Blink 182: Adam's Song Meaning
Song Released: 2000
Adam's Song Lyrics
I laughed the loudest who'd have known
I traced the cord back to the wall
No wonder it was never plugged in at all
I took my time, I hurried up
The choice was mine, I didn't think enough
anonymous Mar 7th 2010 report
Clearly about suicide. "I'm too depressed to go on" That sums it up.
anonymous Nov 6th 2009 report
A guy who witnessed columbine hung himself in his family's barn with this song playing on infinite repeat. This guy's name was Greg Barnes
anonymous Oct 15th 2009 report
Of course the song is about suicide I didn't think that was even a question. It's about a fan who wrote a suicide note to his parents before offing himself. The letter was then sent to Mark Hoppus and the guys wrote the song. The actual song has nothing to do with the way he killed himself, it's basically the guy's way of saying no matter how bad things get there's always a better option than suicide, but many lines in the song do have some cool stories behind them. The song is truly amazing just like every other song the band has ever written. Listen closely and decide what the song really means to you that's what any musician really wants.
I think Mark's vocals are about his overall failure in life, or rather the feeling of failure. Yes, he is a millionaire rock-star, but there are many failures in life. For example, "Remember when I spilled the cup of apple juice in the hall?". This is the stereotypical guilty failure. Everyone has done this as a kid, but we take it too seriously. And, "16 just held such better days. Days that I still felt alive". He feels like he has "died" inside for all the failures.
anonymous Jul 29th 2009 report
As we all have pointed out, the song was intentionally to be interperated as suicide is not the answer... but the great thing about music is that everyone sees the song in a different way.
another way to see it is its a song about growing up, and feeling alone. I live in the same area where members of the band grew up, and people are pretty hard to trust in southern california. Their talking about how on the surface its so easy to seem happy, "I laughed the loudest, who'd of known" but when your growing up, you realize all these horrible things about life that you never saw before. Its also clear to me that the narrorator of the song is suffering from depression.. Though he may want to commit suicide, he cant, "I traced the cord back to the wall, no wonder it was never plugged in at all". a lot of people in their teens think they want to kill themselve, but can't actually gring themselves to do it. "I never conquered, rarely caame, 16 held such better days, days when I still felt alive, I couldnt wait to get outside" I think he means that when he was younger he looked forward to being 16 and thought it would be the best, but when he actually was 16, he didn't live up to expectations and wanted to give up, but he also looked forward to growing up and graduating high school, and getting out in the real world where he could make a new life.in the end, he realizes everythings ok, when the "tour was over, I survived" maybe also interperated as when high school was over, he survived showing that everything worked out, and he could be happy again.
over, this song can be seen in many different ways- suicide, or maybe even the lonelyness and struggle of high school and growing up
anonymous Jul 7th 2009 report
It may have to do with suicide but it has more To do with feeling isolated an ineffectual, I think the " I never thought I'd due alone" has more to with lonliness than suicide. You can evaluate your life without comiting suicide, song may have been inspired by that dudes suicide, it is about the issues that encorage suicide!
anonymous Jun 29th 2009 report
This song is very inspiring and helped me get through tough times in my life and I know how much a deep song can help get you out of loneliness.......just want everyone to know that suicide is never the way I have had many thoughts of it but there are always people who care even though you might not know it yet but they are always there
anonymous Jun 14th 2009 report
This song is referring to a person who is contemplating suicide by constantly dwelling on the past and wishing he can go back. In the first two verses, he talks about his life in the past tense. This shows that hes been dwelling on the past, and wishes to relive it:
I never conquered, rarely came 16 just held such better days. Etc.
This is repeated in the first 2 verses, and then there's the solo where he is actually seeing things in a brighter light. Right after that is the 3rd verse where everything changes to the future tense. He stops dwelling on the past, and hes moving forward, knowing tomorrow will be better.
I never conquered when it came, tomorrow holds such better days.
And forgets about committing suicide.
anonymous Jun 1st 2009 report
This song is unbelievable, it's about the desire for something more in life than just the same old shit every day for 'adam' and for blink. It's about the need to escape and the temptations of suicide as a method of this, however we see towards the end of the song that death is never the answer and that life has so much to offer and is worth living. That's my thoughts. blink 182 reunion 09.. can't wait
anonymous May 31st 2009 report
Ok, so I was basically going to say what the 1st one said but never mind! Just look at the 1st comment, it's right.
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