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Shinedown: Call Me Meaning

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Call Me Lyrics

Wrap me in a bolt of lightning
Send me on my way still smiling
Maybe that's the way I should go,
Straight into the mouth of the unknown
I left the spare key on the table
Never really thought I'd be able to say
I merely visit on the...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 26th 2014 report

    "Wrap me in a bolt of lightning,"- he is shocked about how hard it is to be with the girl, and how hard it is for her, that they may as well wrap him in a bolt of lightning. "Send me on my way still smiling," she is breaking up with him, but he is happy that she won't be hurting anymore. "Maybe that's the way I should go, straight into the mouth of the unknown," he feels that leaving her is right, however, he doesn't know what will happen next. "I left the spare key on the table, never really thought I'd be able to say I'd merely visit on the weekend," he is not coming back, except for on weekends, because his gypsy life calls to him. "I've lost my whole life and a dear friend," he made her his whole life, she was everything to him, including a friend, and his ways made her lost to him. "I've said it so many times, I would change my ways no, never mind. God knows I tried," he has told her and tried so many times to change his ways, but, never mind, he can't do it. "Call me a sinner," she could tell him his life is a sin, "Call me a saint," she could tell him that by leaving her, he saved her, "Tell me it's over, I'll still love you the same," she can break up with him, but he'll still love her, always. "Call me your favorite," she can call him her favorite lover, "Call me the worst," she can call him the worst thing that ever happened to him, "Tell me it's over, I don't want you to hurt," she can break up with him, and he'll be fine, because he doesn't want her to hurt. "It's all that I can say, so I'll be on my way," he is telling her that is all he has to say, so he is leaving now. "I finally put it all together, that nothing really lasts forever," he knows why he cant stay, and the relationship wasn't meant to last. "I had to make a choice that was not mine, I had to say goodbye for the last time," He is breaking up for her and telling her goodbye for the very last time. "I've kept my whole life in a suitcase, never really stayed in one place." he is basically saying that he is a drifter, everything that he owns fits in a suitcase. "Maybe that's the way it should be, you know I live my life like a gypsy," he feels that this is the right and the only life for him, the life of a gypsy. After the chorus there's "I'll always keep you inside, you've healed my heart and my life, and you know I try," he is telling her that he will never forget her, and that she has healed him from the past, and he will still try to change himself for her. I absolutely love Shinedown, they are one of my FAVORITE bands, and this is one of my favorite songs by them!! Thank you for viewing my interpretation, and keep loving Sninedown!!

  2. anonymous
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    May 1st 2020 report

    This song holds a special place in my heart. We lost our son in law 10 months ago to suicide. He left behind our daughter and 2 grandkids. My hubby played this song one day and everything this song says spoke to me. Reminded me of my son in law. He was loved like a son. He is our son. Only he knew the depression and sadness he felt inside we had no clue how he was suffering. Please pay close attention to your loved ones. We miss him so much. Would give anything to have have back. Thank you shinedown

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 1st 2019 report

    This really about a person who must be a yuppie they have phones so the character who is played by the in first is a yuppie who dissent mind if the calls are day or night the second point is someone who be in love with a man whos not always on phone 24 -7 thought out 24 hour has to be on phone with in 24 hours this needy lady

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 29th 2019 report

    What this song means to me ever since the very first time I heard it when my mom was in skilled nursing facility she had been put on hospice. I took care of my mother for 3 years before all this happened. I was very angry that she wanted hospice because it's basically suicide assisted suicide and there was nothing I could do about it my mom wanted to die. well approximately two weeks before she did pass we had a meeting with her myself administrators of the hospital and her doctor I recorded the whole thing. the doctors were basically saying yes we're helping kill your mother and there's nothing you can do about it I got very angry I walked out. I didn't call my mom for over a week or even go see her when I was going to see her everyday. Hospice is a horrible thing for people who don't need it like my mom. Hospice will take away all your medications she was on 15 they don't give you water hardly future you can't function can't talk can't smile you can't hug can't say I love you, you can't do nothing. Slowly your organs shut down, and you die. My mom died exactly 30 days after she started hospice. One night I decided I was going to go see her the next day I got a little bit drunk and I don't drink that much actually wrote down the words to this song because I was going to read her stuff and I was going to read her the lyrics to this song. Myself I've always been a sinner or a saint I've always been ready to go anywhere I wanted my bags were always packed. I never had a lot of stuff. if it didn't fit in my car then I didn't need it.
    Then in about 1:30 in the morning I got a call from the skilled nursing facility saing that my mom had passed. I never got the chance to go read her but I had wrote or the lyrics to the song to her I never got to apologize to her or tell her that I loved her again.
    That was a year ago it'll be a year ago the September 7th and it still kills me. I love my Mom very we were best friends.
    Anyways that's my interpretation of the song because I'm the sitter or the saint I was the favorite or the worstI just wish she would have told me that it's over because then I wouldn't have let her hurt. Sorry if there's a lot of typos I didn't want to read it because I'm using my talk-to-text. thank you

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 7th 2019 report

    This reminds me so much of having to leave my two girls due to addiction. I kept trying to quit but never was able until a few years ago. I had to leave them to have a better life for their self.

  6. anonymous
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    May 9th 2019 report

    Love and hate

  7. LostSoul2018
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    Apr 10th 2019 report

    I loved each of y'all's interpretation and each of u had ur own unique part to add.
    I agree with almost all of it but am having a little trouble figuring out something. This should make y'all have a better understanding and will help me out too.
    I had played the song no air last nite because my husband works out on the road and left in December. We've had a rough last few year's over a lot of different stuff but I've always stuck by him no matter what. Well he started using and it made him very cold and abusive. Well on January 11th he asked to come home and get me and I told him I wasn't ready but really couldn't tell him why. I was tryin to surprise him for Valentine's day by tradin in our current RV for a new one but accordin to him he was done with me and the marriage because I wasn't ready.
    Right after that he cut off ALL communication with me! Will not answer his phone, won't respond to text or emails! Then snuck back into town and filed for a divorce behind my back and left out again. Said he couldn't face me or talk to me cause he couldn't stand to see me cry and that is how I got to him so he wasn't changin his mind this time.
    Mind u, he left me with no transportation, no money, no food, etc... The Man I Know would have never done any of this, especially knowin that I'm not capable of workin because I need brain surgery. I have been more than devestated, schocked and confused at the whole mess. We've been married 26 yrs come May and he's always been my whole world! I have cried and tried to figure out what I did to cause him to hate me so bad all of the sudden that he could treat me this way, abandoned me and "US" our 6 kids and 20 Grandkid's and not really blink an eye that I've seen.
    I did find out that within this month that he has a gf that he claims to love but I think that's his new supplier, ya know.
    Anyway, I had played the song no air and made sure he'd see it on his Google activity. Last night I noticed that on my husband's Google activity was a song called just walk away and I was scared to listen but did and it actually gave me some new found hope. Then this mornin he played the song Sail, then Call Me. I felt as if both were for my sake when I seen he'd played Miracle by Shinedown. I didn't get the same fuzzy feelin with Miracle and there's a couple more I haven't had a chance to hear yet.
    With all that y'all have said about this song, I'm hoping y'all can shed some light on who the song's really for? Me or her

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2018 report

    when i was struggling with addiction, this song hit me hard. I tried so many times to change my ways, for my kids. I thought many times of leaving them, to give them a better life. it also reminded me of never really settling down, living life in a suitcase. music helped me to get clean and be a better person. I have Sinner/Saint tattooed on my arm to remind me that we aren't perfect, we have to make hard choices, but in the end, we live with them.

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 20th 2018 report

    I think the song represents giving up on life and losing your purpose in life to the point of feeling so depressed with grieaf that you don't know who you truly are anymore.

    I also think the song represents sad suicide of a person who never acomplished anything in life till they killed themselves it feels like a goodbye send off note hence the lyrics

    ''Call me a sinner, call me a saint
    Tell me its over, I'll still love you the same Call me your favorite Call me the worst
    Tell me its over I don't want you to hurt
    Its all that I can say So I'll be on my way
    I'll always keep you inside You healed my heart and my life And you know I've tried

    its a long shot but thats what the song represents to me.

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 14th 2018 report

    I always figured it was about a man that works on the road like a pipeline .. hence living like a gypsy and visiting on the weekends

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 8th 2018 report

    What about an addict? Struggling to become sober?

  12. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2012 report

    I think hes saying I would or would change my ways no nvr mind god knows ive tried hes saying its too late,cause the relationship.with whom ever is over so it was too lAte

  13. anonymous
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    Sep 11th 2012 report

    I'm in love with these lyrics and felt, initially, that they were related to the loss of a relationship, but just this morning I realized why they were so important to me... they represent the efforts my mom took to get me help when I was a troubled youth, so I agree with the last post... definitely worth listening too again and you may find your own inner personal connection with the song... lyrics aren't really about why or who they were written for, it's about what they mean to you, so every song is unique to the listener!

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 3rd 2012 report

    brent smith said in one of his concerts it was about his dad itll make sence if you think about. When you was little jetting around and your dad would snatch u up hug shake you; wrap me in a bolt of lightning : then sit you back pat you on the head; send me on my way still smilling

  15. anonymous
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    May 11th 2012 report

    Well, a dear friend could mean anything (in the song). i think it means that the person is struggling to be able to change and be perfect for the person that was once there but died. And now he still is trying to change for that person.. but cant, so he doesnt care what happens to him, so he can see that person again...

  16. anonymous
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    Apr 4th 2012 report

    I agree with both posts. The lyrics sure sound like a guy leaving his girlfriend. But they also sound like a guy dying and saying goodbye to his family. In either case, he admits to mistakes and has regrets. Shinedown is a spiritual group, so I'd go with the guy dying, figuring out life at the last minute, and putting his trust in God. Either way, great tune!

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