Far Behind

Album: Candlebox (1993)
Charted: 18
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  • Now maybe I didn't mean to treat you bad
    But I did it anyway
    And now maybe
    Some would say your life was sad
    But you lived it anyway
    And so maybe
    Your friends they stand around they watch you crumble
    As you fall to the ground
    And someday
    Your friends they stand beside as you were flying
    Oh you were flying oh so high
    But then some day people look at you for what they call their own
    They watch you suffer
    Yeah they hear you calling home
    But then some day we could take our time
    To brush the leaves aside so you can reach us
    But you left me far behind

    Now maybe I didn't mean to treat you oh so bad
    But I did it anyway
    Now maybe some would say you're left with what you had
    But you couldn't share the pain
    No, no, no

    Couldn't share the pain they watch you suffer
    Now maybe I could have made my own mistakes
    But I live with what I've known
    And then maybe we might share in something great
    But won't you look at where we've grown
    Won't you look at where we've gone
    But then someday comes tomorrow holds a sense of what I fear for you in my mind
    As you trip the final line
    And that cold day when you lost control
    Shame you left my life
    So soon you should have told me
    But you left me far behind

    Now maybe I didn't meant to treat you oh so bad
    Oh but I did it anyway
    Now maybe some would say you're left with what you had
    But you couldn't share the pain
    No, no, no

    Oh No, no, no
    Oh No, No, no,
    Don't say it, I know, say I know, say I know
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I said maybe I didn't mean to treat you oh-so bad?
    Oh, but I did it anyway
    So maybe some would say you're left with what you had
    But you couldn't share the pain
    I said times have changed your friends They come and watch you crumble to the ground
    They watch you suffer
    Yeah they hold you down hold you down
    Said maybe, oh, maybe I didn't mean to treat you bad?
    But you left me far behind
    Left me far behind
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 24

  • ZuuniWhat are comments about the singer being Axl Rose ripoff? I've veen through G'N'R discography and they sound nothing alike, but then again this is the only song from Candlebox I know and adore so what the f--k do I know.

    But this is a damn good song and I'm happy to learn to fact this was about messed up relationship instead of a love song, it makes this so much more relatable.
  • Steven L. from Chelsea, MaSounds like an earlier rift.
  • Gia from Asheville , NcI've been a Guns 'N Roses fan for over twenty years and not once did I think that Candlebox was even remotely a 'wannabe' band. Between the vocals and instrumentation (not to mention the amazing lyrics), Candlebox stands on its own and I agree with a lot of the commenters here including Jeremy who stated that the lead singer has a "beautiful voice" and Zero who mentioned that "Candlebox is grossly underrated." True indeed. I had the fortune of seeing the band perform at JFK Stadium in 1994. They were spectacular.
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjCandlebox is grossly underrated. I wish more of thier songs were on here. No one gave them credit when they first came out (or still this day) 'cause they "jumped on the Grunge bandwagon", well that may be true but how many bands can put so much emotion and feeling into every song they do like this band? I love every song on this album and "Happy Pills" (Lucy has some good songs on it too but is a lot let commercial - havent heard the latest one yet). Great Vocals, AMAZING guitar playing, Peter Klett is actually my fav Grunge guitar player (yes, I consider them "Grunge"!)
  • Jorge from Bronx, NyMaybe,that's why we dont hear nothing about Candlebox anymore,The drama and the bullcrap of the record industry,who Knows,But i must say,very pleased with this genuine band,,hope someday to hear new material.
  • Shawn from Green Bay, WiArguably the greatest song ever written about suicide. Uniquely more about those left behind than about the victim themselves: the guilt, regret, helplessness and finally grief.
  • D from Waterloo, Iathere is no such thing as the axl rose rip off. the dude has an AMAZING voice...yes, better then axl's... and he wuz just feeling the song and everyone sounds like someone else. awesome song!!i could listen 2 it all day!! great lyrics too
  • Mercedies from Soldotna, AkI love this song!!! This whole cd is amazing!!! The lyrics are powerful as is the voice behind them. Backed with kickass instruments and this band rocks!!!
  • Squid from Los Angeles, CaOk Little Music Theory Update for you. This song is heavy blues based (as Was The Band). The "Rip off" isn't from "AXL" But from many blues, Jazz, and Soul Artist. it is often a natural reaction when "Connecting" with the emotion of the song. if anything "AXL" ripped it from the LA blues scene
  • Sara from Calhoun, GaThis dude sings so much better than Axel Rose...I would have never compared the two singers....why is it that everybody has to compare? It is a good song. It was obviously written with and performed with genuine passion-Sara, Calhoun, GA
  • Gema from Riverside, CaI'm guessing that friend that passed away was Wood, because it even says it on his Wikipedia page...
  • Amy from Acworth, GaI have heard about the "AXL ROSE RIPOFF" theory. Let me tell you a little bit about being an artist. You see, artists are influenced by many things in life...nature, people, God...and YES...even other artists, such as AXL ROSE, or THE BEATLES, or ADAM ANT, or your local band. It is all art, and if it wasn't for someone else being infuenced by someone else, all the stuff would be quite UN-ORIGINAL. Does this make sense?
  • Sheri from Newport News, VaIt was extremely hard to find the artist of this song, was ina bar and itcame on. Extremely good, makes me think of what I would say to somone I have lost if I had one more chance too, and makes me feel mixed emotions, really can relate to artist, isn't that what makes a great song??? :)
  • Mark from Syracuse, NyI found an interview about this song on TheCrushGirls.com on 8/21/06 by a woman named Lindsay, quoted:

    Lindsay: I understand that. So, youíre obviously well known for the song ìFar Behind,î which is an awesome song. My sister wanted me to ask you what the reasoning was behind that song?

    Kevin: ìFar Behindî was written for a friend of mine who had passed away while we were writing the song, and he was the first person to come to mind while I was writing down the lyrics for it.
  • Fernando Ardon from Cojutepeque, South AmericaThis song is about the guilt and anger you feel when someone you love do drugs and die for it..."Didn't mean to treat you so bad...but I did it anyway" "shame you letf my life so soon" "some say your life was so sad...but you live it anyway" yeah, It's all about regret and loss...absolutely love this son. I loss my father to the drugs, and this song is just like my life back the...
  • Rjh from Marquette, MiI love this song and I don't think Candlebox are wannabees. There music sounds so different to me. It's nothing like Axl Rose or Guns n' roses. The only thing that sounds close is Matchbox 20, sometimes. Besides their songs have alot more to say.
  • Ange from Picton, New ZealandWhy this song doesnt scream from our radios I'll never know, Like many others I had a great deal of drama trying to find the artist... Yay Thanks limewire, Awesome song that means so many different things to those who listen to it.
  • Blake from Cincinnati, OhThis song is about the singers brother becoming involved with friends who did drugs and became addicted himself and eventually ODed and died. Many say this song is about Andrew Wood, or some groupie who killed herself but the song is to personal and has to much information in it about life at home to be about anyone but his brother.
  • Trinity Jane from Lexington, KyI've heard different meanings to this song.
    I've heard the Andrew Wood theory but also the one about the groupie.

    The story is that the band used the groupie for sex and she killed herself.
  • Jeremy from Lafayette, LaWell, they're not wannabes obviosly. Especially compared to bands today. I hate pop-culture.
    But I think the lead singer didn't mean to do that. It comes with the beautiful voice he has.

  • Maureen from Prospect, VaThis is a really good song, it also took me forever to find the artists...
  • Kuuipo from Bellefontaine, OhThis is a good song, so many people think that candlebox is wannabes, but nowadays, everyone is ripping off of everyone else.
  • Rob from Santa Monica, CaThe Axl Rose ripoff at the end of the song probably caused many potential fans to write Candlebox off as wanna-bes.
  • Brittany from Waverly, NyI love this song..and it took me forever to find the cd..and I'm really surprised no one has commented this is a really good song..I suggest you listen to it
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