Third Eye Blind: God of Wine Meaning
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God of Wine Lyrics
Theres another chip you havent spent
And youre cashing them all in
Where do we begin to get clean again
Can we get clean again
I walk home alone with you
And the mood youre born into
Sometimes you let me in
anonymous Jun 30th, 10:04 report
It's a song about being in love with a crystal meth addict who then turns you into one and disappears. The references to 'getting clean again' (getting off meth), 'siren's song that is your madness' (the addiction), 'glamorous sunrise throws the planets out of line' (seeing the sun after not having slept for days due to tweaking. Not the first of their songs to reference Crystal Meth.
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2:04pm report
Lead singer Stephan Jenkins explained on his website: "The song 'God of Wine' takes things from the cellular level, where it says, 'And soon cells give way.' And then also it says, 'Every glamorous sunrise throws the planets out of line.' The stars sent out of whack. The universe is expanding and it's crumbling. The universe is mortal. It's disappearing. Everything that we have, everything that we live in is pointless and crumbling. And some people are born with an innate understanding of that. They have this sort of life rage. And this is the melancholy that they find themselves in. It's a song about those people. And it's basically a story about how we turn back to the Irish theme. You turn to drink to escape that condition. In the end of this song, talking about the God of Wine, the Bacchanalian, even that lets you down."
anonymous Aug 29th, 2019 8:25pm report
Well unfortunately you are all wrong some of you were closer than others but as a medical doctor you’re all wrong. you have to look no further than the actual official music video for the song to understand the true meaning. Think about it lays and gentlemen you wouldn’t have one meaning of the song and then a completely different one in the music video it has to be what’s called congruent . Ever wonder what those weird “ICU” type graphs and charts are. Ever wonder what he was doing -the neuropsychological testing thats what they are-filling in the circles. The OBVIOUS sadness and regret on his face-he was receiving ECT. And for those who thought it was alcohol-ur not far off. Its common for patients to self medicate. But back to the song/music video-ask any MD u know the Conclusion is unmistakable.
anonymous Feb 13th, 2018 2:39pm report
thought this song was about alcohol and relationships. But now I'm not so sure. At a concert on 2/10/2018, Stephan said he just found out his mom died, and he said he wrote this song for her. Now I need to think about it a bit.
Ok, I think I have something. I believe his mom battled cancer several times (recurrences). Since he wrote this about his mom, maybe it's about her journey with cancer, the meds (the alcohol that permeates and cancels the day...not alcohol, but chemo). And him not being able to help
anonymous Feb 13th, 2018 2:33pm report
I thought this song was about alcohol and relationships. But now I'm not so sure. At a concert on 2/10/2018, Stephan said he just found out his mom died, and he said he wrote this song for her. Now I need to think about it a bit.
anonymous May 1st, 2011 5:06pm report
The song is about a relationship on the rocks due to depression and a lack of communication. The alcohol references are probably mostly literary references. Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, was also the god of rage and passionate fits, which his cult following was famous for engaging in as well. He mentions the woman's "madness" as a siren song. The song also talks about determinism. "The mood you're born into" and the discussion of alcohol's effects at a cellular level are examples. Also, he sings "every glamorous sunrise throws the planets out of line," which is about how the Universe is always changing. Basically, the song is about how forces beyond out control tamper with people and can lead to unhappiness and ruined relationships.
anonymous Mar 20th, 2011 3:31pm report
I don't think he is talking about substance abuse at all, I think hes comparing substance abuse to a realtionship. he is using it as a metaphor.
"The God of Wine comes crashing
Through the headlights of a car
That took you farther than you thought
You'd ever want to go
We can't get back again
We can't get back again"
->I think he feels as they are being punished for the substance abuse and the car accident is when they finally realize something is wrong and they can never go back now,hoping it would never come to this, maybe looking for redemption
"She takes a drink and then she waits
The alcohol it permeates
And soon the cells give way
And cancels out the day"
->again with the substance abuse, to the point where she drinks enough to pass out and sleeps through the day hence it is cancled.
"I can't keep it all together
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
I can't keep it all together
And the siren's song that is your madness
Holds a truth I can't erase
All alone on your face"
->there are many definitions of 'siren's' when it is completly broken down it kind of means dangerously seductive, and he realizes the problem with drinking and thinks there is nothing they can do because they are gone to far now
"Every glamorous sunrise
Throws the planets out of line
A star sign out of whack
A fraudulent zodiac
And the God of Wine is crouched down in my room
You let me down, I said it
Now I'm going down
And you're not even around"
->I think that every day they wake is another failure, he wants to blame God, maybe for unanswered prayers, and finally on the downward spiral into a depression, he makes one final cry to God before giving up.
"And there's a memory of a window
Looking through I see you
Searching for something
I could never give you
And there's someone who
Understands you more than I do
A sadness I can't erase
All alone on your face"
->looking back on how it was, through the worse times of life, what I call rock bottom, maybe thinking about the girl, maybe thinking about the drink, someone who can tolerate the girls substance, or someone who can 'use' without becoming addicted, wishing he could drink but not wanting to let himself down...or maybe wishing he could help the girl, wishing to be with her but having to let go for his own health. never forgiving himself for either
thats what I get from the song, a double meaning, one about substance abuse, the other about him and the girl abusing together, or maybe it is about both at the same time. either way, one of the best songs ever written as far as I'm concerned!!
hope this helps
anonymous Jul 21st, 2009 7:44am report
He's writing this song about how alcohol took him and threw him for the ride of his life. He's talking about how their lives were taken over by booze. It's making him feel paranoid. It comes into his bedroom and watches his every move. It took them father than they thought they would go...hence the car accident. It's all about drinking and how the bad relationship fueled the bad drinking and the bad drinking fueled the bad relationship. It talks about getting clean in both aspects so they can both move on and have better lives.
anonymous Jan 9th, 2008 1:04am report
To me it seems like he's just now realising how far they've come down a path that might be the wrong one, and how can they possibly get clean again- from alcohol drugs, gambling, before it ends in tragedy.
Yeah that's just the feeling I get, it seems kind of remorseful.
"Every thought that I repent
Theres another chip you haven't spent
And you're cashing them all in"
- every little thing he does wrong she counts against him, just as he does to her. I think he compares it to chips as fighting can sometimes be a game as you want to be the one who is right and therefore the person who wins.
"Where do we begin to get clean again
Can we get clean again"
- he is asking how can they possibly stop fighting, and if its even possible.
yeah well that's pretty much how I feel about this song, itd be cool if people would write some more interps on Third Eye Blind songs...
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