The Used: All That I've Got Meaning
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All That I've Got Lyrics
and catch me off guard, red handed
Now I'm far from lonely
Asleep I still see you lying next to me
So deep that it didn't even bleed and catch me I I I I I...
I need something else
would Someone please...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Apr 8th 2006 report
I think it's about his denial about pain. He is emotionally hurt by losing someone and he can just pretend that he's ok...he thinks that he can make it. The pain is all that he's got so he just goes on pretending he is ok when in reality he is deeply scarred by the loss.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:
Okay Okay, here we are again, some of you are on the right track but I'll get the message across... It truley is about his dog dying, (he even said so on the taste of chaos in aus interview) BUT also it is just generally about losing a loved one, and how the emotional pain turns to physical, its not ABOUT his dog dying, but a dedication to his dog, it was the insperation, also this song is about dinial after relationships end, "i'll be just fine pretending I'm not" and also it is a stand for whats really "emo" and whats thought to be of the "emo" movement just because it can be soft.... but with all that, the song still probably has more meaning and insperation to it... There's still more than meets the eye;)
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:
I think it's about him losing someone he loved, and he thinks there's nothing left to live for without that person so he got suicidal, and somebody realized, now everyone is around him asking him if he's OK etcetc. and he's saying that all that he got left is the people who won't leave him alone...of course I could be 150% wrong but hey I try :]
anonymous Apr 24th 2012 report
"I'll be just fine pretending I'm not."
That seems to me like he's fine and he's pretending not to be fine.
"I'm far from lonly and it's all that I got."
That tells me that he's not lonly. Far from it, actually.
Okay, I am in a similar situation because my cat who is like my child just went missing, so I will try to interpret it in the way that I see it... I have also heard that the whole thing with his dog inspired him to write this song...
"So deep that it didn't even bleed and catch me off guard, red handed, now I'm far from lonely. Asleep, I still see you lying next to me. So deep that it didn't even bleed and catch me..."
He is talking about emotional pain. It didn't bleed because it went deeper than physical pain. Emotional pain is worse than physical. When you go through something like this, everyone suddenly starts talking to you all of the time and asking you how you are doing, and sharing their experiences with you. You're stuck with people constantly trying to talk to you about it, but you are still lonely because the only one you really want to be around is gone. I think he's either talking about this when he says "I'm far from lonely and it's all that I've got", or maybe he means that he is far PAST lonely. He's not just lonely. It's worse than lonely. When he says "Asleep, I still see you lying next to me", he is obviously talking about the feelings he gets when he tries to sleep alone instead of with his dog like he's used to doing. Everything that you try to do that you used to do with the person/animal that is gone is extremely difficult because they should be there with you.
"I need something else. Would someone please just get me, hit me, knock me out and let me go back to sleep? I can laugh all I want. Inside, I still am empty. So deep that it didn't even bleed and catch me..."
He's depressed and wants his life to be different. He's probably exhausted from all of the sadness and trouble sleeping, and it's easier to sleep than to be awake and have to deal with everything. But, he probably also had a really hard time getting to sleep. I tell people all the time to punch me in the face so I'll get knocked out and will be able to sleep. He's probably trying to act like he's okay, so he laughs when it would be appropriate to do so. And even if he is starting to move on and gives a genuine laugh, he is still empty because of the loss.
"I'll be just fine, pretending I'm not. I'm far from lonely and it's all that I've got."
I'm not even sure how to use punctuation for that line because he could mean so many different things. I've wondered if he could mean "I'll be just fine. Pretending... I'm not." Which would be like him telling people that he'll be fine, but maybe in his mind he is saying that he is just pretending because he's really not okay. Or maybe he is saying "I'll be just fine pretending. I'm not." Which would basically mean the same thing. I don't know why he would pretend that he's not okay when he is. That doesn't make sense. I know some people pretend that they have problems to get attention, but if his dog died, that's a big enough reason to be depressed. He doesn't need to pretend to be upset.
"I guess I remember every glance you shot me. Unharmed, I'm losing weight and some body heat. I squoze so hard, I stopped your heart from beating. So deep that I didn't even scream 'Fuck me'"
I don't think I should need to explain the first line. He says "unharmed" when he obviously is harmed since he's losing weight and body heat. He's either in denial about how unhealthy he got after his dog died, or he's telling someone again that he's fine, when he knows he has lost weight because he's not eating. When he says "I squoze so hard I stopped your heart from beating" I think he feels like it's his fault. He feels like he could have done something different that would have prevented it. If it was hit by a truck like someone else said, maybe he was taking it for a walk or something at the time, and feels like he shouldn't have brought the dog with him because then it wouldn't have been killed. But he brought the dog with him because he loved the dog. So he probably felt like his love for the dog contributed to the death. And no, he does not mean anything sick when he says he didn't even scream "Fuck me." "Fuck me" can be used the same ways as "Fuck" when you yell "Fuck!" after stubbing your toe, for example. I think he means that he was in shock and couldn't say anything and couldn't react. If I was him, I think I would have just completely froze.
anonymous Apr 24th 2011 report
Has anyone noticed the music video represents the deadly sins?
anonymous Mar 3rd 2011 report
It may be about his dog but I will tell you what it means to me (Which goes with the music video).
It's about a journey through life, all the pain and sorrow that comes with the joy and happiness. How I look at it has a lot to do with my life right now. We spend so much time looking for "Him" when we finally find him realize that's the end and all that we got left are the memories of our journey. That's why he chases the man (Himself) and finally finds him but by the time he has he is already old and lonely.
anonymous Dec 27th 2010 report
The feel of this song is obvious, but the lyrics always confuse me. Particularly the
"I'll be just fine; Pretending I'm not"
So...You'll be just fine..pretending you're not fine? So you're fine then..since you're pretending you're not?
And when you say someone's far from something..it typically means the opposite. "that guy is far from educated"
So when he says he's far from lonely...he makes it sound like he's not lonely
anonymous Oct 25th 2010 report
It's about his dog who died of getting hit by a car, and his girlfriend who died of an O.D.
R.I.P. both of you
anonymous Sep 5th 2010 report
I interpreted it as him liking sympathy and getting by pretending to be hurt. But then I read that it was about him losing his dog.
anonymous Apr 27th 2010 report
I love all the people who took the 'fuck me' part literally. It doesn't always mean a request for someone to have sex with you.
Some people use it as an expletive. Like: "Fuck me, I'm so late for work!" Fuck me = I'm fucked = this is very bad for me.
In other words his loss was so sudden/abrupt that he didn't even have time to exclaim his disappointment.
anonymous Mar 4th 2010 report
It's obviously, in my mind at least, partly about a hardship that one has endured and how it cut "so deep that I didn't even bleed", which is referring to a more mental state of pain than physical, and the hurt was so intense that you just wanted to have someone "hit me... let me go back to sleep".
Well I think it may be about his dog or maybe the girl he was with but I don't see how arguing or insulting eachother helps make your point. The only thing I can really interpret it's about emotional pain and the loss of someone animal or human. It seems that he would be one to understand pain considering the woman he loved and the dog he loved both died tragically.
anonymous Oct 31st 2009 report
baased on the music video, i think it has some religious meaning. the music video is full of religious symbolism: the ominous, all knowing man with the mustache is god. the guy reading the blank book is sombody who hasn't found god. the man in the black suit who scares the kid is the devil. the man stuffing his face at the table is a sinner (gluttony). the "do not enter sign" represents the forbidden knowledge.
anonymous Oct 24th 2009 report
Bert told Blender he wrote this song about the death of his dog, David Bowie. Dog's are loyal companions so naturally he would feel upset and lonely after it's death.
Let's not also forget the whole album is basically about the death of his pregnant girlfriend. He probably felt alone enough and now someone else near-family to him dies.
anonymous Sep 22nd 2009 report
the song is not about his dog dying. he had already written this song, then his dog died, so he dedicated it to his dog.
anonymous Jul 31st 2009 report
the song is about him rolling on top of his dog David bowie while he was asleep, and killing it. He said it himself.
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