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It's been awhile
Since I could
Hold my head up high

And it's been awhile
Since I first saw you

And it's been awhile
Since I could stand
On my own two feet again

And it's been awhile
Since I could call you

And everything I can remember
As fucked up as it all may seem
The consequences that are rendered
I've stretched myself beyond my means

And it's been awhile
Since I could say
That I wasn't addicted and

It's been awhile
Since I could say
I loved myself as well and

It's been awhile
Since I've gone
And fucked things up
Just like I always do

And it's been awhile
But all that shit seems to
Disappear when I'm with you

And everything I can remember
As fucked up as it all may seem
The consequences that I've rendered
I've gone and fucked things up again

Again

Why must I feel this way?

Just make this go away

Just one more peaceful day

And it's been awhile
Since I could
Look at myself straight

And it's been a while
Since I said I'm sorry

And it's been awhile
Since I've seen the way
The candles light your face

And it's been awhile
But I can still remember
Just the way you taste

And everything I can remember
As fucked up as it all may seem
To be
I know it's me

I cannot blame this on my father
He did the best he could for me

And it's been awhile
Since I could
Hold my head up high

And it's been a while
Since I said I'm sorry...



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    Jim_HadarJul 31, 2008 at 9:14 pm
    I always thought it was about drg addiction. However, an amusing story. While dj'ing a high school dance once I was confronted by a female teacher/chaperone. The middle-age woman was quite outraged that I would play such a filthy song. Mind you, I was playing the "clean" radio edit. Teach it seems, was quite constipated over the line in the song "I can still remember just the way you taste", insisting that it was referring to oral s*. When I calmly explained the real meaning, the drug addicition, she said "well, thats entirely different" and walked off. I guess at that particular school illegal drugs are fine, but don't you dare go down on your girlfriend! Lol.
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    UnregisteredDec 16, 2013 at 4:40 am
    It's about heroin. Everything he describes has to do with how the drug makes you feel. Its been a while since I could hold my head up high. Cuz on heroin ur always nodding off & also how you lose control and f*k- up your life. You even forget something as simple as how someone you love looks in the candlelight. It's about his personal addiction. I heard he wrote it when he got clean.
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    UnregisteredJan 16, 2012 at 6:19 am
    It means if you get to a point in your life cross roads will call it. You have to expect the fact that you two or how ever many roads you got to dig deep for that iner-streagth an make the mature decesion to be a strong man or woman to fight for what ever you belive to better yourself as a preson. Etc. I can go on about this song he is a uniquie great writer best of our time I think.
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    UnregisteredDec 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm
    Its about that moment of clarity when an addict realizes that the drugs are not the problem, the addict is, and no matter how messed up your life has been you have the power within to change. Its about making amends for the poor decisions youve made and finally taking an honest look at your life and owning your part in it. Its about starting over. This is a very personal take on a very public problem. And from this addicts seat here in my little room, the whole world could learn a valuable lesson from aaron. Addicted or not!
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    UnregisteredDec 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm
    I think it means all the stuff going on in your life and you can't handle it so you need a escape from all the crap in your life, so this song is reaching out to all the people who is going trough break up, or divorce, or whatever is going on in their life, and it's making them feel better, personally I listen to this song whenever I feel down in my life and I need an escape, and it helps me!

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