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Our Lady Peace: Thief Meaning


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Song Released: 2000

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I don't want to understand this horror
There's a weight in your eyes I can't admit
Everybody ends up here in bottles
But the name tag's the last thing you wanted
As the world explodes we fall out of it
And we can't let go because this


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    Dec 12th, 2011 12:55am report

    i know its what the first person and last person said.

    its about a young girl dying of brain cancer who parents or parent is a friend of the lead singer. after the song ends there is a little girl singing at the end.

    "little by little everyday my true love is changing me, changing me....."

    but i also think its for all kids that have or will have a disease that has no cure.


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    Feb 9th, 2011 2:11pm report

    I heard somewhere that they wrote this for a young girl who was dying from brain cancer. And by "name-tags" I believe they mean the tags they tie on corpses toes and fingers after the person passes away.


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    May 4th, 2007 5:17pm report

    I don't know what Rayne's experience was, but my recent experience with losing my father who had Alzheimer's and ended up in the hospital for a month due to a stroke before he died...well every word of this song speaks to me.

    The thief could very easily be Alzheimer's. It does play the part of a thief in a person's brain. My father was very religious, and I'm more recently becoming less religious, so he spoke of his mansion in Heaven, and I didn't want to hear anything about Jesus. (this coming from the "house built out in space" and "I don't wanna hear who walked on water" parts) Every word in this song applied to the situation I was in with my Dad, so I feel this song could be about a parent or other relative that Rayne may have been going through something similar with. The name tag could have been the hospital tags that they put on patients. I know my Dad never wanted to be in the shape he was in and was actually hoping to die before things got worse.


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    May 8th, 2004 5:05am report

    It's about a girl dying of brain cancer: "...thief that lives inside of your head" and how Raine feels about the girl and stuff... it's actually very deep... there's a line that goes, "everybody ends up here in bottles / but the name-tags the last thing you wanted"... this is kinda like when people lost at sea send messages in bottles, it's almost a distress signal... if you get what I mean... and you're ashamed of yourself, you don't want a name-tag because ashamed of yourself.

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