"Stop" as written by Ryan Adams...
I know a sickness so ancient and cross
No crucifix could ever fix enough
In the basement of a church
These people, they talk
There is a line that must be walked
If you wanna make it stop, then stop

I know a place where the future is denied
I know a hand that twitches inside
For some of us the glass is filled with lights
But if the honey makes you sick
Honey, there is a line that must be walked
If you wanna make it stop, then stop, stop

Slow down, you don't have to talk
Lie down, breathe, stop
Slow down, it's not your fault
Look around, there's so many of us
So many of us, you are not alone
Ever, ever, ever, stop

Call in the backup and the backup comes
But nobody can help you if you won't
Inside your chest, your heart is just heart
Behind your eyes, a need replaced, a want

I know a sickness so ancient and cross
No crucifix can never fix enough
I know a past when the future is lost
I know a line that must be walked

There is a darkness and there is a light
And there is a choice
For a balance to be made every night
Weakness must be found
If you want it to stop, stop, stop

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"Stop" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentFirst of all I think this is a beautiful song, and a very great choice for the last song on the album. I think it may be a song about addiction, and recovery. It's a painful song. There is a lot of hope in it though. There is love in it as well. I love how it reminds me I'm not alone, and nothing is impossible to overcome, no matter how dark it may be.
    GabrielDeRoseon October 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is unique because of its hope. There is acknowledgement of the disease and the effects. Most importantly, there is recognition of the process and support among fellow strugglers.
    originalspieson October 30, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningi agree i think this song is (based on his past struggles with addiction) a "coming to terms and understanding" stage of recovery. if you look back on his most recent albums, it seems as though he is telling the story of his journey through letting go of addiction, especially between easy tiger to cardinology. starting with "two" going into almost each song on this new album. either way, the message of this song is clear and to me it has substantial meaning to me because i struggled with addictions as well and can relate to the words of this song. Ryan carries with him untouchable talent.
    COUGARvsPANTHERon December 11, 2008   Link
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    General Comment[this songs makes me believe that people still care about each other...]

    Agh...when he sings...
    "you are not alone, ever..." i could just die. Amazing.

    This song gives so much hope, its amazing! But at the same time, its filled with so much saddness!

    Only Ryan Adams could have written a song like this!

    CherryLaneon January 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeh, this is about substance abuse is it not? Wonderful song, so sad, such a struggle
    ysgwrnon June 16, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationCould almost be a theme song for Alcoholics Anonymous or any other 12 Step Program.

    "I know a sickness so ancient and cross
    No crucifix could ever fix enough"
    -Obviously about addiction.

    "In the basement of a church, these people, they talk
    There is a line
    That must be walked"
    -Most AA meetings are held in churches or other large gathering places, especially in big cities. Ryan is known to attend meetings in NYC.

    "But if the honey makes you sick"
    -Drugs/Alcohol is the "honey" that makes you sick either physically or mentally

    In all the song sounds like a conversation between Ryan and his sponsor. Brilliant.

    dblake02on February 18, 2010   Link

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