Drove
Coal Chamber Lyrics


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Keep my enemies close to me
And I've been watching you closely
Yes I despise you mostly, yes you!
You think you're tall for dogging me
You're small you see, a wannabe
A mirror of me is stolen, identity

Why'd I do it?
You drove me to it

You think you're tall for dogging me
You're small you see, a wannabe
A mirror of me is stolen, identity
I keep my friends close to me
And I've been watching you closely
Yes I despise you mostly, yes you!

Why'd I do it?
You drove me to it

You can take the high road
We'll play by my rules
You can take the high road
We'll play by my rules

Never, say never, say never, say never

Why'd I do it?




You drove me to it
Drove

Overall Meaning

in is a song by the American Nu-Metal band Coal Chamber. The lyrics of the song are about a person who feels betrayed by someone they trusted and have been watching this person closely, despise them but keeps them close for unknown reasons. The lyrics imply that the other person has been copying or stealing from them, possibly portraying the idea of living in another person's shadow. The first verse describes the singer's feelings towards this person, calling them out on their attempts to mimic the singer's actions while not being able to surpass the singer's level of greatness. The chorus then repeats the question "Why'd I do it?" suggesting that the singer has done something to this person, but the lyrics do not make it clear what this action is.


The second verse then contrasts the first, describing how the singer keeps their close friends close but also keeping an eye on the person they despise. The chorus then comes back in with the repeating question, once again suggesting that the singer has done something to this person. The phrase "You drove me to it" serves to suggest that the other person's behaviour brought about the singer's actions.


The bridge of the song, "You can take the high road, we'll play by my rules" implies that the person who was copied or stolen from, is now asserting their dominance over the situation and is giving orders to the other person. The repetition of "Never, say never, say never, say never" could suggest a warning to the other person, that they shouldn't underestimate the singer.


Overall, Drove is about the tension between two people, where one feels betrayed, copied, and stolen from, and the other is portrayed as a wannabe who has failed to measure up, with the singer ultimately taking action against the other person. The lyrics suggest that the singer is in control of the situation but may also be wrestling with their own feelings of anger and powerlessness, which is juxtaposed with the other person's attempts to copy and replicate the singer's behavior.


Line by Line Meaning

Keep my enemies close to me
I choose to surround myself with those who may wish me harm.


And I've been watching you closely
I've been paying attention to your behaviors and actions.


Yes I despise you mostly, yes you!
I have strong negative feelings towards you.


You think you're tall for dogging me
You believe you are superior for bothering or harassing me.


You're small you see, a wannabe
You're insignificant and merely trying to imitate me.


A mirror of me is stolen, identity
Someone has taken an image or likeness of me without permission.


Why'd I do it?
What was my motivation for my actions?


You drove me to it
Your behavior forced me to react in a certain way.


I keep my friends close to me
I choose to surround myself with those who support and care for me.


You can take the high road
You can choose the moral or ethical path.


We'll play by my rules
Our interactions will follow my guidelines and expectations.


Never, say never, say never, say never
Indefinite repetition of the phrase 'never.'


Drove
The cause or influence of someone's actions or behavior in a given situation.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: BRADLEY JAMES FAFARA, MIGUEL RASCON, MIKE COX, RAYNA FOSS

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