AWOLNATION: Sail Meaning
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Song Released: 2011
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 Jan 29th, 2014 1:49am report
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Common Behaviors and Problems of Adult ADD / ADHD taken from WebMD (dot) com
Chronic lateness and forgetfulness
Difficulty concentrating when reading
Difficulty controlling anger
Low frustration tolerance
Poor organization skills
Substance abuse or addiction
For me that’s how an “alien” ( or No ADD familiar) would face an adult with ADD. Just like an “obsessed fellow” with extraterrestrial phobia. It is really weird to live with ADD simply coz you can SAIL all day long in millions of thoughts and feelings being unable to function as the rest expect from you. You are just floating in your mind like if you Sail in the open sea… without the sense of time.. without control of your SELF or your emotions, unable to do what you HAVE TO DO.
“Maybe I'm a different breed”… at least that’s how it feels. And it is damn tough when you realize that in a world of John Waynes you are an Indian.
“Maybe I should cry for help - Maybe I should kill myself” that’s how an Adult with ADD problem understands Shakespeare's “to be or not to be”…
Sail with me into the dark… “walk a mile in my shoes” It feels so lonely from where I’m seeing that world. SAIL with me….
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 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 Sep 13th, 2017 9:53pm report
As an American who has been through the mental health process to "make myself well" I find a deep and heartfelt meaning in the song. The first time I heard this song I was laying on a bed with my es closed just after a counseling session where my therapist had just recommended medication to help "solve my problems". I'd been on medication before and felt it had suppressed my inner self ("maybe I should cry for help... maybe I should kill myself...").
The song seemed to me like his inner self communicating with his outward consciousness. I saw it as follows:
(This line always a plea from the inner to the conscious mind to let it be free)
This is how I show my love
I made it in my mind because...
(The inner self trying to explain its reasons for the way his mind works.)
Well Blame it on my ADD baby...
(This from the outward self rationalizing something in day to day life every time it is said)
This is how an angel dies
I blame it on my own surprise... (inner self not expecting surpression by medication)
Well Blame it on my ADD Baby...
Maybe I should cry for help
Maybe I should kill myself
(Inner self debating whether to fight the medication)
Well blame it on my ADD Baby...
Maybe I'm a different breed
Maybe I'm not listening
(Inner self rationalizing its own existence relating to the outward world as it fades behind the medication)
SAIL!!! (From here to the end of the song is musical expression of the dualistic struggle with the medication and the inner self begging to be set free, to SAIL)
I know it's my own interpretation but we all bring as much to art as it brings to us. After seeing the music video I would add that the frantic singer is the inner self when viewed from this frame and that the aliens removing him are the medication coming for the subconscious mind.
Just one man's opinion.
anonymous May 16th, 2017 5:01pm report
I have ADD and this song pretty much describes the way I feel everyday, especially in school.
anonymous Oct 15th, 2016 10:52pm report
Everyone has their own interpretations and the singer has said in an interview, you can take it to mean anything you want, and it will mean just that, as long as it has meaning to you personally. I have lived with ADD my whole life and suffered tremendously growing up because of it, targets were always on me because people didn't understand why I'm doing or not doing what I'm doing, and as young child everyone putting up defenses towards you when you mind is in a place of no understanding would always make you "sail" into dark places, your true friends were the ones who didn't see trouble and sailed into the dark with just simply be with you and try to understand you, but instead of trying to understand what I could not understand or get help for, I was always a victim of everyone's defensive and offensive targets towards me, you say I offend you? I was not thinkin I was, you say I hurt you? how did I do that again? Did you ask me how come I didn't hear or listen to you? I'm as shocked and confused as you!! Put your defense shields and hurt feeling or hate towards me away forever! Just sail with me though this dark and light, open more patience and understanding and stop taking everything personal towards you, so we both might understand each other. Sail with me?
anonymous Jan 22nd, 2016 1:32am report
So, I have been feeling exactly like the lyrics described, and use also have ADD. What's more, I'm a female with ADD, so by fault I'm a failure to society because I'm not capable of secretary duties like a normal person. I'll always be seen as slobbish.
That's how most people with ADD and ADHD are treated, even after diagnosis. The world is geared against something out of our control. To stay focused, to not lose track of a single piece of our composition and keep our lives "in order"
I should probably point out there is a huge difference between ADD and ADHD. The artist was diagnosed with ADD, the unactive, sleepy and unfocused counterpart of hyper ADHD.
ADD always comes with depression by its side. First of all you'll never fit into society, and ADD's depression wants you to know that. To remember. So it makes the chemicals in your brain go even more funk to screw you over again.
The song is about ADD and depression cutting through his life like butter.
The artist himself said that the lyric sail was to sail away from a society where you don't fit.
anonymous Dec 30th, 2015 12:36pm report
He knows more or less what his problem is perhaphs from his psychiatrist or more likely the work he's done with his psychiatrist -the wrong role model he had in his childhood. So he chooses the wrong partner or idea of partner. when this is slowly getting to him his terrified he doesn't want to accept that ( the scenes with the lights - the truth he wants to avoid but he knows he can't) he's been wrong all the time. Also he can see that other people are wrong in the same way in the choice of their partner so now that he knows he feels like an alien here. Other people still want to dream their life not live. Accepting this is very painful but it gets you to other side of mirror/ river/ planet and there aren't many people out there.
anonymous Sep 2nd, 2015 9:36pm report
It has to do with the fact that inside he is confident that his ADD is his fault, which is why he says " this is how an angel dies, maybe it's my own sick pride". But then goes on to say "blame it on my ADD baby". Meaning he wants to blame it on his ADD which he has most likely been told by doctors and other people but doesn't believe it and only uses it as an excuse. As for the sail part you guys pretty much nailed it. Songs gotta cool tune but not my favorite lyric wise.
i think this song , helps him express his feelings in a way him hiself can not express. this song means alot to me because of personal reasons i dont exactly feel like explaining , because its personal . reading these comments are very relatable to my personal reason . its not about me , its about someone else . that i love/loved VERY much . anyway , back to what i was talking about .. he , he , thinks that maybe if he blames it on his A.D.D the others will understand. in a way he doesnt know how to explain . my opinion. dont have to agree.
anonymous Sep 11th, 2014 9:50am report
I think that the song is about how conspiracy theorists are really mentally twisted. If you look at the music video for this song, the main character is locking himself in his house and watching out his window as if someone was watching him. Then he goes to a poster board where he has many things linked to the Illuminati(or another fake shadowy organization). He then destroys his files and work. He then poisons himself.
What happens after that is unclear. I personally think he was rejected from heaven. You may think differently. We all have our different interpretations, and this is mine.
anonymous Aug 11th, 2014 8:38pm report
I think this song is like a cry 4 help.. when he got in the music industry he already knew what would come out of it. Being scrutinized and controlled all the damn time. Why Do u think so many celebrities try taking their own lives? He's already in too deep to get out and he just wants to be free. He doesn't want to drag anyone else with him so he continues to scream sail as he wish he could. He's telling u to be aware.
Unfortunately most don't recognize this, and we continue to idolize people and just think of it as a catchy song to sing to.
anonymous Jul 12th, 2014 7:36am report
saw post of Brit interview he had..HE said it was about Alcohol and Drug Depend....which of course doesn't mean he doesn't have A.D.D
simba.lage Feb 22nd, 2014 2:16pm report
Well having A.D.D as a child and it affecting me now as an adult. 12yrs married and my wife understands but I constantly fail at everything I do. Now with anxiety and A.D.D I had an accident which had made me disabled, homeless and without.. my wife still stands beside me... but I feel sometimes that I fuck everything up to the point I want to sail or end it..... GOOOD SONG
anonymous Feb 11th, 2014 2:13am report
I see this song as an attempt to escape from the normal. When the artist says that he is a different breed, and that you should blame it on his ADD, it makes me think that he is looking for a reason to validate why he feels so different from everyone else about a way something is.
He is being pulled in to the light (the normal by) by the aliens (the people who share the idea that he does not agree with) while trying to escape (hold on to his own way of thinking).
In the end, the man decides to convert his opinion over to the norm. This is shown when he walks into the light at the end of the music video. He SAIL's with the idea that everyone has been trying to convince him of. You can not sail against the wind or the current ever.
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