Draw The Line
( Tyler / Perry )
I read an artical where Steven said the song was about handling the pressures of stardom... how difficult it was to be yourself and not what everyone else expected you to be... even when you were at your wits end... too bad... everyone was waiting for your next big hit song... so you march on no matter what it takes... and you tilt the vial... snort a few more lines of coke... until you write another hit song!
And just to clarify... in case you didn't know... "draw the line" has two meanings in this song.
First being like when you draw a line in the sand. Last chance to stop whatever the wrong thing is you're doing or I'll beat your ass! The other means to cut a line of cocain with a razor... credit card or whatever on a mirror before snorting it.
The clearity of Internet radio is fucking amazing!
After viewing a post on my Aerosmith Facebook page (Thanx Mike!!) concerning that last verse that has been mystifying us since it was first penned back in 1977... I decided to take another listen... and muthafucka... I'm hearing different things now... LoL...
This time I logged into my Spotify account to listen... and it made a difference! First the original version and also on the re-mixed version from the "Essential Aerosmith" and "Pandora's Box" collections...
To keep this brief... I am now hearing "Take another PULL"... and not "Take another BOW"... on ALL versions! Also now hearing "Thats right... impossible... when you got to be a sun" on the original version and not "When you got to be yourself"!!
The two major differences I'm hearing on the re-mix version are... "Checkmate... don't relax... take another pull" and "Thats right... impossible... when you got to be a show" and so on! Maybe this was from a take of the song that they didn't use??
You guys should check it out on Spotify... also hearing it for the most part on YouTube as well... (two links below) ... if you have the chance... it's pretty neat! I'm guessing the quality of the recording remains much higher when listening thru this type of source... I'm not really sure... but thats probably why...
Checkmate honey beat'choo at'chor own damn game
No dice honey I'm livin' on a astral plane
Feet's on the ground and your head's goin' down the drain
Oh heads I win tails you lose to the nether mind
When to draw the line
The Indian summer Carrie was all over the floor
She was a wet nap winner and rarely ever left the store
She'd sing and dance all night and wronged all the right outta me
Oh... pass me the vial and cross your fingers it don't take time
No where to draw the line
Hi ho silver we were singin' all your cowboy song
Oh... you told Carrie and promised her you wouldn't be long
Heads I win tails you lose lord it's such a crime
No dice honey you the salt you're the queen of the brine
Checkmate honey you the only one whose got ta choose
Where to draw the line
Aaaahhh... checkmate don't be late... take another pull
Aaaahhh... checkmate don't relax... take another pull ( Re-mix version )
... When you got to be a sun
... When you got to be a show ( Re-mix version )
You're the boss of the toss
The dice... the price
Write yourself a song... and... draw the line
In my heart of hearts I still want the lyrics to say "take another bow" and "when you got to be yourself"... to me... that makes the most sense within the context of the song! But thats not what I'm hearing thru the Internet source! Even tho "pull" and "sun/show" both work... like take another pull of the slot machine arm... take another chance... then it's impossible to be a sun... to be as bright as a sun and be the star... the focal point... or impossible to be the whole show... just like I first thought that it was impossible to be yourself... when there is so much pressure on you to be creative and perform for the record company... bandmates and so on...
I no longer hear the "f" sound at the end of the word "yourself"... but it's a definite "n" sound on the original and "w" sound on the re-mix version when you listen closely... it's less noticable... but still there... as you take off the headphones or move away from the speakers... I could listen to this song forever... LoL!!!
Just about as clear as the Spotify version... can you hear the different words??
Wet nap... is just a slang term that has to do with sex... when he says "she was a wet nap winner"... he's just talkin' about a loose chick who loves doin' it...
There's several things it usually means...
Having a wet dream... like us horny dudes used to have when we were teenagers...
or if the guy jack's off on his sleeping girl and she doesn't realize it...
or falling asleep with some of her guys load still in and around her mouth 'n face after a bj...
or a female tea bag
(when she squats over her sleeping guy and dabs her moistened pussy onto his lips and nose)...
As for where it fits here in the song... I'm guessing it's one of the first three or some variation...
Nether mind... Nether means located towards the bottom or more distant part of something. So Steven probably just means that it just doesn't matter... "heads I win tails you lose to the nether mind"... or in other words who cares... she's a lost cause like the lost part of our thoughts deep at the bottom of the brain. So lets do more coke!! More play on words.
The only version of the song I hear him say the word "never" instead of "nether" is on the Classic's Live 2 album. Every other released version he says "nether mind".