"Suicide Medicine" as written by and Rocky Votolato....
A brain that never stops ticking
Sometimes an on-off switch would sure come in handy
A mind that's constantly cutting up
And dissecting
Looking for answers
Committing murders along the way

Is it the red wire or the blue wire
Just pick one and cut
It just doesn't matter anymore
Or did it ever
Cause I could never control when the bomb would explode
Oh god I love you
I mean forever
I left my body behind to break the news
Looks like it's over
Please remember all of the things I never got a chance to say
Like you look smashing
In your fourth grade picture
The one that we hung by the door
In our house that was so beautiful
There in our little home

If this medication upsets your stomach
Take it with crackers bread or a small meal
We understand it won't do shit towards the cure
But if you buy this I promise
You're gonna like the way it makes you feel

Is it the red wire or the blue wire
Just pick one and cut it just doesn't matter anymore
Or did it ever
Cause I could never control when the bomb would explode
Oh god I love you
I mean forever
I left my body behind to break the news
Looks like it's over
Please remember all of the things I never got a chance to say
Like you look smashing
In your fourth grade picture
The one that we hung by the door
In our house that was so beautiful
There in our little home


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"Suicide Medicine" as written by Rocky Votolato

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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful. i cant believe no one else has commented on it. its obviously about someone who commits suicide and leaves someone they love very much behind.
    brighteyes6308on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh god i love you!
    best line, love how he says it...beautiful
    brightestfireflyon June 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think brighteyes is right, but i also get the feeling as though the suicide wasn't like an out-right my life sucks suicide but rather like a i am really sick and in pain suicide.
    MJHogieon July 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree fully with brightestfirefly,
    i love that line.
    but i also don't understand how any suicide can't be a "really sick and in pain suicide," i think anyone who goes through with it would have to be in that state.
    Sestar99on September 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful... and quite the emotional rollercoaster haha, i always giggle when he says "crackers" but tear up when he says "oh god i love you." in any case, this song is gorgeous.
    angelofthesilenceon November 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh god i love you, i mean forever.
    this line got me addicted to rocky.
    i originally saw this as a breakup song. where suicide medicine is not so literal.
    but i see where it could be interpreted as both.
    oneforcaiton November 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love you has become such a bs line. this song takes you back to the first time someone said it to you
    ilovealkalineon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI not sure what this song really is about. Suicide? It says it in the title but it doesn't make sense. He's clearly in love with someone, not a very good reason to kill yourself. Maybe she left him. Are there even good reasons to commit suicide?
    Some fatal illness? That would seem more like it. He lies in bed, "looking for answers" unable to stop thinking and the second part of the title's medicine that could be considered a clue.
    But what if it's none of that? What if the words in the title actually are symbols. Symbolism so to speak. Not to be taken litterally. Not that my interpretation would be any less cliché than the others but i see it like that:
    "a brain that never stops ticking" thinking unable to stop.
    "sometimes an on-off switch would sure come in handy" but it doesn't have one.
    "a mind that's constantly cutting up and dissecting
    looking for answers committing murders along the way"
    I guess we all know how that feels, maybe lying awake at night when what happened during the day still haunts us and won't let us find sleep or peace.
    "if this medication upsets your stomach
    take it with crackers bread or a small meal
    we understand it won't do shit towards the cure
    but if you buy this I promise you're gonna like the way it makes you feel"
    What kind of medicine doesn't do shit towards the cure but would make us like the way it makes us feel?
    What cure? To stop thinking, to stop cutting up and dissecting everything that happens, to stop commiting murder along the way.
    I can only guess how it feels to take drugs but from my experience with alcohol I think it's kind of the similar. Yeah I think this song is about drugs, it's medicine, it's suicide, it makes you worry less, think less. It's like a bomb you can't control you can cut any wire the red one or the blue it just doesn't matter anymore. But you know what? I think I am wrong. The only thing I am sure of is that in that moment when he "[leaves] his body behind to break the news" he realizes that he really, wholly and purely is in love with whoever this song is for.
    LessThanNeededon May 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgod, I havent been here for a really long time. and I actually am not sure about what this song is about either.
    at the moment I would really like to believe this song is more than just about the normal boy meets girl situation. but besides that, it seems abvious that everyone sometime is in need of some medication that keeps you from giving up. even though it feels like he s quite close. but who isnt close to giving up or quitting from time to time. only beeing close doesnt mean youre really going to do it.
    for me it describes the moment between realizing how hopeless everything is and how exhausted you really feel, not knowing from where the hell to take the strength to go on, you just want to quit, period, but then its clear that you are going to carry on... somehow. maybe its not about suicide in anyway after all, maybe its just about resting your head on thinking of the possibility...
    maybeneveron August 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat an amazing song... it obviously has many meanings for everyone, but this is just what I got from it:

    he is having issues or mental instability that he is having too much trouble and pain dealing with. the first verse describes how he spends much of his time dealing with this issue and thinking of suicide, and ways of how to make everything work out, for him and the one he loves.

    but in the chorus, he feels like there was never really a cure or a way for him to be at peace with himself, even though he was deeply in love, so he commits suicide, even thought he knows how much it will crush the one he loves. he "left his body behind to break the news" that his fight was too unbearable and he's sorry there was no other way.

    the second verse I don't necessairly get, but it's almost as if this whole song could be a note that he left behind after committing suicide for the one he loves to read. he knows "it won't do shit toward the cure," the cure being that he would still eb alive and they would live happily ever after, but he leaves the note/song explaining everything in an effort to console her. this could be me just going out on a limb though, but I like my idea of it :-)

    this song, being the name of the album, is almost literally what it is for me: suicide medicine. and I don't mean to the extreme of suicide, but when I listen to the album, all of the songs have a way of lifting a person up when things look down, and ultimately, suicide medicine is the things you have to look forward to: friends, family, loved ones, the future, many things. even though many of the songs on the album are kind of depressing, the come together in a way that makes the listener happier after having listened to it.
    Burnddrummaon September 10, 2005   Link

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