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I have a problem that I cannot explain,
I have no reason why it should have been so plain,
Have no questions but I sure have excuse,
I lack the reason why I should be so confused,

I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
I don't know, how I...

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    deviate
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    Oct 8th, 2008 10:12am report


    "I have a problem that I cannot explain,
    I have no reason why it should've been so plain,
    Have no questions but I sure have excuse,
    I lack the reason why I should be so confused."

    The boy has a problem. He can't talk to the girl that he likes. Finally, when he does, he believes it had no effect on her because it was a plain conversation. He then thinks of an excuse for such a boring conversation. When that doesn't work, he becomes confused and doesn't know why.

    "I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    Around you."

    When he's around the girl, he gets a specific feeling that he never gets around anyone else. He doesn't know what kind of a feeling it is, though.

    "Left a message but it ain't a bit of use,
    I have some pictures, the wild might be the deuce,
    Today you saw, you saw me, you explained,
    Playin' the show and running down the plane."

    I suppose this is a few years from now, and he calls her over the phone. She doesn't answer, and he leaves a message. Unfortunately, she never calls him back. He grows through some pictures of high school (or some other grade where he knew her), and looks at the pictures. He wonders where the girl is. Finally, he sees her outside of his home and they have yet another conversation. That night, he dreams of her running down the plane, and such.

    "I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    Around you.

    I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    Around you, Around you, Around you..."

    Basically the same thing, he knows how he feels around her, but he doesn't know the feeling he gets.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 20th, 2006 10:03am report


    I think, n I say think this song is about serj's or darons feelings about a girl. The lyrics say...
    "I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    i don't know, how I feel when I'm around you..."
    this probably jus means he has mixed/confused feelings of her.
    He don't know wether he still loves her anymore. Due to something happening.
    It also sounds as if daron or serj has tried to ask for an explanation, to talk things through,
    "left a message but it ain't a bit of use..."

    well there's my interpretation, don't know if its any good. But ohwell. Its what I think it means.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 16th, 2007 1:10pm report


    This is part one of three which goes as following,
    1. Ego Brain 2. Roulette 3. Streamline, because they're in order on the album. Get it? Good.

    After he meets this girl, the next day she runs off with someone else(this is explained later in the song), when he gets home he feels confused(I have a problem that I cannot explain, I have no reason why it should've been so plain, (Have no questions but I sure have excuse), I lack the reason why I should be so confused.), and he starts blaming himself for why she ran off. As she tries to explain why she made a scene and ran away, he understands but still misses her.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 14th, 2011 10:05pm report


    I think this song is about someone who has met someone who they liked, but things didnt work out.(I have a problem that I cannot explain,
    I have no reason why it should have been so plain,
    Have no questions but I sure have excuse,
    I lack the reason why I should be so confused,)
    He can't explain the way he feels and he talks to her plainly and the conversations don't go anywhere. He makes up exuses why he cant be with her.He tells himself that he feels nothing, until he sees her,then things get complicated and it becomes clear the way he feels when he's around her.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 17th, 2011 6:47am report


    Hes confused and at the same time he knows how he fells about that person cause of the time being separated not seeing each other in a long time cause thats what time does to a person you forget how you fell when you move on,but you start to remember how you fell about them one is can be confused on how they fell about that person since the fellings came back as soon as he saw her.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 17th, 2011 6:10am report


    The song is clearly about someone in his life that he couldnt tell her the way he fells about her but wants to but is really confused on what he wants to tell her,fearing that they might never be the same(really close to each other)after he says what he wants to say....



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    anonymous
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    Jun 17th, 2011 6:10am report


    The song is clearly about someone in his life that he couldnt tell her the way he fells about her but wants to but is really confused on what he wants to tell her,fearing that they might never be the same(really close to each other)after he says what he wants to say....



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    Isaac Lopez
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    Apr 23rd, 2011 4:06am report


    The solo represents the complicated feelings he feels and his jumbled thoughts he has.



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    Kat Krol
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    Apr 13th, 2011 4:21am report


    I think it's about a guy who likes/loves a girl but is confused about his sexuality. The title being Roulette could be referring to them relying on luck, that they just have to wait and see if he is or not (gay, I mean). Because he does love her, she just may not be enough. Or she may have hurt him and wants him back but he doesn't know whether he loves her enough to take her back.
    yeah..



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    anonymous
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    Jan 24th, 2011 1:07pm report


    I think this song could possibly be about someone with multiple personality disorder, with a familt member or someone they are in love with, but they know them one minute and not the next.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 10th, 2010 12:51am report


    Imagine a guy had a crush when he was young. It never came to anything, they both lived on and the boy married.

    I have a problem that I cannot explain
    I have no reason why it should've been so plain,
    Have no questions but I sure have excuse,
    I lack the reason why I should be so confused.

    Now he dreams being together with his crush and it feels secure. Then he wakes up being confused. Does he still has feelings for her or does he has to cope with the fact it never worked out? When It was up to him, their relationship wouldn't be that plain.
    He pulls himself together, stops questioning be cause he's happily married but he doesn't really know why he was that confused.

    I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you, Around you.

    In the dream, he knew how it was to be around her, but when he woke up, he realized he doesn't know.

    Left a message but it ain't a bit of use,
    I have some pictures, the wild might be the deuce,
    Today you saw, you saw me, you explained,
    Playin' the show and running down the plane.

    He looked her up on the internet and sent a message, wandering how she is, but she never answers. He goes trough the pictures and questions himself why he does this. His "wild" thoughts might be the work of the "deuse"(devil), or he takes a gamble: contacting an old crusch while being married.
    Finally he meets her and she puts up a story why she didn't reply to his message and then takes a walk.

    I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    I don't know, how I feel when I'm around you,
    Around you.

    Now he's standing there... Knowing what its feels like to be around her, or does he? His dream still confuses him. Probably he knows now how he feels to be around his wife and doesn't he now it feels to be around his crush....

    Well thats just my interpretation.



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    Nightingale
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    Nov 14th, 2010 11:47pm report


    Okay, this is like what think about this song:

    He loves her, but she doesn't. As far as I understand this text, they have had an relationship until she figuered out, that she finally doesn't love him the way he does. He can't explain his problems. He also doesn't know how he feels around her, but at the same time he knows, because he loves her.

    He leaves messages to convince her, or just because he's deperatly hoping for her to come back and understand, that she also loves him; he got pictures that are reminding him of her and they're living in the same area, because she saw him acting all happy, but inside he's dying.





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    anonymous
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    Nov 11th, 2009 11:38pm report


    This song is clearly about love, or some similar feeling. I think the title Roulette is most likely used to compare love (or the particular relationship being sung about) to roulette, saying that they both are random and rely on luck...or something like that. To me, it's pretty much just be a straight up love song with a weird title



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    MellowDramatic
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    Jul 29th, 2009 7:10pm report


    I think daron wrote this song (with a tad bit help from serj) but anyways-i think it's about serj. i mean, have any of you ever thought that they had a relationship?? why do you think they split up? why do you think daron's all sad and lost all his confidence? why do you think serj is kinda angry and lonely? there's a reason. Something happened between them, and i'm really worried for both daron and serj. they both miss eachother.

    just go look at them when they sing this song together. what two guys sing a love song together? they love each other, and they miss eachother!

    Tell me if you think the same thing!



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    CommonInsanity
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    Apr 5th, 2009 4:42pm report


    i like the 3 part song but i think its out of order.

    first is roulette.

    second streamline.

    third. ego brain.

    (streamline could be reversed and it still make sense but this way makes more sense)

    roulette is the 2 lovers meeting and all the fun stuff :);]

    streamline is his breakdown and how he feels he screwed himself over with this girl and its also the goodbye

    egobrain is the pain after the break up


    but thats me :)



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    anonymous
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    Feb 14th, 2009 2:43pm report


    okay. daron knew a girl named talar. i guess they broke up. daron wrote a song about it. so, talar backwards is ralat, but that would sound weird. so he changed it 2 roulette. there.



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    yulka
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    Jul 11th, 2008 7:57pm report


    Okay...this song, and I'm sure of this, is about someone realizing that is in love with another person, and is looking forward to what it has been done about the love he or she is feeling, like it has been trying to contact the person, get a response or a clue from the person...however the lines

    "I don't know how I feel when I'm around you"
    and the changing to
    "I know how I feel when I'm around you"

    it is clearly pointing something......insecurity from the person who is in love, because he don't know is what is being felt is real......and maybe, I say maybe, it may point that homosexual feelings are around.....

    because when you're a homosexual person, and I am a lesbian, you don't know exaclty how do you feel around somebody you like until you've realized wwhat you are.....

    i guess this is like that....



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    anonymous
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    Apr 11th, 2008 4:03am report


    It's a love song that Daron wrote about his girlfriend.



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