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Don't tread the water
Just stay still
I'll not be bothered
By you until
I'm picking sides
And pulling the strings
I'm living lies
And shedding the skin
I'm open wide
And letting you in
I'm wronging rights

I don't care...


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    Aug 8th, 2017 8:33pm report

    It sounds like it's nothing more than an argument between a spoiled girlfriend and a guy fed up with the way she acts.


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    May 20th, 2017 5:47pm report

    I always read the lyrics as a guy who is- I guess upset with the way his girl is and what she says. She's insensitive to his feelings for her and I think she wants him but not the relationship aspect of it. I think she's the one saying;

    [Don't tread the water, just stay still
    I'll not be bothered by you until
    I'm picking sides and pulling the strings
    I'm living lies and shedding the skin
    I'm open wide and letting you in
    I'm wronging rights
    I don't care what you want
    I just want mine]

    I interpret it as it then switches to him and he says;

    [Shut up, smart little bitch
    I don't need lies]

    It really sounds like a purely physical relationship without the emotional. I also think since he calls her smart little bitch, that she is very intellectual but acts calloused or painfully mean to him so he lashes back out at her.

    I doubt this is the actual meaning to the song. It's just what I picture when I hear it.


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    Feb 20th, 2017 2:36pm report

    I see it more as the girl cheated on him and he does the dirty with her to punish her, or more like tries to take it from her. The lyrics can be read as it's from her perspective or his. He shouts "mine" a couple of times which is like telling her She's his and that it is more about his wants not hers. She's almost acting like she doesn't care and she's the one "pulling the strings" and it's pissing him off. This is almost an extreme fight over dominance. XD they're both insane lol and I'll try to explain. She cheated, he punishes, she likes the punishment, she's controlling the relationship more than he is, he hates bending to her will and reminds her that he doesnt really care about her (that he only wants to get the moment over with), but at the end of the song when he repeats "mine", you can tell he really does care about her and she hurt him. Maybe its just how I read into the lyrics. "Get up force it to fit" "I'm open wide and letting you in" It seems like a dialogue between boyfriend/girlfriend to me.


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    Jan 26th, 2017 1:26pm report

    Similar to Animals by maroon 5, I think in this song he is a rapist. I know many of you disagree but this is how the story plays out to me in my mind. "I don't care what you want. I just want mine." She is his fix. He wants and needs it. He doesn't care what the woman wants and she has no choice in the matter. "Get up. Force it to fit. Confined inside." He says this aggressively. He's frustrated with the situation. (I don't think he's done this but as an artist sometimes you tap yourself into various characters and roles while writing a song)."Don't tread the water. Just stay still" He's telling her not to fight it and to just take it. "I'm pulling strings. I'm living lies" He's the one calling the shots and he knows it's a lie that he's living. It isn't love, and no she doesn't love him. It could also be a metaphor that the girl he's in a relationship with wants out and he doesn't care. She's his. He treats her like property. He's willing to live in denial that she loves him because he rather have that than nothing.


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    Aug 20th, 2013 8:24pm report

    This is not about rape, its about betrayal and revenge.


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    Jan 17th, 2013 1:11pm report

    Like a lot of people, my first impression of the song was it was about rape, but as I've been listening to it, I've begun to take the rape element in the song to be a metaphor for anything being forced on someone.

    And Ben has definitely had things forced on him and one of those was around the time they released Saturate. It was their debut album and they were very new and had little clout with the record company. They had wanted to release another song off the album as the first single, but the record company made them use and perform Skin. Ben wasn't happy about this because he didn't consider Skin to be the best example of their music, but it had a poppy commercial sort of feel to it, so the band was steamrolled on this and had no choice but to perform it everywhere as a band does with a single they're using to promote their record.

    Ben ultimately came to loathe the song to the point that he won't sing it if the band performs it. Just plays the music and lets the audience sing it. And it was because of that experience that he won't accept just anything on their albums, whether it's gonna be a single or not because he wants to love the song should he ever be made to use a song he didn't plan on as a release.

    Also, until Dear Agony was released, Ben wrote all of their songs drunk. He didn't think he could write a song unless he was drunk. He's mentioned on several occasions that writing sober is still difficult for him. It takes him longer and getting inspired and having ideas don't come as easily and at the same rate as it did when he was drunk.

    If you think about the lyrics of the song, "I don't care what you want, I just want mine." Could easily be construed as a producer steamrolling the band not giving a single crap about their artistic integrity if they're convinced they can make more money the other way.

    Don't treat the water. Just stay still. I won't be bothered by you until I'm picking sides and pulling the strings. I'm living lies and shedding the skin.

    Pretty self explanatory if you apply the above interpretation. Don't tread the water, as in "don't rock the boat" more or less. Just stay still (patronizing, like to stay, you're just is to sit there and be the talent. Let me handle all the grunt work. And then picking sides and pulling strings, meaning getting their distribution underway. Who's responsible for distribution but the record company? I'm living lies and shedding the skin. That could be a reference to the song in question that inspired his anger.

    I'm open wide and letting you in, I'm wronging rights. Believe I don't care what you want, I just want mine. Shut up, smart little bitch, I don't need lies. I don't care what you want, I just want mine. Get up, force it to fit, confined inside!

    I'm going to lead you into a false sense of security by making you think I have the best of intentions for you, but then I'm going to wrong you in ways you won't realize because I don't really care what you want, I just want what I can get for myself from you and when you're used up, you'll be discarded for the next big thing. And don't argue with me about it either because you're nothing, you have no power! Now get up and make this thing work. We have a contract and there's nothing you can do about it.


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    Jan 7th, 2013 1:41am report

    When he says "shut up you smart little bitch, I dont need lies" it sounds like she lies about everything and gets her way a lot ((yes I did do the first comment)).


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    Jan 7th, 2013 1:39am report

    it sounds like he is confused about a girl "im picking sides" as if hes not sure which side to choose "i dont care what you want, i just want mine" as in he is tired of everything she wants "shut up you smart little bitch" is as in she keeps getting her way and hes sick of it. "dont pull me under, into the deep" sounds like he doesnt want to be with her anymore and she keeps pulling him down into her issues. the yelling in the song is probally him letting out his anger

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