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Regarding Steven
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

Well I've guessed your name and I'm sure you know mine
I'd like to discuss our mutual friend
I can't help but feel that I left him behind
Does he still stay with you or did his pain ever end

I guess
I don't deserve to know
If he ever let go
I guess
I don't really need to see
If he wound up with you or did he ever break free

When we were both young, you took us in
And taught us to play survival games
He'd lost so much that you let him win
But I had a home so it just wasn't the same

I had the strength
To look you in the eye
And say goodbye
I was lucky
And I didn't have to play
Does he still stay with you or did he get away

I used what I had and I escaped
I smelled something good and I followed its track
But all he could smell was the world that you shaped
It took all my strength and I just couldn't look back

I remember him
Calling after me
I keep that memory
The last thing he screamed out aloud
Was "Hey don't you leave me alone!"
Yeah he might live with you but he called me his home

I guessed your name and some day so will he
Cause one of these ides he's gonna break free
Cause one of these ides he's gonna break free
Cause one of these ides he's gonna break...

1994 Blues Traveler

First release: Four studio tape
Released: 02/04/1994
Earliest time played: 03/21/1993
Last time played: 06/08/2013
Playing frequency:
  353 plays (see all shows)
  19.00% of shows in the database
  23.12% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Other recordings of "Regarding Steven":
  Run-Around, 1995
  Sweet Pain and...Blues, 1995
  Sweet Pain and...Blues, 1995
  White Man's Burden [Motion Picture Soundtrack], 1995
  Live From The Fall, 1996
  Selections from Live from the Fall, 1996
  VH-1 Storytellers [LIVE], 2000
  Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics, 2002


I've guessed your name
John has explained that this song is an open letter to Satan; this opening line refers to the Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" (Pleased to meet you/Hope you guess my name").
survival games
According to John, when they were younger, he and Steven would play "war and army type games" together.
say goodbye
Again, from the Official FAQ: "Steve never got over the tragedies of his childhood, especially in the hot New York summer we would sit around in his room, smoking pot, being angry. Well one day I couldn't be angry anymore. The band was giving me something to feel good about. It felt to me that this was some form of betrayal. Whether or not Steve truly saw it this way is clouded by my own view, but I felt that I had to leave and make a break."
smelled something good
Sulfur, one of the strongest and unpleasant odors known to man, is often known as the scent of the Devil. Smelling something good and following it would then be moving away from the Devil.
couldn't look back
Continuation of the above quote: "So one day I got up and left, and I couldn't look back."
one of these ides
The "ides" are most commonly associated with March 15th thanks to the admonition of the soothsayer in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar": "Beware the Ides of March!" (Caesar was betrayed by Brutus and murdered on March 15th, 44 B.C.). In fact, each month has an ides - the 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of any other month in the ancient Roman calendar. John references the ides here because of Steven's birthday: March 15th.