Fan Theories

Name: Josh
Email: bearcatjosh3eb
Theory:

Graduate is the saga that every teenager/college student goes through at least once. It's about being frustrated with where you are in life and your status in school. It's about facing your critics and knocking them down: to the bastard talkin' down to me- your whippin' boy calamity- cross your fingers- I'm going to knock it all down. Graduate tells a love story at times: she goes walkin' by in slow-mo- sell your heart out for a buck- go on fade out- before I get stuck- talkin' to somebody like you. The last line of Graduate is the most important: I'm not waitin' here for you to die. This means that he cannot waste anymore of his time, and he is moving in a different direction.


Name: Sara
Email: roygeebiv@aol.com
Theory:

i think that Graduate is about feeling like you're stuck in a certain position in life and not knowing how to move on. because when you graduate, you move on, supposedly. i think we've all been in that situation where you don't know where to go or what to do next. and i think that's what this song is about. knowing that whatever you're doing isn't the best thing that you could be doing, and you wanna move on. so all these lyrics: "can i get my punk ass off the street" "i'm not waiting here for you to die" "do you live the days you go through" support my theory, i think.

Graduate

Can I Graduate,
Can I look into the faces that I meet,
Can I get my punk-ass off the street,
I've been living on for so long,
Can I Graduate,
To the bastard talking down to me,
Your whipping boy calamity,
Cross your fingers,
I'm going to knock it all down,
Can I Graduate,
Echo fading,
We can't let go,
She goes walking by in slow mo',
Sell your heart out for a buck,
Go on,
Fade out,
Before I get stuck.
Talking to somebody like you,
Do you live the days you go through,
Will this song live on long after we do,
Can I Graduate.
Can I look into the faces that I meet,
Can I get my punk-ass off the street.
Won't die on the vine
I want to knock it all down,
Can I Graduate,
Echo fading,
Candle blow,
Did you flash out long ago,
Cross my fingers,
I don't know
Someone poked you down below.
Can I Graduate,
Can I get my punk-ass off the street,
Can I look into the faces that I meet,
I'm not waiting here for you to die,
Will this song live on long after we do.

Song Info

Musicians:

Kevin Cadogan: Songwriter, Guitar, Vocals
Brad Hargreaves: Drums
Stephan Jenkins: Songwriter, Vocals, Percussion
Arion Salazar: Bass, Vocals

Can Be Found On:

Third Eye Blind, 1997
Graduate US Single, 1997
Graduate Japanese Single, 1997
Graduate UK Single, 1997
Jumper US Single, 1999
Jumper Australia Single, 1999 How's It Going to Be German Single, 1997

Alternative Versions

Graduate (Remix) - Found on HIGTB Single
Graduate (Remix) - Found on Can't Hardly Wait Soundtrack

Third Eye Blind, 1997

Band Comments:

"People don't know -- they think it's about getting out of high school or something. No, 'My punk ass off the street/ Someone poked you down below.' It's basically because being a male prostitute is a metaphor for how we've all felt like when we're doing something that's way below our station in life. I think we've all been like, 'I'm just taking it up the ass here!' And that's what the song is about. 'Come on!/ Can I fucking graduate?' We've all had that feeling of 'You know, this is really beneath me.' Not to knock male prostitutes or anything, it's just a metaphor." - Stephan Jenkins