"Sail" as written by and Aaron R. Bruno....
Sail
This is how I show my love
I made it in my mind because
Blame it on my A-D-D baby

This is how an angel dies
Blame it on my own sick pride
Blame it on my A-D-D baby

Sail, sail
Sail, sail, sail

Maybe I should cry for help
Maybe I should kill myself (myself)
Blame it on my A-D-D baby

Maybe I'm a different breed
Maybe I'm not listening
So blame it on my A-D-D baby

Sail, sail
Sail, sail, sail

La la la la la la, la la la la la la
la la la la la la, la la la la la la

Sail, sail,
Sail, sail,
Sail, sail,
Sail, sail, sail


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"Sail" as written by Aaron R. Bruno

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  • +30
    General Comment"this is how I show my love" - because he has ADD he shows his love in ways that might not be recognizable to those without experience with intellectual disabilities. While his actions might be interpreted as callous by others, it's still valid to him because that's how he shows his love even if it's different than how others might show their love.

    "this is how an angel cries" - the love of his life is crying because he can't show her his love the way that she would expect that he would. People with intellectual disabilities often express things in ways that "normal" people would interpret as callous. If you didn't know that they had different brains you would be very hurt by their words or actions.

    "Maybe I'm a different breed, maybe I'm not listening" - MAYBE is the key word here. He feels so apart from others, and especially the person that he loves, that he questions his own human-ness. His ADD makes him feel like he's so far from being human that he's not even human, and because of that she can't be the same breed that he is. MAYBE he's not listening - ADD people are often accused of not listening because they can't filter out background noise. He's trying to figure out whether it's that he won't listen or can't listen or just appears to not be listening.

    "Maybe I should cry for help" - he wants to handle it himself and work it out, but she's not responding and he's wondering if he should do something to get others involved or draw attention to his ADD because he's wondering if he can handle the situation himself.

    "Maybe I should kill myself" - he's wondering whether the pain that he inflicts on others as a result of his intellectual disability (this is how an angel cries) is worth it, especially since he's in a great deal of pain himself from not being able to meet her needs.

    Sail - like the tone of the song creates a sense of lightness and freedom, like floating away. Both an expression of what he'd like to feel (ease, freedom, carefree) and what he is supposed to make a loved one feel like. Should he "sail" away by leaving her? Should he "sail" away by leaving earth? Should he "sail" away by killing himself? Should they "sail" together by her blaming his ADD for behaviour that she would not tolerate from a loved one?
    StarBaron January 23, 2011   Link
  • +19
    Song MeaningYour taking it to literally,
    He's using ADD as a cover up for something else, drinking, abuse, cheating.

    it's more of a "Oh its not my fault! Blame it on my "ADD""
    Toddwsockson April 03, 2011   Link
  • +12
    My InterpretationBeing a future teacher, I like to think of this song as being about the increasingly misplaced blame being put on students for their inability to succeed in our current school system, specifically the rise of kids being wrongly diagnosed with ADD or other behavioral problems, or whose needs are not being met because of our refusal to recognize that it is not them, but us, that are problem.

    The title "Sail" has the feeling that many of us had in school "just sail through" and just get by, doing no more than necessary to get a passing grade.

    Especially the part: "Maybe I'm a different breed, maybe I'm not listening" seems reflective of how many students just don't fit into the mold and don't learn the same way, but are told by their teachers/parents that they aren't listening well enough or that they are just lazy.

    Many students do “cry for help”, and many become suicidal and depressed because of the feelings of inadequacy/differentness caused by being told (directly and indirectly) that they aren't good enough or that they don't fit in.

    The first part is harder to fit into my little theory, but when he says “this is how I show my love- made it in my mind because” I think of how much passion and curiosity is squashed by teachers and parents that don't recognize the unique talents of kids who might show their love/passion in different ways (music, art, sports), since those things never helped anyone pass a standardized test.

    “This is how an angel cries”- reminds me of students who turn away from school/parents (drugs, gangs, violence etc.) because they weren't ever really given a chance to succeed or be themselves and because schools so often fail to recognize the complexities and impact of social issues, individuality, and the need for self-determination on students' lives.

    But most teachers/schools/parents would rather just blame it on their ADD.
    SarahW103on May 05, 2011   Link
  • +11
    Song MeaningPeople are overlooking the fact that ADD has two meanings. There is obviously Attention Defeceit disorder, but the ADD the vocalist s referring to is Alcohol & Drug Dependancy. Doesn't that make more sense with the other references he makes in the song? Alcohol & Drug Dependancy affects people in a lot of ways, all of which are addressed subtley within the song. 'This is how I show my love, I made it in my mind' due to his drug-influenced train of thought. 'this is how an angel dies' because many influential people have died because of it. 'Maybe I should cry for help, maybe I should kill myself', all mindsets a person affected by Alchohol & Drug Dependancy goes through.

    That is what I think Sail is about.
    Baubleson March 09, 2013   Link
  • +9
    General Commenti think that hes just sick of everyone blaming things on him and on problems he has and stuff like that. he hasnt been accepted and hes not bothering to ask anyone for help because he feels that noone can help. wich is usually correct. so hes starting to feel like he needs to get away or hes going to die. his sick of the people where he is and how he feels when he is alone or around people. i relate because i feel the same way. hes sick of doctors and his parents blaming his issues on mental diseases like a.d.d. and noone else really believes that he has a problem much deepter. he says blame it on my a.d.d. i think that was a sarcastic command like oh just do it again. why not. its what youve always done. thats just what i think. he needs to sail away.
    zaneytrixon March 23, 2011   Link
  • +8
    My InterpretationPlease excuse my poor English, I’m from Germany. Or just blame it on my ADD.
    This is my very personal interpretation of this song, created with my own experiences. So you won’t exactly agree with it, but I think it is comprehensible.
    I think this song is about life with ADD and the problems with the “normal” world and in relationships.
    1. Apparently his relationship ended because his partner doesn’t understand him and thinks, due to his behavior, that he doesn’t love her. Many people with ADD are introverted and seem egoistically to others. Many things they want to do only happen in their heads, this is how I understand the second line.
    2. Maybe, he made her cry because of his sick pride. Sick pride perhaps, because he was too pride to admit that he loves her and what she really means to him. Maybe he was never able to say or show her, that he loves her, because he was scared of her getting too close.
    In the 3rd stanza he looks for a way out. How to cope with his ADD and this situation? Should he get some help or just kill himself?
    4. He feels like a different breed, many persons with ADD feel different or are seen as different. Maybe he is not listening, this was perhaps the trigger for their argument. In relationships with one part having ADD, the “normal” part often gets the feeling that his partner isn’t listening, not interested and not loving him/her. This is often a reason for the end of such relationships.
    Unlike most interpretations I’ve read here, I understand the word sail as the inability to fight against external circumstances, even if he is trying. Like a boat he always drifts where the wind is blowing. In the video he is sliding away, no matter if he is fighting against it or just resigning. In the end of the song, he is begging her to sail with him into the dark, because he doesn’t know where he is sailing and where the wind will blow him. He just wants her to accept him as he is and to stay with him, but I think he knows it is too much to ask for, because he sounds desperate.
    In my opinion you have to distinguish between the interpretation of the song and of the video, even if they have a close message. In the video he is hiding from the aliens in a small house. The house might be a metaphor for his brain, it looks like a typical ADD-house with piles of sheet and chaos – the recorder is under the bed, a lamp is placed on a pile of books, etc… so he tries to hide in his brain from the light and the aliens. A self-chosen isolation, typical for people with ADD. The light and the aliens perhaps stand for the outer world and the everyday life, which seem hostile and scary to him, a way many people with ADD or other disorders see the world. In the video there are some ways how he is trying to avoid that the outer world is getting him: running away, hiding in the bath tube (where he can’t see or hear anything) or playing music. But in the end, he will lose the fight, no matter what he is doing.
    Tick47on August 02, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentIf this song wasn't written by an ENFP, I don't know what was.
    Nyla456on August 02, 2013   Link
  • +5
    Lyric CorrectionSail!

    This is how I show my love
    I made it in my mind because
    I blame it on my A.D.D. baby

    This is how an angel cries
    I blame it on my own sick pride
    Blame it on my A.D.D. baby

    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail!

    Maybe I should cry for help
    Maybe I should kill myself
    Blame it on my A.D.D. baby

    Maybe I'm a different breed
    Maybe I'm not listening
    So blame it on my A.D.D. baby

    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail!

    la la la la la
    la la la la la oh

    la la la la la
    la la la la la oh

    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail!
    Sail with me into the dark
    Sail!
    Sail with me into the dark
    Sail!
    Sail with me into the dark
    Sail!
    Sail with me, sail with me
    Sail!
    docogaon February 26, 2011   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI believe this song is about a guy who is suffering from mental illness. I think he is down on himself, doesn't know what to do about it. Doesn't think people understand. He struggles back and forth on what he believes/feels, and how others perceive it. When he says, "Maybe I'm a different breed", I think he means he is different, and its ok. Then it says, "Maybe I should kill myself", I think he feels misunderstood, and he is questioning himself, and his mind at this point, and thinks it will all go away, if he ends it. "Maybe I should cry for help." He knows he needs help to deal with his illness, but is probably to paranoid to do so. So, he just keeps sailing on, in his own way. Another note that makes me think of mental illness, is where it trails off with, "la, la, la, la, la, la, la....
    LaceFace3on July 11, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song is supposed to put the listener into the poetic experience of ADD, and the musician's overall frustration with the world. Notice how each stanza is purposely disconnected from the rest. Each stanza expresses a different feeling and thought that happens to enter his mind. What connects these thoughts is the existential angst from which they originate. Separating each verse is the escape from holding on to and continuing each line of thought, "Sail!" He is floating upon a world that doesn't understand him, and that he doesn't fully understand.
    Phaedrus81on May 13, 2012   Link

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