"Cough Syrup" as written by Sameer Gadhia, Eric Matthew Cannata, Jacob John Tilley, Francois Paul Comtois and Ehson Hashemian....
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 aches 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, I should have found by now
I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down, come down

Life's too short to even care at all oh
I'm coming up now coming up now out of the blue oh
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, 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
I'm 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 control

If I could find a way to see this straight, I'd run away
To some fortune that I, 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
I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down

One more spoon of cough syrup now whoa
One more spoon of cough syrup now whoa


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"Cough Syrup" as written by Sameer Gadhia, Eric Matthew Cannata, Jacob John Tilley, Francois Paul Comtois, Ehson Hashemian

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  • +20
    General CommentWow, you guys are ridiculous. You really think this song is talking about cough syrup abuse - and even more ridiculously think they're trying to manipulate the young audience to do drugs.

    It's all a metaphor. Cough syrup as other people have said, a metaphor for coping. Cough syrup doesn't "cure" you of the cold or common flu. It just temporarily gets rid of the symptoms. The writer of this song is saying that he's trying to find ways to "feel" happy, but he's still really depressed on the inside. His coping mechanism is only temporary until it "comes down" and he feels his true depression again.

    "Life’s too short to even care at all
    I’m coming up now coming up now out of the blue"
    Stop caring what other people think is the true to key to happiness. Stop following the crowd.

    "These zombies in the park are looking for my heart"
    The depression is starting to come around again.

    "A dark world aches for a splash of the sun"
    Everyone - not just the writer of the song - is trying to find their true happiness (the sun) in this "dark world".

    "And I run to the things they say could restore me
    Restore life the way it should be"
    Again, trying to find happiness in what other people want you to do.


    That's just my two cents. :)
    Ally!on September 25, 2011   Link
  • +6
    Song MeaningThe following is not my interpretation, but the actual song meaning from the lead vocalist, Sameer Gadhia.

    The song was written as a cry for help when the band was broke and didn't know what to do with themselves. Frontman Sameer Gadhia explained the group "felt somewhat oppressed by the universal expectation of what to do in Orange County... in suburbia in general. I think we really yearned to break out of that and do something a little bit different." Gadhia added that the song was their attempt to "break free, not necessarily from oppression, but the common symptoms of suburbia like boredom, normality and homogeneity."

    Hope this helps. I appreciate everyone's interpretation and such, but wild theories just mislead fans.
    VictorLyon March 11, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentTo me, the meaning of this song is all contained in it's title.
    Cough srup is a REMEDY that we all use (well most of us)_ to
    alleviate systems brought on by colds and flu. It's noticable
    traits are the awful taste and a need for a hard swallow to get
    it down.

    But our song hero is not suffering from a cold. His sickness is
    depression which was spawned from failure, disaapointment and
    quite possibly lousy treatment from judgemental people (the fishes)
    and small minded, cynical, people (the Zombies).

    The REMEDY for depression involes swallowing your pride and seeking
    help from others. No one likes to have to do this, but at some point
    you cave in.

    You must also swallow your regets so you don't get stuck wallowing
    in self-pity. Hisr life is at a standstill because of this.

    This process is long and difficult.
    So he deals with it a spoonful at a time.
    44cable12on November 27, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Link(s)roadrunnerrecords.com/news/…

    This is an interview. Everyone, its not about depression, addiction or suicide!
    Tumatumon December 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningCough syrup is great for stopping your coughing.
    Unfortunately, coughing isn't the problem - it's the solution. Your body coughs to rid itself of bacteria and other irritants in the respiratory tract. The less you cough, the longer the bacteria stays in your body, the longer you're sick.
    I think the song is about abusing cough syrup to cope. With what, I have no idea. Cough syrup treats the symptoms of a bigger problem - like a bacterial infection when you're sick, or depression when you're not.
    He's ignoring the real cause of his depression, therefore prolonging the pain.
    cutewhensedatedon July 01, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCough syrup tends to have a bad taste, but once you get it down, it makes you feel better. I think the narrator is facing a lot of problems/difficulties in life, but he knows that once he gets through them (or the "cough syrup come[s] down"), life will be better; he will feel better. Essentially, life's too short to worry about the bad times when they'll always be good times that follow.
    Malapropismon August 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI'm surprised no one's said what I thought to be obvious - a DXM trip.

    erowid.org/chemicals/dxm/…

    A dissociative, cold experience. Typically the younger folk abuse cough syrup to get a very decent high. (or low)

    I don't know what "scene" these guys do, I just happen to have heard the song on the radio and I like it. Unless they're some straight edge band, this should be what the song is about. I think anyone who's been on a DXM knows these feelings to be true. "I’m losing my mind losing my mind losing control." "A dark world aches for a splash of the sun."
    VaelVictuson August 26, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment''if i could find a way to see straight'' when your comin down off a good 3rd plateau trip your vision doubles and your in 2 of everything land
    trippinkid2696on November 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsounds like hes really disenchanted with life. trying all the quick-fixes that society says will give you a "happy life" but knowing they won't fix the problem.
    maybe this song was spurred by heartbreak, or maybe its just a general feeling that comes about from being let down one too many times. either way, its a cool song.

    can't wait to see these guys at sasquatch.
    bambrion February 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAccording to an article in Orange Pop, from 02-19-2009, Sameer stated, "As to what "Cough Syrup" is all about, Gadhia says "It's about jumping into a world where things aren't what they seem. Kind of like what happens in your dreams after you take cough syrup."

    lfelmeton November 08, 2011   Link

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