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
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.
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 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 Sep 16th, 9:05am report
I see it as someone who self harms or is suicidal. The line "needle and the thread gotta get you outta my head, needle and the thread gonna wind up dead" is representative of someone who had to get stitches after cutting too deep or attempting suicide, "gotta get you outta my head" shows that they are trying to get help and recover.
anonymous Apr 15th, 4:55am report
This song is about attempting to move on from a relationship whether it be a romantic one or something else it doesn't matter. The point is this person is struggling with their conscience in an attempt to get over it.
anonymous Jan 26th, 2020 1:26pm report
This song ( To me ) is about a woman who is I. A relationship with an abusive man she is telling him how he watches her bleed and he doesn’t care and she needs a new man to breathe life into her again.
He physically abuses her and she’s scared she’s going to wind up dead if she doesnt get out so she trying to tell him and herself to move on Cos it’s too dangerous and upsetting the stay with him.
anonymous Jan 15th, 2020 1:10pm report
It is a good song about a hard breakup.
anonymous Dec 12th, 2019 12:44pm report
I think it is because he broke up he got in a fight and had to get stitches.
anonymous May 27th, 2019 5:44pm report
I think the song is about to be in the relationship with the nationally to be engaged but it’s special place in your heart. We write it with harry, and Philip, they’re producers are my friends. But they’re making us more special songs fir us. Absolutely stunning. Love that ballad.
anonymous May 23rd, 2019 5:04pm report
I think the song is so much to me and also we’re going to pick up the album to every place to have this video. But we’re being with someone else to have this recording studio. But we’re recording it for the home studio and stay in the room and also it’s so much fun and absolutely fun songs.
anonymous Mar 25th, 2019 3:13pm report
When I wrote that song the chorus came out my mind, but I didn’t get stitches, but my dad did he hurt his finger, it had stitches. But when gets better he would start hammering. I would starting to talking to the Jonas brothers but I didn’t told them I used to have nick Jonas album to help him understand. But it’s getting much better, but Jonas brothers are helping out with music and help their record deals. So, thank you Bethany, and Jonas brothers.
anonymous Nov 7th, 2018 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 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.
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