Blink 182's "I Miss You": Is it "a voice inside my head" or "the voice inside my head"?

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full review of "I Miss You" by blink-182: first verse sung in a monotone by one guy, melody a poor showing but the no-look quality of the trick chorus ("I miss you") is pretty nice. second verse a huge dropoff in quality, whole nations rend their clothes and dump ashes on their heads in the hopes that God will accept their repentance as sincere and make the second verse of "I Miss You" stop. It does, but then the guy says "don't waste your time on me you're al-RED-eee a voice insaeed myee 'ead" and the true horror of God's anger is revealed. Does He hate us? Yes. He hates us. final tally, wrath of God 1, humanity 0, RIP frogbs

― pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:09 AM

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the voice inside my head

― markers, Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:10 AM

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the voice inside my head

are you sure about that? I believe you, you're the expert, but my ear tells me "a"

don't get me wrong it makes exactly no difference to how appalling the song is

― pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:15 AM

hahaha pretty sure it's "the" -- http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/blink182/imissyou.html

― markers, Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:17 AM

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hahaha pretty sure it's "the"

feel like an important poll is a-brewin' here

― pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:22 AM

Poll Results

OptionVotes
the 11
a 4


markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:26 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:26 (nine years ago) link

eh messed up the italics at least once but whatever

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:27 (nine years ago) link

maybe you should ask mods to delete and start over because this is pretty important

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:27 (nine years ago) link

vote! vote!

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:28 (nine years ago) link

every single thing should be in italics

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:29 (nine years ago) link

it's "the"

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:29 (nine years ago) link

every single thing should be in italics

― iatee, Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:29 AM (34 seconds ago) Bookmark

think I'm going to wake up my roommate with how loud this is making me lol

not sure how anyone hears "a," there's some serious th-ing going on there

Peepee Soaked Heckhole (zachlyon), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:33 (nine years ago) link

I seriously don't hear any "th" at all, I'm listening through a pair of beyerdynamic dt 231s

budding ears of crystal here

definitely hear "voice insai myehhddd"

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:36 (nine years ago) link

:D

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:37 (nine years ago) link

think I'm going to wake up my roommate with how loud this is making me lol

why joe perry left aerosmith

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:38 (nine years ago) link

w/o context if someone were to play that sound for me I would say 'a' but I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be 'the', don't think he's capable of dealing w/ more than one voice in his head

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:38 (nine years ago) link

xpost ^ when the roof caved in & the truth came out i just didn't know what to do

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:39 (nine years ago) link

markers are you ever gonna get a new meme

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:39 (nine years ago) link

I guess you have 'snacks'

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:39 (nine years ago) link

yeah i'll work on it

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:40 (nine years ago) link

i'm trying to stretch it so my ears expect him to say "a" and it gives me serious dissonance to hear the weird soft-"th" sound connected to it and now i feel queasy (that's science)

Peepee Soaked Heckhole (zachlyon), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:40 (nine years ago) link

don't think he's capable of dealing w/ more than one voice in his head

or, like, distinct syllables

right

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:41 (nine years ago) link

it's not "i miss you [plural]", it's "i miss you" -- it's not "hear your voices of treason," it's "hear your voice of treason"

THERE'S ONLY ONE VOICE INSIDE HIS HEAD Y'ALL

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:42 (nine years ago) link

I took "a voice inside my head" as a way of saying "you're becoming a distant memory" - I have a hard time parsing "don't waste your time with me, you're already the voice inside my head" - "the" there sort of presupposes previous discussion/mention of said voice, but there isn't any - ppl are like "what voice are you talking about?" but there's no explanation forthcoming - idk Tom de, not hating, but I gotta say sloppy work man

WHERE ARE YOU

and I'M SO SORRY

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:43 (nine years ago) link

plus, "the voice" has more impact behind it than "a voice"

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:43 (nine years ago) link

the lack of a second person plural in english gives this song extra depth

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:43 (nine years ago) link

like - I can't really get a coherent reading of "don't waste your time with me, you're already the voice inside my head" - you have to really flog the shit out it to force it to make sense - with "a," it's still a little tricky but do-able - especially when the person being addressed is presumably already absent ("I miss you") and not wasting any of her time with Tom de, nor intending to - we could argue that the incoherence of the line reflects the confused inner state of the speaker but everybody knows that's a bullshit way to read stuff unless there are many other cues - I can get down with "the unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley" but that's probably just because I like the imagery

really getting pretty confused by Blink-182

you may be overthinking the band that gave us enema of the state

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:51 (nine years ago) link

I love you

enema of the state

just revel in that for a moment

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:52 (nine years ago) link

aren't these guys like 40 now?

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:52 (nine years ago) link

i think i probably had to hear 'take off your pants and jacket' a half dozen times b4 i got the joke

C:\ (Lamp), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:53 (nine years ago) link

enema of the state

just revel in that for a moment

yeah I have to say, these guys play a very deep game with the emptiness of the signifier

anyway honestly fuq this song

C:\ (Lamp), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:53 (nine years ago) link

never got that pun before now, g1 blink

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:54 (nine years ago) link

oh my god i just now finally got take off your pants and jacket

this is the worst day of my life

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:54 (nine years ago) link

I wonder what the brainstorming sessions were like for those puns

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:55 (nine years ago) link

they played it a couple of levels deep cuz bros were 'famous' for taking off their pants and shirts (jackets) in their video and running in the streets naked

C:\ (Lamp), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:56 (nine years ago) link

then they made a video that referenced that first nude running video but they were played by midget versions of themselves, in a celebration of diversity

C:\ (Lamp), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:56 (nine years ago) link

seriously i feel like i've been staring at a magic eye painting for years and i finally saw the hidden image and the hidden image is mark hoppus slapping me with his dick

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:56 (nine years ago) link

lol

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 05:57 (nine years ago) link

omg

i'm learning a lot tonite

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 06:01 (nine years ago) link

guys come on this is important

he wants her to "come home" but immediately follows with "don't waste your time on me" and then there's like four tons of overdramatic horror imagery, so to me it sounds like tom and the other guy understand that the relationship was the pits and she's better off without him/them. "you're already the voice inside my head" means that she's taken permanent lodging in his head, 'i still carry you around' etc, or his conscience has been replaced with his expectation of her, so "don't waste your time" is a warning that he's obsessed but also a resignation to the fact that he hasn't really lost her and he doesn't need the ~real~ her

Peepee Soaked Heckhole (zachlyon), Thursday, 4 August 2011 06:02 (nine years ago) link

Travis Barker says that the line was directed towards his then girlfriend, Shanna Moakler.

Moakler currently hosts E!'s Bridalplasty.

themoreyouknow.jpg

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 4 August 2011 06:03 (nine years ago) link

btw: Blink 182 "Miss You" video

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 06:03 (nine years ago) link

wait so when he says "don't waste your time on me" he is imagining himself addressing her even though she's actually already moved on, which he knows: he's addressing the voice inside his head and then telling it that it's already a voice inside his head? I gotta say I am getting the feeling this guy hasn't really thought his shit through before he set pen to paper

what if the voice inside his head is writing the song

iatee, Thursday, 4 August 2011 06:05 (nine years ago) link

what if "the voice inside my head" is her nickname

markers, Thursday, 4 August 2011 06:07 (nine years ago) link

fuck

Peepee Soaked Heckhole (zachlyon), Thursday, 4 August 2011 06:07 (nine years ago) link

i knew he had some kind of a show -- didn't know it was a talk show lmao

should watch it probs

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 03:07 (nine years ago) link

i know someone who was set to be a guest on that show but i don't think it happened in the end.

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 8 August 2011 03:14 (nine years ago) link

i like to think they reconsidered because of my razzing.

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 8 August 2011 03:15 (nine years ago) link

you should go on there strongo

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 03:23 (nine years ago) link

well it's been my goal to get into the basic cable pop culture show talking-head game for a while now

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 8 August 2011 03:24 (nine years ago) link

his guest tonight was 3 Doors Down

that's just how he's living

i would have a lot to say about 3 doors down, for instance

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 8 August 2011 03:26 (nine years ago) link

most of it would be unfit for broadcast, but nevertheless

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 8 August 2011 03:26 (nine years ago) link

I'M HERE WITHOUT YOU BAAAAYYYBAAAAY

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 03:29 (nine years ago) link

i would have a lot to say about 3 doors down, for instance

― king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, August 8, 2011 4:26 AM (17 minutes ago) Bookmark

I just wrote an impassioned email to Warren Buffett begging him to bankroll this show - I pitched it to him as "Captain Strongo's Palace of Pain" just fyi

Interesting... I always thought it was "a" but I hear the "th" now.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 8 August 2011 04:11 (nine years ago) link

it's "the"

am0n duul ii (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 8 August 2011 15:59 (nine years ago) link

I missed this poll, but it was flawed as both options were incorrect. The correct answer is "the voice inside moy 'ed".

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 8 August 2011 16:06 (nine years ago) link

i saw these dudes live with maura last night and she was like, "it's totally 'the'"

#maura otm

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Monday, 8 August 2011 16:30 (nine years ago) link

:D :D :D :D :D

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 16:34 (nine years ago) link

maura otm

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 16:34 (nine years ago) link

did they play this btw?

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 16:34 (nine years ago) link

totally

couldn't stop laughing during the chorus, honestly.

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Monday, 8 August 2011 16:35 (nine years ago) link

also tom was accessing a cure-ish guitar tone for the coda in lieu of a piano, it was pretty great

plus lasers and rain

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Monday, 8 August 2011 16:36 (nine years ago) link

totally

couldn't stop laughing during the chorus, honestly.

― mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Monday, August 8, 2011 12:35 PM

<3

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 16:36 (nine years ago) link

hoppus on music is the most pathetic show in the history of television

om nom nom nnamdi asomugha (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 8 August 2011 22:54 (nine years ago) link

lol i had no idea it was actually called "hoppus on music." it sounds like a column from the saturday evening post or something.

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 8 August 2011 22:56 (nine years ago) link

he had chad smith and flea from the chili peppers on and he told them that blink 182 had never had a #1 on the modern rock charts because there was always a chili peppers record out that kept him from being number one, it was some real sad alt-rock salieri shit

he also had travis barker on as a guest and he asked barker for some hip hop recommendations and he said odd future

om nom nom nnamdi asomugha (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 8 August 2011 22:58 (nine years ago) link

sounds amazing to me

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:01 (nine years ago) link

it was originally called "a different spin" but was retooled and retitled recently. the original co-host is this comedian i went to college, true story she was my love interest in a student film! she was funny on the show and it had a decent relaxed vibe when it was an hour long, now it's just a half hour and kind of a bland nothing.

some dude, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:01 (nine years ago) link

!

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:02 (nine years ago) link

so you're basically best friends with tom delonge

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:02 (nine years ago) link

ok, it was my voice inside his yed, i admit it

some dude, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:04 (nine years ago) link

sounds amazing to me

true story: I wept when I read this post

it'll be ok *shoulder pat*

markers, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:14 (nine years ago) link

it was some real sad alt-rock salieri shit

irl lols

horseshoe, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:15 (nine years ago) link

i think mark hoppus is pretty cute, full disclosure

horseshoe, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:15 (nine years ago) link

yeah but if you take off his pants he'll just turn on the tv iirc

some dude, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:40 (nine years ago) link

might even watch his own show

some dude, Monday, 8 August 2011 23:40 (nine years ago) link

yeah but mark hoppus is the kind of guy you fuck just for the story

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 8 August 2011 23:55 (nine years ago) link

I assumed it was "a" but "the" is much, much better. Kinda fits in with my theory that AVA was about taking a savior complex that developed around a specific troubled person ("the voice") and changing the target to be all troubled people.

can't remember why i picked this awful name (forapper), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 02:11 (nine years ago) link

girl at work was playing this on her iphone, asked her which one, she said she never knew

Peepee Soaked Heckhole (zachlyon), Monday, 22 August 2011 06:15 (nine years ago) link

next time you see her, ask her if she thinks it's "head" or "yed"

markers, Monday, 22 August 2011 06:19 (nine years ago) link

at that point i just started singing along and super-emphasizing the "yed" so i think that might've biased her

Peepee Soaked Heckhole (zachlyon), Monday, 22 August 2011 07:25 (nine years ago) link

fuckin weightless like the voice inside my yed

markers, Friday, 2 September 2011 02:12 (nine years ago) link

the voice inside my ned ragget

dayo, Friday, 2 September 2011 02:15 (nine years ago) link

"when not everybody had cell phones or computers, you had to go outside and call round for your friends"...in 2002

some dude, Friday, 2 September 2011 02:20 (nine years ago) link

p sure most of us used aim by then

markers, Friday, 2 September 2011 02:23 (nine years ago) link

besides 911 and my home phone number the only other number i know right off the top of my head is my next door neighbor's and i'm pretty sure the last time i called that number was, like, sure, 2002 or before

markers, Friday, 2 September 2011 02:23 (nine years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/QvfTs.gif

markers, Friday, 2 September 2011 02:25 (nine years ago) link

did you cool story bro your own post?

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 2 September 2011 02:35 (nine years ago) link

yeah we don't have a delete button so sometimes you've gotta try to save a lil face

markers, Friday, 2 September 2011 02:37 (nine years ago) link

fair enough, I gotta say

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 2 September 2011 02:38 (nine years ago) link


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