeps turning out wrong but he keeps going back for it. He's just thinking about taking off for a while. It's someone standing on the precipice of just leaving it all behind and ditching. Great song about that level of frustration.
    Jag3892on February 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttop 5 songs....ever. I know that nobody would agree... but those that know me would tell you that you don't know me.
    MICon February 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reflects my life well to some degree, wanting to leave home and get away from my local society.
    SAS_Hexenon December 06, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationDepressing? Yes. Sad? Yes. Brilliant? Yes. "Don't know how I feel." I had read a negative review of this song on Amazon, so I hardly ever listened to it, and when I finally did, I loved it. It's kind of like the dreams people have of getting out of their bad situations and moving away to something new. Or it could be about suicide. "Thinkin' bout gettin' back home. Thinkin bout gettin out." Whatever it is about, it is great. I would say any form of escapism from the life he has created for himself. He's had at least 2 nervous breakdowns in his life before, so maybe he is trying to avoid another.
    komickazeon April 08, 2011   Link

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