This song is about finally and sadly giving up on a friend who is beyond the point of no return with alcoholism: "You can only lean, on me for so long, bring the ship about, to watch your friend drown, sit up on the ledge, begged you to come down."
This was rumored to be about blink-182's first drummer Scott Raynor, but it is not. Raynor left the band not because he did not want to be in a punk band when he was 30.
Suggestion credit: Adam - Los Angeles, CA, for above 2
Garry from Melbourne, AustraliaNot about Scott? Yeah right, lol. He didn't want to be in a punk band when he was 30? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard, he's over 30 now and is still playing in crappy punk bands.
Lacey from Chicago, Ili love this song always have
Matt from San Fran, CaScott Reynor did not leave the band because he didnt want to be with them anymore, it was because of his drinking problems, this song has a lot of speculation, but i personally belive its about leaving behind a alcoholic friend *cough*scott*cough*
Sam from Gold Coast, AustraliaOf course the they would deny writing the song about Scott Raynor if they admitted they did they would leaved themselves open to being sued by him as the song could be viewed as damaging his character. The lyrics and timeline do fit his departure and the nature of it. Great song but.
Lizzy from Glasgow, United StatesNikky's right. Scott said himself that Tom, Mark and their manager phoned him and gave him an ultimatum to go into rehab and stop drinking. if he didn't, they'd chuck him. he said he'd think about it and then went out and got drunk. he went back to them, said he'd go into rehab but they didn't trust him (i don't blame them) and that was the end of Scott Raynor in Blink 182. he said it himself. Man Over Board has nothing to do with Tom drinking in high school and Scott didn't leave for college. he's said in a few interview's that it was this ultimatum but in one or two he changed his stories, making Tom and Mark look worse as if they were crap friends.
Max from Loveland, Colol, i love the video!
Ryan from Holbrook, NyFirst of all you all got it wrong! This is rumor and probably is true about the former blink 182 drummer, Scott Raynor.you can look him up on wikiperdia.org. There are many arguments about how he left, he left because of one of these options are maybe all: Drinking too much alcohol, wanted to go to college and get a degree. This song is about how they left a good friend (which never gave scott a chance[drinking])
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Stacey from Vic, AustraliaOne of the best Blink songs. I love you Travis and so does Joshie hehehe...
Chris from Milwaukee, WiThe line actually says "rarely sober" not "really sober"...
Harry from Not U.s Idiot, EnglandIf it's about alcoholism then why do they say; "Your out of line, and really sober." And it sounds like when Tom got kicked out of high school for drinking alcohol in school. So it's probaly about Tom Getting kicked out of high school for drinking and stuff.
Stacey from Someplace, Australiai think i'm missing something the only connection between alcohol and this song is scott rayner and ppl keep saying it's got nothing to do with him so doesn't that mean it isn't about alcoholism??
Alex from Loveland, CoWow, I love this song so much! Why did Blink-182 break up? Oops, my bad, they went on some "hiatus". You know, they were like meant to be together and make the best music. Either way, they'll still be MY favourite band!
Nick from Crofton, Mddo u think this might be about one of toms friends from when he was in high school just before he got expelled from school?
Ed from London, CanadaThis song is considered to be about Scott (blink- 182's first drummer), he was asked to go to rehab to stop drinking, Scott asked for the weekend to think about it, then decided to go to rehab, told blink this, they said no and kicked him out of the band. Scott wasn't sad about this because his "best friends" didn't believe him.
Justin from Birch Run, MiOops. I ment keeping the girl and leaving his friend...
Justin from Birch Run, MiDid someone else take the song the way I did? Here is what I look at it as: Guy is going out with a girl. Friend get mad. Guy doesn't listen. Friend leaves. Guy realizes he's made a mistake by keep his friend and leaving the girl. Guy loses two things in one situation.
Marble from Reno, NvThis is song is NOT about Scott Raynor! Mark just went on love line a few weeks ago, and someone asked him if Man Overboard was about Scott and he plainly said no.
Gary from Elkton, MdThis is a great song It is about former blink-182 drummer scott raynor who was with the band from the beginning and was replaced by travis its a sad story but makes for a great song
Brooke from Adelaide, IaTHIS SONG ROCKS AND BLINK ROCKS! M/
James from Victoria, CanadaIf you reverse this song, I have done it before, you cabn hear mark singing "It was me, your Boss I screwed her".
Tanner from Bakerfield, Caalcohol is not a good thing my dad was killed in a car crash while he was drunk but im not blaming alcohol companys it was his fault and some day we all have to deal w/ that
Kieran from D.c., VaI don't like blink, but I do like this song. This song is in the movie The Salton Sea.
Nikky from Bh, Njactaully, all that scott going back to school was bs. all those rumors are. i read an interview he gave. he said he was going to go to rehab but blink didnt believe him. he thought that if his "bestfriends" didnt believe him they must not be his friends -- so he left. yeah but the songs about his alcohol problem
Adam from Los Angeles, CaThis song is about finally and sadly giving up on a friend who is beyond the point of no return with alcoholism "You can only lean, on me for so long, bring the ship about, to watch your friend drown, sit up on the ledge, begged you to come down..." It has nothing to do with Scott Raynor, who left the band because he wanted to go to school and not be "in a punk band when he was 30."
Steve from Woodbine, Mdthis song is awsome i just learned it today!