Passenger
Deftones Lyrics


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Here I lay
Still and breathless
Just like always
Still, I want some more
Mirrors sideways
Who cares what's behind?
Just like always
Still your passenger

Chrome buttons, buckles and leather surfaces
These and other lucky witnesses
Now to calm me
This time won't you please
Drive faster

Roll the window down this
Cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees anything?
I'm your passenger
I'm your passenger

Drop these down
Then put them on me
Nice, cool seats
There to cushion your knees
Now to calm me
Take me around again
Don't pull over
This time won't you please
Drive faster

Roll the window down this
Cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees what tonight?
Roll these misty windows
Down to catch my breath and then
Go and go and go just
Drive me home and back again

Here I lay
Just like always
Don't let me




Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go
Take me to the edge

Overall Meaning

Deftones' "Passenger" is a haunting song with a surreal atmosphere that transports the listener to a completely different dimension. The lyrics suggest that the singer is ambivalent about his current situation; he is lying still and breathless like always, but he craves more. The singer seems to be observing the world through the window of a car and he seems to be craving freedom and escape from his stagnant life.


The soundtrack to this desire is the dark and intriguing music that combines distorted guitars and punishing percussion with eerie electronic elements. The lyrics are about wanting to find something new and exciting and finding solace in a car ride with a partner who is handling the driving.


The references to mirrors suggest that the singer is grappling with his own sense of self and trying to find some sense of clarity. The chorus speaks volumes as it encapsulates the longing to escape, to see the world and be more than a passive observer, to be an active participant in his own life. The ambiguity of the lyrics invites the listener to make their own interpretation of the song's meaning, which makes it incredibly powerful and memorable.


Line by Line Meaning

Here I lay
I am lying down


Still and breathless
Motionless and without breathing


Just like always
This is a familiar feeling


Still, I want some more
Despite feeling still, I crave more sensations


Mirrors sideways
The mirrors are positioned horizontally


Who cares what's behind?
It doesn't matter what's behind us


Still your passenger
I am still riding in your car


Chrome buttons, buckles and leather surfaces
The car has shiny metallic buttons, buckles and leather seats


These and other lucky witnesses
These objects and others have witnessed my experiences


Now to calm me
The objects are meant to soothe me


This time won't you please
I am requesting for something specific to happen


Drive faster
I want you to drive the car at a higher speed


Roll the window down this
I want the window to be rolled down


Cool night air is curious
The air outside is pleasantly cool and interesting


Let the whole world look in
I don't care if people see us


Who cares who sees anything?
It doesn't matter who sees us


I'm your passenger
I am still riding in your car


Drop these down
Lower the objects


Then put them on me
Place the objects on me


Nice, cool seats
The seats feel good because they are cool


There to cushion your knees
The seats are intended to give your knees support


Take me around again
I want to go for another ride


Don't pull over
Don't stop the car


This time won't you please
I am asking for something specific to happen again


Drive faster
I want you to drive the car at a higher speed


Roll the window down this
I want the window to be rolled down


Cool night air is curious
The air outside is pleasantly cool and interesting


Let the whole world look in
I don't care if people see us


Who cares who sees what tonight?
It doesn't matter who sees us or what happens tonight


Roll these misty windows
Lower the foggy windows


Down to catch my breath and then
To breathe in fresh air


Go and go and go just
Keep moving forward


Drive me home and back again
Take me home and then take me for another ride


Don't let me
Don't allow me


Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go
Don't let me leave or stop experiencing these sensations


Take me to the edge
Take me to the limit of my experiences




Lyrics © Kanjian Music, BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Abran Cunningham, Chino Camilo Moreno, Maynard James Keenan, Stephen Carpenter

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@xanderm7934

Here I lay
Still and breathless
Just like always
Still, I want some more
Mirrors sideways
Who cares what's behind?
Just like always
Still your passenger

Chrome buttons, buckles and leather surfaces
These and other lucky witnesses
Now to calm me
This time won't you please
Drive faster

Roll the window down this
Cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees anything?
I'm your passenger
I'm your passenger

Drop these down
Then put them on me
Nice, cool seats
There to cushion your knees
Now to calm me
Take me around again
Don't pull over
This time won't you please
Drive faster

Roll the window down this
Cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees what tonight?
Roll these misty windows
Down to catch my breath and then
Go and go and go just
Drive me home and back again

Here I lay
Just like always
Don't let me
Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go
Take me to the edge



@nick_neverknowsbest

Lyrics:
Here I lay
Still and breathless
Just like always
Still, I want some more
Mirrors sideways
Who cares what's behind?
Just like always
Still your passenger

The chrome buttons buckle on leather surfaces
These and other lucky witnesses
Now to calm me
This time won't you please
Drive faster

Roll the windows down this
Cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees anything?
I'm your passenger
I'm your passenger

Drop these down
Then put them on me
Nice cool seats
There to cushion your knees
Now to calm me
Take me around again
Don't pull over
This time won't you please
Drive faster

Roll the windows down this
Cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees what tonight?
Roll these misty windows
Down to catch my breath and then
Go and go and go just
Drive me home and back again

Here I lay
Just like always
Don't let me
Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go
Take me to the edge



@5ema55unto

Here I lay, still and breathless
Just like always, still, I want some more
Mirrors sideways, who cares what's behind?
Just like always, still your passenger
Chrome buttons, buckles, and leather surfaces
These and other lucky witnesses
Now to calm me, this time, won't you, please
Drive faster?


[Chorus 1: Maynard James Keenan]


Roll the windows down
This cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees anything?
I'm your passenger
I'm your passenger



 [Verse 2: Chino Moreno and Maynard James Keenan]
Drop these down, then put them on me
Nice, cool seats there to cushion your knees
Now to calm me, take me around again
Don't pull over, this time, would you, please
Drive faster?



 [Chorus 2: Maynard James Keenan]
Roll the windows down
This cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees what tonight?
Roll these misty windows down
To catch my breath again
And then go and go and go, just drive me
Home then back again



  [Outro: Chino Moreno and Maynard James Keenan]
Here I lay just like always
Don't let me go
Take me to the edge



All comments from YouTube:

@cameronlocklear6970

WARNING: It is incredibly easy to start speeding while this song is playing in the car

@axiithabyss3510

Yes. Yes it is.

@brandonschneider3993

I went 130mph in my car at 3am one night to this song and loved every second of it.

@Tiagomelo22ify

Imagine being your passenger

@earlybird8258

LMAO I do this every time I listen to this song while driving!!!

@redeemedtide5010

Can confirm

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@dons6820

"Having Maynard perform on the record wasn’t something that we planned on doing. We didn’t plan on having any guest on the record. But being a fan of Tool and A Perfect Circle, once Maynard was involved, it was just a magical thing for us. Honestly, when he first started working with us, he wasn’t supposed to sing with us. He was just working on the arrangements, riff structures, time signatures, and things like that. I don’t know if you’re a big fan of Tool’s music, but they’re really mathematical. I’ve been to their rehearsal space, and there’s this big chart that just looks like calculus–the way they write songs, it’s just crazy. It was good to have someone else who has different ways of writing songs, ‘cause everyone has a different way of doing it. He came in and we started working on this one song in particular, and he just grabbed the microphone and started singing along to it, and my jaw just dropped. All of a sudden our band sounded like Tool; it was just crazy. Then, probably two months later, we went in to record the album, and I went in to record the vocals on it, and I just kept hearing his voice, this recurring melody with his voice coming over it. So I called him and asked him if he wanted to come down and sing on the record, and he had no problem with it. Once he came in, I gave him sort of what I wanted the song to be about, and he wrote a couple of ideas down, and the next day he came in with all the lyrics written all out with blank spaces where my lyrics were supposed to be. He’s very professional like that. He wants everything set perfectly, which is the complete opposite to the way that I write, so it was cool. And then I went in and did my vocals over it, and it just seemed that our voices blended together pretty good."

- Chino Moreno, DeftonesWorld

@stevecooper474

Wow thanks for this!

@alexvidivici2061

Thanks a lot, good interview

@carlosbello5019

When I was 17, (20 years ago), I was very deep interested into this two bands. When the White Pony came out and I realized that they had this collaboration together, was mind blowing for me. It was a pre-social networks time, so been amaze was still a possibility.

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