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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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    Mar 17th, 3:50pm report

    He's feeling hurt and heartbroken. He wants to get over her but it's too hurt.


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    Feb 18th, 2:45pm report

    I think this song means that Shawn has been hurt by the one that he loved and he is very heartbroken. He loved her for so long hat he can't get over her. He describes the pain as if he has gotten so hurt that he needs stiches


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    Nov 2nd, 11:27pm report

    I can really relate to stitches because yesterday my boyfriend broke up with me.I feel like my heart is about to explode.I feel very angry,sad,depressed and and beginning to believe that I will never love anybody ever again. If I do not get help soon I will loose it! Please help! from, Taylor Billups.

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    Oct 12th, 10:36am report

    Definitely he craves that unhealthy relationship but he will overcame those feelings and seek someone who deserves him

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    Aug 15th, 2017 8:02am report

    I just love singing your song Shawn. It begins when I heard this song its awsome


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    Jul 10th, 2017 7:23pm report

    What Shawn is saying is that he has never been hurt but his hater brain made him think he was. His friend 5-starred him and he was sore for like months. He was roasted really hard in front of his squad and he was like"this hurts more than a knife." He was laying without breath because the pain and his friend gave him cpr and he woke up like thanks man.


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    Jun 9th, 2017 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.


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    May 9th, 2017 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.


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    Apr 30th, 2017 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.



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    Apr 30th, 2017 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.


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    Apr 15th, 2017 4:31pm report


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    Apr 13th, 2017 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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