Life’s too short to even care at all oh
I’m losing my mind losing my mind losing control
These fishes in the sea they’re staring at me oh oh Oh oh oh oh
A wet world longs for a beat of a drum
Oh
If I could find a way to see this straight I’d run away
To some fortune that I should have found by now
Uhh ch ch ch ch
Life’s too short to even care at all oh
I’m coming up now coming up now out of the blue
These zombies in the park they’re looking for my heart
Oh oh oh oh
A dark world aches for a splash of the sun oh oh
If I could find a way to see this straight I’d run away
To some fortune that I should have found by now
And so I run to the things they said could restore me
Restore life the way it should be
Waiting for this cough syrup to come down
Life’s too short to even care at all oh
I’m losing my mind losing my mind losing it all
If I could find a way to see this straight I’d run away
To some fortune that I should have found by now
So I run to the things they said could restore me
Restore life the way it should be
Waiting for this cough syrup to come down
One more spoon of cough syrup now x2



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Cough Syrup song meanings
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    General CommentTired and fed up with life. Been told that things will get better, with help or therapy or whatever, something's he's lumping into one general cure-all, called "cough syrup", and is just saying that he always seems to be one dose or spoon of it away from being cured or at least feeling better. The other words and lines are describing the sickness and the feeling and distorted view of life (or perhaps the clearer view, whichever stance you wish to take).

    At least that's what I think.
    newwaveclassicon January 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwell i have been madly in love with this song for quite a bit, it's my favorite right now.

    cough syrup, DXM, taken in high doses... trips you the fuck out. it's a dissociative, and i would describe it as softly speaking 'i don't care' into a psychedelic...

    for a lack of better words. it takes you away from your sense of self, far away from whatever troubles you faced. at high doses it is used solely for shamanic self exploration purposes.

    i think these lyrics are straightforward. beautiful.
    nuumbon March 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI actually think this song holds a double meaning. The primary and more obvious is someone who believes his paradigm/view of life needs "fixing", hence running to the cough syrup for restoration. I think the more subtle meaning proves an almost suicidal note with references like "fishes of the sea are staring at me; a wet world aching for a beat of a drum" which symbolizes his desire to jump into an ocean that beckons for his heartbeat (beat of a drum) and "zombies in a park are looking for my heart" sounds like a visit to a cemetary; "where a dark world aches for a splash of the sun" (the living= the person in question). Then, he ends it off saying "One more spoon of cough syrup, now" TWICE, suggesting he's over-dosing on the medicine until it makes him better again.

    Such a sad song, but such a beautiful tone.
    theroyalme86on April 22, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.
    life's too short to even care at all.
    alikazalion October 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsomeone who's to sick to care about life.

    word.
    LostInTheSkyon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgenius.
    1021on January 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about being on something that you're using for self medication and wishing you could not care without being messed up. "If I could find a way to see this straight I'd run away to some fortune that I should have found by now" You'd have some form of fortune if you didn't have shitty problems preventing you. "So I run to the things they said could restore me restore life the way it should be" Using some form of medication to make yourself feel normal, the way life should be. Idk, I think it, like any song, can be interpreted however you want to see it.
    msfwon August 14, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree that there's double meaning here, but not solely in the words. Yeah, there are the words of someone who's depressed, feels disconnected from people and doesn't have hope in the world - the people are all zombies, or emotionless fish that just stare at him with blank eyes and they actually all long for the Sun. But wen I hear the music, another layer of interpretation emerges:
    The music in the chorus is so much up-beat, full of energy, optimistic, in the total contrast to the first line of strophes "life's too short to care at all".
    I think it's about someone who's very cynical, and can see many of advises people say, give, and, yes, sell, are just full of crap; fictional constructs which don't help him at all, cause IF everything that should help him, that should show the truth, the right way to live/ deal with depression/ deal with problems IS true, that he should have found that fortune ages ago! But he didn't loose all of the hope, cause of the sudden energy surge he puts in the line "If I could find a way to see this straight I'd run away". He wants it so bad, he repeats it many times and emphasizes it specifically after the guitar solo with just the words, without the music...
    But that moment still didn't come, he still is lost and sad and all he can do ISN'T to kill himself, though he does feel the urge sometimes - the wet world calls him to jump into the water - but to soldier on; to keep on hurting, but keep on searching, keep on hoping.
    And so he goes back to the best thing available, the "cough syrup", weak substitute for the real cure, which will probably in the long run do more harm than good, but that's all he has right now. All the self-help get-better-in-a-day, find-the-Truth-for-59.99$, join-our-religion-our-deity-loves-you-more-than-any-other,-no-really! schemes are false ("So I run to the things they said could restore me"), but they are all he's got right now.
    So he goes on one spoon of the cough syrup at a time.
    mr1blackon January 17, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti feel like life's too LONG to even care at all..
    charcoalsketchon October 17, 2011   Link

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