Shawn Mendes: Stitches Meaning
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
Precious_Gem2016 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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".
anonymous Nov 7th, 11:30am report
Hes wanting to go find his lover and make things right. But hes in hell and a demon is doing everything to scare him from being with her because love is feared in hell. But he knows love is more powerful amd the only way out of hell is to keep going and push past the invisible force- he see's after he was beat, that he wasnt actually beat- it was an illusion- because love always wins. He looks in the mirror and into the camera at the end to tell/show us the auidence, to not be afraid. "We'll make it out alive, lovers always win, always."
anonymous Aug 10th, 2018 8:02am report
This song is most definitely about shooting dope even in the video on you tube when he keeps getting knocked down and punched by some invisible thing he just gets right back up and goes at it again and again just like ppl do to get there drugs no where in that video do u ever see a girl.. it’s just him going back to the same self inflicting pain a gain and again until he finally just gives in and stops much like drug addiction
anonymous Jul 23rd, 2018 7:42pm report
The lyrics and the film clip obviously talk about the hidden reality on Magianism. Magicians tie knots and blow on them when they are casting a curse and "stitches" gives that reference. This practice is where the name wicker comes from because the knots were often used to create a piece of wicker work. There is a price in the next life for practising black magic and "Gonna wind up dead" refers to both his death and the price the demon he worships will extract from him as well as the death of the subject of the curse. Black magic can be fatal and usually presents in the form of an accident; I would expect that the person he is singing about died in a car accident.
anonymous Jul 14th, 2018 7:54am report
My parents wouldn’t let me have stitches. Because I’ll be in the hospital with my grandma. So, I went to the Tennessee hospital! But it’s a medical center near Knoxville, where my grandma is. She’s always be my cuddle bug, she really cared about me!
anonymous Jul 6th, 2018 7:24am report
I'm a recovering heroin addict and this song makes me so emotional every time. It's definitely about heroin addiction from my point of view.
anonymous Mar 17th, 2018 3:50pm report
He's feeling hurt and heartbroken. He wants to get over her but it's too hurt.
anonymous Feb 18th, 2018 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
anonymous Nov 2nd, 2017 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.
anonymous Oct 12th, 2017 10:36am report
Definitely he craves that unhealthy relationship but he will overcame those feelings and seek someone who deserves him
anonymous Aug 15th, 2017 8:02am report
I just love singing your song Shawn. It begins when I heard this song its awsome
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous Apr 15th, 2017 4:31pm report
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