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Shawn Mendes: Stitches Meaning

Stitches Lyrics

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...


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    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.


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    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.


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    Jun 28th, 2016 6:48pm report

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


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    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?

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    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".


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    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)


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    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.

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    Apr 6th, 2016 4:27pm report

    This song is about heroin.


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    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.


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    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"


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    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.


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    Oct 28th, 2015 10:38pm report

    i beleive if you listen closley its about a drug.

    aka heroine


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    Oct 8th, 2015 10:46pm report

    Part of me wants to say that this song is about somebody who hurts themselves while in a relationship, where the other lover looks down on them for that reason, doesn't care at all, or is the cause for the self-harm.
    But it could also could be about a girl who broke the guy's heart so much, that he feels as if he was hurt and abandoned.


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    Jul 13th, 2015 7:57pm report

    This is about a girl who completely broke this boy's heart. He is saying that now that I'm down with your kisses, I'll be needing stitches. Since she is not going to be there for him anymore he is totally heart broken and hurt.

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