Semi-Charmed Life Revisited

1 Aug

I love the late 90’s and early 2000’s music. I always think the music back then was a better than today’s. Lady Gaga? Katy Perry? Justin Bieber? Ewww! Not my type!

Late 90’s and early 2000’s was the era of the alternative rock, pop rock and boyband/girl bands. Who would forget Backstreet Boys, Boyzone, Spice Girls? What about bands like Hanson, Matchbox 20? Coldplay? Foo Fighters? Incubus? Korn? They sure ring a bell for those who were born in the early 80’s.  I’m sure many can relate about watching MTV during their teen years. But there’s a particular song of particular band I’d like to talk about.

Remember Semi-Charmed Life by 3RD Eye Blind?

“Dooo Dooo Dooo Dooo Dooo Dooo Dooo Dooo Dooo….”


I always like that song. It’s upbeat, catchy and just sets you in a good mood.  I don’t remember the first time I heard it but I only remember liking it since it hit the radio.  I like the song too much I saved the mp3 in my computer and play it whenever I am in the good mood or want to be a good mood.

And although I very much know the chorus and a few lines in the verses, I didn’t pay too much with the lyrics. I just knew that there are some sort of depressing lines in the song despite its upbeat tune like  the “She’s got her jaws now locked down in smile but nothing is alright” and the “The four right chord can make me cry.”  But I was just too caught up with the catchy tune that makes me want to dance or bang my head a little. And it’s only lately when I actually decided to take a look at the lyrics because I feel challenge upon memorizing the sung-like-a-rap-song verses and sing a long with it.  I even listed “Memorize Semi-Charmed Life song” as one of the items under my 1000 Things To Do Before I Die.

So I googled the song… and I was shocked! The catchy and upbeat song I love talks about SEX and DRUGS (METH)! And it took me more than a decade to actually know it! How LAME! So all along, I was singing about doing METH and raunchy SEX?

Well I knew some parts of the song is about sex and some verses talk directly about doing meth (“doing Crystal Meth will lift you up until you break”), but I didn’t know the song was entirely dedicated to those two.  My interpretation was then strongly confirmed by the video from 2008 that I found in youtube, with Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind’s lead singer, actually admitting that it is a dirty song! Watch the video below:

Oh well, I’m almost done memorizing it (I just need to brush up a little), so maybe I can cross it out from my 1,000 things. But still, I’m still in shocked how it took me more than 10 years to actually know what the song means.

Here’s the video with the lyrics:


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