"Madeline" as written by and Sean Kennedy John Houston Schou....
There's a girl back home I use to know
She cried her self to sleep every night
We all knew
We all knew
Only girl who would ever compromise
Strike a deal with the devil to save a night
We all knew
We all knew
She tried to call me a month ago
To sing me a song that she just wrote
But I wasn't home
I should've know
That time had taken it toll
She had no place to go
They found her body resting by the river
Oh I never said good bye
I wish I would have tried
I couldn't hear her cries
As she filled her veins with lies
Until she saw the light

I remember we would hide behind the trees
Smoking cigarettes until our throats would bleed
Those were the days
Those were the days
Yeah
Never scared
Never worried that the summer would end
Invincible to every sharp end
We drove so fast
Thought it would last
But time had taken it toll
She had no place to go
They found her body resting by the river
Oh I never said good bye
I wish I would have tried
I couldn't hear her cries
As she filled her veins with lies
Until she saw the light
Madeline
Madeline
You will be remembered
Madeline
Madeline
We still have September
Madeline
Madeline
We'll see you on the other side
Die
If I could could turn back time
I'd find a way to remind you
That some how you could try to give in and fight the good fight
Oh you didn't have to die
You filled your veins with lies
My precious Madeline


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"Madeline" as written by Lee Miles Buchanan John Houston Schou

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    General CommentI love this song. I think what it means is that, there's a girl, and she's depressed. So she takes drugs, "She filled her veins with lies, until she saw the light." She had an overdose, and died, and whoever she was with didn't know what to do, so they dumped her body by a river.

    But it alos says "Never scared, never worried that the summer would end. Invincible to every short bend. We drove so fast, thought it would last. But time had taken its toll, she had no place to go." They were being reckless, and the drugs were kicking in after all the time of messing around, went to a bend in the road and didn't veer off in the direction that they were suppose to and went over some edge.

    So i'm not sure what exactly, thats just what I'm thinking. I'm not saying that's right, that's just what I've come to think it might mean listening to the song so many times.
    music=life90on August 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is obviously about a girl who killed herself but more specifically how he didn't reach out to help her. It repeats "we all knew, we all knew" like they knew something was wrong but its hard to deal with someone you care about going through depression and not knowing how to help them. Her calling and singing a song was like her finally spilling out her feeling and stuff but he didn't help her out. The body resting by the river is like she wasn't able to hold up to life and depressions current and got carried away. Filling her veins with light, drugs and cutting. Both of them lived too fast without treasuring life and the fast pace got the best of her. He wishes he could go back and make things right and prove to her she can get through it..
    meee123on October 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOmg this song is so sad i was listening to it this morning and it just really makes you thnk
    JesusismineXDomRoxon May 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. So deep. It almost makes me cry, especially around this part:

    "but time had taken had taken its toll,
    she had no place to go.
    They found her body resting by the river.

    I never said goodbye.
    I wish I would have tried.
    I couldn't hear her cries, as she filled her veins with lies,
    until she saw the light.

    Madeline.
    Madeline.
    You will be remembered.
    Madeline.
    Madeline.
    We still have September.
    Madeline.
    Madeline.
    We'll see you on the other side."

    To me, what it means is there was a girl he was friends with, and really cared about (Likely named Madeline) who he used to hang with, but she started to become sick and depressed, cutting herself, and believing all these horrible things about herself. Probably some other people involved who hurt her emotionally. She tried calling him(singer/narrator/Sean) but he was away at the time, but she didn't try again. They all knew she was sick and depressed and hurting but never did too much for her. She ended up killing herself down by a river. He regrets this and feels that if he could change one thing, it would be to tell her that she's gonna be okay, and try to help her over come it, and be there for her.
    haunion September 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is obviously about a girl who killed herself but more specifically how he didn't reach out to help her. It repeats "we all knew, we all knew" like they knew something was wrong but its hard to deal with someone you care about going through depression and not knowing how to help them. Her calling and singing a song was like her finally spilling out her feeling and stuff but he didn't help her out. The body resting by the river is like she wasn't able to hold up to life and depressions current and got carried away. Filling her veins with light, drugs and cutting. Both of them lived too fast without treasuring life and the fast pace got the best of her. He wishes he could go back and make things right and prove to her she can get through it..
    meee123on October 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell I think this is a song about a girl named, clearly Madeline, that one of the band members knew who killed herself by a river and her body was found there. The narrator is very sad and wishes he could turn back time to go and help her, but it's too late and he knows he'll see her again on 'the other side' one day.
    Santixon December 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningbeing from their home state i hear lots of interviews with tickle me pink.
    sean said in a recent one that the song madeline was not about one person,
    but just about many friends going off the deep end.
    rocker1832on January 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI saw TMP in concert in Tallahassee back in January, and the lead singer said this song was about a girl that the band was friends with back home, and that she had overdosed and died. I can't remember if he said it was a suicide or not, but I think that it was. This song is about the regret of not being there for her when she needed him. He feels partially responsible for what happened to her. He started crying on stage and this was the first time I had ever even heard of them, I was instantly a fan because of this song. It is so sad. It is painfully obvious that even though it was years ago, it still haunts him.

    +Bloody_Angel+on February 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe end of the song,

    "Madeline.
    Madeline.
    You will be remembered.
    Madeline.
    Madeline.
    We still have September.
    Madeline.
    Madeline.
    We'll see you on the other side.

    If I could turn back time,
    I'd find a way to remind you
    that somehow you could try to give in and fight the good fight
    oh you didn't have to die,
    you filled your veins with lies,
    My Precious Madeline."
    Is just so powerful the way he delivers the lyrics. It gives me the goosebumps.
    xlimepopson March 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Me
    madde2333on April 10, 2009   Link

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