Shinedown: What a Shame Meaning
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What a Shame Lyrics
The strongest whiskey
Kentucky can make
That's a recipe to put a vagabond
On his hands and knees
I watched it all up close,
I knew him more than most
I saw a side of him he never showed
Full of sympathy for a...
anonymous Jun 21st, 2011 6:38pm report
A few years back after a Shinedown concert in Atlanta, i met lead singer Brent Smith along with some others. He said that the story behind What A Shame was about his uncle who passed away due to his lifesyle.
anonymous Nov 13th, 11:35pm report
I believe that this song tells us about the ones who have the least in our society while they are the ones who deserve the best and more so won't you give this man his wings.
anonymous Oct 19th, 10:20pm report
It's about a man who has dreams and no one believes in him. I think the lyrics explained it all too.
For the recent post, tell the man you know that he should continue believing in his dreams. It's good you believe in him. And if you also feel this way, never give up on your dreams too. I believe you guys are good friends, so you guys encourage each other and that's enough because someone important believes in your dreams.
Anyway, I have dreams too. But I realized that some dreams are not achievable, so I only dream dreams that are achievable and I should be content because at least I have some simple and realistic dreams.
Hope you guys achieve your dreams!
anonymous Oct 19th, 10:00pm report
This song reminds me of a man I know and he's still alive who has big dreams. And wants to tell AND show the world what he's all about. To some people mostly his FAMILY don't take time to listen to him. He has 1 brother and 4 sisters and neither of them make time for him. His mind takes him everywhere. I listen cuz I KNOW what it's like to have a dream and NOBODY believes in you. So yes I truly believe this man deserves his wings.
anonymous Jul 4th, 2018 7:04pm report
My interpretation is about judging I have recently met a guy, so he’s had a past but then again everyone else has had one, has anyone actually heard the old saying, Don’t judge a book by its cover!, the song says it all, What a Shame. Get to know the person..., I can apply this to my oldest- give this man his wings. I consider myself a level headed girl, yet society is too quick to judge.
“ Her with him ?” I have felt so comfortable and safe with him or do es a little ink or a past promote fear? Naive judge mental people out there.
anonymous Dec 3rd, 2016 12:58pm report
I think this song is about a man who lost someone dear to him. "Give this man his wings" And he just wants to see them again.
anonymous Feb 28th, 2016 2:23pm report
This song reminds me of a guy I knew, who killed himself. No one is sure if he really intended to do it or not. He was very depressed for a long time and would have normally turned to drugs and alcohol to make himself feel better. A couple of years before he died, he was diagnosed with a liver condition. His doctor told him that he had to quit drinking and that even one more beer could kill him. After almost two years of sobriety, he reached rock bottom and drank himself to death. His mother believes that because he was a good man, he is in heaven. Lots of people believe that he is in hell because they consider his death to be a suicide. He was in a lot of emotional pain for a long time and reached a point where he couldn't handle it anymore. He didn't know for sure that he would die if he drank. I look at it as if he knew there was a high possibility that he would die, but he was more so tempting fate.
I believe this is about someone the narrator of the song knows who is planning or already has killed there self because of a struggle with addiction, and has had many people look down on them and view them as worthless but narrator of the song knows they can overcome their problems and even lead a normal life with a little support and care.(this is my opinion witch is probaly not the best but I am only 14)
anonymous Apr 13th, 2015 4:53am report
It reminds me of a man who was killed because he was homeless, murdered in cold blood, just for trying to live his life, and he was taunted, called a "bum" and other horrible things, yet through it all, he never said one unkind thing, then one day, the police found his body, he was beaten to death, and they never found who did it.
anonymous Jul 24th, 2014 7:05am report
its about how judgmental our society is...how because this guy has bad habits and isnt rich, ppl judge him...they wont look deeper into him because of his rough exterior to see that he was truly a good man
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