Breaking Benjamin: Home Meaning
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And I bought it for you
'Cause I know you're not fair
I don't get it, oh well
And you color my skin
And the colors don't blend
'Cause I'm gonna get you
And your little dog too
There's a yellow brick road
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:
This song is kinda crazy. But I think it's supposed to be. And flame me all you want, I see a deeper meaning in it. I'm not saying this is how BB wanted it to be interpreted, this is just my way of interpreting it. :)
Just a note, I've never seen/read the Wizard of Oz (I know, right; deprived childhood or what xD) so I'm not too sure on those references, but deal with it. xD
I kinda see it as domestic violence, or abuse, or something of the sort. Just something not right at home. The Wizard of Oz meanings that are mixed with the song I think help the artist identify with his 'perfect' world or something.
"I've got a little red bow, and I bought it for you." He bought someone a present. I think it's a red bow to put the Wizard of Oz in there.
"'Cause I know you're not fair, I don't get it, oh well." He knows that this person isn't fair to him, and he doesn't understand why. Probably because he is a young child.
"And you colour my skin, and the colours don't blend." This person hits/abuses him, causing the skin to bruise and colour, and these colours not blending.
"I'm gonna get you and your little dog too." The child is going to get back at the abuser when he's older. Also, obviously the Wizard of Oz reference. The child has heard this line when he's watched this film and is like, reusing it to say it to the abuser person.
"There's a yellow brick road that we follow back home." On the way home, outside, everyone acts perfect. 'Family Portrait' type thing. The yellow brick road is an Oz reference again, which I see as like, the perfect world, exciting and fun. And whilst out of doors, the child's life is exciting and fun. And perfect. But indoors there's abuse.
"'Cause I know you can't wait, your belligerent hate'. They go straight home, 'cause the abuser can't wait to be horrible again. Belligerent means like, aggressively hostile (dictionary.com).
"There's no place like home." Oz, and irony. The child is confused. He's seen the Wizard of Oz, and whatshername saying this line. He doesn't understand it, he hates home, but he says it anyway because that's kind of what he's been taught via the film.
"I've got a southern belle too, and ruby red shoes, with a body of straw, are you sick of it all?" Not too sure on this part. I see it as the child imagining he's all the different characters of the wizard of oz, wanting what they want. He wants to go home (or more, he wants some kind of safe home), like dorothy (the southern belle) and he has a body of straw like the scarecrow - he has a fragile body, and wants a stronger one in order to stand up to the abuser person. I just read on wikipedia that the scarecrow wanted a brain, so I suppose the child wanted to be cleverer too.
"There's a man made of tin" A man with no heart (this is what the tin man goes to the wizard for). This is like, the abuser. No clue what oil can grin means, but I think it may have something to do with oil being worth a lot = money. The tin man needs oil to function and therefore be happy. The tin man or abuser needs money to be happy, this makes him happy. Maybe.
And I've explained chorusy bits. :)
The next bit is a little confusing. I'm not really sure, I'll just write down what first comes into my head.
"There's a little white porch" - there's perfect world.
"And you wanted it so" - and you wanted it? At one time, the abuser person wanted a perfect world, so went out to the world to find the perfect life, but it screwed up and s/he ended up abusing his/her son/daughter due to alcohol or drugs maybe.
"Will you let me go down to the end of the road?" Will you let me leave, go after that world, like you did when you were young
"In the black and the white, a technicolourful life" Even in the black and white world the child experiences, he is able to imagine a colourful, vibrant world where everything is perfect, maybe because of watching the film 'the wizard of oz'.
"Can I stand by your side? We can make it alright." I think that the child (probably older now) tells the abuser person, or asks him, if he can 'stand by his side'. Like, be friends and put the past behind them, and they'll make it through to that perfect world.
Then that part is repeated, only,
"Then another arrived, it's a cowardly lion."
This means another person came into their life. It could be a baby brother or sister of the child. Or maybe the abuser (who I kinda see as the father of the child) got a new partner, a new girlfriend. This person is cowardly, and lets the abuser walk all over them. The child has grown by this point and doesn't let it happen anymore, so it stopped. But this person starts it all again because they can't stand up for themselves.
The final lines, going from "What I want from this world" to "I don't wanna go home" I think is the child, now an adult, saying that he's not going to put up with it anymore. He's not going to offer forgiveness to his father/whoever again. "I wash you away." He leaves, forgets, gets on with his life.
The end. :)
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Oct 26th 2007 report
Omfg not everything has to be a metaphor! they can write bout the freaking wizard of oz if they want. even the best artists can be random and not choose some deep song. quit tryin to change it into something it's not. It's wizard of oz. get over it
anonymous Feb 3rd 2020 report
Omg. I grew watching this movie. Zeen it dozens of times. The song is all about the movie. She wore a red bow. Technicolor to life is cause the movie started out b/w and want to color once in Oz. "Cause I'm going to get you and your little dog too comes from the green wicked witch from the east saying that in the movie. " Can I stand by your side and we'll make it alright " is relating to the good witch of the west. The little white porch is where the movie starts in b/w and that when the storm hit but the girl just wanted to go home with the swing on the porch. " Cause I know your not fair " is referring to wicked wizard of Oz.by the way.Damn! " The body of straw..." is the xamn scarecrow in the move. Crime in Italy,,watch the movie. The whole song is completely in reference with the movie.Thank BB didn't mention the Munchkins"little people living in Oz." You probably would have interpreted it as being caught in your childhood from being molested. LOL..
anonymous Sep 27th 2017 report
Okay, so I think this song is about jealousy, revenge, and unrequited love. There's a guy and the girl he loves (we'll just call her Jane), then the girl who he doesn't love but is using to get Jane jealous.
He points out that he has a "southern belle with a body of straw", meaning a girlfriend... a hot girlfriend.
[Are you sick of it all?]
This verse is asking if the one he actually loves sick of it yet... sick of hearing about his new girlfriend. If Jane is sick of hearing about his latest fling.
[Will you let me go down to the end of the road?] this is him asking if she'll (Jane) will give him another chance and let him do all the things he wants to do; like get married to her, and he'll dump the girl made of straw... much like the scarecrow... she isn't the brightest bulb out there.
I used Jane's name because I think my interpretation would've gotten confusing if I didn't.
So Bob is in love with Jane, Jane left Bob. Bob is dating Lucy to get Jane jealous... that sort of thing.
The song does have Wizard of Oz references in it.... but overall... I think this song does tell a story about the struggle of still loving someone who left you. I'm really not sure though of the true meaning... it could be anything. This is just how I view it.
anonymous Jan 26th 2017 report
He's in a twisted relationship with a woman. She colors his skin and the colors don't blend means she leaves him feeling abused. He says he's going to get her and that there's no place like home. He says no place like home with anger. He wants her to come back home. She obviously left. When he says he's going to get her, he means sexually and physically back. "I've got a southern belle too with ruby red shoes" He's describing how he has another woman now. "Are you sick of it all?" he asks her if she's sick of it because he wants to make her mad and is wondering if she's jealous. He wants her jealous. Revenge is something he's after. When he said "too" this means she also has someone else. "There's a man made of tin with an oil can grin" This is him in the metaphor. He is hollow and has no heart. The grin is symbolic for his evil intensions. He wants to do her harm. "Can you let me go down? To the end of the road. Can I stand by your side? We can make it alright." He's basically saying he wants to be with her forever. He knows they can make it if she lets him. Then another arrived. "It's a cowardly lion." This is referring back to her new boyfriend. Ben thinks he's a coward. He then basically says what he wanted from this world was resolution and for her to wait for him instead of running off with other men.
anonymous May 14th 2015 report
Maybe back in 07' he was in love with a chick but they were too different or something...might have something to do with race...and he used the wizard of Oz as the metaphor to tell the story b/c in the movie (like him) they were all trying to get something they didn't have (courage, a heart and a brain).
Can you let me go down
To the end of the road
Metaphorically when someone says that it means they want to be together forever...so maybe he is asking that of her?
In the black and the white
A Technicolorful life
Can I stand by your side?
this one makes me think...because the 1st two lines alone would clearly be referring to black and white movies...but the question at the end makes it sound like he's saying "In a black and white world, can we make it? Can we be together?"
We can make it alright
There he is saying Yes we can make it...and maybe like home refers to childhood. Maybe he and the girl can be like his mother and father were
And you color my skin
And the colors don't blend
This part is what made read into the song a little more...like maybe he is talking about wanting to be with someone that's a different race...
then the part right before it
"I've got a little red bow
And I bought it for you
'Cause I know you're not fair
I don't get it, oh well"
Maybe she is the one saying they can't be together...
I dunno, it seems like he is writing this song to a girl...
anonymous Jun 4th 2014 report
It's a song about wanting to go home just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
anonymous Sep 14th 2013 report
I think he is talking about heaven. Like in the end when he says "I don't wanna go home". Just an opinion tho
anonymous Mar 12th 2013 report
Okay, so this song is sort of about The Wizard Of Oz, but not really. It uses multiple references to the movie throughout the song as metaphors for a deeper meaning. The meaning is different to everyone, of course, and there really isn't a solid singular meaning to the song. But I interpret it as being a song about belonging. That's just how I view it, though.
I listened to this song a dozen times.
Either it's about the wizard of oz, (It problely is)....
and if so, could be about the witch
that wants dorothy.
The witch says "I'm gonna get you and your little dog too". If not about the witch
then it's at least about dorothy wanting to go home.
If not at all about the wizard of oz
i gets it's about him and girl.
anonymous Jun 17th 2012 report
umm ya the song is indisputably a reference to the wizard of oz,which in it of itself is a metaphor for William Jennings Bryan's failed proposal to deal with farmers increasing debt under deflation in the 1890s by introducing the free coinage of silver to increase the money supply.
but whether or not the artist cares about farmers in the 1890s or if he is really using the wizard of oz to personify something else entirely is debatable and can be interpreted differently
anonymous Jul 23rd 2011 report
My 8th grade English teacher showed us this song with the lyrics as an example of how to reference things without actually stating what it is you are referencing.(I forget the word for it). It's obviously about the wizard of oz. Of course now that I'm thinking about it he could be saying he just wants things to go back to normal like the main character in the movie when she was in oz.
anonymous Mar 28th 2011 report
3 words: Wizard of Oz.
anonymous Apr 27th 2010 report
Its about the Wizard of Oz. Not everything has to have a deep, hidden meaning.If they want to write a song about the Wizard of Oz they can.
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