AWOLNATION: Sail Meaning
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This is how i show my love
Made it in my mind because
Blame it on my ADD baby
This is how an angel dies
Blame it on my own sick pride
Blame it on my ADD baby
Maybe i should cry for help...
anonymous Apr 25th, 2011 4:18am report
ok so the whole video is about him running/hideing from aliens. but that symbolizes trouble and the unknown. now bare with me. he explains that he shows his love differently,and its in his head,and he did somthing wrong to her (therefor the "angel dies" from his mistake or his "pride"). Get it? but his excuse for all his wrongs is to just blame it on his ADD. The word "sail" means run/leave him everytime he yells it. Next he tries to come up with ways he could fix the issue(s) by either getting help or killing himself. then he says hes different from everyone else, and hes not listening to her or anyone now, so his ideas befor don't mean anything now. he constantly says sail(leave) and at the end he says sail(leave) with me into the darkness, meaning leave, or leave with me into the dark/unknown, also meaning if she stays with him who knows how things will turn out. So the whole plot of the music video is like a fight in a relationship theres issues(running from aliens) and he tries making excuses for them(hideing from alians) but in the end it all come down to stay with him or let him go(becuase hes going into the light either way)
anonymous May 4th, 2011 5:25pm report
Everyone has their own interpretations of songs, but for me personally this song really stood out to me because I had ADD. Honestly, if I had one wish I would be to rid me of this hinderance. I feel alone and outcasted because no one truly understands what I go through each day, exactly what he says "a different breed". It effects me on so many different levels, socially, academically, and in "real life". I would love nothing more than to just sail away...
anonymous Apr 30th, 2011 4:16pm report
I think he's trying to escape his limitations.
"Blame it on my ADD" is a reference to things holding his mind back, and all the illuminate posters are symbolic of him being followed by the government/business ect, And he is unhappy because his relationship fell through (angel cries ect)
He considers killing himself, or looking for help, and only wants to get away from his life, as illustrated by the line "Sail", and him floating away.
anonymous Nov 27th, 11:19pm report
The singer has openly stated he has A.D.D. in an interview anda was even medicated as a child. Those who are trying to make A.D.D. stand for anything other than attention deficit disorder are trying too hard to be creative. Food for thought. .
anonymous Nov 22nd, 11:30am report
It's about doing heroin.
anonymous Nov 8th, 11:40am report
I just don't know about the meaning of A.D.D. I'm spanish, thanks for the help.
anonymous Nov 6th, 11:24am report
First the video begins with a light shinning through a window symbolizing what many think are aliens. My interpretation is that the aliens in the song represent the A.D.D that he posses."Maybe I'm a different breed" shows he doesn't feel normal and that his A.D.D affects him so drastically that he feels like an alien or alienated from society. He blames his actions towards his girl friend on his A.D.D. Sail represents stay with me or leave. This is shown at the end of the song "Sail with me into the dark" "Sail"!
anonymous Sep 30th, 9:15pm report
To me, this is actually a love song about a possibly mentally unbalanced person who really does love the "target" of the song. We'll say the guy loves the girl, the guy is somewhat mentally unstable or just very odd. He has an odd way of showing his love that can't be described by the normal conventions of love. If we want to go lyrics by lyrics - "This is how I show my love, I made it in my mind because"
-I can't show you the traditional way, I just don't know how.
"This is how an angel dies, blame it on my own sick pride"
-I don't mean to hurt you, but I'm to strong to admit a weakness, I can't help it.
"Maybe I should cry for help, maybe I should kill myself. Maybe I'm a different breed, maybe I'm not listening. Blame it on my ADD"
-I can't form the words to let you know how deeply I feel for you, I'm not normal, there is something society thinks is wrong with me, but it's okay, because it's not bad. I'm not bad, just different. I show my love in a way that you might not expect.
"Sail with me into the dark..."
-So just hang on. It'll seem rough, but I promise it'll get better. I do love you, even through it's hard to show it, and even through I can be an emotional wreck. All the pain is worth what I'm going to be able to give you in the end.
So, that's my interpretation, I think it's about a relationship with someone who is a bit mental, from the point of view of the mental person. Sometimes you have to get past the eddies in the current that will drag you down to get to paradise.
anonymous Jul 1st, 7:48pm report
When I first Heard this song, I had a much different interpretation of it than others. The line that stuck out in this song for me was blame it on my add. I think people are taking this a little to literal. Artist like to display their feelings in a way that can be perceived by their listeners in their own situation. It seems to be that he is struggling with something and people are denying the fact that he's feeling that way. I don't think that people are understanding it so they are 'blaming it on his add' or 'blaming it on his own sick pride' the fact that they are denying his emotions and blaming it on everything else instead of accepting the fact that he is not perfect and is actually struggling with something that is not normal is driving him over the edge to the point where he is crying for help but sense people are so in denial he decides the only way to get rid of his problems are to kill him self.
Like everyone else I do agree how it can multiple interpretations. Besides him being hunted or going on a trip I also, believe he got in trouble and everyone saw and he keep trying to make it up. Like he may have started a problem and he tries to fix it but keeps getting lost or distracted (the ADD caused his distraction). But, now it is too late for him to fix it all up. So in that case he killed himself. That is one way about Attention Deficit Disorder version. My second interpretation is about the other version of ADD (Alcoholism and Drug Dependency). He could have used substances like acid, schrooms, lsd, etc. (trip drugs) and saw something that he wasn't supposed to. When I saw the illuminati pyramid that's when I had to write about the Trip version. He could have been on a trip and came to a conclusion the illuminati is real and is after us and since he knows he was abducted by the so he can never be seen again. His recorder will explain it all and that is why he dropped it. But, I will never know until I see the explanation of the song writer.
anonymous May 19th, 2013 5:34pm report
If you think about it honestly a.d.d. Does not only mean attention deficit disorder it also means alcohol and drug dependency. He is explaining what drugs do to him. He talks about drugs sometimes making him want to kill himself and sail away with me into the darkness is like saying take this drug and it will put you in a different world like it does me. He's is completely describing drugs effects.
anonymous May 12th, 2013 5:01am report
I'm so happy people take time to try and analyse songs... IT MEANS JUST WHAT IT SAYS... to you
I know this doesn't fully follow the whole music video this is my feeling on the song. I think part of it is a person who is struggling with being bullied or hurt by many people, when he says "maybe I should cry for help, and maybe I should kill myself", it's seems like he is being hurt, and then when he says "blame it on my ADD baby", he's either telling his excuse for it or the bullies' excuse for it. When he says "Sail" he is trying to say that he wants to run away from it all, and be ok.
anonymous May 7th, 2013 5:59am report
The song can be interpreted with multiple layers of complexity.
For me the following tends to make most sense:
ADD not only stands for Attention Deficit Disorder,, but also Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.
- To "Sail" is to take a "trip" .
The video references of alien abduction is a wonderful metaphor for being "taken over" by substance abuse.
"Maybe I should cry fro help, maybe I should kill myself .. blame it on my ADD"
_All the lyrics make more sense when ADD is interpreted with the second, lessor-used meaning of Substance Dependency..
anonymous May 4th, 2013 5:37am report
This song isn't about add.it's about doing what you want when you want no matter what ppl think...and when your choices weigh on you as a mistake you blame it on something.it's about making bad decisions and although they felt good you regret them later.blame it on my add...be it alcohol/drugs whatever ales you.point is...he's not what society thinks is normal...he makes choices others wouldn't...he's felt regret...but in the end we are all either fake, or can sail away in our own desires.in the end its easier to make an explanation than to explain ones self...so yes..I got fucked up and partied out and woke up some where strange...and no I don't know how I got there...blame it on my add...and I feel like shit inside for it...maybe I should kill myself...oh wait, I'm still fucked up.
anonymous Apr 23rd, 2013 4:30pm report
I think its a guy who's struggling with post traumatic stress disorder from when he was an astronaut and he's saw things he shouldn't have and it ruined his relationship with his girlfriend or wife and he's battling it with himself and he's paranoid and that's why he's freaking out thinking that he's going to be taken out of his house and he's going back and forth saying you know blame it on my ADD cause now he has no control over his "paranoia" for lack of better term.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2013 4:15pm report
the way i see it the video means one thing and the lyrics mean another
lyrics could be talking about a self destructive individual who wants to kill themselves and taking their significant other with them. no one understands why he is the way he is and you can choose to blame it on any of his flaws but he has accepted it and embraced it.
the video shows someone who is engulfed in their work and has big dreams. but the people he was investigating have discovered him and want to detain him. he knows that he will not be out in a long time if at all and wants to leave an important message behind (most likely about his inevitable abduction)he manages to momentarily escape but they indirectly ask him to come with them peacefully and he complies.
anonymous Apr 15th, 2013 4:44pm report
Point blank he his an angel in disguise going down the wrong path.
The constant struggle of good vs evil. He wants to sail Like an angel but cannot because of the mistakes he has made. He feels like he is meant to be something greater but cannot overcome is own flaws. Nuff said.
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anonymous Apr 6th, 2013 4:57am report
Add=medication=meth... Looking out those blinds and getting his taping device )Paranoid. Sail (Self realization. Wants to sail, fly, move one, escape), angel dies (good is lost), different breed not listening (loosing yourself and not paying attention anymore... because now youre right and no one's opinion matters but yours) lalallalalala....that's what you hear in your head.
This is just my opinion. I could be wrong.
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