"This Addiction" as written by and Derek Grant Matthew Skiba....
You hit me just like heroin
I feel you coursing through my veins
I once tried to kick this addiction
I swear I'll never kick again
Won't ever kick again, no

This addiction, can't seem to live without you
This addiction, no going clean
This addiction, I go through withdrawal without your
Sick with this addiction in me

Well those others were like methadone
I took to get me through the day
Now I'm trying to find my way back home
Staying clean along the way
Hold out for the real thing, yeah

This addiction, can't seem to live without you
This addiction, now going clean
This addiction, I go through withdrawal without your
Sick with this addiction in me

This addiction
I go off the rails without your
Sick with this addiction in me


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"This Addiction" as written by Matthew Skiba Derek Grant

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  • +1
    General Commenti've always loved alkaline trio's music, but recently this past 2008-2009 year my love turned into a passion.

    this addiction to me encompasses old alkaline sounds and soul, with an almost enlightened wise new kick.

    i dont know if i am making much sense, but either way, this band is just so unreal, impossible to put into words

    im not sure about the meaning of this song, if its an allegory or not?

    any ideas?
    flickerkidon January 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the song. I would say it's comparing a girl or relationship to pill addiction. I would go with pills, i'm guessing painkillers, oxycodone, over heroin because of the cover of the album. Also...how many times have Dan and Matt tied lyrics or song titles to pills. 'Washed it down the drain, with 1 silver bullet and 2 vicodin.' 'Take...with lots of alcohol.' Like the pills in your hand, I'll never let you down,' and so on. Methadone is used to treat addictions to pain killers. Especially oxycodone. I like the song. At first it really sounds a lot like 'My friend Peter.'
    fdt77on March 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just heard this song the first time today. Just as I thought, Alkaline Trio still amazes me! Such a well written up beat song! I love it. They played it last year on tour, but it was hard to understand what the lyrics were. So happy i know now.
    QueenOfPain2317on January 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentby the way, just for kicks id like to add something in about what i feel might be aroused at some point

    a lot of people find the need to talk about bands transitional sounds , example (so and so sold out cause theyre using synths) and what not

    as a musician who strives for better equipment on a daily basis, i can completely empathize with any band who's sound evolves into a tighter, more creative one, using better gear for recording, live, and mixing.

    bands sound different due to this fact throughout the years

    anyway, just throwin my two cents in


    be well
    flickerkidon January 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome!!! Can't wait for the new album. The meaning is pretty straight forward, just read the lyrics.
    MarcusHon January 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentback to the root...great song...right here right now i`m listening to this addiction...ALKALINE TRIO makes me addict!!
    always ALKALINE TRIO in my life...forever....
    can`t wait for the whole new album THIS ADDICTION...
    sinnerrepenton January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm going to roll completely off the bandwagon and disrupt all these wonderful comments by just saying it's terrible

    help me is better than this.

    kinda hoping that the album isn't much like this
    Twikkion January 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song!

    My first thought is that Matt is singing about an old girlfriend that he got back together with. He is comparing his deisre for this woman to a heroine addicts need to use heroine. He says that he once tried to kick the addiction or end the relationship, but it doesn't sound like that worked out for him.

    Anyone else got anything better? I bet there is more to this song than I am seeing since its ALK3 after all.

    Griffrip78on January 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdon't get me wrong, i do quite like this song, but perhaps the Trio are running our of ideas? you take the intro and bridge of this song and it sounds almost exactly the same as the bridge in "Goodbye Forever" off their earlier self-titled album. it's not the first time they've done this either, the guitar in the verse of "Calling All Skeletons" sounds very similar to that in the verse of "Deathbed"

    but despite this observation, still lovin' the Trio =)
    SecretScumon January 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis album will undoubtedly be awesome, but the only thing about them going back to their roots, is that we won't hear anything NEW. You know? I love it that they're trying to resusitate that old sound though. I deff missed it after Crimson and A and I. The lyrics to this song are mediocre as compared to the rest of the Trio's shit. Like, in A and I, I thought Matt's lyrics kind of dragged, whereas early on, it was Dan's lyrics who kind of dragged. These are sort of short and...not as emotional?...as lines like "at least we're still friends..." or something.

    Regardless, I still love this song, the Trio, and am frantically waiting for the release of this album. They can't make a bad album...
    sethsiqueon January 19, 2010   Link

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