Three Days Grace: Pain Meaning
Song Released: 2006
Pain, I can't get enough
Pain, I like it rough
'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all
You're sick of feeling numb
You're not the only one
I'll take you by the hand
And I'll show you a world that you can...
anonymous Jul 5th, 2007 7:14pm report
I know for a fact this song is about lead singer Adam Gontier's addiction to oxycontins. He says it in many interviews. Anyways.. what this song means to me is that he has become so numb because of the drug. Oxycontins are pain relievers, and have caused him to be in a numb state. Adam even says in an interview that the thing he notices most now after being clean is that he can actually feel things now. "I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all" Means he'd rather feel the pain of withdrawal than stay with the drug and feel nothing. He's saying that it's worth the pain............ Maybe I'm wrong, but I do know for a fact it has something to do with adam coming clean from oxycontins.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2007 1:48pm report
The song is about clinging to the vices that you know only hurt you while at the same time recognizing that you need to make a change and allowing someone in to help you. It's knowing that you're in a bad place and wanting to get out but for whatever reason (fear of change, self-doubt...) not being able to let go of your vice, let go of the pain. The song is pretty universal. The pain could be from anything... drugs, self-injury, love. I've experienced the latter myself. I still am. I'm with a guy that I know I don't belong with and I know I might be happier elsewhere but I just can't walk away. Even when I do... I come back. Try this... clear your head, turn on the song, close your eyes... and just listen. let the music and the lyrics bring out that pain... That feeling of knowing it's wrong and wanting to change it but still not letting go.
anonymous Mar 11th, 2007 3:51pm report
Not sure why so many of you are obsessed with cutting. just because someone writes a song about pain doesn't mean it has to be physical. I think it's ridiculous that the majority of people who have posted here are so obsessed with this "the song is about cutting" theory. Is our world really that desperate to see someone hurt themselves? or is it just that there are a few people who don't know how to cope so they cut and need to justify it by imagining that someone else, everyone else, is in the same boat. I hate to burst everyone's sadomasochistic bubble but not everything has to be that transparent. So please, people... enough with the cutting theories. why don't you take out that mental wall you've built and dive a little deeper for your interpretation. personally I agree with the interpretation submitted 1/17/2007. There are 2 "voices" in this song. The calmer, rational "I know this isn't right and I want to change it" side... and the more intense, passionate "this is the only thing I know and even though it hurts me I'm scared to let go." think about it. There's a message within the music. not just the lyrics. lyrics are only one part of a song.
anonymous Aug 22nd, 2014 8:44am report
Honestly, this song fills me with a rebellious rage. The tempo and beat, along with the rage Adam sings with inspire me to spit in life's face and say f you life, you're not bringing ME down! There have been many times when I walked the school hallways (back when I was IN school), heard this song come on, and immediately straighten up and glare at anyone who dared to look at me funny. I even scared a few of ny friends with the sudden attitude change.
There's also another thing I wanted to address. An interpretation is just that: a person saying what the song means to them. They could relate any memory or emotion to it, and still be correct because it's how THEY interpret the song. The people who jump down the throats of others for having a different opinion are in the wrong, plain and simple. I don't know if that's the case in this thread, but I've seen it in others.
Bottom line: this song makes ME feel like a badass, and that's okay. If someone feels all warm and fuzzy inside and want to go search for unicorns and magical kittens, they may need to be tested for drug abuse/schizophrenia, but it's still THEIR interpretation, so it's still correct.
P.S. I was joking about the testing thing, but if you truly believe unicorns and magical kittens exist...PLEASE BRING ME ONE OF THOSE KITTENS XD
musicsinmyveins Oct 19th, 2012 10:51pm report
To me this song is about any outlet to the misery of what life can bring you. Like he says "this life is filled with hurt, when happiness doesn't work" it couldn't be any truer. That leads into him saying "anger and agony are better than misery" It just feels like am anthem to me in a way. Pain is better than feeling numb. Any sort of pain is better to deal with pure hurt from any situation , it in a way takes your mind off what's going wrong with.
anonymous Jul 19th, 2012 7:31am report
My interpretation is that of a super villain, rather a tragic villain's excuse of doing the world bad and probably fighting the super anti-hero/vigilante (someone fighting for others without love, somewhat like Naruto at the start of his journey) at the moment and that he's doing the last part of his show, probably winning, reaching his hand out with a devious smile, trying to talk over the good guy to join him.
It starts with the recruiting words that you're not alone in numbness. That you should take his hand and then he will show you a world that you understand (Somewhere you feel something), since there's no happiness then he will show a world of pain. The part where the lights go out, thats where I think he means you will now understand that there's only darkness around you so join him.
Then the chorus:
Pain without love, simply is that there's only pain and there's no love.
Can't get enough, it's simply that it's addictive self-pity many villains have.
I rather feel pain than nothing at all, probably the sentence that states his fact that there is absolutely nothing besides pain, he got no love, he got no happiness, there's only pain from doing his "good" deeds but he rather do it than be sorry afterwards. (Meaning that the outcome justifice the means).
Anger and agony are better than misery, the villains fuel words of recruitment, that you should rather be angry, rather feel the pain of doing something bad that justifice the means instead of dwadle in self-pity and helplessness.
Trust me, I got a plan, when the lights go off you'll understand.
This is the villain smiling, reaching out that he knows what's best, as always a narcisstic part of self-determination of being the good and not the bad guy. Even if he has to show his true face that he is the darkness that shrouds the mind of the recruiter.
- Chorus -
I know, this is your world and then I am here to save you.
I am always there for you, and you'll thank me later.
Simple, that he's stating probably this is a song to his rival/archenemy the super hero who's finally at the brink of destruction (like Batman and Lex Luthor).
That he's at the last sentence stating you'll thank me later, is simple his own narcisstic choice of word that outcome justifice the means. "For the greater good." - Tau, Fire Warrior.
anonymous May 8th, 2012 5:38pm report
It's probably not about cutting but you know it could be. However you want to interpret it, just go ahead and do so.
anonymous May 5th, 2012 5:59pm report
okay as evidence the song says anger and agony are better than misery any emotion and feeling is better than feeling numb and no emotion at all and it could be alot of diffrent things so he'd rather feel pain than feel numb and about the drug adiction that idea works for without love part because he might have felt alone and unloved during this time. and the person who said the you know thing he first said i know so maybe he found someone that feels the same thingand who ever the people that are picking on emo people that is just crap and you need to stop they have feelings too and are human beings like the rest of us so who are you to treat them like the are not because that is toatle BS for picking on them just because they are not like you
anonymous Jan 7th, 2012 1:37pm report
I have read that this song is about rehab and the singers addiction to pain killers.
But, just for fun replace pain with sex ;)
anonymous Jul 4th, 2011 7:59pm report
I think it's about masochism. My friend said it first and I was like noooo he says he'd rather feel pain than not feeling anything and being feeling less then I heard: "when the lights go out you'll understand" then I was like yea... Its about S&M
anonymous May 18th, 2011 5:30am report
This song is about being hurt or cheated on, and it is telling how the pain is better than not feeling anything and being numb all of the time.
"Your sick of feeling numb, Your not the only one," This statement supports my opinion, though it is only an opinion.
Thank you for your time.
anonymous Apr 1st, 2011 4:30am report
There are plenty of interpretations one being depression, the other about Adam (lead singer) being an addict to oxycontin. Being an ex-addict to prescription pills myself, you can tell exactly what Adam means in the song. "I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all" He would rather go through withdrawal and feel the awful pain of that than being numb by the drug. "Pain without love" Loving the drug or the feeling of being numb and happy..."anger and agony are better than misery" Look up withdrawal symptoms of oxycontin or prescription pills in general and then re-read the lyrics of the song. The drugs make you miserable. It makes complete sense and I listened to this while I was going through the same thing as Adam. "I'll show you a world that you can understand" A world without drugs.
Seems like many of these people interpret this song about cutting, which I'm not saying is wrong because cutting can go with depression. Just read the articles and interviews with Adam about the song and you'll see the real meaning.
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2011 2:41pm report
I say it is about sex thts y it says when the lights go out ull understand and its obviously about a relationship and its like rough sex w no love...and hed rathe have pain then no feeling of love at alll....duuuuhhhh
anonymous Feb 19th, 2011 2:12pm report
This song is about a guy who is so in love with a women that it is killing him. Most likely because she doesn't have the same feelings, probably because she had been hurt in the past which ties into the pain concept. Remember the song is always saying "You know, You know!" So the singer is talking to the girl either in person or via phone.
anonymous Nov 21st, 2010 11:27am report
ok people what's is so wrong with emo people?!?! we don't just go ''oh i wanna cut myself'' we feel emotional, physical or any other kind of pain, we don't kno what to do cuz we don't want to tell any1 cuz they can't help so we cut to actually feel something. so for all you people who keep sayin crap about emo people, stfu. this song is about drugs and all pain, every1 has theyre intepretation and you need to watch what you say cause every1 has feelings ok??
anonymous Nov 1st, 2010 11:32am report
Too be honest I think the meaning that is for every one in this song is at least you CAN feel, even if it is pain, and pain is better then death or nothing at all yet still be alive. But I guess the reason the song is around is because after the lead singer stopes using those pain killer drugs and started to feel again (the drugs made him numb) he relized that the pain he felt that made him take drugs was better the A. Being dead B. Being numb yet alive (which too me makes me think it feels like I am a zombie) so yea. Three Days Grace forever.
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