My lips are shakin'
My nails are bit off
It's been a month since I've heard myself talk
Only advantage this life's got on me
Picture a cup in the middle of the sea

And I fought back in my mind
Never lets me be right
I got memories, I got shit
So much it don't show

Oh, I walked the line
When you held me in at night
Oh, I walked the line
When you held my hand and I

On empty shells seem so easy to crack
Got all these questions
Don't know who I could even ask
So I'll just lie down and wait for the dream
Where I'm not ugly and you're lookin' at me

And I'll stay in bed
Oh, little I've seen there
If just once I could be loved
Oh, I'd stare back at me

Oh, I walked the line
When you held me in at night
Oh, I walked the line
When you held my hand and I
Oh, I walked the line
When you held me close at night
Oh, I paid the price
Never held you in your eyes

Lyrics submitted by PJ10, edited by stringray

"I Got Shit" as written by Eddie Vedder

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I Got Shit (I Got Id) song meanings
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  • +6
    General CommentI read a lot of the comments but not all of them so I'm not sure if this was mentioned or not. Id is the Freudian term for your inner desires. So I think he is saying he has this desire to be loved yet he can't get it for lack of confidence. In turn all day he lays in bed and feels sorry for himself and waits for that dream he has when he has respect for himself and the girl falls in love with him for who he truly is. The title of the song "I got Id (I got shit)" means he has the desire to be loved yet he can't go out and get it so he's got nothing. I love this song because I know exactly what it's like not to be able to get what you want for lack of confidence (You're scared to be yourself). And I have said the same thing to myself if I could just get her to love me than I would walk the line of life. I would work hard to keep her love, not because i like working hard but because I love her so much and would fall apart if I lost her. The only problem is it's like you don't have the love to begin with so how can you work hard enough to get it, your empty, you have no drive. It's a viscous cycle that is very hard to break, self pity is, but it's possible don't stop believing in yourself cause that is the only problem after all.
    Nothingman34on February 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI remember when this song first came out as a single. I taped it off the radio and listened to it for about two weeks straight on headphones, just walking about. I think I was in about sixth grade. It's the only band that really makes you feel and think. They just have that certain mystique, that pulls you in. Who agrees?
    vedson November 23, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song so embodies a specific period of my life it is almost scary. This song ca insantly take me back there and is almost comforting. even tho' the song and that time in my life are so sad.
    Heatherondoon August 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about my life......Every line describes my situation to a tee....Great song...
    simms2100on June 15, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is just about a loser who has no girlfriend or life and he obsesses about being with one girl. He then starts to realize that he'll never be with her that he's been wasting his time and life. I think this song must relate with a lot of ppl.
    longliveconradon March 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthey both have amazing, depressing lyrics
    richie8092on June 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim going through this right now. it fucking kills. i cant think about anything else but her. ive listened to songs like this [i.e. creep, so,ething i can never have] and it doesnt make me feel better but it numbs the pain
    slevletteon July 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I don't want to ruin any interpretations of this song that you may have." -Eddie
    We all have our own interpretations and that's how it should be. Here's mine
    I agree with the the freudian "ID" theory and the Johnny Cash reference. If youve seen the movie "walk the line" you might agree. Your ID is instinctual and uncontrollable urges. "Shit" is your vice cocaine, heroine, whatever. Her love allowed him to walk the line and kept him clean. but your ID is enevitable and he reverted back to his addiction and ultimately lost her. he now beleives he can't be clean without her love. He's left in a state of addiction and depression dreaming of her. If he felt her love her love again he could overcome it.
    walkinthelineon October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthes so sad and lonely
    PJ10on April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA man dealing dealing with the depression he has amassed having never really gotten the girl of his dreams. He hopes to one day get her; 'hope for the dream' but all for nought. He has realised that dreaming about getting her doesn't amount to anything; in reality 'he's got shit'.
    jamfanon May 15, 2002   Link

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