What does Broken mean?

Seether: Broken Meaning

Album cover for Broken album cover

Featuring: Amy Lee

Broken Lyrics

I wanted you to know I love the way you laugh
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain away
I keep your photograph and I know it serves me well
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain

'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome
And I don't feel...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 17th 2006 !⃝

    I think it expresses the pain of being apart from someone rather than breaking up. Also it speaks of the vulnerability of opening your feelings/intimacy, respect (holding high) and comforting (steal your pain away).


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 8th 2008 !⃝

    This song has great insight into the aspects of a relationship. Personally, I see a pair of friends that are afraid to take the next step.
    "I wanted you to know that I love the way you laugh..." The guy is trying to display that there is more there, and he wants to be the one to "hold you high" and "steal your pain away," the one she turns to for comfort, her foundation and strength. He always has her on his mind, and it hurts him when he isn't near her.
    Then it gives insight into the woman's point of view. She has been struggling through something and wants to turn to him because he "takes my pain away." She feels that there is something between them and "so much left to learn" about their relationship, and "no one left to fight" for trying to stop them.
    Then the duet is the two finally telling the other about their true feelings and how they want to be so much more...
    It is so romantic and heartbreaking. Bittersweet at first but then loving.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 16th 2007 !⃝

    Okay, now I feel bad because so many people are saying this is a breakup song and this is me and my girlfriend's song, the reason I thought it would be a good song is because we are apart so often, and later in our upcoming relationship we are going to be apart for some time, up to 3 years and I thought the song was about when your apart everything seems so much worse,and that even though the world is trying to separate them, they still love each other but that's my guess,

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 5th 2020 !⃝

    I think the beauty of good music, the kind that really lasts, is its ability to become something we need to hear, kind of like an external consciousness.

    100 people can listen to this, 100 people can all have their own opinion of what the song means to them, depending on our own experiences.

  5. anonymous
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    May 8th 2020 !⃝

    My interpretation has changed thru out the yrs. 1st i took it as a break up song. 2nd i took it as a couple still together with the woman battling depression. Now I can't help but wonder if its about a soul reunion of twin flames.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2020 !⃝

    I feel like this song's lyric is about two peoples relationship, and will it be fixed or not depends on if his partner is willing to. This song could be between couples, siblings, between family's, or yourself.
    "Do you need, do you need someone" shows someone that is trying to reach out, but "He has done this all before", means that this relationship has gone through its own rough times, and "Will you leave or will you carry on",and "But you're lying, lying to yourself, that he'll find help" is like him asking his partner will you try to make this work (like asking a counselor)or will you move on with someone else.
    This song reminds me of, my and my mothers relationship, and how it affects my hole family, and my feelings towards others.
    (sorry for any grammar or spelling errors)

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 8th 2018 !⃝

    it a break up song how the relationship ended - this song reminds me of my ex and how we broke up- this remind of him

  8. Angelboo
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    Jul 17th 2018 !⃝

    I always thought it was about someone who passed away.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2018 !⃝

    I thought he wrote this song regarding the loss of his brother.

  10. anonymous
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    May 30th 2017 !⃝

    Seether wrote this for his daughter in 2004. He had to leave her behind for some time and it was his way to tell her that he is lost without her but they'll be together again and everything will be fine.

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2015 !⃝

    I think it possibly about a person who is fighting or has died of cancer..

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2014 !⃝

    I think this is about a couple who have been emotionally destroyed by their breakup. They miss each other and everything they were. They don't want to let go, he wants to take her pain away. They're broken without each other and lonely, but theyre apart. The worst is over now, but it's not. It's only the beginning for them.

  13. anonymous
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    Jul 20th 2014 !⃝

    The 'Broken' video desert location must be one of the best kept secrets in the western world (?)---I can find absolutely nothing about it anywhere, other than 'It was made in the 'Mojave Desert' man' ....which encompasses about 200,000 sq. miles plus, so that answer was, to say the least, friggin' useless !!.......anybody out there actually know where 'Paradise Valley Mobile Estates' in the 'Mojave Desert' was ??------'Broken' is very great , visual song...

  14. anonymous
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    Jun 18th 2014 !⃝

    It was about two people who were in love but they had to break up.

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 13th 2014 !⃝

    Have looked EVERYWHERE to find the 'Paradise Valley Mobile Estates' "Broken" location'-(-Seether/ Amy Lee-)-All I can find is 'Mojave Desert'--the Mojave Desert covers thousands of square miles----the question is WHERE in the Mojave Desert......I'd like to see the pay-off for mfg. crystal meth on an industrial scale..for and with my teen-age son...What was the body count for the 'chemists' ? (I live in Twentynine Palms, CA----in the Mojave Desert).....I interpret the whole song as a totally broken heart.....

  16. the_beast_insomniac
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    Nov 7th 2013 !⃝

    Basically, the relationship is over. They still love each other. Yet, they know the relationship will only be chaos.

  17. anonymous
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    Aug 14th 2012 !⃝

    not about amy lee. its about being apart/breaking up in general. Hate me all you want for telling you the truth.

  18. anonymous
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    Aug 10th 2012 !⃝

    The song is about broken persons love, no matter how much you love him/her you're just so broken inside that you can always manage to push him/her away. At the end you'll just have to separate though it's the last thing you want to, you know it's for the best. Because now it's no longer just you that's broken, but also the relationship and nothing in the world can fix that much pain.

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