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Papa Roach: Getting Away With Murder Meaning

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Getting Away With Murder Lyrics

Somewhere beyond happiness and sadness
I need to calculate
What creates my own madness
And I'm addicted to your punishment
And you're the master
And I am waiting for disaster

[Chorus]
I feel irrational
So confrontational
To tell the...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jan 10th 2009 report

    I believe this song is about all of the corruption in the US and around the world from huge CEO paychecks, corrupt bank owners, and Wall Street. The government wont do anything about them to reign them in and so they are "getting away with murder" on the general populace, killing small businesses, raises prices of every day commodities, and all around general corruption (Enron anyone?). If you've ever seen the music video you'll understand where I get my interpretation from.

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 29th 2012 report

    i see the song as describing alcohol abuse. i think somebody close to a person who has abused alcohol might see paralells with the song and the ordeal

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 1st 2011 report

    To be honest, I think this is just about committing a crime (or something bad) but nobody gives a f*ck because there are too many things to do (like making more and more money - the government has its eye on money and do not have time to pay attention to an "ordinary murder" - that's my interpretation according to the video). But the person is getting crazy, the thoughts of what he has done are continuously running through his head and he cannot stop thinking about it. (That may be the "punishment"). "I think my thoughts when I don't even need to" - he doesn't have to worry that anyone finds out what he has done (nobody cares) but still his conscience doesn't let him forget about it. It consumes him so his life has become nothing but the loop of maddening thoughts. "I am waiting for / craving this disaster" - First he is afraid that someone would find it out (=disaster) but when nothing happens and his madness is growing, he wishes somebody finds out (craving this disaster). "It isn't possible to never tell the truth" - he can't bear it so he may tell the truth anyway.
    That's how I've always perceived the song.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 3rd 2011 report

    When I hear the intensity in his voice I know that "getting away with murder" is how he's defining the complete transformation (or murder)of self... From the 'original' unjaded version of himself (the between angels&insects coby) hellbent on self destruction and answers ...into the inevitable bittersweet fine tuned self sabotaging version of jacoby...

    Almost like he's referring to himself in the third person to stress the fact that somewhere along the way he alone created the chaos and frustration hats killing him......yet despite that knowledge...the urge to self preserve prevails (and rightly fuckin so, after repeated betrayals wtf would u do)..so as a defense mechanism he recreates himself.

    That also deflects any pain that he coulda felt, but alas, naturally (just to confuse us more!)we gotta blame someone..*and the vicious circle begins***.

    Which is probably why he feels like he's getting away with murder, and not killing himself-~

    Life has forced me to do the same thing, and lemmi tell ya, once u realize that you are have changed so much, (without anyone calling you schizo!) you feel like u got away with something!
    but who knows rite <3 lol

  5. XxPoetic_TragedyxX
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    Nov 26th 2009 report

    This song has a few meanings to me. One of which being war.

    "Somewhere beyond happiness and sadness, I need to calculate what creates my own madness. And I'm addicted to your punishment" Could be talking about how America keeps heading into this war for what ever reason. Or why we're even in the war to begin with.

    "And you're the master. And I am waiting for disaster." Iraq has become the master at finding ways to fight with us. And all we do is wait for it to happen.

    "To tell the truth, I am getting away with murder." We kill people in war...and technically, we're murdering and not being convicted of anything.

    "I drink my drink and I don't even want to. I think my thoughts when I don't even need to. And I never look back because I don't even want to." We're doing things we don't want to do...but doing them anyways.

    "And I don't need to because I'm getting away with murder." We hardly ever look back/regret anything we do because in the end, what does it matter? We're winning.

    And then in one scene of the music video, it shows the electric banner thing saying "In Guns We Trust." instead of "In God We Trust." Thus making it more obviously about war.
    I hope that made sense. :)

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2009 report

    This song has a few meanings to me. One of which being war.

    "Somewhere beyond happiness and sadness, I need to calculate what creates my own madness. And I'm addicted to your punishment" Could be talking about how America keeps heading into this war for what ever reason. Or why we're even in the war to begin with.

    "And you're the master. And I am waiting for disaster." Iraq has become the master at finding ways to fight with us. And all we do is wait for it to happen.

    "To tell the truth, I am getting away with murder." We kill people in war...and technically, we're murdering and not being convicted of anything.

    "I drink my drink and I don't even want to. I think my thoughts when I don't even need to. And I never look back because I don't even want to." We're doing things we don't want to do...but doing them anyways.

    "And I don't need to because I'm getting away with murder." We hardly ever look back/regret anything we do because in the end, what does it matter? We're winning.

    And then in one scene of the music video, it shows the electric banner thing saying "In Guns We Trust." instead of "In God We Trust." Thus making it more obviously about war.
    I hope that made sense. :)

  7. anonymous
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    May 11th 2009 report

    To me the song is about conforming and doing things just for the sake that others are doing them. hes 'getting away with murder' of his identity or his individuality. the disaster that he witing for could be the disaster that he needs to break out and stop all of the identity crisis that hes going through.

  8. danniboi
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    Dec 18th 2008 report

    It's about being forced to do things that send you crazy, but also about realising that these things are driving you crazy. Possibly also about a relationship that's killing him but that he can't walk away from ("And I'm addicted to your punishment/And your the master")

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 29th 2008 report

    Perhaps it's because he's feeling forced to do something, he gets angry, fights back, and isn't punished for it, because in the end, he wasn't ever really forced by anyone else, he was driving himself to it every time.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2008 report

    Sounds pretty domination and submission to me.

  11. morkeleb
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    Oct 5th 2007 report

    I feel this song is about someone who is purposefully doing wrong and wanting to get in trouble, yet never does.

    Or something like that...


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