"Adam's Song" as written by and Tom/hoppus De Longe....
I never thought I'd die alone
I laughed the loudest who'd have known?
I trace the cord back to the wall
No wonder it was never plugged in at all
I took my time, I hurried up
The choice was mine I didn't think enough
I'm too depressed to go on
You'll be sorry when I'm gone

I never conquered, rarely came
Sixteen just held such better days
Days when I still felt alive
We couldn't wait to get outside
The world was wide, too late to try
The tour was over, we'd survived
I couldn't wait till I got home
To pass the time in my room alone

I never thought I'd die alone
Another six months I'll be unknown
Give all my things to all my friends
You'll never step foot in my room again
You'll close it off, board it up
Remember the time that I spilled the cup
Of apple juice in the hall
Please tell mom this is not her fault

I never conquered, when you came
Sixteen just held such better days
Days when I still felt alive
We couldn't wait to get outside
The world was wide, too late to try
The tour was over, we'd survived
I couldn't wait till I got home
To pass the time in my room alone

I never conquered, when you came
Tomorrow holds such better days
Days when I can still feel alive
When I can't wait to get outside
The world is wide, the time goes by
The tour is over, I've survived
I can't wait till I get home
To pass the time in my room alone


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"Adam's Song" as written by Tom/hoppus De Longe

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  • +7
    General Commentthis shows that blink are more than a bunch of immature farting dudes and proves they can be serious and can write their own stuff
    Raidenon April 05, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General Comment"Adam's Song" is commonly referred to as the song when Blink-182 got "serious", being their first well-known slow-paced song. The song is placed in between the catchy and fast-paced songs "Dysentery Gary" and "All the Small Things".[3][4]

    The song is written in C major, with the strings on the guitar tuned a whole step down. The song's lyrics deal with depression and suicide, a noticeable departure from the toilet humor present in most of the other songs on Enema of the State. The arrangement of the song departs from their previous work as well, particularly the shifting instrumental parts. In the verses, the guitar plays (muted) chords accompanied by a relatively ordinary bass line; in the chorus the guitar plays octave lines while the bass shifts to playing chords. It is comparable to their later song "Stay Together for the Kids" (dealing with 'broken home' and family issues), from Blink-182's fifth studio album, "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket".

    The song makes a reference to "Come as You Are" by Nirvana, which includes the lyric "Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don't be late." "Adam's Song," in turn, includes the lyric "I took my time, I hurried up, The choice was mine, I didn't think enough."

    The music video is a melancholic montage of the band's past, showing childhood photos of the band, while playing in a large warehouse room. It was later self-parodied in Man Overboard.

    It was once thought[citation needed] that the website AdamsLetter.com featured the inspiration behind the song, though this was later revealed as a fictitious story, and any "resemblance between the characters, places, and events to any real people is purely coincidental." Tom joked on German TV that the Adam in a question "was an old cowboy war hero who got his nuts shot off, but came through".[5] The title is actually an homage to a Mr. Show with Bob and David sketch, featuring a boy who attempts suicide after listening to his favorite band.[citation needed]

    The song caused a stir in 2000 when it was set to replay indefinitely on a nearby stereo as 17-year-old Greg Barnes, a survivor of the Columbine High School massacre, hanged himself in the garage of his family's home.[6] Hoppus, the song's writer, has insisted that the song is anti-suicide.[7]

    During their 2009 summer tour, after the passing of DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, Blink-182 stopped playing "Adam's Song" for the remainder of the tour and have not played it live since.[8] In 2012 Hoppus stated that the song may be "permanently retired" from their setlist because of the history attached to it.[9]
    bryannanoelon May 13, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthis song means that you can be depressed and stuff but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel
    masterdrateron January 07, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about teenage suicide. Working on a few teenage advice websites, I can see how these words would ring true through teenage depression. It gives people to latch onto and its really sad.
    limegreenpenguinon January 22, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThere seems to be a lot of confusion, spam, arguing over what this song is about. It's very straight forward. The song is about a teenager who is going through depression and is contemplating suicide. It's not about suicide or overcoming it, but it touches on the thoughts that enters someone's head while contemplating suicide. I'm sure when you've contemplated suicide (and I know you have) you have thought about

    - How you're going to commit suicide
    - Feeling like the pain outweighs the resources to cope with the pain
    - Feeling like there's no way people would expect you to do such a thing
    - Remembering the good times
    - Thinking people will forget about you
    - Who will receive your stuff after you die
    - Upsetting parents in a petty way
    - Ensuring it wasn't the fault of your parents

    and of course, my personal favorite, overcoming the moment and thinking "tomorrow will hold such better days"

    The song touches on all of these thoughts, and that's why it's a powerful and memorable song; we've all thought the thoughts that Blink is singing about. It is a sad song, but one that gives hope as well. I will remember this song for most of my life and whenever I hear it my spine tingles (every time).

    abuseforapieon May 09, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI seriously love this song. Anyone who actually read the lyrics can tell that its a tale of depression followed by the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel bad for the people who misinterpreted it and unfortunatly committed suicide but that doesnt take away from the songs merit. Also, just a note to "Trust in Him" how can you possibly have a name like that and be so cold and heartless. If "Trust in Him" is a religous hint like I think it is then how could you be so profane and cruel. O Well its not like you'll even care anyway.

    *Other awesome songs: Blink 182 - Man Overboard, Flickerstick - Hollywood, Jimmy Eat World - If You Don't Don't*
    ORANGE-tommorrowon April 26, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is such a sad, beautiful song...as for what happened with this song and that poor boy, well, i'm sick of parents who can't accept responsibility for not doing their job.
    jaxgrrlon January 31, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is about a teen just before he kills himself (its named after a kid named Adam they once knew). its sad and depressing but its real and its not so corny like all of the other blink songs. Teenage life is made up to be all happy, innocent and loving but in reality its very hard and depressing to go through. thats what the song is about
    sic n twistedon April 24, 2002   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThe Song is a suicide note.
    if you label each line with a slightly more general idea, its the basic outline most follow.
    i never thought (sometimes i always thought) that i'd do/wouldn't do this
    i guess i must have been wrong, because i'm about to.
    i traced my life back to the beginning
    no wonder i'm depressed, my life never meant anything
    i hurried up, i took my time, i tried it both ways
    the choice was mine. i'm responsible for my depression because i fucked up.
    i can't take it anymore
    you'll wish i hadn't
    (the first line would tend to reference something about hurting, dying, what have you. second line is 'well. here it goes anyway' third, tends to be a metaphor that explains how their life never had any meaning. fifth: i tried it different ways, i tried to do what i could, it must be my fault i'm fucked up at this point. i can't go on. (the last line depends on the relationship with the person meant to find the note. you'll wish i hadn't is either worded as 'i hope your sad now' or 'i'm sorry, but i had to.'))

    i never did anything.
    the past was so much better.
    i couldn't wait to grow up.
    everything was already done, there was nothing left for me.
    (next line is not usually present. it was present in my own note though.)
    i did this great thing, i got through it. (still referencing the past, idea is that it's not in the future.)
    (referencing the former line)
    even then i couldn't wait to be alone
    first line repeated.
    it won't be long before i'm completely forgotten. (i want to be remembered. but i won't be)
    give all my stuff to my friends. (i don't actually want to be forgotten, when they see my stuff, they'll remember me.)
    you're not even going to WANT to remember me. (whether its because my memory makes you sad, or because you're mad that i did it.)
    you'll do anything you can to stay away from my memory.
    remember that time that i did that wrong thing? (at this point most suicide notes have said all they were meant to say, i can't speak for others, but writing mine i looked it over and realized i didn't really do anything wrong. so it wasn't right to be depressed, so i needed to find something that i did wrong to justify me feeling bad, that it was okay that i felt bad. the smallest thing is enough to think "i'm such a terrible person! i spilt the juice on the carpet!")
    You'll close it off, board it up
    please tell ____ it's not their fault. (this person always looked out for me. they always cared, i don't want them to think they could have done more to prevent this.)

    the last part isn't giving hope. not at all.
    i still havn't done anything.
    tomorrow's gonna be so much better. (for depressed teens, this is a laughable statement. we know that tomorrow never comes. because everyone says 'tomorrow will be better'. i've heard a lot say 'when's tomorrow coming? cause you said that yesterday. and today fucking sucked.')
    tomorrow, which never comes, is when i'll be able to do great things. that's when i'll be able to survive. but today i can't. and even when i do this great thing. i'd be alone. what's the point?



    i don't honestly care if anyone accepts this meaning. i heard the song, it spoke to me, of my life the way it was. tomorrow came for me. this is me putting my last bit of closure away in the closet and locking the door to those feelings.
    AndrewAceon May 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was trying to figure out why we have our downs. What do we get from them? Maybe they are reactions to our ups. I don't know, but now, I do know that remembering our ups makes our downs quickly fade. Listening to this song helps me to define that hope. It seems very sad, but don't miss the message.
    selfwilledfateon February 09, 2002   Link

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