All day staring at the ceiling
Making friends with shadows on my wall
All night hearing voices telling me
That I should get some sleep
Because tomorrow might be good for something

Hold on
Feeling like I'm headed for a breakdown
And I don't know why

But I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
I know right now you can't tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me
I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired
I know right now you don't care
But soon enough you're gonna think of me
And how I used to be, me

I'm talking to myself in public
Dodging glances on the train
And I know, I know they've all been talking about me
I can hear them whisper
And it makes me think there must be something wrong with me
Out of all the hours thinking
Somehow I've lost my mind

But I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
I know right now you can't tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me
I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired
I know right now you don't care
But soon enough you're gonna think of me
And how I used to be

I've been talking in my sleep
Pretty soon they'll come to get me
Yeah, they're taking me away

But I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
I know right now you can't tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me
I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired
I know right now you don't care
But soon enough you're gonna think of me
And how I used to be

Hey, how I used to be
How I used to be
Well, I'm just a little unwell
How I used to be
How I used to be
I'm just a little unwell



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"Unwell" as written by Rob Thomas

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  • +5
    General Comment:This is a person struggling with a mental illness. When he stares at the ceiling all day, he is describing depression. He wants to let you know that just because he is sick doesn't mean he is crazy. Have you seen the video? He's not crazy but his surroundings are. It is like the way the world looks to him at the moment. But, he knows that it won't always look that way. If you just stay awhile you will see him when he is well. To me, it is a very hopeful song. He is trying to break down misconceptions about what is "crazy". This is not the only song he has about mental illness. I also like "Mad Season".
    insect1123on June 25, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:definately about mental illness.living in your mind the point where nothing appears real.
    kaatrienon June 28, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:rob thomas said that this song described his paranoia. this song is awesome, i love it.
    pUnKeR_gIrL44on July 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I know this may not be the actual meaning, but this is how I relate to it...my husband was in Iraq for 8 months at the beginning of the war. I talked to him 7 or 8 times and recieved maybe 10 letters in those 8 months. I felt like I was losing it. I couldn't concentrate, smile, sleep, eat, etc. I was miserable, I didn't know if I would ever see him again. I felt crazy, unwell. Even though I wasn't medically crazy, I felt it . And No one really knew what I felt they weren't me..."I'm not crazy I'm just a little unwell
    I know right now you can't tell
    But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
    A different side of me "
    MeShellon May 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:To me, the song is just talking about feeling like you're losing control. I've just gotten out of 3 year relationship, and its how I feel. People talking about you, thinking you don't know, and trying to convince you that you're perfectly fine, you trying to convince yourself, and knowing that you're not. And you're trying to tell people that you're NOT fine, but its ok, because you don't have to be perfect all the time.
    Pinkaton June 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song is about someone who is deeply depressed. the person trys to go on with their normal life, but is overcome by depressing feelings
    epp88on June 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song seems to be about bipolar...the highs and lows.
    night_of_the_moonon December 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:frist time i herd this it made me think it was about schizophrenia, and if u know anyoen with it u'l understand y, there not crazy, jus a lil unwell, depsite ppl lookin at them etc, and paranoia is part of it all, a great tune!
    hunnybee4uon August 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I have OCD, Paranoia, and Depression, so this song means a great deal to me. its about feeling like your crazy and fucked up because everyone around you is judging you badly.
    Hereticmanon October 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:Sorry about this block of text, just my thoughts on the lyrics

    Schizophrenia patient:
    The staring at the ceiling all day seems to be catatonic behavior (staying in a single position for an extended period of time), seen in the negative symptoms of the disease. Shadows on the wall and hearing voices are possibly hallucinations brought on by the disease. Talking to the self is also common with positive symptoms of schizophrenia (since the patient hears voices that he/she may respond to). The part where he believes that people are talking about him and that he will be taken away could denote paranoid schizophrenia, which often causes threatening auditory hallucinations and beliefs of persecution. Most notable is the belief that he can return to the way "I used to be." Schizophrenia is a debilitating, biologically based disease that often begins in late adolescence, often without warning or stress triggers. This change often occurs quickly and is irreversible, and is prevalent enough to be noticed by the patient (many are aware of change in personality and are openly disturbed by how they are not capable of their previous emotions and thoughts). This awareness seems to be the point of that line, where he/she is realizes that he is mentally ill, and feels scared of this sudden change from the past self. This makes it a fairly sorrowful song to me, since the patient seems to hope that he/she can return to normal, when schizophrenia is generally permanent and nearly impossible to overcome without heavy medication.
    notaplaneton April 21, 2011   Link

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