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Song Released: 1995

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Hey Man, Nice Shot Lyrics

I wish I would've met you
now it's a little late.
what you could've taught me
I could've saved some face
they think that your early ending
was all wrong
for the most part they're right
but look how they all got strong
that's why I say hey...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 12th 2005 report

    This song was NOT about Kurt Cobain..I truly thought that it was, but then I started looking into it, and it's about R. Budd Dwyer who was the treasurer for the state of Pennsylvania. He committed suicide in front of a huge audience...To me, you could still think of it as Kurt's death, which I do, but in truth it's not.

  2. anonymous
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    Feb 1st 2020 report

    This song is about Budd Dwyer. My friend Nils Teig wrote it , and he said as much.

  3. anonymous
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    Dec 17th 2011 report

    my stupid cousin told me two years ago that it ws about M.L.King... sounds like it to me atleast. now i just made myself look studid. thanks brian and thanks to everybody that actually knows what they are talking about.

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 18th 2011 report

    The song is about a senator who got caught in illegal activity and is going to prison. At his speech about leaving office and appologizing to the people, he pulls out a gun and blew his brains out. You can see it on one of the Faces Of Death videos.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2011 report

    ARKONITE; you are right except the detail at the end, i think the nonconformist succeeded, as the lyrics say "look how they got strong. . .that's why i say nice shot man" or look how they became brave and stood up against the many. . . good job; the song is meant to reach the few and not the many.

  6. themanfrommars
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    Dec 1st 2008 report

    the song is about the drug wars of the late 80s and early 90s. there was a narcotic undercover trying to bust a fellow musician. (filter) anyway a truck driver noticed the nark was going to ruin filter by entrapment and selling him a little pot. the trucker shot the nark while driving by at around 30 mph and 50 yards away. It was truly an incredible shot. At first mr filter didnt understand then another guy showed up that seen the whole thing. it was filters freind whom the cop was trying to impersonate.
    anyway after the smoke was gone , and they realized the injured man was indeed a cop. they said hey man that was a nice shot. Of course this info couldnt be released or the truck driver could be arested. Someone has to protect the good guys . Had filter been a regular street mean person the driver wouldnt have shot.

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  7. CHAD
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    Oct 1st 2008 report

    This song is,as has been established by other contributors,about the former Pennsylvania treasurer. I am fairly certain you can actually see the suicide on Faces of Death,and probably many other sources. I saw it, and recently a radio station was discussing this after playing the song (Tampa area), and someone called in verifying that a family member was there in the press conference audience. I certainly see where it could be confused as being about many other occurrences,including Cobain's suicide. As for any accusations by Courtney Love about its inspiration, why not ask Richard Patrick himself. I visited Cleveland one time to see the Hall of Fame,and was given a map to the house in Bay Village where they recorded this.Unfortunately, I couldn't stay long enough to drive over there.

  8. phillipbranham
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    Jun 27th 2008 report

    ArKonIte has a wonderful metaphor for hey man nice shot, and you should really think about that. But yeah even the lead singer admitted on DC 101 before playing at ramshead live that that song was about BUD. nice try. but I love your metaphor...

  9. ArKonIte
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    Jun 6th 2008 report

    Personally, I think this song is about anyone who has an opinion different than everyone else and they constantly get accused of being wrong. The person tries his best shot to explain to the world (who sees only wrong) what is truly right.

    Out of frustration, the person being accused retaliates with violence. Because we all know that violence is a perk of humanity.

    Eventually, the person trying to stand up for what is right will give in and will believe everything is wrong as well (If you can't beat em, join em). In the end, we wish we could've met this person before he conformed with the rest of the world. We would tell him nice try.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 7th 2007 report

    Ok, this song is about about the Pennsylvania Treasurer.

    "*This song was written long-before Kurt Cobain's suicide for all you you conspiracy theorists, although it is about suicide. Richard says the song is based on the 1987 suicide of Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Bud Dwyer who shot himself during a television press conference."

    Copied strait from their website...http://filter.seven10.com/shortbus.html

  11. judewp
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    May 6th 2006 report

    I always heard that this song was about the assisnation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Not in a manner to glorify this incident, but to expose the nature of man. King had a message for the equality of people. (Keeping all other issues aside). In turn that lead to his death. NOw the line "Thats why I say hey man nice shot" does not congradulate. It looks down on the action.

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  12. anonymous
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    Apr 16th 2006 report

    Why do all you losers think everything is about Kurt Cobain? He was a loser who blew his head off because he couldn't deal with the fact that life sucks and he was a moron.
    What has more brains than Kurt cobain? Kurt COBAINS WALLL!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  13. King Fish
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    Oct 13th 2004 report

    Courtney Love sued the band Filter, claiming that this song was about the suicide of Kurt Cobain. The accusation was denied, but the band has yet to offer an alternative meaning to the song that holds any real water.

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