"Meds" as written by and Molko/olsdal/hewitt....
I was alone, falling free
Trying my best not to forget
What happened to us, what happened to me
What happened as I let it slip

I was confused by the powers that be
Forgetting names and faces
Passers by were looking at me
As if they could erase it

Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?

I was alone staring over the ledge
Trying my best not to forget
All manner of joy, all manner of glee
And our one heroic pledge

How it mattered to us, how it mattered to me
And the consequences
I was confused by the birds and the bees
Forgetting if I meant it

Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?

And the sex, and the drugs, and the complications
And the sex, and the drugs, and the complications
And the sex, and the drugs, and the complications
And the sex, and the drugs, and the complications

Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?
Baby, did you forget to take your meds?

I was alone, falling free
Trying my best not to forget


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"Meds" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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    General CommentI think I take the same pills.
    SeeTheBrownBunnyon April 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLet me explain :)

    I was alone, falling free
    (falling off the clif or building whatever..)
    Trying my best not to forget
    What happened to us, what happened to me
    What happened as I let it slip
    (Trying not to forget why he is doing it)

    I was confused by the powers that be
    Forgetting names and faces
    (parania and self loathing)

    Passers by were looking at me
    As if they could erase it
    (people judging him for considering such a thing)


    Baby, did you forget to take your meds? (X2)
    (comments that people use to judge people in that way)


    I was alone staring over the ledge
    Trying my best not to forget
    All manner of joy, all manner of glee
    And our one heroic pledge
    (Trying to convince himself not to jump)

    How it mattered to us, how it mattered to me
    And the consequences
    I was confused by the birds and the bees
    Forgetting if I meant it
    (the confusion of life)

    Baby, did you forget to take your meds? (X4)
    (same as it meant before)

    I was alone, falling free
    Trying my best not to forget
    (his final decision to jump)
    brailtothenighton February 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought that this song was about a girl falling in love with a guy who had mental problems
    zodinon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes its about a psychopath forgetting to take their medication but its more than that.

    Theres a girl hus in a relationship with the guy whos on medication. and he is going through a rough time... mabey they had a bit of a fight and that got to him even though it wasnt really big... but hes on the edge and it ends up that hes on the edge both mentally and physically (he kills himself) so hes on the edge of a clif about to jump and hes trying hard not to forget who he is but hes batteling himself and he jumps and as hes falling hes all alone and hes still trying not to forget.

    Then when he is found dead his girlfriend is so upset ("babey, did you forget to take your meds?") and she thinks about their relationship and she thinks about the sex and drugs (as in his medication not ilegal drugs) and the complications (obviously it would have been a very difficult situation and there would have been lots of comlications.
    Billahon May 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst off I hate that people are using the term psychopath... a psychopath doesn't take medication usually.... and people with brain disorders are not psychopaths!

    Personally and maybe this is what i find to identify with- the song is about Mania. The guy is Manic- the meds he refers to are mood stabilizers and possibly APs... he is hallucinating and delusional. The sex... the drugs... he's hypersexual, and often some people when manic will present drug seeking behavior- usually cocaine.

    But... just a tip for all of you.. sociopath/psychopath is a personality disorder not a mood disorder... they are not the same thing. schizophrenia is not psychopathy and neither is schizo-affective disorder or Bipolar Affective Disorder.
    n03113on June 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really had to wrap my head around this one. What a brilliant song with a very fitting video. Just love the disturbing imagery! For someone who can relate to this song and/ or video, it becomes truly memorable. I'm not sure what exactly this song means, but I can offer my opinion based on the lyrics, the video, the nature of Placebo's music and what it means to me. Brian Molko has said that he writes songs based on his past experiences and mostly about his failed relationships. I perceive this song as an account of what his life was like in the midst of his drug usage and at the height of his career. Most ex addicts will admit that they can't remember in clarity, the details of their "drugs, sex and rock n roll" days. The video seems to depict this clearly, as Molko wakes up in a hotel room, seemingly perplexed and still hallucinating with a vague recollection of the night before. To me it seems like the character in the song (Molko) was trying not to lose grip of reality, but the drugs and alcohol messed him up pretty bad.

    He was in a relationship, but screwed it up. “I was confused by the birds and the bees. Forgetting if I meant it.” Maybe he had sex with someone else, but regretted it because he was too out of it to even remember why he did it. Another possibility is that he became involved with a woman after a one night stand with her while in a drug induced state and now he’s wondering why he’s with her. He’s always on drugs so he’s probably seldom sober in her presence. Because of this he’s not sure if he feels anything for her or if it’s just the drugs. So he’s acting weird around her, perhaps even morbid, hence the question- “Baby, did you forget to take your meds (drugs)?” A question posed to him.

    When he was high he was happy, but as soon as it wore off he would feel alone and depressed. “I was alone, falling free. Trying my best not to forget.” He doesn’t want to forget how good it feels to be on that high. He’s dependant on the drugs as if it is medication making him better. Sobriety is a sad reality for him. The music gets more and more intense as the song progresses, indicating that his addiction is getting worse.

    This is what I think. Anyone care to comment? Am I on to something or just plain nuts! Lol!
    AgrippinaPoisonon August 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHonestly--this song seems to be about bipolar disorder (I was a psych major and suffer from bipolar myself and it makes a lot of sense).

    I was alone/falling free/trying my best not to forget/what happened to us/what happened to me/
    what happened as I let it slip.

    This seems to refer to a manic episode. When bipolar 1 patients go off their meds, they don't want to go back on them and in the midst of mania they forget the reasons why they were on the meds in the first place or they choose not to. Which is precisely what this means to me. The narrator is alone because you often times isolate your friends and family when you're manic. You also feel free and happy because that's what mania feels like. And a manic individual may try to not to forget what he/she did to his/her self and his/her family members. But the overwhelming need to keep being manic overwhelms.

    I was confused by the powers that be/forgetting names and faces/ Passers by, were looking at me/
    as if they could erase it.

    This talks about the confusion and upset a bp1 patient feels towards god. Why is this happening? Why is this wrong? Why should I try not to feel this? Also, this is the progression of the mania. First the narrator is trying not to forget and now he/she is forgetting or not caring about the things that stopped him/her from wanting to be manic. The passersby comment is also congruent with the bp1 because mania causes people to be rude, narcissistic and sometimes violent. They will go up to strangers and talk for hours about themselves. People might see a person like this and give him/her looks like who the hell is this person and why is this person continuing to talk and be such a jerk. The people probably literally want to escape and forget the person.

    Baby...did you forget to take your meds?

    When a group of people loves someone with this disorder and they see him/her losing it they all begin to ask the same question--"Did you forget to take your meds?" I can't tell you how many times when I've been really losing it that everyone I know asks about this.

    I was alone, staring over the ledge/trying my best not to forget/all manner of joy, all manner of glee/and our one heroic pledge.

    The next stage--depression. People with bipolar are VERY prone to suicidal ideation. This narrator is standing over the ledge trying to remember the mania, trying to remember the good times with everyone they know, trying to remember what matters. And the heroic pledge might refer to two things. When you are suicidal your counselor tends to make you sign a contract to not commit suicide. They make you promise and they make you sign it(not always--but sometimes--and they at least make you verbally pledge). Why is this heroic? Because to overcome suicidal thoughts takes a lot of courage. Because there is a we in this sentence it could also refer to taking that pledge with another person to work towards the narrator's mental health (it is often a group effort with the bp patient needing unyielding support). It could also be a personal pledge between two people in a relationship and making a pledge that they would stay together and the narrator would not kill themselves.

    How it mattered to us, how it mattered to me/and the consequences./I was confused, by the birds and the bees/forgetting if i meant it.

    Again this pledge and what it means to the two people in this relationship--and what the consequences of that pledge are (no committing suicide). Being confused by the birds and the bees could mean being confused about whether or not you actually are in love with the person who made you pledge, and forgetting whether or not you meant that pledge because of the confusion. When someone is suicidal they often attempt to logic out their reasons for suicide. "Well, I probably didn't really love you in the first place and it was possibly just about sex so the pledge is worthless and now I can jump off the ledge. " Because if you don't love the person you make the pledge with or aren't somehow connected to them, are you going to feel an obligation to go through with it?


    And the sex and the drugs, and the complications.

    When people are manic they tend to have lots and lots of sex. They also may take drugs when depressed in order to self medicate and also when they are manic in order to feel even higher than they already are. This causes so many complications, the entire experience of the disorder is extremely complicated.

    Now, this song was said to be about someone who is psychotic. Psychosis is literally when someone loses contact with reality which is exactly what happens to BP1 patients and BP patients are spoken about as being, when in their worst state, as being psychotic.

    Well, anyway, that's my two sense. But the actual transition from falling free to standing over the ledge indicates two different mind sets to me--which is the bi of bipolar essentially.
    ladylibertineon September 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFirst comment...quite an honor well this song is one of the best ones in the album I really really like it placebo rocks I hope they stick around for long I think it is a guy that was a good boy in the past but then he met someone who made him become such an addict...and he tries not to forget what he once was
    Zerovermarson February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt makes sense zodin or maybe they were good friends in the past and then the girl started having mental problems and now she tries hard to remember the good times they had
    Zerovermarson March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI feel like I'm forever quoting the same interview, but it was very informative :-) According to that article, this song is about a psychopath forgetting to take their medication.
    chastityon March 06, 2006   Link

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