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Young the Giant: Cough Syrup Meaning

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Cough Syrup Lyrics

Life's too short to even care at all oh,
I'm losing my mind losing my mind losing control.
These fishes in the sea they're staring at me oh oh,
Oh oh oh oh,
A wet world aches for a beat of a drum.

If I could find a way to see this...


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    Dec 10th, 2011 12:32pm report

    Actually, the band already explained what the song is about. It's about the struggle of wanting to break out of the norm of their town and make it into the big time."Lifes to short to even care at all" could possibly be talking about how we have so little time on earth why not take risks? That's what Sameer (lead singer) did anyways. He left Stanford to pursue his dream on the big stage.
    So It's not about drugs people. As much as you want it to be, it's not.


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    Sep 28th, 2011 9:31am report

    My interpretation is opposite of the others. Basically I think this song can be seen as a happy song,as it is a catchy song. Cough syrup has a nasty tasty 99.9% of the time BUT it does help.. so after "Waiting for this cough syrup to come down, come down" meaning any problems he may be having or whatever, He realizes that "life is too short ot even care at all, I'm coming up now coming up now out of the blue" meaning he realizes that the problems he had are nothing and life is too short to be stuck on the bad..


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    Feb 24th, 2012 2:24pm report

    I believe this is about considering suicide, or being in the process. "lifes too short to even care at all" can be seen as a reason that it would not matter. Also, it seems by how much the line "waiting for this cough syrup to come down" is repeated, and "one more spoon of cough syrup now" that it was possible to have OD already


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    Dec 17th, 12:21pm report

    DXM? The lyrics and visuals in the video actually remind me of a DXM trip.


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    Aug 24th, 2013 8:56am report

    "a wet world aches for a beat of a drum" is my favourite quote from any song ever. I take it to mean you always want what you cant have (you cant play drums underwater)


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    Jan 1st, 2013 1:03pm report

    Honestly, I think it's about suicide. "Life's too short to even care at all" life isn't important enough to live "loosing control" he's not in control of his life anymore the "fishes in the sea" and the "zombies in the park" are the people that are causing him pain. "A wet world aches for a beat of a drum" and "a dark world aches for a splash of a sun" means that he's just waiting for something to make his life better. He's obviously saying that he should have found something to live for by now but he hasn't, so he's going to kill himself by overdosing with cough syrup.


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    Sep 6th, 2012 9:51pm report

    To me, this song is a portayal of someone who is suffering from clinical depression.
    and the "cough syrup" he takes is his antidepressant. Severe depression can derail
    one's life to a point where he can't work, sleep, concentrate, and make them consider

    "wet world aches for the beat of a drum..."

    In addition to losing interest in life,he is thinking of how good life would have
    been if only he could escape the depression.

    If I could find a way to see this straight
    I'd run away
    To some fortune that I,
    I should have found by now

    So hes takes all the remedies and antidepressionats (cough syrup) in hopes of resuming
    a normal life.

    And so I run now to the things
    they said could restore me
    Restore life the way it should be

    I'm waiting for this cough syrup
    to come down

    Unfortunately antidepressants, like cough syrup have to be repeatedly taken
    to feel any affect and it only relieves symptoms but is not a cure. Antidepressants are
    the same and there are so many of them to choose from and they are notoriously slow
    in lifting you out of clinical depression. What can you do ? But continue popping
    them till you notice the positive affects,

    I'm waiting for this cough syrup
    to come down

    One more spoon of cough syrup now, whoa


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    Aug 30th, 2012 8:03pm report

    I think this song is about going out there and making your dreams come true and taking risks, " Life's too short to even care at all" and when he says "... i'd run away to some fortune that I-I should have found by now" it is another way of saying once he sees a chance to get his dreams that he will take it because he was too afraid to before. When he says " waiting for this cough syrup to come down" he is referring to waiting for the fear/ stress to go away. i came up with this conclusion because cough syrup isn't very tasty and it also relieves stress.


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    Aug 7th, 2012 8:35pm report

    I just like the song and lyrics and don't go toward interpretation cause of my age.


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    Jul 5th, 2012 7:43pm report

    I think the song has a double meaning. First off, he could just be talking about being addicted to Cough Syrup and using it to get high.
    But to me, the song is deeper than that, a plea for help. It has suicide messages. Wanting to die, so he's taking spoonfuls of cough syrup until he can finally let go.
    That's how I see it, because that's how I feel.


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    Jun 18th, 2012 6:04pm report

    Suicide, overdose on cough syrup..


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    Jun 6th, 2012 6:24pm report

    You can't deny that this song is referring to the trip caused by cough syrup. This is clearly a double meaning. The song refers to different parts of the trip and also uses metaphors to relate to society. I realize the band has said what their intention was with the meaning. But it was definitely also associating with the high on cough syrup. Anyone who denies that is completely ignorant.


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    Apr 23rd, 2012 4:14pm report

    I think that somehow everything matches with the true meaning of this song, because behind every word is hiding a different etymology for each of us.
    For example:
    When I listen to this song I always have a bittersweet feeling. I have the sense that some "bad" things, persons, situations leave me behind and break me down, like I am their target and they are always after me trying to hurt me. But then I have to realize that life's too short to even care at all and that I have to pick myself up and carry on and ignore them.


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    Apr 22nd, 2012 4:54am report

    These are all pretty ok interpretations..I have taken them all into considereation... Yes... In the beginning it is a happy song.. But he is probably under the influence of couph syrup so he feels good..I feel this is the case because he says to himself life is to short to even care at all and that he is waiting for the couph syrup to come down so he can I guess find his fortune and restore his life to the way it should be...he may have taken it to postpone these tough goals or relieve stress within himself and it works, it makes him happy... However at the end he says"one more spoon of cough syrup now" in a fairly sad tone... The medicine has worn out and He has become "sober" if u will, and all of those sad feelings return and he starts to doubt himself again... It is a sad song in the end.. It makes me feel like there really is no hope so just take some couph syrup and sleep your worries away..


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    Mar 26th, 2012 3:02pm report

    I think it's a song about rejection and him basically not accepting it... he's in love with this girl and she's told him she's just not into him and so he's swallowing the 'cough syrup' or hard truth of it all... and he's basically trying to convince himself that he shouldn't care because life is too short to give a shit about what one person thinks....
    'These fishes in the sea they're staring at me'
    --> other fish in the sea reference


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    Mar 25th, 2012 3:58am report

    The cough syrup is sort of symbolism for the drowsy cough syrup. In this case sleeping means dying. Taking the cough syrup means ending your life.

    The fishes in the sea and the zombies in the park demonstrate a feeling of isolation and being singled out and targeted.

    Life being "too short to even care at all" points out the futility of life. Since you're not going to live long enough to get anything done why even bother.

    I know my interpretation sounds really pessimistic but the overall tone kinda suggests that.. watching the video clip is kind of a mind#@%$ though.


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    Mar 24th, 2012 3:00am report

    Cough syrup cures the symptoms, but not the sickness. That's the key metaphor here. The singer laments how he has wasted so much of his life already, and promises that he will fix it soon, as soon as he gets past whatever quick fix he is using now (as represented by the syrup going down). Yet he knows deep down inside that he has made this promise to himself many times before, to no avail, and will probably do so again. He is learning to accept his limitations, even while he hates how they trap him.


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    Mar 21st, 2012 3:08pm report

    I am a total geek so my interpretation of this song is definitely based on the episode in which they preformed it. To start off its basically about a gay person committing suicide. When the song says "life's to short to even care at all" he is saying y should I care if they tease me about being. He is "loosing his mind" because everyone is making fun of him. The fish that are staring at him or the zombies that want his heart are the people that make fun of him. Whether its the wet world aching for a beat of a drum or the dark world acing for a slash of the sun, it's just a simple way of saying that the cruel people or the world need to find guidance and acception. A beat of a drum keeps the band in time so it's like saying everyone needs guidance. When he says"if I could find a way to see this straight I'd run away to some fortune" I think it means he wants to understand why people r mean and the fortune could be death which he thinks he should've found by now. Cough syrup could just be a metaphor for suicide. Then when it says "and so I'll run to the things they say will restore me restore life the way it should be" this meaning he wants to die so that he can be normaland not gay and maybe have a better life in heaven. This is just my thoughts of this song but it could be wrong. :)

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