What does The Gift mean?

Seether: The Gift Meaning

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Song Released: 2006

The Gift Lyrics

Hold me now I need to feel relief
Like I never wanted anything
I suppose I'll let this go and find a reason I'll hold on to
I'm so ashamed of defeat
And I'm out of reason to believe in me
I'm out of trying to get by

I'm so afraid of the...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 1st 2006 !⃝

    He himself said it was about woman abuse, if you listen enough you'll understand. He can't stand to be wrong or defeated, and so in a way his girlfriend or wife had defeat him. His girlfriend or wife gives the gift of love to him and he treats her badly, and he's is ashamed of the abuse he's caused to his girlfriend, says at the end of the song.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    May 21st 2008 !⃝

    I believe this song was written for my husband. He ended his life April 21st of this year. He had made mistakes and was ashamed and could not forgive himself for the pain he caused his family. He was not well and felt as though he did not belong here anymore. He could not love himself so he was not able to accept the gift of love that was given to him. He was searching for something to hold on to..to keep him alive. Every time he looked in the mirror, he felt so ashamed of the lie that he was living. He drank to try to hide the pain, but it became too much to bear.This song helped me realize how he was feeling and the pain he felt everyday.This song was played at his funeral.It was his explanation of the pain he felt and it was his goodbye to us.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 2nd 2016 !⃝

    Is it possible that this song is about life? Maybe the gift represents life and the song is directed to God or whatever higher power you believe. "I can't face myself when I wake up And look inside a mirror i'm so ashamed of that thing I suppose I'll let it go" Maybe he is depressed and he is saying he doesnt deserve life.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 1st 2023 !⃝

    no one knows but the one who wrote it. it's vague enough to fit almost any of life mistakes. unfortunately for Shaun his life is so exposed, and then you add the video... who can possibly know. My heart breaks for him

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 2nd 2021 !⃝

    I believe this is his battle of addiction. The gift it gives him and nobody can see what he does in his own time.

  6. anonymous
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    May 2nd 2021 !⃝

    It is simply my life. I'm twice divorced. After love that to this day Im unsure why she stopped talking to me. She had always told me how amazing a person I was only to suddenly stop talking to me began to talk to me in a way I never knew her to speak. I mean I have heard her call me pathetic so many times over the years when I would slip into a depression or bipolar fueled psychosis and I often would isolate even to the point of disappears a couple days. So instead of knowing how to cope there were times I would self medicate. Even after knowing how pathetic I was to her because I was a loser some mentally retarded person. She never once read an article, go to a Dr or Counseling appointment to learn how to help me or how just understand ti be able to live our married with kids lives. The gift ( sounding like guilt as he sings) the guilt she gives ne for being alive and having given the gift of a mentally torn man who has lost everything and even his relationship with the kids. She kept them from me for a year and now I don't even know how to talk ti them. Anylonger. ZAYDEN ZOE I LOVE AND MISS YOU. JENNIFER WHY DID YOU GIVE ME A COMMENT ON ME BEING AMAZING YOYR BEST FRIEND AND HOLD ME CLOSE IN TGE BED THE. MORNING OF THE EVENING YOU TOOK MY WHOLE WORLD. AWAY. WHAT DID I DO SO WRONG? IM SORRY IM FLAWED .. I DONT BELONG HERE AND IM NOT WELL.

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 7th 2020 !⃝

    The video is about a man who kills a young girl in a car crash in Southern Mexico. Each year, on The Day of the Dead, he visits the cross at the side of the road at the place where she died, and spends the night there. Meanwhile, the ghost of a little girl goes into town with a Curandero to visit her father and sister, who the man had been dating. As he is driving to the cross, he sees the ghost walking on the side of the road. The ghost of the little girl leaves candy skulls, representing her forgiveness, on the man's bed. The "Gift" is the life he took, and the forgiveness she gives him.

    The video is punctuated with shots of the band playing the song in a darkened room, illuminated only by bare hanging lightbulbs.

    The song has been described by lead singer, Shaun Morgan, as being inspired by his daughter.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 8th 2018 !⃝

    ‘The Gift’ by Seether, is exactly what the title promises. That, in itself, is what makes it an instant Classic. Everyone has the right to their own interpretation of any song. Thankful I’m able to empathize & feel like it was written just for me, even though I know it wasn’t. My addictions are several & although I’m not the only one who deals with them on a daily basis, I can sincerely say “It’s a known issue & I am working on it”. Living the DoubleLifeOfDivorce that was forced on me as an only child (as well as the only Grandchild for 24 years) conditioned my thoughts & actions well before entering grammar school. My father’s band always came first & I eagerly accepted that. Over the years, his selfishness caused me alot of grief, yet I always knew he loved me. He took his own life 7 years ago May, 23 of this year...
    Nothing else in my life has had such finality.

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 16th 2017 !⃝

    This song is about Shawn. He had a daughter that was put up for adoption. When she was older she reached out to him and Shawn told her that he wished she would go kill herself and this is exactly what she did. This song is about the sham he feels about his actions.

  10. anonymous
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    Oct 2nd 2017 !⃝

    This song hits the nail on the head. It just fits how I feel a lot of times.

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2014 !⃝

    I think has a lot to do with anger about a lost relationship! I luv this song! I think this is one of the best seether songs ever!


  12. maxwellis4
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    Jul 19th 2014 !⃝

    I believe he had a child he wasn't aware of and he discovered this after the death of the mother.

  13. rosella.nowling
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    Jun 27th 2012 !⃝

    My daughter got me to go see them @ the taste of Mn.I loved their music but she said they didn't play her favorite song; The gift,see my daughter had cystic fibrosis. So when we got home she made a copy of her favorite song I cryed so hard an wondered why she loved that song so much. So I called her to ask because i wanted to tell her that she was the best thing that had ever happened to me in my life an don't ever feel you don't belong here. Because I wouldn't be who i was. My kids made me who I am.So when i got ahold of her I asked her why this song meant to her.She had told me that's how she felt when she would go to her boyfriends parents house which she didn't care for because they where very shallow people. It was how much money u had an what kind of job. Otherwise you were nobody in their tiny eyes. So that song is how they made her feel.My daughter passed away Jan.10 2011 an I am not the same person anymore I have ahole in my heart because of her being gone. I still cry when I hear this song but I understand. Some people can be so unaware of how they make others feel about themself. So I say don't judge others thats not our job in life. Listen to this song an think again.

  14. anonymous
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    Dec 17th 2011 !⃝

    I gift is the love of christ. only in his arms are relieved of our anxiety, guilt, oppression and pain. the power in presence of god is overwhelming. most of us have no idea how to accept such a gift.

  15. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2011 !⃝

    I really this song is about Shaun having Herpes?? Maybe got it from Amy?? Just a thought. Not being stupid but it sounds like this is what this song is about??

  16. anonymous
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    Sep 2nd 2011 !⃝

    well i don't know if this relates to me but, i am a teenager dating this amazing girl. i feel like she deserves more than depressing self-conscious boy i am, i feel like her love is a gift not meant for me.

  17. anonymous
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    Jun 13th 2011 !⃝

    When I was prego, this song really spoke to me. I was with a man I was supposed to marry, only to find out he was already married. He turned his back on me and our daughter. He later gave up his rights to her, and asked me to listen to this song, because it would explain exactly how he felt. This song no matter how you look at the meaning or lyrics, can speak to many situations, and that is just what music is...an expression of your soul, your feelings, your hurt, or maybe even your joy. I know this song makes perfect sense to me. We have all felt like because of the baggage and mistakes that are apart of us that we are undeserving.

  18. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2011 !⃝

    This is the way the song spoke to me... It seems to get to me throughout the two significant changes in my life...

    "Hold me now I need to feel relief, like I never wanted anything"
    I need an escape from the wants in my life...

    "I suppose I'll let this go and find a reason I'll hold on to"
    I'll try to forget the negatives and remember the positives in life.

    "I'm so ashamed of defeat, and I'm out of reason to believe in me, I'm out of trying to get by"
    Defeat isn't that bad, but the constant feeling can be devastating; and I'm starting to lose the motivation for something I seem to be guaranteed for failure. What's the point?

    "I'm so afraid of the gift you give me, I don't belong here and I'm not well"
    Why am(was) I so deserving of your love?

    "I'm so ashamed of the lie I'm living, Right on the wrong side of it all"
    I am not who you think I am... Everything isn't as well as it seems.

    "I can't face myself when I wake up, and look inside a mirror; I'm so ashamed of that thing"
    I can barely look at myself; all I see is regret and failure.

    "I suppose I'll let it go, until I have something more to say for me"
    I'll forget about it for now, maybe next time I can see something better.

    "Hold me now I need to feel complete, like I matter to the one I need"
    You are the only one that gives me meaning to my life.

    Yes, sometimes your own experiences can (mis)interpret a song to a meaning that fits your situation. I often sell myself short and sometimes it's hard to find a feeling of significance along with everything that went so wrong. Everything seems pointless if I'm not emotionally moving forward...

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