Zedd: Clarity Meaning
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Song Released: 2013
Fight fear for the selfish pain it was worth it every time
Hold still right before we crash, ‘cause we both know how this ends
A clock ticks 'till it breaks your glass and I drown in...
anonymous Jul 16th, 2013 7:08am report
They are having an affair... Their love is tragedy Bc they both know at the end of the day they will choose to not leave their partner/spouse so why be together if its not gonna go anywhere? But they cant stop seeing each other... clarity/remedy Bc they are good for each other and make each other happy.. Basically the song is about Lovers that can't be together.
anonymous Jun 13th, 2013 6:18pm report
Its about two people, one has a major problem with the other but cannot let go because the other pulls him or her back in and the love they share is too strong, but the problem is going to pull them apart over and over again and it cant be stopped.
anonymous Sep 15th, 2013 9:43pm report
Substance addiction and asking why something so bad if so good.
anonymous Jan 7th, 1:06pm report
You chose your path, and I chose mine. But I still care for you.
anonymous Dec 7th, 12:20pm report
I feel like this song describes a freshman and senior and high school. I know it sounds weird, but it makes sense to me. I am writing a story about it, and this song comes to mind. The first line in the second verse describes a red parade, and seniors usually graduate on red gowns. It's also hard for the two to be together because of the age gap and remarks from others, and I feel like this song describes repeatedly how the relationship has no future and will eventually end. That is my interpretation.
anonymous Sep 15th, 9:14pm report
My interpretation is that it is a couple who has had a lot of drama but in the future, it gets better
"still fight and I don't know why" meaning that they had a fight and she/he is upset about what they said or did
"if our love is tragedy why are you my remedy, if our love is insanity why are you my clarity" meaning that it got better but still needs more adjusting to the love they have for each other .
anonymous Dec 27th, 2018 12:24am report
It's amazing how all art is interpreted in different ways. This song came out when I was going through a very difficult time in my life. I had just left an abusive relationship. I went through the withdrawals of being without the only person in my life I had learned to rely on I struggled with the loss of a constant in my life. In some ways I picked out certain things from this song. Like when she said " you are the piece of me I wish I didn't need" to me it referred to knowing someone is not good for you but fighting the feeling of desperation. " If our love is tragedy why are you my remedy" if our loves insanity why are you my clarity" meaning our relationship might be our demise if we stay together and I'm seriously screwed in the head to be with you but you eventually show me your true colors and I see what love isn't. So in a way I just kind of associated with my experience at hand. It's almost like hearing what you want to hear. I do love this song still because it is a beautiful reminder of how far I've come from the dark place I was in ♥️
anonymous Jul 6th, 2018 7:20am report
My ex said this was our song and i asked if that was a good thing and she said yes it is and smiled so i take it as a song about two people who have been through the same struggles in life. they want to be together but they dont want to get hurt so they just stay close to eachother and maybe find there way back to each other
anonymous Jun 16th, 2018 6:55am report
Today I found out that my ibf had been lying to me about their health. She was perfectly fine, but they told me that their heart kept stopping. This has been going on for about a month and a half. Before this, she lied to me. My question for her is.. why? Why keep playing with the feelings of a girl dying of cancer?
anonymous Nov 10th, 2017 11:01pm report
I relate to this song, because I fell in love with someone. We were close friends, it seemed like more sometimes, but we never got together. I found out this person had a problem, and it got to the point where i hardly ever saw them anymore. I try to let go, but I still love them, even though they aren't good for me. But they honestly was one of the best people I ever had in my life, and I still miss him, after a year of being heartbroken...
Brokenlawless May 30th, 2017 5:44pm report
I was in college and had just broken up with my boyfriend of 8 months when this song came out. I was heartbroken and regretted breaking up more than anything I would have imagined. Two weeks later I learned he had a new boyfriend. It happened to be the guy he cheated on me with. I was obsessed and desperate for any type of communication from him. It would make my heart race and give me mental clarity and peace for just a moment. I was depressed all summer long and I would play this song over and over as I slowly healed and got over the love of my life that I knew I would never call mine again.
anonymous Feb 26th, 2017 2:49am report
I'm pretty sure this song is a personification of an addiction to smoking methamphetamine, and here is a line-by-line explanation of why:
"Hot dive into frozen waves"
would be about heating crystals until they melt in order to inhale the vapors
"where the path comes back to life"
could still refer to the melted crystals flowing around, or to the repetitive feeding of the familiar path of addiction to get a feeling similar to a young love that has been lost/dead
"Fight fear for the selfish pain, it was worth it every time"
meaning that they are trying to cope with a fear of withdrawing/coming down, especially since being higher means a worse come-down, but trying to get as high as possible anyway
"Hold still right before we crash 'cause we both know how this ends"
When a meth addict runs out of the drug after obsessing with it and tweeking they tend to get lethargic and unenthusiastic, but they generally understand that they have to come down eventually. So, when they know the end of the high is approaching (usually due to a lack of sleep/drugs/money) they will often lay still and defeated/depressed.
"A clock ticks 'till it breaks your glass and I drown in you again"
means time being high is constantly counting forward, until the glass used to vaporize the drug breaks from heating with a butane torch and any melted drugs inside spill onto the user
"Cause you are the piece of me I wish I didn't need"
refers to the user wanting to stop, but addiction has already taken hold
"Chasing relentlessly, still fight and I don't know why"
refers to the user's constant struggle to find/obtain more drugs to avoid withdrawing
"If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?"
means if this is so horrible, why does it make me feel better?
"If our love's insanity, why are you my clarity?"
If this is so crazy/pointless to try to stay high forever, then why is it the one thing I'm so sure about wanting?
"Walk on through a red parade and refuse to make amends"
refers to the full grip of addiction and refusing to fix the problem
"It cuts deep through our ground and makes us forget all common sense"
refers to the quick erosion of the addict's moral grounding, leading to them doing things they would never have done before drugs
"Don't speak as I try to leave 'cause we both know what we'll choose"
There are no words that could ever seem more important than the drug of choice for some addicts, and overcoming the addiction seems hopeless
"If you pull and I push too deep then I'll fall right back to you"
Even if an addict does manage to get clean, the danger of relapsing and falling into old habits will always be there. It can be all too easy to be pushed back into old patterns of addiction if the addict lets themselves get pulled into thinking they can just go back for one more high.
This song has many layers and could be about any addicting yet unhealthy/painful relationship, but the word choices seem to point towards a personified relationship with the writer's addiction to meth.
anonymous Jun 11th, 2016 6:58am report
only an addict would say this song is about drugs , lol, cause it is, cause we know that feeling. but others will of course see it as a relationship. we personify our addiction. its a messed up thing. it could be both things.
anonymous Dec 15th, 2015 12:56am report
For me, and my girlfriend who passed away November 19th, 2015...it was our song...
We had a lot of ups and downs. She broke my heart many times, and yet no matter how 'insane' it was for us to stay together, we couldnt stay apart.
I am a DJ/Producer, and the moment i played Clarity in a mix for her, it became our relationship theme song.
It wasnt till she washed ashore after falling into Lake Michigan one night and was found the next morning that the lyrics really hit me...
"High dive into frozen waves" - She was washed off the dock by the high freezing waves...
"A clock ticks 'til it breaks your glass and I drown in you again" - She drown at around midnight, a time we always would spend thinking of each other whenever we were apart.
"Walk on through a red parade and refuse to make amends" - the weekend prior we argued and for the first time in 2yrs, she apologized first, and i, knowing i normally do and should, refused to say i was sorry.
"It cuts deep through our ground and makes us forget all common sense" - due to the hurt i was feeling at my core, i knew i shouldve apologized but ignored that.
"Don't speak as I try to leave 'cause we both know what we'll choose
If you pull then I'll push too deep and I'll fall right back to you" - the night she died i was going to text her, but knew if i did that night id give in and i wasnt ready to forgive her yet.
"If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?" - as bad as it was, she was the only one who could take away my pain.
"If our love's insanity, why are you my clarity?" - She would say i was crazy for staying with her and she was crazy for hurting me, and id say i was crazy for trusting her but id be stupid to leave her.
And while yes, the pain of what happened in our relationship cant be excused... in the end... the clarity i had that somethings, really are small in comparison and when you wake up to seeing your girlfriends face on every news channel.... it puts things in perspective.
Thats what i got from the song.
She will always be with me, in my heart. And that song and my tattoo in hebrew that says "Clarity" that i got a few days after she passed will always remind me to put life in perspective, because you never know when it will end!
anonymous Jun 23rd, 2015 6:42pm report
While my initial interpretation was that it was about addiction or possibly a failed love affair. If you watch the video, there are some subtle hints that it could in fact be about the loss of a child or pregnancy.
"Walk on through a red parade and refuse to make amends. It cuts deep through our ground and makes us forget all common sense"
This part in the video coincides with some imagery of merging of cells/possibly creating new life.
Maybe she's saying, even though we shouldn't have been together, the life that came from it is something I'll never let go of, that's why I always return to you or want you back in my life, because we lost this thing that tied us together forever.
Just one interpretation.
anonymous Mar 6th, 2015 3:54pm report
Even though we have so many problems in our relationship, I'm in love with you, and I need you with me always. We keep pushing each other away and telling each other it'll never work out, but if that's so true, then why do we keep coming back to each other? Because we need each other. Because I need you, even though I wish I didn't. Whenever I'm with you, I feel complete. I feel better, and no matter how hard I try, I can't get over you.
anonymous Oct 20th, 2014 10:28pm report
Could have dozens of meanings. Two people who can't be together bc of another person, or an addiction, or mental illness, or terminal illness. Or just one person "talking" to the addiction. Or, yes, talking to God. Except if it were God, why would the love be tragedy? So while it's most likely about a love that must end somehow sometime some way, it could apply to many situations; that's what makes it so deep.
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