Aerosmith: Amazing Meaning
Song Released: 1993
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And let the wrong ones in
Had an angel of mercy
To see me through all my sins
There were times in my life
When i was goin' insane
Tryin' to walk through the pain
When i lost my grip
And i hit the floor
anonymous Jan 10th, 2006 1:46pm report
Its about your life hitting rock bottom, not knowing what to do any more and then finally realizing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that things can change.
anonymous Nov 4th, 2006 11:17pm report
Yeah this is about st overcoming his drug addiction: "that one last shot's a permanent vacation
and how high can you fly with broken wings?"
he seems to be saying that when he tells himself it's only one last injection of drugs it's really an addiction that he can't get rid of. His body is so damaged from the drugs.
And then suddenly he realises before it's too late in a kind of moment of nirvana: "it's amazing
with the blink of an eye you finally see the light"
and now tries to rescue other people in the same position "and I'm sayin' a prayer for the desperate hearts tonight"
kristianne Oct 3rd, 2008 10:05pm report
While I realize this song is about drug addiction, it literally saved my life while I was going through a tough time. It was the story line of my life as far as I was concerned...in a abusive relationship, getting the tar beat out of me daily. The "when I hit the floor" line was the day I realized I had to get out or he would kill me...pounding my head off a concrete floor. "kept the right ones out" was the people who tried to help but I wouldn't let in....
After I left, I listened to this song over and over and it truly kept me from going back until I was strong enough to do it on my own.
anonymous May 31st, 2019 5:08pm report
That One last shots a permanent vacation. Means when you overdose and die its your last shot and death is the vacation forever. How long can you fly high as a kite before crashing and burning. Heroin addict speaking. 4 years clean here.
Amazingggg Feb 14th, 2017 2:35am report
Steven Tyler wrote this song about his long battle w addiction...Steven has been involved in an anonymous drug program for 25-30 yrs now....relapse has been apart of his story as with many who also battle this disease- thats what he meant in the verse "I thought I could leave but couldnt get out the door"..."that one last shots a permanent vacation, but how high can you fly with broken wings" Is referring to his drug of choice...and its no fun if it kills you. The part where he says "you have to learn to crawl before you learn to walk" is a saying that is frequently said in A.A. & N.A. and essentially means when you get clean you have to relearn how to live again. and when he says "but I just couldnt listen to all that righteous talk" hes referring to hearing that at meetings but never really actually understanding what it meant....until "in a blink of an eye i finally seen the light" hes speaking of a spiritual awakening and Jesus releaving the obsession to use.Steven Tyler has battled through his addiction for many years and "hes had an angel of mercy to see him through all of his sins"... The grip of addiction is so strong he will battle it for the rest of his life. Steven has done alot for the recovery community...donating $$ to rehabs..speaking and helping as many as possible. I am also a recovering addict and although I am a female and was just a small child when that song came out the message and feelings are universal. I also am saying a prayer for the sick and suffering tonight..goodnight & god bless!!
anonymous Sep 27th, 2015 9:22pm report
This song is about finally seeing the light after years of darkness, no matter if that was some addiction or any other kind of misery. 'Cause everybody goes thru hard times when you think you have lost your grip. But there's always a light in the end of the tunnel, there's always and angel of mercy, and you'll always find a way out, walk out, crawl out, anything... It's amaaaazing! Don't give up!
anonymous Sep 4th, 2014 9:09pm report
Lived this song. My wife was addicted and this song tells the story of her recovery. I literally cry every time I hear it.
anonymous Jan 30th, 2014 1:27pm report
any idea what the last part of the song, when th guy says "the light at the end of the tunnel, may be you" means??
anonymous Feb 10th, 2012 2:00pm report
This song is about recovery from drug addiction...many of the lines are messages people that are willing to learn will hear in recovery rooms around the world...Steven Tyler was a long time member in the largest recovery movement in the country and he's carrying the message to those who are still sick and suffering!!!! and I'm sayin a prayer for the desperate hearts tonight...Recovering from drug addiction is Amazing...most don't!!
anonymous Mar 24th, 2011 3:54am report
I think depression or in Steven's case depression brought on by drug use and life style.... possibly Liv was his angel?
Regardless it is a truly inspirational song my new Mantra because it truly is:
"Amazing in the blink of an eye you finally see the light. It's Amazing when the moment arrives that you know it will be alright. It's Amazing and I'm sayin a paryer for the desperate hearts tonight."
I believe that no matter who you are and what your problem may be that if you make it through this song so completely describles the truth.
anonymous Oct 22nd, 2007 10:03am report
I think it's about a drug addiction that nearly went too far, but just as things were about to go beyond turning back he 'saw the light' and found a way within himself to get back on track.
he tells about how some bastard people think they know it all and told him what to do and how really they frustrated the shit out of him, and how you need to find the way within yourself. He thinks of the poeple who are in the position he was in, and prays for them that they will too find a solution, just as he did, and that the addiction doesn't take their lives away, because the feeling of knowing you are alright is amazing
anonymous Aug 13th, 2007 8:21pm report
I don't believe the songs about drug abuse.
I believe the song is about someone going thru an episode of depression. "I kept the right ones out
And let the wrong ones in" I believe refers to choosing the wrong (destructive) people as friends and shutting out those who could've pulled (him/her) out of their nosedive.
"There were times in my life
When I was goin' insane, Tryin' to walk through the pain" further strengthens my belief that this is about a mental health crisis.
"Yeah, I thought I could leave
But couldn't get out the door" - As in being committed in an institution. "I was wishing that I would die" further backs up the suicidal ideations of this person as in "That one last shot's a permanent vacation".
"And I'm saying a prayer
To the desperate hearts tonight" - Acknowledges that there are others out there feeling this way and having self-destructive thoughts.
"You have to learn to crawl
Before you learn to walk
But I just couldn't listen
To all that righteous talk" - As in being in a state of denial that this is happening to me. And claiming to not need anyone's help.
"With the blink of an eye
You finally see the light
That when the moment arrives
You know you'll be alright" - Referring to finally accepting the help he's being given and that things aren't really as bad as whatever led up to these desperate feelings.
"I was out on the street
Just tryin' to survive" - referring to all of the homeless folk out there who need help of this kind and aren't getting it. So they live their lives out day to day trying to cope and get by.
Thats my 2 cents, whats yours?
anonymous Jul 3rd, 2007 7:36pm report
This song is about bouncing back from the deepest pit of a drug addiction. I almost want to think the the line "when I lost my grip and I hit the floor" refers to the Aerosmith concert that Steven Tyler literally collapsed on stage.
The entire chorus is his realization that his choices were what got him in the mess and that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel. "Oh it's amazing, when the moment arrives you finally see the light." He also comments on every other individual with their own addictions and how he has been there and survived and prays that they too can change their ways with "And I'm sayin a prayer for the desperate hearts tonight."
The the most interesting line in the song to me is "life's a journey not a destination, and you just can't tell just what tomorrow brings." -- So true
To recap: Heavy drug addiction-->coming back from rock bottom-->inspiring hope in those who think they have already reached the point of no return
ambassadorinchains Feb 10th, 2007 2:08am report
dont you think your forgetting probably the most important lines of all in the song. You know the very first ones.
I kept the right ones out,
and let the wrong ones in,
had an ANGEL OF MERCY
TO SEE ME THROUGH ALL MY SIN.
I think overall he's saying that what Jesus Christ does in peoples lives is AMAZING. And he's saying a prayer for all the desperate hearts tonight.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
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