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Finger Eleven - One Thing

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Mike







PostPosted: September 21, 2003 5:13 PM 

A cool ballad from Finger Eleven. Whodathunkit? SLS-worthy.

jordan


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PostPosted: October 31, 2003 7:43 PM 

this song is so simple yet so amazing. the guitar is sweet too.

Lisa Hammill


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PostPosted: November 9, 2003 12:02 PM 

Can someone explain this song to me ? I don't get the lyrics. I'm not "deep"!

Mike


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PostPosted: November 9, 2003 4:07 PM 

Lets work this out together, shall we?

Here are the lyrics to One Thing:

Restless tonight
Cause I wasted the light
Between both these times
I drew a really thin line
It’s nothing I planned
And not that I can
But you should be mine
Across that line

If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn’t that be something

I promise I might
Not walk on by
Maybe next time
But not this time

Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds

Now, these lyrics tell as absolutely nothing, so maybe the answer lies within the video? Nah. It's just pretentious crapola with Scott Anderson singing by the sea in a black and white scene with birds flyin' everywhere and a hottie looking all serious while a giant hour glass runs out.

I'm thinking the song is about a dude who digs a chick then lost her and now wants her back. Isn't that what every song is about?

Brittney


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PostPosted: November 13, 2003 12:36 AM 

No matter what the song is 'really' about, i thinks its pretty darn good. =)

megan


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PostPosted: November 25, 2003 1:16 PM 

yeah i agree this song is pretty awesome even if the lyrics dont make since they made since to him when he made it mabye its all in the video???

paul


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PostPosted: November 27, 2003 4:58 PM 

no lyrical talent what-so-ever. what a fucking loser, who makes a fucking song that doenst make fucking sense. Eminem writes shit and it makes sooo much sense, and people say he sucks and talk shit about him and then some no name shit band comes out with a song and writes lyrics to it because they sound good together and puts no fucking effort into what they mean, personally that just pisses me the fuck off and makes me wanna shoot them and they shouldnt be millionares cuz they have no fucking talent.

Mike


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PostPosted: November 28, 2003 9:32 AM 

I don't hate Eminem. In fact, I thoroughly enjoy his music. I even saw him back in 2000 when he opened for Limp Bizkit. I'm a fan.

And who ever said there was a correlation between talent and income? Far less talented people than Finger Eleven have far more money than Finger Eleven. Remember Pauly Shore...

And I disagree that every song has to have deep, powerful lyrics. Meaningful lyrics make a song better, but if the music behind the lyrics is good, do nonsensical lyrics ruin the song? No. Just like amazing lyrics embedded within crappy music make a crappy song.

So please, don't shoot anyone. It's simply not worth a trip to pound-me-in-the-ass-prison. Go back to your bedroom and listen to Stan again. Please.

randy


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PostPosted: November 28, 2003 3:19 PM 

I'm addicted to the song, but I couldn't figure it out either. Then I discovered on the Finger Eleven website that the lead singer put in a note about the song:

"It’s never cool to regret the things you didn’t do, right? I wrote myself a note in the form of a song to tell myself just that. If you’d like to become less of a coward than you already are, try this one."

So, basically if I interpret correctly, the song is about having regrets and what happens when you don't do the 'one thing' that you're afraid to do.

Didn't see the vid as yet, but I assume from the description it's about the guy wasting time and not getting the girl?

Dan


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PostPosted: November 30, 2003 9:12 PM 

Wow, I can't even imagine the stupidity required to make it difficult to understand this song, or any one like it.

Restless tonight
Cause I wasted the light
Between both these times
I drew a really thin line

Right there he says, basically, that he screwed up when he wasted his time. He means that every day he regrets the thing he "didn't do" and that it keeps him restless when he goes to bed at night, thinking about it. From my experience, I'd guess it's a girl...

But you should be mine
Across that line

Worse yet, he knows exactly what's happening to him. He knows he's in love with her, he knows what he needs to do, and he knows he's putting it off so long it'll probably never happen.

Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds

(and furthermore):
I promise I might
Not walk on by
Maybe next time
But not this time

He's just afraid (and face it, who has never had the fear of rejection?). But the message of the song is really optimistic:

If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn’t that be something

So what is it, you ask?
Love. what else? It's so clear. All we have to do is gather up the courage to tell those people we love that we love them, similar to the courage it takes to "give it all away." Now honestly, if you could get a date with that hottie, wouldn't that be something? But when it's "that one thing"... it's one of the hardest moves you'll ever make just to say hello. Trust me, I've been there, but I did it.

Well, that's the most obvious explanation, and I certainly think this is not a whole lot of crapola. Besides the lyrics, though, I was first interested in this song for the music. I think it has a very good sound, and style. Plus the upbeat-ness and rhythm around the refrain goes well with the message. I believe it all has to work together to be really good.

Mike


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PostPosted: December 1, 2003 10:04 AM 

Dan, you're a freakin' genius. A genius I tell you!!!

For the record, I didn't necessarily say the lyrics were crapola, I said the video was. C'mon, that's some pretentious bullshit. A black and white motif with massive quantities of imagery plastered from wall to wall. I think they threw a bunch of symbols into a pot and stirred.

So, I stand by my statement that the video is crapola but I like the song (although I'm growing tired of it) and I do think you're a genius.

-


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PostPosted: December 4, 2003 3:22 AM 

This song is amazing gay and repetitive. The lyrics and the way the song way put together sound as if a pre school kid through it all together. I am a big fan of their old album though.

Josh


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PostPosted: December 8, 2003 12:19 AM 

Who are we to say what this song means? We didn't write it. Some of the best songs of all time were not written to satisfy fans so that they know what it means, as long as he knows what it means. You can criticize the song all you want, but you cannot begin to say that you know what the lyrics mean. This song is a great song in my opinion. And if this song is like "a pre school kid put it together" than how come "One Thing" is so popular, and does that make you less intelligent than a pre school kid considering you are posting a comment on a message board about their song? An ignorant and closed-mind is not a good thing to have, and mike, a thesaurus is a pathetic excuse for an education. My opinion is that the writer used the words "One thing" to awe the listener and make them wonder what the meaning of the song is, and most likely the listener relates it to what is going on in their life at the time, which makes the listener like the song, and make it a great song.

Mike


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PostPosted: December 8, 2003 1:22 PM 

Josh, you need to read my posts a little clearer...I don't think I've ever cared what this song is about.

Somebody asked me to explain it so I gave it my best shot.

As for that "pre school kid through it all together" quote - that wasn't from me. I know the difference between threw and through.

And regarding your quote that "a thesaurus is a pathetic excuse for an education", I'm glad you added that little jab because it leaves little doubt as to your ignorance. Thank you.

Kathy


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PostPosted: December 8, 2003 5:41 PM 

When I first heard this song, I thought it would be great in one of the "Smallville" episodes. For those who don't watch Smallville, basically this song would be great for Clark Kent's and Lana's relationship. For those who do watch the show, you know what I mean.

ItsMe


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PostPosted: December 9, 2003 8:29 AM 

Hey... Remember this?

"Walking around in your circles, circles..."

Finger Eleven has been a band for a long time... Under a different moniker. I saw them in Carelton Place, Ont. in a tiny room with about 20 other people. It was pretty fun for such a small venue. LOL

Oh... Rainbow Butt Monkeys

Justine


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PostPosted: December 9, 2003 9:59 AM 

I don't care what anyone says bout the song but i personally like it and jus stop dissing the song and let them fucking sing it, who cares what it means!!

Dan


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PostPosted: December 9, 2003 11:03 AM 

Oh, I totally agree with Justine, except for the last part, because I care what it means. I often listen to certain songs for their messages (especially Christian or so-called Christian songs, since that seems to be the whole point of them sometimes), including or instead of the sound.

And for the record... The interpretation I posted is just ONE interpretation, which is more like an opinion than anything else. It works well because it incorporates the whole lyrics by unifying the lines (cohearance), pointing out the main tension, and offering a solid theme for the work as a whole.

I challenge you to come up with a better interpretation, Josh. I'm sure it's possible, 'cause I know I left a lot of unanswered questions. For example: what does he mean when he said "I drew a really thin line." It's called literary analysis... So stay in school, Josh.

P.S. Thanks Mike for the compliment, but I really can't take all the credit. I learned how to analyze like that in a very good high school English class.

Anonymous


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PostPosted: December 13, 2003 12:07 AM 

who would name their band "finger eleven" ? i think that's just about stupid
but the song is pretty kewl

jackass


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PostPosted: December 13, 2003 12:19 PM 

oh man, if you people had a slightly higher level of thinking: the song is also about drugs.

He's talking about giving it all away for drugs and when he's:

"Restless tonight...", it's because he "wasted the light". meaning he used up all his drugs or something.

THINK people...

Justine


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PostPosted: December 16, 2003 9:11 AM 

Ok don't get me wrong i do care what it means, but people are so stupid sometimes and piss me off saying shit that is just plain stupid or rude....

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