Fan Theories

Name: eve
Email: elliottschmidt@aol.com
Theory:

I think that he's still got some of those "vampires" i.e. personal demons lurking around. That's what makes his stuff soo good. This song is telling me about one of the very best ways to lose 'em for awhile-- search for somebody who gives you a thrill and just lose yourself in that moment, night, next day, week-- well, whatever it takes to wear you out...ahem. Forgive me, I digress. "Send me all your vampires" is the refrain written by a guy who feels like he can beat 'em all...for awhile. That's how this encounter makes him feel.


Name: E-girl
Theory:

Well I just wanted to say that this is one of my favorite songs on this record, and I just wanted to make a note on the theme. It's obvious this song has romantic content in it, in that special mystical way that only the songwritter can define and manage to reencarnate again and again in every single lyric he portrays. Anyways, it's very interesting to know, and translate the song in other languages, where it means exactly the same, except in spanish, where "I want you" can mean I WANT you or, I love you.


Name: Matt Schnirel
Email: chipper691@aol.com
Theory:

To me, I Want You, is about purely wanting someone after it is to late. It is about looking back at your relationship with that person and seeing its flaws, and just simply saying: I Want You. It’s saying that I would deal with all your problems if I could only have you but, now your dead and its too late. There saying all the games we used to play with our relationship don’t really matter anymore and even though I know how two-sided you are, I don’t care I just want you!


Name: angel_in_the_pit
Email: moviestar815@hotmail.com
Theory:

I love this song. It is my favorite on the first album. It's like this gorgeous, semi-twisted (with the whole death theme in the second-to-last verse), honest and basic love song. "You do, you do, you do, you do, you do, you do, you make me want you…" You can just feel the attraction the musician is expressing through the words he wrote, the music that is behind them and the way his voice fits the emotion. I disagree with a former theory posted about the lines "Send me all your vampires." I think that this line is just his expression to this girl that he will protect her and fight those vampires. Vampires, according to legend, operated by entrancing their victims and then slowly delivering the fatal bite. This line "send me all your vampires" adds to this song's morbid romanticism. To me, he seems to be saying 'I'll deal with your most captivating and most deadly evils for you.' How romantic and chivalrous is that?


Name: everett
Email: babcocev@shu.edu
Theory:

this is a song about finding that real moment in your life. the person he is singing about is as genuine as they come. the opening line "suckers lose themselves in the games they learn to play" is simply referring to the fact as we get older some of us are more fake, some where a mask to hide behind. they do things that are not them but perhaps to be socially excepted. in the very next line "children learn to sing but then their voices slowly fade away" supports the opening line. childern have no fears because they know none. through unpleasant experiences the childern change to fit in and be exceptped. "that's why i like you around" because this person is true to themself. you get what you see, no tricks and no games to be played. "to live in this way is not for the meek" says that to be yourself takes a lot of strength due to the fact their will always outside pressures which sometimes will affect your decisions. and to do something that isn't you will leave you "weeping in the grave" regretful because you're one of the many "jesus could'nt save". people seem to say that jesus hold all the cards and that your fate is predetermined through him. this is a bunch of crap, the woman stephan is talking about is going to help change or prevent him from changing. together their voices will not fade away. if you are feeling big headed and strong (emotionally and physically) you want to conquer everything in your way. stephan says "send me all your vampires" meaning send me all the shit you got because i am not backing down. this is a decision i have made and i am sticking by it all the way. "when the worms come" long after his death he will feel "no regrets". he has made a tuff choice in life, found someone meaningful and is not turning back no matter what is thrown his way. outside pressures don't exist, a new found freedom (internal and enternal peace) as come about.


Name: Jennifer
Email: jennfizz@yahoo.com
Theory:

I think that this song is about a homosexual relationship. I don't mean this in any degrading fashion. The song is still very wonderful and romantic and one of my favorites, and the fact that it might be about two men getting it on does not change that. The lyrics "...an open invitation to the dance..." kind of suggests some taboo kind of love to me. If a dude was inviting just some chick to a dance, or to have sex, if that's what "dance" refers to, of course the invitation would be open because that is the norm of society. Also "No apology because my urge is genuine" is along the same lines. Why would you apologize unless society saw something wrong with your love? "And the mystery of your rhythm is so feminine" really says it. If Stephan was talking about a girl, would he really be so obvious and say "You're feminine"? I think not. Let me stop here for a moment and repeat that I am not being all "Ew, somebody's gay." Okay? The end of the song says "...to live this way is not for the meek...there will be no regrets when the worms come..." which makes me think that somehow the love suggested in this song is forbidden. I could be wrong, I probably am, but that's kind of what I think, thanks.


Name: katie rutledge
Email: ktqt1212@hotmail.com
Theory:

One of my favorite songs on Third Eye Blind is I Want You. After MDB and Background. There are so many different opinions as to what this song means. Well to state the obvious, there is definately a reference to death in the song. Stephan uses death in a lot of his songs to bring out a meaning or a point. "I've always liked the romantic literature that highlights the glory of life by focusing on mortality. That's something I relate to." ~ Stephan Jenkins But most people take the second verse of I Want You as saying the girl he speaks of is dead. I don't think that is it at all! The point I think he is trying to get across is that too many people die with regrets. "The village church yard is filled with bones weeping in the grave..." "There will be no regrets when the worms come." this line is also about not having regrets when u die. The guy wants to make sure that the girl knows what she means to him because if he were to die tomorrow w/o telling her, he'd die with regrets. The part about "send me all your vampires" to me means for her to give all her worries and problems to him so he can take care of them and fight off her vampires. Read angel_in_the_pit's theory. It explains that quote well. Basically that is what i get from the song. Living your life with as little regrets as possible.


Name: Alison
Email: Kandi_1769@hotmail.com
Theory:

Poeple lose themselves in the head games they play with love and then end up unhappy. Most people start out okay but then get caught up in the games. Some people just can't be honest and they back away from it. But you aren't like those people, you are different and don't do that, and it makes me want you. Now we are here together and I believe some outside force set the mood that we are in. I really do want you and I am not sorry for that. I just love the way you are. I want to be near you because you affect me so deeply so much. The person you are makes me want you. A lot of people die regreting what they did or didn't do. They had satisfaction, but in the end, no happiness. But my soul is deeper than that. I just can't get enough of you. After I made love to you next to the window and your cigarette smoke drifted in to the midnight sky, while we were wrapped up in your Mother's quilt, burning a candle to fight off the gloom, you said to me "to live this way, the way in which we face things and truly fall into each other and want each other and let ourselves go, is not for the meek". Because we are strong enough to live this way. We both know that. You put me at ease like no one can and I sleep well, filled with comfort. When I die, I won't be like those other people, I will have NO regrets. I will die one day, it is inevitable but when I do I will be glad for my whole life with you. Whatever problem, or need, or want you have, send it to me. I can and will handle it because not only do I love you, but I want you. But it's so much deeper than wanting you physically. I love you with everything that is in me, and in that, I want you.


Name: david hill
Email: hodiha@msn.com
Theory:

hes still leting all his feelings out to a girl he loves and tells it in such a mysterious unique way like when he says a silver lining of clouds shined on people JESUS couldnt save which i think meens they're better off being saved and they are maked for unsaved i truely think all the albums so far are the best ive herd in years


Name: Jay Van-Helden
Email: aydam@gmx.net
Theory:

It would be a mistake I think, to attempt a full analysis of the song 'I Want You' in its entirety, crammed into a paragraph. However we can pluck out several key points, which illustrate why this song manages to traverse through our skin and strike a deep chord within us. I think this song revolves around a guy hopelessly in love with a girl, a girl whose magical touch has enchanted him and mystified his life. And it doesn't matter if this girl is 'the one', all that matters is the present, because the future is now, and all that matters is that everything feels right when he's with her. 'The Suckers lose themselves in the games they learnt to play, the children learn to sing but then their voices slowly fade away, people always take a step away from what is true.' He ignites the song by mentioning deplorable occurrences. Sad events. But it all doesn't matter, things may not be right in the world, but he's happy with his world, he's at peace, as his soul finds respite with her. He feels the girl is different from the rest of us 'mere mortals'. 'That's why I like you around, I want you.' Having her around makes him feel special. And he cannot resist her charm. 'Oh you do you you do you do you make me want you.' It's an icon of misunderstanding to take this phrase completely literally. He's saying artistically that he's being forced to want her. But that's his prejection. He's lying to himself, because he has trouble confessing to himself that he cannot help but get hauled by her tide of charm. She's like a drug to him. And I think it's a suitable metaphor. 'Oh I can't get enough.' She's addictive, and as we all know, anything addictive, in turn something we take too much of, can result costly. Again he reiterates how compelled and hypnotised by her supernatural aura. 'I don't need an invitation to dance...no apology because my urge is genuine...' He feels bold, daring and reckless. She almost controls him. He's relentlessly drawn to her by her magnetic mystique. 'And the mystery of your rhythm is so feminine.' And again another drug metaphor, 'Here I am and I wanna take hit of your scent, 'cos you bit so deep into my soul.' It's as if by her 'bite' he is under her spell. Then comes a most beautiful illustration of her magical prowess. 'A village churchyard is filled with bones weeping in the grave...' This is the first component of his counterpoint. He's giving us an example of a deceased person, lamenting having died without doing the things the person wanted to do. 'A silver lining of clouds shines of people Jesus couldn't save.' This religious reference, is his way of saying that her flawless aura is so magical and omnipotent that she manages to enchant and make those even skeptic of Jesus, actually believe in her! As if she can enchant those Jesus couldn't. (This is a metaphorical example of course, no offence intended to Christianity! He feels strong, nourished by her transcending beauty, that he feels strong and confident, so much so that he believes he can overcome any opprobrium. 'Send me all your vampires'. This is one of Stephan's dives into fiction, to represent 'demons'. And I think we all at some point in our lives, have fallen helplessly for that girl, which may or may not have been 'the one' but we didn't care. All we knew is that it felt more right than the warm sun in our faces. And that's all that matters. It may not have been 'the girl for us' but at least the ride was so exquisitely special that we were left with no regrets. When he dies, when his body rots, he'll be free from any species of regret. 'And there will be no regrets when the worms come.'


Name: Kelly
Email: NectureGirl@aol.com
Theory:

"People always take a step away from what is true: that's why I like you around.. I want you..

If people take a step away from what is true... it means they are taking a step away from what is real. And to take a step away from what is real is to take a step away from FANTASY. That's why he likes her around.. He want's her because she's his FANTASY GIRL.


Name: Mikey J
Email: mxjx80@hotmail.com
Theory:

I love the lyrics to this song. Its a morbid love song. The theme is and how it is constantly threatening, and he is haunted by his not yet finding true love. What if he dies today without finding it? That's his worst fear. The first verse talks about how life is very fleeting (children love to sing, but then their voices slowly fade away). The second verse finds him observing a gravesite and thinking about the kind of life he is leading. (The village churchyard is filled with bones weeping in the graves...people Jesus couldn't save). He wonders what his own fate will be when he dies. The third verse illustrates how feels about her and ends with the line that shows the true theme of the song (There will be no regrets when the worms come). So in the end he is saying that he has finally found the love he has been waiting for, and now, whenever his time comes, he can die happy.

I Want You

The suckers lose themselves in the games they learn to play.
Children love to sing, but then their voices slowly fade away.
People always take a step away from what is true.
That's why I like you around.
I want you
Oh, do, you do…
You make me want you
An open invitation to the dance.
Happenstance set the vibe that we are in.
No apology because my urge is genuine,
And the mystery of your rhythm is so feminine.
Here I am, and I want to take a hit of your scent
'Cause it bit so deep into my soul.
Oo, I want you
Yeah you do, you do…
You make me want you
Oh, you do, you do…
(Send me all your vampires)
I want you.
And I can't get enough.
You, you…………
Oh, I can't get enough.
And I can't get enough.
Oh, oh, I, I…

The village churchyard is filled with bones weeping in the grave
The silver lining of clouds shines for people Jesus couldn't save.
You want to know how deeply my soul goes.
Deeper than bones,
Deeper than bones.
And I can't get enough.
I, I, I……….
Oh, I can't get enough.
Oh, I can't get enough.
You, you, you……….
Oh, I can't get enough

After we did it by the windowsill,
Smoke rings drift into the midnight sky.
Presently in the quilt that your mother made,
A big candle burns to fight off the gloom.
You said, "To live this life is not for the meek"
(Send me all your vampires)
And like a jazz D.J. you talk me into sleep
I said "there'll be no regrets when the worms come"
(Send me all your vampires)
And they will surely come.
Oo, you do, you do………………..
Make me want you
(Send me all your vampires)
Yeah, you do, you do……….
Make me want you
(Send me all your vampires)
I want you
(Send me all your vampires)
I want you
(Send me all your vampires)
(Send me all your vampires)
There will be no regrets when the worms come
(Send me all your vampires)

Song Info

Musicians:

Stephan Jenkins: Songwriter, Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Percussion, Keyboard Arrangements
Eric Valentine: Guitar, Keyboards, Programming

Can Be Found On:

Third Eye Blind, 1997

Alternative Versions

Third Eye Blind, 1997

Band Comments:

"This band thrives on friction, musically and lyrically. It's about the pull between things - even the happiest song on the record, 'I Want You', is about death: 'The village churchyard is filled with bones weeping in the grave...Send me all your vampires, I want you.' I've always liked the romantic literature that highlights the glory of life by focusing on mortality. That's something I relate to." - Stephan Jenkins