I Did It

Album: Everyday (2001)
Charted: 71
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  • I'm mixing up a bunch of magic stuff
    A magic mushroom cloud of care
    A potion that will rock the boat will rock
    Make a bomb of love and blow it up

    I did it
    Do you think I've gone too far
    I did it
    Guilty as charged
    I did it
    It was me right or wrong
    I did it Yeah

    I never did a single thing that did a single thing to
    Change the ugly ways of the world
    I didn't know it felt so right inside
    I didn't know at all
    Open up the curtains I heard sirens there the lights flash and crawl
    I did it justice I just did it for us all

    It's a nickel or a dime for what I've done
    The truth is that I don't really care
    For such a lovely crime I'll do the time
    You better lock me up I'll do it again

    I did it
    Do you think I've gone too far
    I did it
    Guilty as charged
    I did it
    It was me right or wrong
    I did it
    Yeah

    I never did a single thing that did a single thing to
    Change the ugly ways of the world
    I didn't know it felt so right inside
    I didn't know at all
    Open up the curtains I heard sirens there the lights flash and crawl
    I did it justice I just did it for the buzz

    All you people are the skewers of our dreams
    Like the cat that collared me
    Oh what I gotta say to you got love don't
    Turn it down
    Turn it loud
    Let it build
    We got a long way to go
    But you gotta start somewhere
    Go door to door spread the love you got
    You got the love
    You get what you want
    Does it matter where you get it from
    I for one
    Don't turn my cheek for anyone
    Unturn your cheek to give your love
    Love to grow

    I did it
    Do you think I've gone too far
    I did it
    Guilty as charged
    I did it

    Was me right or wrong
    I did it
    Yeah
    I did it
    I told you I told you I told you I told
    I did it
    Guilty as charged
    I did it
    I told you I told you I told you I
    I did it
    Yeah

    I never did a single thing that did a single thing to
    Change the ugly ways of the world
    I didn't know it felt so right inside
    I didn't know at all
    Open up the curtain I heard sirens there the lights flash and crawl
    I did it justice I just did it for us all Writer/s: DAVID MATTHEWS, GLEN BALLARD
    Publisher: CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 22

  • Bo from EarthThe song was written as a slam against Steve Lillywhite, who had told the band that they'd never be able to make an album without him.
  • Mike from Libertyville, IlOkay first of all "marijawana" is not a word Dustin from PA, it is spelled "marijuana" or can also be deemed "cannabis" for those who know what they are talking about. Second, this song is absolutely not about having sex with a minor because...well are you kidding? Read the lyrics and watch the video. Dave has a lot of ambiguity in his songs but I believe this particular one is most likely about him pushing the boundaries of what society says is okay and, although he may do time for it, the positive attributes society attains from his actions make it all worth it. He says "nickel or dime" to refer to 5 or 10 years behind bars, but then says the crime is worth the time because it changed the ugly ways of the world. Overall the song may have some drug references but that is primarily because Dave, like many others including myself, uses drugs such as marijuana and "magic mushrooms" (mentioned in the beginning) in order to gain a different perspective on the world, so that said world's ugly ways are revealed and may be changed. Sorry for the long post but hope it shed some light on the mystery behind the meaning of "I Did It" haha :)

    Oh and by the way, hookahs are not used to smoke weed out of. In fact, they are a horrible way to smoke cannabis. Usually tobacco is smoked out of them, I believe you are thinking of a bong, bubbler, bowl, steamroller, etc. take your pick.
  • Krista from Medford, NjFOR THE PERSON WHO SAID A HOOKAH IS USED FOR SMOKING MARIJUANA: It's almost disrespectful to smoke marijuana out of a hookah. Although it can be done, and there are people that do it, usually shisha/tobacco is smoked out of it. I doubt Dave Matthews would be smoking marijuana out of a hookah, maybe a bong, not a hookah. It's probably tobacco. Not that this really has anything to do with the topic.
  • Megan from Baltimore, United StatesIt's definitely about drugs-
    "It's a nickel or a dime for what I've done
    The truth is that I don't really care
    For such a lovely crime I'll do the time
    You better lock me up I'll do it again"

    nickles and dimes are sizes of weed one can purchase.

    and as Jon from GA said, watch the video.
    it's all about drugs.
  • Claire from Kill Devil Hills, NcThis song is about Dave Matthews emptying the waste from his tour bus in a river and it ended up getting dumped on a boat. He is making fun the cops for making such a big deal out of it. He was most likely doing drugs when it happened though.
  • Jon from Athens, GaI really think its kinda funny that people listen to a few lines and decide on some bogus meaning of the song. Listen to the whole thing and watch the music video.. its pretty obvious that this is a song about drugs and a users skewed yet blissful view of the world.
  • Chuck from Cleveland, Oh"It's a nickel or a dime for what I've done" is his jail term (5 or 10 years) for a doing a drug offense.
  • Ren from Salem, MaAll I can think of when I hear this sone is people like Angelina Jolie & Madonna. Celebs who do good charities NOT because they care but because it makes them look good.
  • Andrew from Marco Island, FlWhere in th ehell do you get the idea that it's about sex with a minor.
    The song is about being a "Love Terrorist" and Drugs of course if you have ever seen the video.
    Carter looks like a pimp in tht purple top hat.

    Andrew, Marco Island
  • John from Cleveland, TnThis song is about selling out, and this was the first cd not produced with Steve Lillywhite, and according to other sources, Lillywhite asked the band where the "hit" was and so, this song was written for him. If you search for "The lillywhite sessions", it's pretty much "busted stuff" without a few songs.
  • Dustin from Etters, PaThis song is obiviousely about drugs....no dought about it. he makes all sorts of drug references and such. also if you have ever watched the music video for this song you can see near the end that they have a joint in there hand and that the one girl is useing a hooka which is what people use to smoke marijawana out of
  • Ash from Charleston, WvBen: you clearly know your DMB. I too am a big fan, but not nearly as big a fan as you, I feel sure. I may just have to travel up to the eastern panhandle some time to share smokes (I used to live in Martinsburg, actually).
  • Mogli from Mechanicsburg, Pathe song is obviously about drug use. the second line of the song talks about magic mushrooms. and, he says "it's a nickel or a dime for what i've done" - marijuana is frequently sold in nickelbags or dimebags. "I just did it for the buzz" couldn't be put more simply.
  • Joe from San Fransisco, CaI think this song is about a pyromaniac burning down a house.
  • Ben from Harpers Ferry, WvDave is right- this song is an inside joke about the band's supposed "selling out". The band was exploring new territory on this album and writing with a big pop producer. They wrote this song as a way of mocking the concept of selling out meaning writing songs that were poppy or radio friendly. They wanted to say that just because a song is not as complex as something like the Stone, doesnt mean that it is not an artistic effort.
  • Ashley from Laredo, TxI agree with matt, fort worth, TX.. It does seem like the song is about having sex w/ a minor, getting caught and having no remorse.
  • Melissa from Souderton, PaThis song is about doing drugs and love... you would think that since it is so obvious it wouldnt really be the meaning however its definitly about drugs and love and how you look at the world differently when you experience the two things.
  • Jason from Gibsonia, PaI thought this song had something to do with some sort of eco-terrorist. He blows up stuff and has no remores.
  • Ian from Urbana, IlDMB's first crazy deviation from his normal style...of course it's very weird to listen to at first, but if your mind is open and you can appreciate their need to break away from the norm, you can see that it's definitely a great song that had to be written. As you watch DMBs albums' progress, you will notice an increasing trend towards the unique. Compare 'Crash' with 'Before These Crowded Streets', the transformation is undeniable...and from 'BTCS' to 'Everyday', all we can observe is Dave's transition from traditional to edgy, as all good bands seem to do. ..like the BEATLES
  • Dave from St.john's, CanadaThis songs is all about selling out.
  • Matt from Fort Worth, TxI think this song is about having sex with a minor, getting caught and having no remorse. There are hints of it all over the song.
  • Zach from Memphis, TnThis song is about making a "bomb of love", put in place of a bomb of destruction, and blowing it up on the world. It is a "lovely crime" that shows the irony of mankind.
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