What does Stitches mean?

Search Login

Shawn Mendes: Stitches Meaning

Download "Stitches" on MP3:

Download MP3 from Amazon

Stitches Lyrics

Play "Stitches"
on Amazon Music

I thought that I've been hurt before
But no one's ever left me quite this sore
Your words cut deeper than a knife
Now I need someone to breathe me back to life

Got a feeling that I'm going under
But I know that I'll make it out alive
If I...


    click a star to vote
    Nov 16th, 2015 11:54pm report

    Honestly, I have a different view of this song than most. I think the "love" he's referring to is an alter ego trying to change his mind. When he says, "Can't get you out of my head", it's a psychological breakdown where he can't get this voice trying to steer his relationships out of his head.
    If you've seen the music video, he's being hit and thrown by an unknown force. This force is his ego, trying to get him to listen to his conscience and stop being in hard relationships.
    In most music videos, when the person doesn't agree with the other, or the relationship is failing, the significant other is always in the video too.
    Hes ALONE in the music video. When he says, "You watch me bleed until I can't breathe", the only person who's watching him is his own conscience or alter ego, trying to control his life in relationships.


    click a star to vote
    Jun 9th, 6:27am report

    This song is about shawn break up with his girl that he dream of all days and he need some one to movr on.


    click a star to vote
    May 9th, 5:44am report

    I am a recovering heroin addict, and I have to say that this song was deliberately written to be interpreted multiple ways. To another heroin addict, the lyrics clearly indicate that the song is about heroin. However, to a non-addict, who wouldn't understand how we relate to the lyrics, would believe that the song sounds like a bad break up. A song about a break-up is much more socially acceptable in mainstream media than a song about heroin, so I have to say it's more of a subtle hint and left up to your own interpretation of the song.


    click a star to vote
    Apr 30th, 4:09pm report

    Stitches lyrics said it all.

    For the comment below, I read the interpretation at Song Meanings.

    Please give the credit to the one who made the comment at Song Meanings.



    click a star to vote
    Apr 30th, 4:02am report

    Someone told me that this song is about A guy has clearly fallen hard for his "dream girl" (or so he thought ). After all, she seemed like everything he was looking for. Things really took off between them, and and came to a screeching halt just as fast. She doesn't love him anymore. He is emotionally wounded as he struggles to overcome his feelings of unrequitted love.

    Moving on is hard, and the girl's not willing to make it any easier. Perhaps she just doesn't care about him anymore, or maybe letting him down easily would be too inconvenient. Whatever the reason, he is hurt, and the pain is so real that it might as well be physically inflicted. Despite the hurt, he keeps returning to its source, "like a moth to a flame". Love is irrational and this might not make sense. But the truth is, part of him still loves the girl and wants to be with her.

    Yet an even bigger part of him knows better. To feel whole again, he must fight these feelings and "move on". It's a struggle. But he knows he will make it. As he fights his poorer judgment, he searches for "needle and thread" (new love) to help stitch his wounds and bring him back to himself.


    click a star to vote
    Apr 15th, 4:31pm report



    click a star to vote
    Apr 13th, 4:48pm report

    Suicide. Every time. Thought I was the only person who got this-no one else has that I've spoken to. He's split up with a partner and he wants to die.


    click a star to vote
    Jun 28th, 2016 6:48pm report

    This is about a breakup and that he needs help moving on.


    click a star to vote
    May 19th, 2016 5:10pm report

    The person who wrote tommorow being a good day and that other stuff is crazy, they are fake and it possibly can't be true. Like what the hell is wrong with you? Seriously people?

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Apr 27th, 2016 4:41pm report

    A purely "heartbroken" explanation doesn't make that much sense. We typically don't refer to feelings of loss or rejection with cutting except a heart being cut into pieces. However, the fact he continually repeats, "gonna wind up dead," would indicate something more serious than hurt feelings.

    I think the song refers to a person slitting their wrists due to a bad breakup. Typically survivors of this type of suicide attempt will end up with stitches from the laceration. He also states, "I'm left seeing red on my own," as a person committing suicide in this way would see a lot of blood and would do it alone. Furthermore, the phrase "going under" can refer to drowning or anesthesia, but in this context it would be "going under the knife". Also, "begging you to come help," refers to suicide being a "cry for help".


    click a star to vote
    Apr 24th, 2016 4:08am report

    It's definitely about heroin. Most heroin users refer to the drug as the thing they loved more then family, friends or a gf,bf. It's all they think about. So i know ill make it out alive if i quit calling u my lover, (stop taking heroin i qont die he is saying he knows he is stronger then the drug)move on. Needle and the thread...the needle and the band to wrap your arm. Bleed until I can't breathe (inject and hit a vein, u bleed and heroine users overdose and die mostly by respretory failure) Aching begging you to come help (withdrawl body aches begging heroin or a dealer to come help)


    click a star to vote
    Apr 15th, 2016 4:58am report

    in my point of view I fell like the lyrics are saying. that he got his heart broken by a girl he really loved. he feels like its his fault that they broke up and he beats himself up over that. he beats his self up over it so much that he is needing stiches. he feels like he cant live without her kisses.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Apr 6th, 2016 4:27pm report

    This song is about heroin.


    click a star to vote
    Apr 4th, 2016 4:29pm report

    From My view it sounds like Shawn is singing about how a girl dumped him or it's about jealousy on how he's jealous of that girl who he really likes but she doesn't like her.


    click a star to vote
    Feb 3rd, 2016 2:54pm report

    Well in my opinion i think that he had his heart
    Broken by a person who he was really in love with
    And she left him to pick up the pieces all on his own
    And he feels that with out this person he is hurt and
    Thats why he says " you watch me bleed until i cant breathe
    And now that I'm without you're kisses ill be needing stitches"


    click a star to vote
    Nov 16th, 2015 11:52am report

    This song is about how when Shawn is broken up with a girl, he is heartbroken,and he can't get over the break up, hence "needle and the thread gotta get you out of my head, needle and the thread gonna wind up dead" he needs to get over the break up to STITCH his "wound" of the break up, or he will die.Evidence could be "I thought that I've been hurt before But no one's ever left me quite this sore" for the break up, as this is his worst one.

‹ prev 12

More Shawn Mendes song meanings »


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Just Posted

Steppin' Out anonymous
Come Sail Away anonymous
Thriller anonymous
Bridge of Light anonymous
Supermarket Flowers anonymous
You Know You Like It anonymous
Gone Too Soon anonymous
Cross-Eyed Mary anonymous
Mosquito Song anonymous
Human Grey_Assassin
Never Going Back Again anonymous
She's My Collar anonymous
So Cold anonymous
Loving the Alien anonymous
Sludge Factory anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Lonely Drum
Aaron Goodvin
Louis Louis
Kay One
Foo Fighters
Doin' Fine
Lauren Alaina
All The Pretty Girls
Kenny Chesney
No Longer Friends
Bryson Tiller
Your Song
Rita Ora