"Rescued" as written by and Andrew Mcmahon....
Two to one
Static to the sound of you and I
Undone for the last time
And there this was
Hiding at the bottom of your
Swimming pool some September
And don't you think
I wish that I could stay

Your lips give you away
I can hear it, a jet engine
Through the center of the storm
And I'm thinking I'd
Prefer not to be rescued

Two to none
Roads that lead away from this
I'm following myself just this once
And I got spun
It appears you're spun as well
It happens when you're paying attention
Well this could take all year, but

When it's quiet, does she hear me?
The jet is sent to the
Center of the storm
And I'm thinking I'd
Prefer not to be rescued

And oh, I can feel her, she's dying
Just to keep me cold
I'm finally numb, so please
Don't get me rescued, rescued

And it's unclear
But this may be my last song
Oh oh oh oh, I, I can tell
She's raising hell to give to me
But she got me warm
So please don't get me rescued

And oh oh, say you'll miss me one last time
And I'll be strong,
Whatever you do,
Please don't get me rescued

'Cause I'm feeling like
I might need to be near you
And I feel alright, so please
Don't get me rescued


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"Rescued" as written by Andrew Ross Mcmahon

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    Song MeaningI'm pretty confident that this song has a rather specific interpretation, and that I understand what it is pretty clearly. Check out my interpretation of "Kill the Messenger", because this is a concept album about Andrew's summer, and everything ties together. This song, of course, is about the end of his summer, hence "this" was "lying at the bottom of her swimming pool some September", like it was bound to happen. This is the clean break attempt to end all clean breaks, in a sense ("I'm Ready" is an attempt to make a clean break after vacation ends in "Bruised". "La La Lie" is about the denial that follows the end of a relationship he really didn't want to lose. "Dark Blue" is about how lonely he felt in the arms of a rebound chick. "Miss Delaney" is about the rebound chick he thought could make him happy, but he was of course mistaken because she was a liar. In "Kill the Messenger", he's reunited with the girl he really wants, but it's so agonizing that he essentially creates an alter-ego to distance himself from her enough to push her away for the last time, which surprisingly doesn't work, as here we are at "Rescued.")

    Denial isn't the main theme of this song, but at this point the relationship is based on it ("your lips give you away"). And then he introduces the storm analogy; don't think of a thunderstorm, but a hurricane (which interestingly enough is a Something Corporate song). The center of the storm, or the center of this tumultuous relationship, is perfectly quiet (look up the eye of the storm), like a moment of clarity. He's hearing this, like it's a jet engine through the center of the storm, something that's perfectly obvious when everything else quiets down. He's come to realize this, so this is the last time, because he now sees the right thing to do.

    And he doesn't want to be "rescued", because that means revisiting the denial. He's been rescued many times before, as the two been bouncing back and forth the entire summer, the whole album, and that doesn't work, so he's following himself instead of following her. He was "spun" when he paid attention and heard this jet engine roaring, and she seems to hear it as well. "Or this could take all year" if they both decide to close their ears again.

    And when it's quiet, she really hears him for once, and he's "jettisoned" to the center of the storm. To "jettison" is to discard something from an aircraft that's in danger of wrecking, lightening its load to imrpove stability. She discards him, and he ends up in the center of the storm, where he finally realizes that he doesn't want to be rescued again.

    At this point, she's struggling desperately to "keep him cold", to subdue the feelings that will lead them back together again. He's finally numb, so it worked, and during this moment of clarity he feels that he wants it to stay that way. Andrew's so devastated by all of this that he even wonders if this will be his "last song" (thankfully it wasn't).

    Similar to the way her lips give her away, he can tell she's "raising hell to give to him", as in, she's creating havoc between the two of them because she wants to end it without outrightly rejecting him (ironically, in the same way that Andrew tries to "send a little rain her way" in "Kill the Messenger"). She "got him warm", which is to say she was the one, in the first place, who made him feel the opposite of cold and numb, so he doesn't want her to rescue him and make him feel that way again. He wants her to tell him she'll miss him one last time for closure's sake, and he sees letting her go as the strong thing to do.

    And he's saying all this because once again, presumably the way he felt every time they bounced back to each other, he's feeling like he might need to be near her. He feels "alright", which is very difficult to do after a breakup like this, and he's desperately grasping that.

    Happy ending, though. He ended up marrying the chick that this album is about (whom also happens to be the subject of most of Something Corporate's songs, as I understand it). I hope they've found happiness together. Andrew definitely deserves it.
    Sesshyon February 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song could be interpreted so many different ways. Here's what I was thinking:

    He just had to end a relationship with someone he really cared about because their lives were going in two totally different directions. Maybe they were moving away from each other. He didn't want it to end but realizes that its what he needs to do. The song is reflecting on what he had to do.

    I LOVE this song. I think so many people can relate to the feeling of trying to move on, even if its difficult.
    alexaaaon October 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAndrew said his favorite lyric he has ever written is "Jettisoned to the center of the storm"

    Amazing song; amazing man.
    xxmodernloveon February 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningi think that this song is about when Andrew (the artist) had leukemia. i think that he is singing about his sister who was sooo important to him. When he was really sick she donated a lot of blood and bone marrow and basically saved his life. He felt bad about it though because she was giving so much and he felt like it wasnt making improvements in his health. I honestly dont think that it is about a romantic relationship he had.

    i love this song soooo much. im learning it on the piano right now!
    MusicalBuoyon October 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song has meant a lot to me for a solid two years now. I didn't wanna be rescued either, and this song proves Andrew's ability to create beautiful music.

    Just a side note... it's not about his cancer. The "Everything in Transit" album was dropped AFTER he found out he had cancer--meaning the songs had already been written and recorded before said cancer was a thought. Watch "Dear Jack..." It's breath-taking.

    And this song has a quick cameo.
    ashzinzon June 15, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about how he is finally ending things. he's been having having a rocky relationship with a girl. and he's saying that he's actually going to try and get over her this time, although it's really hard. he's saying they got "spun" because they got drowned in this unhealthy relationship. And "rescued" meaning every time they break up, one of them comes to the rescue and says "maybe we can work this out." but he's saying he doesn't want to get rescued, because he's finally starting to feel okay without her, or no feeling at all, and he knows that if she comes back, it will just bring him back to square 1. not to mention going through a hard time, and that it may of been his last song because this was just the final straw for him.
    michasauron October 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song.
    Amazing live.
    Can def relate to it.
    JMC3323on May 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhere did you hear it? I can only find a live version and the quality is pretty low
    msg555on June 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've got two live versions... the one with a (slightly) better quality is up at: themusickid.com/…
    I hope that helps. :)
    nikki04on June 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti adore this song, its so beautiful.. i think its about ending a bad relationship that was hurting both of them, and she dosnt necessarly want to end it. but he needs to for the both of them, and hes begging her not to "rescue" him and pick him up again.. to bascally come back to him as they break up
    im thinking that where he says
    "Too long
    Roads are leading away from this
    I'm following myself, just this once"

    it could be Two long roads...
    as in two seperate directions that they are leaving in both moving on, and he needs to follow himself and do whats best for him, and he cant let anyone come and try to save and do it for him.. to rescue him...

    those are my mixed thoughts, when put together its beautiful
    slowdance104on July 02, 2005   Link

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