What does Walking Disaster mean?

Sum 41: Walking Disaster Meaning

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Walking Disaster Lyrics

I haven't been home for a while
I'm sure everything's the same
Mom and Dad both in denial
An only child to take the blame

Sorry, Mom, but I don't miss you
Father's no name you deserve
I'm just a kid with no ambitions
Wouldn't come home...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Feb 16th 2012 !⃝

    This Song is About Deryck's(the singer) childhood and how screwed up it was. His father left him when he was young. "The son of all bastards" and "mom and dad both in denial." Its shows how he was thrown into a messed up world with messed up people, and how he became influenced by punk rock as a result.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    Americansuiteheart
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    Dec 18th 2009 !⃝

    Well in the beginning I think a boy left home because he was tired of his parents and thought they were too hard on him. He goes out into the real world and realizes how hard it really is. He realizes he had it good at his house and decides to go home missing his family and friends.

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 16th 2023 !⃝

    I think it can be interpreted in many different ways; it could be that he is singing of someone who is having to battle a case of dementia/Alzheimer’s. Also called “the long goodbye” as it is one of the most terrible diseases known to man. As he sings about “will you remember me, when I can’t even tell who I am” and phrases this multiple times. Then follows up with “I wish I could move faster, but I’ve been so stuck in my mind, with a past hurt.” This could mean that the person is starting to forget things, as their mind is becoming sluggish & is starting to be affected by the disease more and more. And the last line “will you remember me, when I’m all by myself” and the music cuts to birds chirping and you think of it being daytime and sunlight streaming down… symbolizing the peace he or she will have in their final moments as they slowly pass away.

    This disease is for me the most terrible to have to endure; it’s hard on the people who watch their loved one slowly waste away and forget everyone and even themselves… I can’t even imagine how it must be for the person suffering from it. Knowing they are not remembering things they should and slowly losing themselves piece by piece..

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2012 !⃝

    I think the song just describes how most teenagers feel. The character is like 'a typical teenager' who leaves home 'cause he's sick of his parents, hates all the world around him and takes it all too emotionally and. He feels like alone, sick, angry as most teenagers feel in some period of their lives. But in the end he calms down, and begins to realize that he's been wrong, so it finally makes him want to come back home.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2011 !⃝

    Pretty much everyone has already said what I think it's about. I would just like to add that the lyrics also sound like they are pretty much summarizing the story of Green Day's American Idiot album. Which is good to me because Green Day and Sum 41 are like my favorite bands :)

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  6. anonymous
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    Oct 18th 2011 !⃝

    This song is probably about a kid who ran away from home after a lot of problems with his parents, since he thought that he was unimportant and useless and everything. At first, he thought he would get by just fine, until he started getting into drugs or something "It's just voices in my head Am I talking to myself? 'Cause I don't know what I just said" Then he realizes just how difficult it truly is to survive in the real world, and he's basically forced to go back home, apologize and live life the way it was meant to be lived.

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 3rd 2010 !⃝

    This song is about a boy who is sick of his parents and all the crap the goes on around the house and leaves home. After a while he realizes that his adolescent mind led him to make the worst out of situations and he doesnt even remember the fights he had with his parents "and now ive been gone for so long, i cant remember who was wrong" He also realizes how hard it is to be a grown up and returns home to see his parents once again "i will be home in a while...cant wait to see your smile wouldnt miss it for the world

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 22nd 2009 !⃝

    I'm not entirely sure but I think in the beginning it's about a boy leaving his parents' home and living on his own. I think he learns how hard it is to live on his own and how much he misses everyone. At the end he realizes how easy he had it.


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