Third Eye Blind, 1997

Semi Charmed Life

Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo. Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo. Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo. Doo-doo-doo. I'm packed and I'm holding, I'm smiling, she's living, she's golden, she lives for me Says she lives for me Ovation, her own motivation She comes 'round and she goes down on me And I make her smile like a drug for you Do ever what you want to do, coming over you Keep on smiling what we go through One stop to the rhythm that divides you And I speak to you like the chorus to the verse Chop another line like a coda with a curse Come on like a freak show, takes the stage We give them the games we play, she said I want something else To get me through this Semi-charmed kind of life, baby, baby I want something else I'm not listening when you say Goodbye Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo I want something else To get me through this Life, baby I want something else Not listening when you say Goodbye Goodbye Goodbye Goodbye Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo Doo-doo-doo The sky was gold, it was rose I was taking sips of it through my nose And I wish I could get back there, some place back there Smiling in the pictures you would take Doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break It won't stop, I won't come down I keep stock with a tick-tock rhythm, a bump for the drop And then I bumped up, I took the hit that I was given Then I bumped again, then I bumped again Said how do I get back there To the place where I fell asleep inside you? How do I get myself back to the place Where you said? I want something else To get me through this Semi-charmed kind of life, baby, baby I want something else I'm not listening when you say GoodbyeI believe in the sand beneath my toes The beach gives a feeling, an earthy feeling I believe in the faith that grows And the four right chords can make me cry When I'm with you I feel like I could die And that would be all right, all right And when the plane came in She said she was crashing The velvet it rips in the city We tripped on the urge to feel alive But now I'm struggling to survive Those days you were wearing that velvet dress You're the priestess I must confess Those little red panties, they pass the test Slide up around the belly face Down on the mattress one And you hold me and we are broken Still it's all that I want to do, just a little now Feel myself head made of the ground I'm scared, I'm not coming down, no, no And I won't run for my life She's got her jaws now locked down in a smile But nothing is all right, all right

 Lyric Art: Ericca Smith

Lyric Art: Ericca Smith

i think people are initially drawn to that song because of the sound of it. and then they come to realize that there’s a deeper meaning to the story. but i don’t think it’s really like they identify with it because not that many people have had any dealings with speed addicts. and i hope that you don’t, because they’re really fucking lame. i think it’s a song about always wanting something. it’s about never being satisfied, and reaching backwards to things that you’ve lost and towards things that you can never get. i think everybody has some identification with that. the story line between the people, the demise of this relationship, is just an extreme example of that condition. i think that’s what makes people really relate to ‘semi-charmed life.’ also we ripped off lou reed—[singing] doot doot doot doot doot...
— brad hargreaves