Seether: The Gift Meaning
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Song Released: 2006
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The Gift Lyrics
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...
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.
anonymous Dec 16th, 12:28pm report
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.
anonymous Oct 2nd, 2017 10:14pm report
This song hits the nail on the head. It just fits how I feel a lot of times.
anonymous Jan 2nd, 2016 1:08am report
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.
anonymous Sep 14th, 2014 9:16pm report
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!
rosella.nowling Jun 27th, 2012 6:43pm report
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.
anonymous Dec 17th, 2011 12:57pm report
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.
anonymous Sep 14th, 2011 9:45pm report
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??
anonymous Sep 2nd, 2011 9:11am report
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.
anonymous Jun 13th, 2011 6:54pm report
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.
anonymous Apr 27th, 2011 4:00pm report
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...
anonymous Apr 1st, 2011 4:08pm report
I think as far as the video itself goes, it seems as tho he was drunk and was driving the girl somewhere and ran off the road and she died. hence the reason shes seen as a ghost in the car at the end. and why there was a shrine on the side of the road. maybe the gift is that he has the gift of life, that he lived and she didnt. maybe he wishes he could have died instead.
As far as his real life experiences go, I dont know much about his life to make a good interpretation, but I can relate to it. I, like others, have made mistakes im ashamed of, and are hard to live with.
anonymous Feb 26th, 2011 2:34am report
I think its about being an alcoholic after a while the people you love don't want to be around you because of it and he is ashamed of it. I think he's afraid of the help they offer. He's scared of being sober and while he was drunk he didn't care for the ones that loved him. As a drinker i can relate as you burn bridges the ones you love go away. Now he's alone he is ashamed of the life he's living.
anonymous Nov 26th, 2010 11:27pm report
I believe this song can be interpreted as a messege about Christianity. Please do not flame me, I am just giving this as an idea, I'm not trying to force my views. I agree with most of these interpretations.
Most christians believe that they are given the gift of God in their life, and their goal is to become a "fisher of man", or to convert more people to Christianity. I'm a Christian, and though I am ashamed of this, sometimes I'm afraid to tell people my beliefs, for fear of being shunned. The first line is basically a beacon for all of the dark times in anyone's life. For the line "I can't face myself, when I wake up, and look inside the mirror... I'm so ashamed of that thing.", that is exactly how I feel when I go off on someone, and insult them, because that's not how God wants me to act. I also feel angry at myself when someone dismisses me as a "zealot" when I express my views, and they disagree.
"Hold me now I need to feel complete, like I matter to the one I need..."
This is one of the most relevant lines in the song. I think that this shows the low times of being a Christian, when you think God has abandoned you, and you feel him no longer with you. You have to ask for him to help you through hard times, because you can't carry the weight yourself.
:) God Bless.
anonymous Aug 15th, 2010 8:49am report
The song to me is about the self loathing after hurting someone you care about and feeling undeserving of the love they give in return. I get annoyed when everyone interprets EVERY Seether song in a way that relates it to Shaun's past relationship with Amy Lee. To those of you who DON'T do this good for you to those of youy who DO, understand that there is a lot more to Shaun's life than his previous relationship Amy and stop fucking assuming ok?
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