Pick it up, pick it all up.
And start again.
You've got a second chance,
You could go home.
Escape it all.
It's just irrelevant.

It's just medicine.
It's just medicine.

You could still be,
What you want to,
What you said you were,
When I met you.

You've got a warm heart,
You've got a beautiful brain.
But it's disintegrating,
From all the medicine.
From all the medicine.
From all the medicine.
Medicine.

You could still be,
What you want to,
What you said you were,
When you met me.

You could still be,
What you want to.
What you said you were,
When I met you.
When you met me.
When I met you.



Lyrics submitted by KittieWriting, edited by barrington, RemyCiel

"Medicine" as written by Adele Bethel Scott Paterson

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  • +9
    Lyric Correction:Er... I believe these are the correct lyrics:

    Pick it up, pick it all up.
    And start again.
    You've got a second chance,
    You could go home.
    Escape it all.
    It's just irrelevant.

    It's just medicine.
    It's just medicine.

    You could still be,
    What you want to,
    What you said you were
    When I met you.
    You've got a warm heart,
    You've got a beautiful brain,
    But it's disintegrating
    From all the medicine.
    From all the medicine.
    From all the medicine.
    Medicine.

    You could still be,
    What you want to be,
    What you said you were,
    When you met me.

    You could still be,
    What you want to,
    What you said you were,
    When I met you,
    When you met me,
    When I met you.

    Ooh, ooh, ooh...
    Medicine, ooh, ahh..
    Alliewayon March 19, 2012   Link
  • +8
    General Comment:maybe i'm reading too much of my own situation into this, but it always seemed to me like this song was about anti-depressants.

    a warm heart & beautiful brain, but they're disintegrating from all the medicine. one of the main side-effects of anti-depressants can be feeling emotionally numb, and feeling like yr not quite as sharp, mentally.
    DiamondsInTheMineon December 18, 2012   Link
  • +7
    My Interpretation:This song is clearly using the term "Medicine" as any unhealthy way of coping with an issue. Be it physical, emotional, or mental. This song is to remind you that whether or not how destroyed you are that it is just medicine. The real pain
    of the issue usually does much less damage then what we do to ourselves to escape the problem. Reminding us we're human beings with a solid heart, brain, and potential. That the dreams we make are attainable with a clear head,
    that underneath all the problems we've had pressed on us by others and ourselves there is still a beautiful soul just waiting for a little recognition.
    KerberusXIon June 29, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation:I don't want to sound to messed up saying this but idk this song could be about suicide.

    "Pick it up, pick it all up.
    And start again.
    You've got a second chance,
    You could go home.
    Escape it all.
    It's just irrelevant."

    This is right before he is about to kill himself, he's thinking he does have another option, he can go home, he has a second chance, he can start again.

    "It's just medicine.
    It's just medicine."

    That's him just thinking to himself. He has decided he is going to kill himself, he is going to take all the panadol in front of him and overdose. And hey, after all, it is just medicine.

    "You could still be,
    What you want to,
    What you said you were
    When I met you."

    He's taken all of the panadol now. It would take a day or so for all the paracetamol to be taken up by his body, and for the effects to be irreversible before he dies. However he still has the chance to save himself. He could go to hospital and get his stomach pumped or get all the panadol removed before it breaks down. The guy still has a chance to be who he always wanted to be, to be who he was when he met her.

    "You've got a warm heart,
    You've got a beautiful brain,
    But it's disintegrating
    From all the medicine.
    From all the medicine.
    From all the medicine.
    Medicine."

    It's sad because this guy was really sweet and caring and had a beautiful personality. He had so much potential and hope in his life ahead of him. But that's all slowly fading as the panadol starts working inside his body and it becomes too late to turn back.
    Tybrahon March 24, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation:This is a sweet song. And as sweet and lovely as it is, it is definitely, clearly about drug addiction. In case there was any doubt, the line about brain disintegrating (not emotional numbness, as caused by anti-depressants) I think makes it crystal.

    I don't even think she is necessarily involved with this person...the intent behind this song is too benevolent for that. How many lovers urge their lover to leave and go home (not come home but go home) ? I think this is just a friend, just someone she loves who is incredibly disappointed in how things have turned out.
    HearDaton April 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Beautiful song!
    MusicLover23on June 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:It's been too many years since she has been in love. She knows him better than he knows himself. He could pick it up and start over with her, but it's irrelevant to him. His Medicine may be literal(drugs alcohol pills) But i think she means his demons- his habits. He strays from what he knows will cure him which is her love & chases after his demons.
    Just a thought.
    bLightyearon February 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I think this song is also about trying to escape something. But i do not think any of us knows exactly what the medicine is. It could be physical, like alcohol or drugs, or mental, like a feeling of depression. However, I think this ambiguity was purposeful by daughter so that we could all relate. Either way, this is my interpretation.

    "Pick it up, Pick it all up.
    And start again."
    -I think this part is talking about the person having just commited whatever act is their "Medicine", and this person is feelingtired and depressed and cannot escape this loop of using the medicine, feeling better, then feeling worse again and wanting more.

    "You've got a second chance, you could go home.
    Escape it all, it's just irrelevant. It's just medicine."
    -I think this part is the singer talking to the user of the medicine and saying he should go home and reconnect with his roots, and escape this problem.

    "You could still be, what you want to, what you said you were. When I met you."
    -I think the user of the medicine declined her offer, but this is the singer trying to convince them. Saying that they could have a bright future, and have success.

    "You've got a warm heart, You've got a beautiful brain,
    But it's disintegrating."
    -This is her still trying to convince him, saying that the person still has so much opportunity to be great, but if the person doesn't seize the opportunity now, he will disintegrate(be stuck like this forever).

    Then the rest is just repeats of what was already said.
    RemyCielon July 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i think all of you are correct, that this song could refer to drugs or anti-depressants. But i think the term "medicine" means something much more broad because we all desperately try to distract ourselves when we feel pain in our lives. This could mean anything-- moving away from home and losing a sense of who you are, developing a drug addiction, taking on anti-depressants and feeling "numb" or just deviating from who you are, who you want to be. I don't think it necessarily refers to a lover, but obviously somebody she loves because she is also very hurt from this person's deviation from his/her true self and watching his/her destruction is heart breaking.

    How many friends have we seen take a turn for the worse? We are all fighting a war in our minds and we all have different ways of coping with them. Often times the most distraught minds are those who feel too deeply but also see beauty and pain in all things. She is saying that that is okay. She just wants you to remember the beautiful, sweet person you are and know that it's okay to be sad sometimes, but don't lose yourself permanently.
    sjcherieon September 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:The song is sung from the standpoint of a friend, or person close to the subject. The subject moved away from home, and slowly lost track of who they were, and lost the path of who they wanted to be. The singer is reassuring the subject that it's just the environment and outside influence (medicine) that is causing this loss of self. The singer advises the friend to go home to escape the bitterness of the world that plagues the subject, stating that they can still be who they once aspired, because they have the heart and brain to overcome the irrelevant opinions of the ones who are holding the subject back.
    inrcon December 18, 2013   Link

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