Gotta Get Away

Album: Smash (1994)
Charted: 43

Songfacts®:

  • This song deals with paranoia and self loathing. The singer never feels safe and is unable to relax.
  • In Offspring's Greatest Hits bonus DVD, they explain that this was the last song lead singer Dexter Holland wrote for the album, and he was feeling a lot of pressure to meet the deadline. The song was based on a track called "Cogs" that the band recorded when they were known as Manic Subsidal. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2

Comments: 10

  • Amanda Nyanko from Youtubemansion, San Bruno, CaliforniaI sometimes associate this song with waking up on a school day, I fell asleep listening to the rock music radio and this song is playing
  • Kommandant from FinlandAmong the others, this album has had such a huge impact in my life ever since my best friend's big brother bought it on '94-'95 and played it too loud in his room so we could hear it too, and ever since, for 25-26 years, it has spoken my mind.

    Even today, in the middle of the night, laying on my bed wide awake, I feel this sooo much.
  • Zero from The Abyss, NjI never did drugs, but this song describes me to a tee (chronic anxiety).
  • Babbling Babette from Tulsa OkI still love this song from "Smash" in 1994. Just cannot believe that 20 years have passed. Back in '94, my oldest brother bought the CD "Smash" and became an Offspring fan. I got the Offspring bug thru my brother. The message in this song is tough and hard. My boyfriend Jed related well to this song's message back in '94 & '95 when he was "out of control." But he's cleaned up his act and is a cool dude now. And 20 years older!! (gasp) And that means I'm 20 years older too----and I look it. haaa
  • Rocky from Tulsa, OkI love most of the stuff Dexter writes and this is no exception. He expressed the way a lotta us feel when too stressed out an about to blow a fuse. I'm still an OFFSPRING fan and just caught them on tour when they were in Europe this month. Still as powerful & talented as ever. Just love those guys!
  • Raunchy from Tulsa, OkHmmm. A very interesting song. But ya know, this sounds like everyday ordinary stuff in my life. And I'm a psychic Native American in apprenticeship to being a medicine man. As a psychic you experience these things and even more! Just laying out here looking at the Milky Way & The Great Rift.
  • Matt from Eville, IlI wouldn't say tweakin on meth, not like they're scott weiland or fergy, but i'd say that this song relates extremely well to a bad shroom trip
  • Andrew from Ny, Nyit sounds to me like the song is talking about coming down from tweak every line ties in far to well for it to be coincidence
    "Getting edgy all the time"-makes you jittery
    "There's someone around me just a step behind"-feel like theres shadow ppl following u
    "It's kinda scary, the shape I'm in
    The walls are shakin' and they're closing in"- paranoia
    "Too fast or a bit too slow"-your mind races and you dont realize how much time passes making you slower to do the things u need to
    "I'm paranoid of people and it's starting to show"-again the paranoia
    "One guy that I can't shake Over my shoulder is a big mistake"- realizes hes paranoid and the people hes seeing arnt there
    "Sitting on the bed Or lying wide awake"-you cant sleep so you just lay their knowing you need to sleep
    "There's demons in my head And it's more than I can take"- repeated paranoia referance
    "I think I'm gonna roll But I think it's kinda weak"- a roll/spun/a sick one/high on meth but its weak so they are out of dope
    "Saying all I know is I gotta get away from me"- wants to just stop and go back to normal
    "I'm being followed, I look around
    It's only my shadow creepin' on the ground" again referancing the shadow people following you and paranoia
  • Kayla from Oklahoma City, OkThis is a kick-ass song. Sadly enough, I can relate to it.
  • John from Pittsburgh, PaSounds sorta like Cobain
    I need an EASY FRIEND
    Gettin edgy ALL THE TIME
    Similar, yknow
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