Icon For Hire: Iodine Meaning
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Song Released: 2011
And the IV drips a steady stream of poison.
I think I'm just in love with the feeling.
Break my bones so I can feel them healing.
Crazy's I believe the medical term.
When we wanna...
"Iodine" is a song about people who abuse drugs due to depression. Ariel sings that she's crazy to believe that continuing her drug abuse will solve anything: "Crazy's I believe the medical term when we wanna recover but we don't wanna learn." She uses an interesting metaphor to describe depression - "it's made of dead things, but it keeps me warm." Depression isn't healthy but it allows her to survive. The drugs make her lose connection with reality and go crazy: "I can't make reality connect, I'll push till I have nothing left." But in conclusion, she says, "I do this to myself, stop blaming someone else, we do this to ourselves," meaning that she only has herself to blame for her drug abuse and even her depression.
anonymous Nov 3rd, 2017 11:18pm report
I've wondered for years how iodine relates to this song. Turns out if you do a quick search on google "iodine depression" just about every result mentions iodine as a cure for depression. I think it has something to do with a less-than-active thyroid?
As for my interpretation of the song: it's about being addicted to depression. I know a lot of people on here associate it with cutting but as someone who has never cut, it's never meant that to me.
I always saw it as: you say you want to get better, you know you should want to, but you're comfortable where you are despite being unhappy (depression's like a big fur coat, it's made of dead things but it keeps me warm).
It's wanting to be happy but not wanting to lose the things that are making you unhappy (aka depression).
anonymous May 23rd, 2017 5:55pm report
I think its about depression and being a cutter I feel this song is about no one understanding and depression slowly swallowing you.
anonymous Jan 8th, 2017 1:38am report
Iodine feeds your thyroid, radioactive iodine helps discover cancer by illumination. Seriously though the song is called iodine for a reason I wish I knew her past so I could interpret the reason she refers to it through this song
anonymous Oct 2nd, 2014 10:25pm report
i think shes singing about how after you hurt yourself and amount of times you feel like you need it to null the pain of anything bad that happens like its a nessesery thing for you to do in order for you heal fully but then somthing else happens and your life spirels out of control and you have to go through the pain again and again.
anonymous Sep 2nd, 2014 9:30pm report
I feel like she's singing about self harm. it's an addiction, you know? the song is saying that she wants to recover and she knows that this is bad for her and she should stop, but she just can't.
anonymous Mar 23rd, 2014 3:28pm report
I personally think this song is about a self-harm addiction and wanting to end the addiction. The simile comparing depression to a big fur coat (Depression being a subject of self-harm) and the lines "I don't like scars, but I'm good with a knife" and "We do this to ourselves" make me feel like that is the meaning.
For the wanting to end the addiction, I believe that the "But if we want to wake up, why we still singing these lullabies" line makes me feel as though they want to stop but they just can't.
anonymous Jan 30th, 2013 1:24pm report
When I hear this song I feel like it describes the last 5 years of my life when I was still self harming and attempting suicide. "Depressions like a big fur coat, it's made of dead things but it keeps me warm." I can relate to this because I became so familiar with the feeling that I didn't want to change it.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2012 1:30pm report
My view of this song is that it could be about how we often abuse God's grace.. We SAY we want to live right, but never make the effort.. We often say sorry without truly repenting (turning away) from sin. We often go around & around in circles about what we want to live for..
anonymous Nov 17th, 2011 11:50pm report
I think it might be about drugs? Maybe antidepressants? It's something emotional, and probably involving medicine. That's all I got.
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