Fan Theories

Email: msb427@aol.com
Theory:

Life is blissful one moment and then.. "Everything is quiet, since your're not around, And I live in the numbness now, in the background." Perhaps this is Stephan's feelings after the abrupt end of a relationship or someone's physical/mental illness. To me, it is the closest way I can describe how I have been feeling after my spouse was killed in a car accident on Christmas Day. Everything is quiet and the feeling of numbness is so strong that you feel disconnected with the world, though each day keeps coming like nothing ever happened and you are supposed to go on existing like everything is fine, and you are "hanging on your words like I always used to do" , "and then you come swimming into view" when you actually feel like you are drowning, and "memories all repeat", because that is all you have left, but when it comes down to it, you are "way back down, in the background", drowning.


Name: Chrissy
Email: KitKatgirl21@aol.com
Theory:

This song gives me so many different feeling and emotions. Every time I hear that song it makes me cry. One of the most important person in my life walked out of it and hearling that song reminds me that nothing will ever be the same and he is gone yet I consider him still in my life. "But the plans I make still have you in them." Thats exactly what its like.


Name: Manny Caravano
Email: papicmanny@aol.com
Theory:

This song, "The Backround" is a powerful cry about man in a world where he has lost the one thing he truely cared for. I believe it was a relationship that ended before he was ready. This relationship was cut off by either the other person, or tragically by an outside force (ie. death). For example:

"Everything is quiet, Since you're not around, And I live in the numbness now. In the background. I do the things we did before..." --This shows that things are different now, and he can't feel like he once did. He's having a difficult time living in the life he has now. She still lives in his mind.

"But the plans I make, Still have you in them,"-- he can't get over what has happened. The loss that has occured in his life. Her memory is still apart of his life.

"Then you come swimming into view, And I'm hanging on your words Like I always used to do, The words they use so lightly, I only feel for you,"-- the swimming into view is how she comes to him in his dreams. Her words still echo in his mind, as if she was still there with him. He can only feel her. The ability to get over the pain is not there, and I don't believe he even wants it. He loved her so deeply that even the memory of her is enough for him. No other person can do what he felt for her.

This song is probably one of their easiest to understand, but also the most powerful about relationships that end before one person is either ready or willing.


Name: nathan
Email: agontn@hotmail.com
Theory:

the whole song seems to be looking back on a love lost. Stephan seems to be retracing his steps in a relationship from the past. He seems to have trouble coping with the fact that he can't have this girl back so he carrys her around in the background.


Name: Caitlin
Email: Daisymoon8@aol.com
Theory:

I think "Backround" might just be a really dreery song about longing for someone. Like you gotta have that somebody back because you "carry them around in the backround". It reminds me of the rain on my windowsill and feeling like you don't wanna be there. It makes me think of past relationships where i felt somebody long after we were through (which is one of the lyrics).


Name: Pat
Email: mo112378@aol.com
Theory:

I think this song is pretty self-explanatory, and thus I don't have a true theory on it per se, but I just think the song is brilliant. Stephan really nails that feeling of utter numbness after a breakup, that devastation that almost paralyzes you inside. And although you go on living your outward life, it just seems like everything is not as colorful and real as it used to be. Life takes on a dull, sad nature, kind of like something that's in the background. I also love the realness of the song, especially the verse about "Walking Haight St. to the store...where's that crazy girl, you don't get drunk on red wine and fight no more, I don't see you anymore." The emotions are so real, so powerful. A moment of lyrical brilliance.


Name: Pete
Theory:

"I don't see you anymore..since the hospital." This is the first reference to anything involving medical stuff...it makes you realize that SOMETHING happened to his lover, either she died, went blind/deaf, got put in a coma...

"The plans I made still have you in them, cause you come swimming into view. And I'm hannging on your words like I always used to do; the words we used so lightly, I only give to you." This shows that he's remaining permanently faithful to his lover...that he's keeping all of his promises and carrying on, even after she's gone. This is partially what leads me to believe that she's in a coma...He's waiting for the day that he hopes will one day come: the day she wakes up, ("the plans I made still have you in them") and so he isn't involving himself with anyone else. The whole "swimming into view" thing means that he can't forget her, she always come back to his memories..and maybe even suggests the nature of her injury (I'm thinkin car accident off a bridge or something...ya know? in water? maybe i'm reading too far into things...)

"I only know because I carry you around in the background." He doesn't want to let go of her, and he isn't ever letting himself forget her. He's "carrying her around" with him, as a constant reminder of how much she meant(-s?) to him.

"Words they come and memories all repeat. I lift your head while they change the hospital sheets." Another suggestion of a coma. Right? I mean, I don't know what they do to you if you're in a coma...But there's a reference to the hospital again, and someone aiding her in doing a daily function. Perhaps she's not in a coma...perhaps she's completely paralyzed, unable to move/speak/etc..which leads me to my next line..

"I would never lie to you, no, I would never lie to you. I felt you long after we were through." He's professing how much he cares about her, at the same time he could be saying that he'd never lead her on...never say "you'll be fine tomorrow"...cuz he knows it isn't true.

Correct if I'm wrong...I know I was really vague, but I just KNOW there is a specific meaning behind this song. I wonder if Stephen's ever explained it...(it seems to be one of the more popular non-singles on the cd..i wonder WHY it hasn't been officially explained somewhere...)


Name: Gary
Email: coolmanofall@hotmail.com
Theory:

I think this song is talking about a guy who looses a girlfriend of a wife, and he is thinking of them....and wherever he goes people ask where she is, and he remembers, when she was in the hospital, and he would be there for her. But now shes dead and he talks about missing her, and how he says "the plans i make still have you in them"....is saying when he thinks of going somewhere of anything, he wants her back so badly that he thinks she's still there. And the background is the sadness he is in....when he says "i am way back down in the background".....he's in so much sorrow.


Name: Jessica Email: Zodiac3ebluez@aol.com Theory:

This song always makes me cry. It never had full impact till I lost the love of my life. I had all these plans for our future together when I look at my future he is always there ex."And the plans I make still have you in them" And when I hear soemone say something he use to say or hear a song we use to listen to I can't take it ex. "And I'm hanging onto your words like I always use to do the words we use so lightly i only feel for you" And of course he's always there in my mind "in the background" Thats what the song means loosing something that you never thought you'd loose something that was in you connected to you.


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

Aaah, when I listen to this song, I can almost feel that bottomless pit of desire for something that is lost forever-- gone for always and you know that you can never get it back. We always want what we cannot have, I guess. There's a lot of truth in that. "I felt you long after we were through." The pain that he expresses in this song is almost exquisite, because he words it so literally.

The Background

Everything is quiet
Since you're not around,
And I live in the numbness now.
In the background.
I do the things we did before,
I walk Haight Street to the store,
And they say where's that crazy girl?
You don't get drunk on red wine,
And light no more,
'Cause I don't see you anymore,
Since the hospital,
But the plans I make
Still have you in them,
Then you come swimming into view,
And I'm hanging on your words
Like I always used to do,
The words they use so lightly,
I only feel for you,
I only know this cause I am,
Way back down,
In the background.
Words they come
And memories all repeat,
I lift your head while,
They change the hospital sheets,
I would never lie to you,
No
I would never lie to you,
No
I felt you long after we were through.
And the plans I make still have you in them,
Cause you come swimming into view,
And I'm hanging on your words
Like I always used to do,
The words they use so lightly,
I only feel for you,
I only know this cause I am,
Way back down,
In the background.

Song Info

Musicians:

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

Can Be Found On:

Third Eye Blind, 1997

Alternative Versions

Third Eye Blind, 1997

Band Comments:

"Let me put it this way: Have you ever felt like your life was in high gear, and you were right in the moment, and you were happy, and rolling into some glorious unknown future? And then have that all taken away? And then lived in sort of the post-period of that high? That's what it's like to live in the background." - Stephan Jenkins