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Interesting facts and trivia about Semi-Charmed Life. By Songfacts®.

In a Songfacts interview with Third Eye Blind lead singer Stephan Jenkins, he said this song is "about falling apart." It relates specifically to a drug-induced high that makes everything fleetingly better. Said Jenkins: "Perfection is the moment right before gravity comes back in."

This song describes a drug user's descent into crystal meth addiction. The line, "I want something else..." contains a reference to crystal meth in the song. Stephan Jenkins explained on the HBO show Reverb that they intentionally put a chipper melody to the dark lyrical content. Said Jenkins: "When I wrote 'Semi-Charmed Life,' the guitar riff was intended to have this sort of bright duh-nuhnuh-nunt, this shiny thing, because that was a feeling of speed. You know, it's sort of a bright, shiny drug. And we all were sort of into hip-hop, and so it has a hip-hop flow over it."

The line: "Doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break" was a little racy for some radio stations, who played an edited version with the words "Crystal Meth" distorted.

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Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Semi-Charmed Life.
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The album Semi-Charmed Life is released on.

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The record label that has released Semi-Charmed Life.
© 1997 Elektra Entertainment
℗ 1997 Elektra Entertainment, manufactured and marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

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