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Who said that I wasn't right?
I've lived for years without a life
Don't have a soul on my side
Still ridiculed despite how hard that I have tried
Don't take me under your wing
I don't need a hand, don't need anything
I've got a roof over...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2010 report

    I get something totally different from this song. I'm probably wrong though but I see it as talkin about somebody who's been in prison for a while and has completely changed because of it and still thinks the innocent. He's still ridiculed no matter how hard he has tried as in he's tried to change but stillcommited a bad crime. "Who said I wasn't right" thinks he's innocent. "I lived for years without a life" been there for years. "I've got a roof over my head as if id rather be alone with me instead" he atleast has a place to sleep and will never be alone. " drop me a line and tell me how the hell you are" come visit me basically. "Ill tip my hat to those who don't believe its me" people will be surprised that's me in there because I've been locked up for so long. "I never never never ever wanted this to be" he didn't want it to happen and be in prison. "Sunrise and set are the same to me" he's in prison and regardless of the time your gonna be in your cell most of the time. "A hesitating pulse is good company" someone who is hesitant of him is less likely to attack. "My reflection offers no appology" he knows he's. Guilty and isn't sorry. Sorry this is so sloppy but this is my interpretation, tell me what you think

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    anonymous
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    Jan 16th 2007 report

    Well this song has been my favourite for a long time now, it sounds so great and the words are so meaningfull. The way I interpritated it was that it was about someone who wanted to prove themselves to everyone. Someone who possibly changed and was then unrecognisable because they had done well and proved people wrong and knew they could do it on their own. I'm probably wrong but it doesn't matter to me caus that's the way I take it in and every time I listen I think about the song alot, its great =]

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    PulsingVeins
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    May 4th 2006 report

    This is easily my favorite song by cky. It's so heartfelt and may be soft but still manages to have that side of rock. To me it talks about one being afraid and lonely. It seems that people will never know the real me until the day of my passing, and when that day comes they will realize my hidden life.

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 8th report

    «Drop me a line» could also be referring to cocaine. As cocaine can make you more talkative and open.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 4th 2021 report

    Totally about addiction. As a recovering alcholoic I relate to this song in more ways than one. The fact is in recovery we lose a lot of of our friends and family. Once we recover people expect us to relapse or not change. Its about being your best you and defying the odds

    JB

  6. anonymous
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    May 7th 2020 report

    This morning my long distance boyfriend from California send me this song saying close not far. Because we like each other since December of 2019

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2015 report

    Before I did some time in prison, I thought this was a song about the loneliness of addiction but now, I agree with the above interpretation about it being a prison song. My stint behind bars was only 3 years but I was facing the rest of my natural life. I relate to this song on so many levels. "I can hear the sounds of the city... Sunrise and set are the same to me...
    A hesitating pulse is good company...
    My reflection offers no apology..."
    "Close yet far, drop me a line and tell me how the hell you are...
    And I'll tip my hat to those who can't believe it's me...
    Though I never, never, never, never wanted this to be."
    Contact with the outside world, through letters, is the only good thing you have in a terrible place ... you feel lonely, forgotten, ashamed & lost not really knowing how you let yourself get in the situation that caused your institutionalization. It's usually bad choices, being in the wrong places with the wrong people & not realizing it until it's too late. Thank God I made it home but for so many, this is the rest of their lives. This song became so meaningful to me after I lost so much but reminds me how blessed I am to have gained the life I have now. I just sent the lyrics to my boyfriend who will be home next year. It means this much to him too.

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 25th 2012 report

    It's about a person who struggles with addiction and all the negatives that have come from that addiction...loss of friends, family, trust, freedom,and diginity...So in denial that they are an addict that person has convinced themself that they are doing fine on their own and not blaming the addiction but subconsiously would rather be dead "a hesitating pulse is good company".

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 14th 2011 report

    I was reading other peoples takes on this song a few days ago and someone says that they feel it is about a homeless man. straight away i thought nah, i cant see it but now i really do now. so here is my perception that this is a homeless man in a big city :

    "I've lived for years without a life" - i've spent many years being homeless and doing nothing.

    "Don't have a soul on my side" - no one will help me out and support me financially

    "Still ridiculed despite how hard that I have tried" - i get put down by others for trying to change my life

    "Don't take me under your wing" - don't try and shove me in a hostel with the rest

    "I don't need a hand, don't need anything" - i can still manage to live my life despite all these day to day struggles to survive

    "I've got a roof over my head" - i sleep underneath a bridge most nights.

    "As if I'd rather be alone with me instead" - the other homeles people sleep under the bridge with me

    "Close yet far" - all thes people can physically walk past me each day, however their lifes are so different to mine

    "Drop me a line and tell me how the hell you are" - if you feel like it come and talk to me sometime

    "And I'll tip my hat to those who can't believe it's me" - my family, old friends etc wont believe this is me now

    "Though I never never never ever wanted this to be" - never in a million years would i have wished this is how my life turned out

    "I can hear the sounds of the city" - i hear the sounds of the city i now live in as i lie about doing nothing

    "Sunrise and set are the same to me" - whether its day or night, i'm still homeless and nothing will change that

    "A hesitating pulse is good company" -i like communicating with passers by who are hesitant of who i am

    "And my reflection offers no apology" - i'm not sorry for lying about on the streets

    that's my thoughts about the lyrics, hope you see what i mean and it would bee interesting to hear what you guys think about it .

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 2nd 2011 report

    "I get something totally different from this song. I'm probably wrong though but I see it as talkin about somebody who's been in prison for a while and has completely changed because of it and still thinks the innocent. He's still ridiculed no matter how hard he has tried as in he's tried to change but still commited a bad crime. "Who said I wasn't right" thinks he's innocent. "I lived for years without a life" been there for years. "I've got a roof over my head as if id rather be alone with me instead" he at least has a place to sleep and will never be alone. " drop me a line and tell me how the hell you are" come visit me basically. "Ill tip my hat to those who don't believe its me" people will be surprised that's me in there because I've been locked up for so long. "I never never never ever wanted this to be" he didn't want it to happen and be in prison. "Sunrise and set are the same to me" he's in prison and regardless of the time your gonna be in your cell most of the time. "A hesitating pulse is good company" someone who is hesitant of him is less likely to attack. "My reflection offers no apology" he knows he's. Guilty and isn't sorry. Sorry this is so sloppy but this is my interpretation, tell me what you think"


    I must say, as a former resident of the south dakota state penitentiary, you are almost spot on with how i'm thinking. The only difference would be "My reflection offers no apology" To me, that is more of the prison attitude, you can't show regret in there. People expect you to be a big badass. And even if you do regret what you did, You can't show it.

  11. anonymous
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    May 13th 2010 report

    I think the message behind this song (if there is supposed to be one) is telling us that success ≠ happiness. It sounds to me like it's being sung from the point of view of someone who did everything he had to do to make it but lost a lot along the way, like friends and family and relationships. He has his success but no real life. Even the title, if you read it as "Close to what I want yet still so far away," sounds like he got where he wanted to be in life but it's not a happy life.

  12. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2010 report

    a bad breakup. the guy is tore up she says theyll still talk he knows they wont. he doesnt need his friends help with it. he has his place and is cool with being alone even tho he didnt want to be. people dont beleive that he is doing so well without her.

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  13. anonymous
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    Jun 3rd 2009 report

    I think its about an older person who had went through a hard time in his life and wanted to be alone. He spent much of his time indoors. It seems he didn't have anyone who was on his side or believed in him. He was ridiculed by not having much success at that time, mostly likely by parents. He didn't want help from anyone. Wanted to make it on his own.

    He then moved away from where he grew up and now lives by himself. He thinks he is getting closer to his dreams, but then realises he is still far from achieving them.

    He then achieves all or some of his dreams. Doing so he wants to be able to get back in touch with those he left behined, by phone it seems... and "tipping his hat" meaning just saying hello or being polite for those who cant believe its really him and he tells them he never wanted to leave them, but had to.

    He grew up living in a rural area and now lives the city, hence "I can hear the sound of the city" and he notices the sunrise and sunset are the same as they were back home. He looks back on what he has done to get at this point and feels what he did was right.

  14. anonymous
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    Jan 15th 2009 report

    I think this song is about the singer trying really hard at music through high school and after when everyone started going to school and just wanting to be famous and trying to make it and people just say he can't do it or they just don't believe in him. he's also dating this girl who he's deeply in love with but he lost her because of the band getting bigger and touring and being away from home all the time. So now he got his life long dream and when he's back in town everyone sees him and now they know he's famous and no one thought he could but he still lost the girl. He always wanted to be famous but he never wanted to lose his one love over his other love, lose his girl because of his music. That's just how i pictured it. The band driving in their van to different cities touring playing shows and just being away from home and being so happy they're m aking it but at the same time thinin about his girl and home and missing her

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  15. anonymous
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    Oct 9th 2008 report

    This song is about someone who is agoraphobic (afraid to leave the comfort of his own home) who gets the courage to leave his house which is showed in the line "ill tip my hat to those who can't believe its me" which means he's surprising the people he knows by leaving his house and the line "I've been for years with out a life " meaning he's been in his house for so long without leaving he hasn't been able to live. That's what I believe this song is about.

  16. anonymous
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    May 14th 2007 report

    Close yet far is a song about being scared and alone and really deeply feeling like you have no one and still you tell yourself that your okay
    "i'll tip my hat to those who can't believe it's me"
    - this means that he's really not complaining just merely thinking out loud and even though his life is shit he still manages to stay alive

    "though I never never never ever wanted this to be"
    -he never expected this

    "donIt take me under your wing"
    -the fear of opening up, being emotionally closed can do that to someone.

  17. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2007 report

    I predict the song is about a man who is afraid to go outside of his house. Like here, " a hesitating pulse is good company." or "close yet far," as in his friend are close but seem so far," drop me a line and tell me how the hell you are" and finally he comes outside, " and ill tip my hat to those who can't believe its me". Thats my understanding of the song.

  18. anonymous
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    Apr 20th 2007 report

    The song is about a guy whos lonely. He made it where he wanted to be and passed people who thought he would never be anything. And I'll tip my hat to those who can't believe it's me to me its saying you didn't think I was going to be anything but I am. Drop me a line and tell me how the hell you are saying he cares for people but no one gives him a the same respect.

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