Nickelback: Lullaby Meaning
Song Released: 2011
Of finding yourself stuck out on the ledge
And there ain't no healing
From cutting yourself with the jagged edge
I'm telling you that
It's never that bad
And take it from someone who's been where you're at
Think of this as a sequel to "Savin' Me." In "Savin' Me" Chad sings about being out on an edge, feeling hopeless, but he go through that, hence the beginning of the song, "I know the feeling of finding yourself stuck out on a ledge." Know Chad is on the other side of that difficulty and he's offering his advice now to someone else, or even to all of his fans. Although it is pretty clear that he is talking about a particular person because he mentions not being able to reach her on the telephone (I say her because he calls her honey). But yet he even mentions turning up the radio, which leads me to believe that he is in fact talking to everyone and the one person in particular at the same time.
Anyway, in the bridge (the verse inbetween the last two choruses) Chad says that everyone's been in a tough spot, and offers to those who are "barely hanging on" to give it one more try. He says turn up the radio if you can here him, he's reaching out to those of us in need.
This song is a lullaby, for everyone who needs it and for all of us who know someone who needs it. It's our own personal lullaby from Chad Kroeger and the rest of Nickelback
anonymous Nov 22nd 2011, 00:51 report
Yes, that is a possibility; however, don't narrow the focus so much due to the title of the song. The term 'lullaby" simply refers to a soothing song. Not saying it couldn't be from a father to a daughter, but I feel like it is more from the standpoint of a person more experienced with life, talking to someone who is much younger that is having some kind of major problem, one pushing that individual to contemplating suicide. This song sounds like a desperate plea from the older/more experienced person to the younger person saying not to give up, that there are better times coming and not to give up. Of course, being that Chad Kroeger wrote this song, it would be a male to female point of view, but could easily be role reversed.
anonymous Dec 10th 2011, 02:45 report
I think that the song is about a guy singing to his really good friend or someone he really cares about and trying to talk them out of commiting suicie. Like the part where he says that he is scared as hell because your not picking up the phone.
anonymous Mar 31st, 00:20 report
I belive its about not giving in and living your life
i self harmed, and i use this song to help me through really difficult times now, instead of my old way. i got the words "there ain't no healing from cutting yourself with the jagged edge" tattooed to remind me that im not alone, and self harming got me now where. it gives a new meaning to my scars now... i survived.. i didnt give up
anonymous Dec 5th 2012, 14:53 report
this song is about cutting, and sucidal thoughts, but he's beggin them note to do it" theres no need go and blow the candle out" he's saying thats he's bee were they are at, and he made it out and it will be ok.
anonymous Oct 17th 2012, 10:06 report
wow this song is very powerful. i first heard this song and its now my favorite... im have been going through a hard time and this song speaks to me...
anonymous Sep 17th 2012, 13:19 report
What “Lullaby” by Nickelback means to me is that if you find yourself in a bad situation, like suicide, that there is hope for you and that killing yourself is not the answer because you have your whole life ahead of you.
anonymous Sep 9th 2012, 23:25 report
C'mon, Mariah Carey is one of the writers of this song.
It's just a music business, nothing else.
skullgoddess88 Aug 28th 2012, 00:15 report
In verse one it states of finding yourself stuck out ledge, what that means is thinking about trying to commit suicide. Also in verse one it states from cutting yourself with a jagged edge. What is that jagged edge? It could be overdosing on pills, cutting your wrist, doing anything trying to commit suicide.
In verse to please let me take you out of the darkness and into the light. What that means is your down depressed in relation to verse one where it states of finding yourself stuck out on the ledge. Please let me take you out of the darkness and into the light, the darkness means what I have stated before depress and in relation to verse one where it states of finding yourself stuck out on the ledge. Stop thinking about the easy way out, what is the easy way by committing suicide. There’s no need to go and blow the candle out, it mean you have already done killed yourself. The ending of verse two is straight forward.
I love this song by NICKELBACK it touches me every single time I listen to, why is because I have actually tried to commit killing myself and this songs explains it all on why I did it because I was just sick and tired of fucking life. I love all songs by Nickelback don’t get me wrong but this one has really touched me. And this song is really talked about suicide.
anonymous Aug 21st 2012, 00:24 report
I personally believe this song is about him singing to someone of 'close' relationship- whether it be family or friend, perhaps it was just meant for the fans. But basically, I got 'suicide' shouting from it. It's him begging, practically, for the other person to hang on. He's saying he's been there before. In the verse "Please let me take you, out of the darkness and into the light. I have faith in you, that you're going to make it through another night." Well, that right there could conclude he's saying he wants to bring someone out from the darkness- hense, probably a sad and depressed state of mind. And then, there being said he has faith that they'll make it through another night, self-explanatory really, he believes they'll stay strong again. It's a very deep and inspiring song- it's saved a few lives that I know
dragonbuddha Aug 7th 2012, 10:50 report
hidden meaning is in second verse. It is comedic innuendo when the punctuation and line break are altered.: Please let me take you out (on a date)...--Of the darkness("speaking about the bedroom")...-- And in two, the light ("in 2 minutes we hit the light")...-- I have faith in you ("i am inside you")...-- That ("His or her thingy")...-- You're going to make it ("do it")...-- Threw another night (of caution to the wind)...
anonymous Jul 8th 2012, 04:33 report
This song brought tears to my eyes when I first heard it, it still does. I believe it's about suicide in many ways but the one that stuck out the most was
Stop thinking about the easy way out
(stop the suicidal thoughts)
There's no need to go and blow the candle out
(candle light represents life, blowing out represents ending it)
Because you're not done, you're far too young
(you still have more to live for. You're not ready to leave this life)
And the best is yet to come
(don't think it's all over, things WILL get better)
I'm not saying it IS about suicide but thats how I understand it as. I think about my best friends death everytime I hear this, she was 13, same as me and left this world on march 26th from suicide. That's why I believe this song is about that.
anonymous Jul 6th 2012, 16:58 report
I wholeheartedly agree that this song is about suicide (whatever the triggering event ie bullying, etc)...I was really annoyed when the music video turned into a PSA for adoption...That was a HUGE stretch of the imagination...the only tie to adoption or children is the "lullaby" association and even that is pretty tenuous...This is a soultouching song against suicide.
anonymous Jun 27th 2012, 12:51 report
I honestly think the songs main purpose is whatever you feel it is there's mixed emotions of different feelings throughout the song, not just one focus.
anonymous Jun 20th 2012, 15:20 report
My interpretation if the song is not about suicide but about generally giving up. In the video the boy wonders whether he can look after the baby especially as he reminds him of his wife who has now died in childbirth. He is considering adoption but when he realises that his wife loved the baby he decides to give it a shot.
I believe the song could be about anyone who has given up on any situation and is a song to remind them that bad things come our way but we can get through it.
It's a very inspirational song xx
anonymous Jun 18th 2012, 21:29 report
First of all, the way that Chad sings this song, it is one of the most powerful Nickelback songs ever made. That being said, I agree with alot of the interpretations of Lullaby. It is a song about a man or woman pleading and begging for someone they care about to 'give life one more try.' Someone who is going through a really rough time in their life and thinking about ending it all. Chad is trying to tell them that everything will be ok, because he has been there and he made it. However, I do not think he is talking about a specific person. In my opinion the line "And you can't tell I'm scared as hell 'Cause I can't get you on the telephone" has the infliction of a very generlized story that alot of people intrested in this song could identify with. Which is a very good song writing technique,
anonymous Jun 14th 2012, 17:15 report
I think of the song under this situation:
A husband/boyfriend learns about his lover to be deeply depressed and suicidal, and she was about to commit suicide when the man/boy stopped her in the nick of time. In order not to add on to her worries, he hides his feelings but is very very concerned about his suicidal lover. And after finding her, persuaded her not to suicide, and managed to pull through the night. As the boy/man sat beside his lover's bed, putting her to sleep, he played this song. Lullaby.
And this song, the deepest part is
"Stop thinking about
The easy way out
There's no need to go and blow the candle out
Because you're not done
You're far too young
And the best is yet to come"
This is the verse that made me wanted to cry. Most people would resort to suicide generally because it is the easiest way out from all these unending and tiring troubles.
However, Chad is giving his opinion and solutions by implying that although we may had reached the darkest hour of our time, but it will be over, keep positive, the happiest moments still awaits our presence. If we ever give up now, we'll go through the easiest way and our happiest moments in life will never appear.
"So just give it one more try
With a lullaby
And turn this up on the radio
If you can hear me now
I'm reaching out
To let you know that you're not alone
And you can't tell
I'm scared as hell
'Cause I can't get you on the telephone
So just close your eyes
Honey, here comes a lullaby
Your very own lullaby"
The man/boy now puts his wife/girl to sleep. Let the lullaby soothe you down.
When every child is afraid to fall asleep due to the darkness, what they needed the most is a soothing lullaby to accompany them through the night. And this is the point of the song, Chad hopes that, through this song, he will accompany frightened and depressed people through this darkness, recover into the path of light.
"It's a long day honey, you didn't knew how worried I was, when I couldn't reach your phone, what should I do if you were gone? Honey, I love u, go to sleep, tomorrow will be a better day. You still have me, I'll be by your side no matter what..." The man/boy told his wife/girl.
His lover fell asleep.
I know the best interpretation had already been chosen, I'm not intending to snatch that position either. I just want to share these heartfelt thoughts about this song, it had really touched the bottom of my heart.
Thanks for reading.
anonymous Jun 10th 2012, 15:29 report
i think its about a girl who cuts herself and shes thinking of giving up ( suicide)
but shes his friend so he wants her to live .
shes going trough a ruff time and everything is going down hill for her so she started cutting herself
'' there is no healing by cutting yourself with the jagged edge''
anonymous Jun 7th 2012, 07:14 report
nickleback has said it's about suicide and the lyrics "There's no need to go and blow the candle out
Because you're not done
You're far too young
And the best is yet to come" cements the fact
anonymous May 22nd 2012, 02:28 report
I think is about Chad singing to someone who has lost someone they love and the repercussions that follow. And telling them be strong and one day you might get over it.
anonymous May 11th 2012, 05:14 report
I think the top rated is the one that makes most sense, exept for the bit where he says "if you can hear me now i'm reaching out", i think he is meaning the girl he is singning to.
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