"Vindicated" as written by and Christopher Andrew Carrabba....
Hope dangles on a string
Like slow-spinning redemption
Winding in and winding out
The shine of it has caught my eye
And roped me in
So mesmerizing so hypnotizing
I am captivated
I am

Vindicated
I am selfish
I am wrong
I am right, I swear I'm right
Swear I knew it all along and
I am flawed
But I am cleaning up so well
I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself

So clear like the diamond in your ring
Cut to mirror your intention
Oversized and overwhelmed
The shine of which has caught my eye
And rendered me so isolated
So motivated
I am certain now that
I am

Vindicated
I am selfish I am wrong
I am right, I swear I'm right
Swear I knew it all along and
I am flawed
But I am cleaning up so well
I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself

So turn up the corners of your lips
Part them and feel my fingertips
Trace the moment, fall forever
Defense is paper thin
Just one touch and I'd be in too deep now
To ever swim against the current
So let me slip away
So let me slip away
So let me slip away
So let me slip against the current
So let me slip away (4x)

Vindicated
I am selfish I am wrong
I am right, I swear I'm right
Swear I knew it all along
And I am flawed, but I am cleaing up so well
I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself

Slight hope
It dangles on a string
Like slow spinning redemption


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"Vindicated" as written by Christopher Carrabba

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  • +3
    General CommentI think maybe kts about someone who knows hes flawed and may not feel hes good enough for another person but he comes to realize that those flaws were seen differently in a good way by that other person so hes saying hes now seeing in himself what that other peraon once saw in him
    Hotakah63on August 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think it's all about meeting a woman who is helping him believe in himself.
    ANewDawnon May 02, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell...I'll actually comment on the song and not the band. I believe the song is about making choices because you know they're right, but the choices you make don't satisfy you. The choices may not be popular, thus "Slipping against the current." Maybe he broke up with a girl that he liked, but did it for the wrong reasons, and he hopes that one day everything will be better.
    Airenon May 31, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about trying to change and become a better person. For me this song is really emotional because I am trying to become a better person and learn to treat other people better and knowing what a douchebag I can be sometimes makes me so upset.
    Aenema91on September 28, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFor me this song is about hopelessness... "it" refers to the ring. All the adjectives (mesmerized, hypnotized, captivated, overwhelmed, isolated, motivated) are referring to this same object that represents his (my) hopelessness. (in short, the woman he loves married someone else)

    You snooze you lose. If you have a good woman, man up. That's the lesson of this song imo. A tiger doesn't know he's the king of the jungle.. he simply is the king of the jungle. Basically you have to be a raging ego maniac to hold onto a woman. And the bible thumpers think evolution is a fallacy...
    ifamericansknewdotorgon November 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSpiderman gives everything up only to realize that he has to be spiderman. It is his destiny. Meanwhile everything he hated about himself is what Mary Jane loves, therefore, if for nothing else to save the world, he will do anything for Mary Jane. The second verse probably refers to how MJ is engaged and how that makes Peter Parker feel.
    eaglesfan81on June 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, I'm going to revert back to what I think this song means, regardless of selling out and what not..

    I see this song as him getting out of a relationship he got into thinking it was going to be 'the one'
    For instance, "like the diamond in your ring
    cut to mirror your intention
    oversized and overwhelmed
    the shine of which has caught my eye "
    This part is saying that he loved this girl for all the good qualities, and disregarded the bad ones.. Just like the diamond in her ring, that was oversized and overwhelmed which caught his eye, just as she has, and which hide her true intentions.
    In the chorus I think he's saying this girl put him through emotional hell, whether it be putting him down or what not, in the line "i am vindicated, i am selfish, i am wrong" But now he has smartened up, and the diamond has lost its shine, " I am right, I swear I'm right, I swear I knew it all along" And he knows he has flaws, but it his her fault because she has put him down, and now after this realization, he is 'cleaning up so well'.

    Lastly, the last and i think most important part of the song is, "defense is paper thing, just one touch and id be in too deep now to ever swim against the current" He's saying that, if he wanted, he could have her back in a second 'defense is paper thin' But if he does, she will put him down like before, and if he goes back he can never 'clean up so well' and thus will never be able to fight 'the current'.

    THe last part where he screams 'so let me slip away' means that, he has to look away from this diamond in his heart, and move on, or else he will be entwined in a losing battle, in which he will lose against the current.
    Meph85on June 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song i wasnt so shure about the meaning i though ,you just so guy wanting to break upwith some girl . but i think this song might be about sleepin with a girl whose already married.
    he wants her to leave her husband (or maby fiance)sometimes he hates her and somtimes he can live with out her (hope dangles on a string
    like slow-spinning redemption
    winding in and winding out
    the shine of it has caught my eye )
    she likes him but wont leave her partner. (like the diamond in your ring
    cut to mirror your intention)
    its mirror not hide memph.
    shes obviously not happy with her situation and thats another reason why he cant just leave her (so tired of the corners of your lips ).
    if i was this guy i wouldnt know what to do with myself either . he just wants to slip away.
    see ya d_a_m

    hey im just sick n stuff but can anyone see the sexual indoendo ?
    touching her lips ? parting ? trace the moment ?
    (defense is paper thin
    just one touch and i'd be in
    too deep now to ever swim
    against the current )
    condoms ?
    i dunno
    dutch_angel_moion June 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first time I heard this song, I was talking to the man I love. Now whenever, wherever I am when I hear this song, it takes my breath away. I'm not even joking, I seriously can barely breathe. It is a very new experience for me, and it shows me the person that I have to be with. That I NEED to be with. I LOVE YOU OCTAVIO!
    RaginChikee19on June 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo understand what the meaning of the song is you need to understand what vindicated means, see IKill4Fun's post, and two, you should remember that he wrote this song for the Spiderman 2 movie. I've not seen the movie yet, but I think once everyone does this song would make more sense, but from what I've seen in the previews I'll try and explain what I think the song means.

    "hope dangles on a string
    like slow-spinning redemption
    winding in and winding out
    the shine of it has caught my eye"

    This part of the song to me says that the Peter Parker character has hope that he and Mary Jane will be together some day. The vindicated part is in reference to himself being set free of being Spiderman anymore which you see in the previews so he can be "selfish" to persue his own happiness of being with Mary Jane.

    "I am flawed but I am cleaning up so well
    I am seeing in me now the things
    you swore you saw yourself so clear,"

    is him saying him made a mistake and has changed now into the guy that Mary Jane saw all along, taking us back to the end of the first movie.

    "like the diamond in your ring
    cut to mirror your intention
    oversized and overwhelmed
    the shine of which has caught my eye

    and rendered me so isolated, so
    motivated"

    Brings us back to this movie now and the previews that I'm sure we have all seen where Mary Jane says she is getting married, so this part is in reference to Peter Parker seeing that ring on her finger for the first time just reassures himself that he made the right choice to leave behind Spiderman because it was because of him being Spiderman that Mary Jane has that ring and is marrying someone else.

    "defense is paper thin
    just one touch and i'd be in
    too deep now to ever swim
    against the current

    so let me slip away
    so let me slip away
    so let me slip away
    so let me slip against the current

    so let me slip away
    so let me slip away
    so let me slip away
    so let me slip away"

    This part to me seems to be about Peter Parker being Spiderman and literally asking people to let him "slip away" from being Spiderman anymore before he gets in to deep to ever be anything else.

    "my hope dangles on a string
    like slow spinning redemption"

    This last part pretty much is Peter Parker saying he is holding on to his last bit of hope that he and Mary Jane will ever be together, but he is now ready to redeem what is his by having her.

    This is what I got from the song by thinking about the movie this song was written for. If you want to take out the Peter Parker and Mary Jane parts, then the song could be about any guy that had a chance to be with a woman of his dreams and made a mistake and is now changing and wanting another chance with her.

    Sorry for the length of this, but it didn't seem like hardly anyone was actually trying to talk about what the song means and was just saying how much they like DC. I would like to hear what other people think the song means, I only read a few of the posts where people actually said what they though the song was about.
    JenniferGarneron June 30, 2004   Link

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