Takes Me Nowhere
The Offspring Lyrics


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When the day begins
All the guilt sinks in
And I look on the wreckage of the night
Though I try to break free
The cycle breaks me
Am I ever gonna see the light?

All the friends I've lost
And the pain I've caused
Have never been enough just to make me stop
The lines I draw to look at myself
Are turning into somebody else

I know how this will end
But I'm starting up again
Turned around, inside out
Cause this way

Takes me nowhere I can't can't see a way out
Takes me nowhere I can't can't see a way out
Takes me nowhere I can't can't see a way out
It beats me up

When I go there I know I could start again
When I go there Oh no, here we go again
Takes me nowhere Oh no, here we go again
It beats me up

Open on this scene
A familiar dream
Of you telling me what I already know
Though the truth seems near
You can't get there from here
But you sure know where you're gonna go

As the rumor wind blows
My infamy grows
Seeing friends above
And I hit another low
The picture I paint to look at myself
Is turning into somebody else

I know how this will end
But I'm starting up again
Turned around, inside out
Cause this way

But today, if I change
And stop digging my own grave




I will try, to set things right
Cause this way

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Takes Me Nowhere" by The Offspring describe the cycle of guilt, shame and self-destruction that the singer feels trapped in. The day begins and all the guilt sinks in as they reflect on the wreckage of the night before. Despite their efforts to break free, the cycle continues to break them down. The singer has lost friends and caused pain, but it's never been enough to make them stop. The lines they draw to examine themselves are becoming someone else entirely, and they know how it will end. Yet, they still start up again.


The second verse finds the singer dreaming of someone telling them what they already know, but they can't seem to get to the truth of the matter. There's a growing infamy that the rumor wind is blowing around, and once again, the singer is hitting another low. The picture they paint to examine themselves is transforming them into someone else. However, there's a glimmer of hope when the singer decides that they will try to set things right and stop digging their own grave.


Overall, the lyrics of "Takes Me Nowhere" convey a sense of hopelessness, self-doubt, and shame. The cycle of self-destruction seems never-ending, and the singer struggles to break free. However, in the end, there is a sense that change is possible, and the singer is going to try and set things right.


Line by Line Meaning

When the day begins
At the start of each day


All the guilt sinks in
I feel guilty for my actions


And I look on the wreckage of the night
I see the damage I caused last night


Though I try to break free
Despite my efforts to change


The cycle breaks me
I am trapped in a repetitive pattern


Am I ever gonna see the light?
Will I ever find a way out of this cycle?


All the friends I've lost
I have lost many friends


And the pain I've caused
I have hurt people


Have never been enough just to make me stop
This guilt has not been enough to change my behavior


The lines I draw to look at myself
The way I view myself


Are turning into somebody else
My self-image is changing


I know how this will end
I know where this behavior will lead


But I'm starting up again
But I am repeating my actions


Turned around, inside out
My world is flipped upside down


Cause this way takes me nowhere
This behavior is not leading me anywhere


I can't see a way out
I cannot find a way to change


It beats me up
This cycle is emotionally draining


When I go there I know I could start again
I know I could change if I tried


Oh no, here we go again
But I am repeating my actions


Open on this scene
This is the start of the cycle


A familiar dream
This is a recurring situation


Of you telling me what I already know
Someone is trying to give me advice


Though the truth seems near
I know what I need to do


You can't get there from here
But I am having trouble making changes


But you sure know where you're gonna go
But I keep repeating my actions


As the rumor wind blows
As rumors about me spread


My infamy grows
My negative reputation is getting worse


Seeing friends above
Watching others succeed despite my failures


And I hit another low
I feel even worse about myself


The picture I paint to look at myself
The way I view myself


Is turning into somebody else
I am changing for the worse


But today, if I change
If I make changes starting today


And stop digging my own grave
And stop harming myself and others


I will try, to set things right
I will make an effort to improve my behavior


Cause this way
Because continuing down this path




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Bryan Keith Holland

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