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Music & Lyrics: John Popper


Well I've guessed your name and I'm sure you know mine
I'd like to discuss our mutual friend
I can't help but feel that I left him behind
Does he still stay with you or did his pain ever end

I guess
I don't deserve to know
If he ever let go
I guess
I don't really need to see
If he wound up with you or did he ever break free

When we were both young, you took us in
And taught us to play survival games
He'd lost so much that you let him win
But I had a home so it just wasn't the same

I had the strength
To look you in the eye
And say goodbye
I was lucky
And I didn't have to play
Does he still stay with you or did he get away

I used what I had and I escaped
I smelled something good and I followed it's track
But all he could smell was the world that you shaped
It took all my strength and I just couldn't look back

I remember him
Calling after me
I keep that memory
The last thing he screamed out aloud
Was "Hey don't you leave me alone!"
Yeah he might live with you but he called me his home

I guessed your name and some day so will he
Cause one of these ides he's gonna break free
Cause one of these ides he's gonna break free
Cause one of these ides he's gonna break...



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    nossdossOct 9, 2009 at 12:20 am
    he told me that there was a friend of his who had some trouble early on in his life and had trouble getting past it. i can only assume that chicken is the most right. he couldnt really explain because he was signing stuff at the same time
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    chickenSep 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm
    I read on vh1s storytellers that its about a childhood friend 'stephen'who had really back luck in life. A lot of his family died and he was kidnapped by his biological father. when he returned no one would mention it around him, whereas John would openly talk to him and ask him questions about it. They had a strong bond but they drifted apart till they met again at highschool or college. I think he wrote this song having not seen him for years and they eventually got in contact again. what a great song huh?
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    glowstick9Apr 22, 2008 at 2:14 am
    I guess it sounds like he's talking about addiction to something and a friend of his who couldn't quit. I would love to know the true meaning if anyone knows what John Popper intended?

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