"Me " as written by Matthew Timothy Healy, George Bedford Daniel, Adam Brian Thomas Hann and Ross Stewart Macdonald....
I got a plane in the middle of the night, don't you mind
I nearly killed somebody, don't you mind, don't you mind
I gave you something you can never give back, don't you mind
You've seen your face like a heart attack, don't you mind, don't you mind

I was late but I arrived
I'm sorry but I'd rather be getting high than watching the family die
Exaggerate and you and I
Oh I think I did something terrible to your body, don't you mind

I put your mother through hell, don't you mind
I hate your brother as well, don't you mind, don't you mind
Oh I was thinking about killing myself, don't you mind
I love you, don't you mind, don't you mind

I put your mother through hell, don't you mind
I hate your brother as well, don't you mind, don't you mind
Oh I was thinking bout killing myself, don't you mind
I love you, don't you mind, don't you mind


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"Me" as written by Matthew Timothy Healy, George Bedford Daniel, Adam Brian Thomas Hann, Ross Stewart Macdonald

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  • +3
    My InterpretationI feel like he's looking at himself and all the things he's done, and he's so caught up in mental illness or addiction or whatever, he doesn't even feel it anymore. The drug addiction or the eating disorder or the alcoholism or intense depression, (Maybe all of the above) that he's stopping to ask himself "don't you mind that you're hurting everyone you love."

    "I gave you something you can never give back, don't you mind." The first time he tried drugs, that was it. He was hooked. He can never take that back.

    "You've seen your face like a heart attack, don't you mind." He looked in the mirror and didn't even recognize himself anymore.

    "I'm sorry I'd rather be high than watching the family die." To cope with what's going on his family, (Possibly because of his issues) he's doing drugs.

    He's so unhappy and lifeless, he wants to end his life. He's asking himself, "don't you care that you're about to end your life forever?" And at the same time asking the world if it would care.
    abravar2on June 29, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me it's about a young male who is crying out for help. He has derailed, as often many people do, to both escape the pain of living and 'watching [his] family die', as well as to try and get attention. He is in a dark place and desperately wants someone to give him some love and attention, and thus sets about destroying himself as a call for people to care. Whilst it is said in a matter of fact way, you can hear the frustration in the 'don't you mind?'
    He eventually begins to try and illicit any reaction from those whom he loves, for he is searching for any kind of attention, and thus starts to attack his girlfriend's family ('I put your mother through hell') and his girlfriend herself ('I think I did something terrible to your body). He even considers killing himself to try and provoke a response, for then those around would realise how troubled he is and how much help he needs. Finally, he breaks down and says that he loves her even through this, and that she doesn't realise this. He feels no-one truly understands him, nor seems to feel anything towards him, be it hate, fear or love.
    TomTimmson October 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, what a great song:deep, poignant, and personal. The first thoughts I have is it may be about abortion?..he is flying back to be with her after he found out she is preg or is having or had the abortion. Im thinking after the fact. That is why the brother hates him and the mom has been through hell and her body has been through hell. He was pretty upset about it and just wanted to be with her......and maybe he was already upset/depressed because a family member of his is dying...
    mallorypmmon July 25, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation"Got on a plane in the middle of the night," as well as "I nearly killed somebody," both lend evidence toward the song being based around a failed relationship in which the speaker feels upset and inadequate near the point of outrage. The speaker has to get away from his failures in the relationship.
    "I gave you something you can never give back" sounds almost undeniably like the speaker's virginity. This line also gives the sense that the speaker sustains unresolved vitriolity and contempt for his lover.
    "You've seen your face like a heart attack," is an intense, descriptive, and highly intriguing line that may be quite variable in interpretation. My best guess for this line lands toward the speaker's belief that his lover is surprised at her sudden regard for herself and/or her fatality or, more likely, transgression.

    As for the repetitive "Don't you mind, don't you mind," I can only believe that it has two meanings: First of all, especially when used singularly, the phrase is passive and almost self-pitying; it is as if the speaker means to say that his lover no longer cares to be with him or amend the relationship, so he acknowledges that position and retaliates with it; The second connotation, especially present in the doubled phrase, signifies a question: "Don't you mind?" as in, "Don't you care?"

    A couple phrases oppose the regular meter of the song, such as "I came late, but I arrived," "I'm sorry, I'd rather be getting high than watching my family die" (which appears as both a witticism, if not a comeback from a past argument, and the apparent root effect or cause of the song), and "Exaggerate and you and I," a line which looks to be an addition to the standard "you and I" of a relationship along with a personified flaw in the relationship: exaggeration, a possible effect of a strong affection lacking proper timing.
    jonathanmeon August 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMy view of this song is that it's the speaker's internal dialect, the main voice being the "bad" side of himself or a side representing his actions or feelings that aren't great. It's the side of him that gets high (got a plane in the middle of the night), the side of him that is violent (i nearly killed somebody), the side of him that doesn't care for his health maybe through drinking or smoking (i gave you something [bad health] you can never give back), the side of him that doesn't want to see his family, the side of him that is depressed (i was thinking about killing myself) and etc you get the drift.

    "Don't you mind, don't you mind" is his bad side saying to his good side "Don't worry, I got this. I'm gonna keep doing my shit" even though he knows it's not good for him.

    It's an incredibly powerful song when you look at it through this perspective. It's painfully truthful and jarring. One of my favourite lyrics.
    WasEverThuson September 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the speaker having got a young girl, too young to be a mum, pregnant, and can't deal with the consequences of her having to have an abortion.

    'I gave you something you can never give back' - a child
    'Seen your face like a heart attack' - her shock at realising she's pregnant
    'I think I did something terrible to your body' - got her pregnant and she had to have an abortion
    'I put your mother through hell, I hurt your brother as well' - her family hate him for it

    'I got on a plane in the middle of the night' - he left her without really telling her
    'I'm sorry but I'd rather be getting high than watching my family die' - I think this is explaining why he left, he couldn't face seeing his child be killed

    'I nearly killed somebody' - I think this line is referring to the girl, not that he literally nearly killed her but having to look after a small child would've meant the end of the life she knew

    And the repeated 'don't you mind, don't you mind' - he's saying that you doesn't need to worry, you'll be okay, and don't worry about us because it's over now
    Like the last line, 'I love you, don't you mind, don't you mind.' He loves her but it makes no odds now that their relationship is over.

    That's just my interpretation.
    But this whole song is incredibly beautiful and sad, whatever way you look at the lyrics. And the last line just about breaks my heart :'(
    musicismylife7on September 16, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI actually suspect this may be Matt commenting on his mothers history and a working through of his feelings towards her. She had an abortion, and also attempted to commit suicide following his birth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…. If thats the case, this song is heartbreaking and poignant.
    Vespertineon November 23, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretationthis song is deep and passionate, even without a direct meaning of its lyrics. although, i believe this song depicts the narrative of an abusive, inconsistently present father conversing with his now older child.

    "i got a plane in the middle of the night"
    -because it is the first line of the song, i believe it to be almost like an excuse for his leave once again, almost like a start to him trying to reason with his child.

    "i nearly killed somebody"
    -seems rather straightforward, but could suggest him confessing to his reckless behavior and admitting its wrong nature; it shows that he is trying to reconcile with his kid.

    "i gave you something you can never give back"
    -references his abuse or the loneliness he inflicted on the listener

    "you've seen your face like a heart attack'
    -refers, again, to the marks the father would have caused.

    "i was late, but i arrived"
    -although he had admitted to his poor attitude in the second line, this seems almost like a concession and refutation. because he is still somewhat a selfish man, this line could be as an attempt to say, "yeah, okay, i was late, but at least i even showed up back home at all."

    "i'm sorry, but i'd rather be getting high than watching my family die"
    -also like line two, he is admitting to his rage and poor manner, acknowledging that he gets high to suppress the idea that he is actually the one hurting his family and therefore, doesn't know how to control it besides getting intoxicated.

    "exaggerate and you and i"
    -he is trying to collect himself. he has confessed to being at fault for their pain and believes that because he is composed enough to have this discussion, he may have exaggerated on coming close to actually ending their lives; the "you and i" line just refers to the actual conversing itself.

    "oh, i think i did something terrible to your body"
    -again, references his abuse. the repetitive admission could also contribute to the idea that his guilt is catching up with him and he is starting to become disturbed by how aware he's become of his damage.

    "i put your mother through hell... i hurt your brother as well"
    -broadens his admission to their family as well, showing that he is apologetic for not only the ruining of the child's composure, but the family dynamic as a whole.

    "i was thinking about killing myself"
    -this shows the drastic choice he was willing to make because of his mistakes, proving that the guilt had indeed settled with him and was excruciating.

    "i love you"
    -shows, again, that he is sobering up to the fact that he tainted their lives. he wants to say that he loves the listener because he is accepting that he hasn't done even a slightly good job at parenting, a paternal task that includes making your child feel loved without even saying the words. because he knows this, he has to say the words out loud to prove himself.

    "don't you mind(, don't you mind)"
    -because this line is repeated through the entire song, it would suggest a stone-cold numbness the child has. the father uses the line after nearly every phrase because the child may be showing no emotion, requiring the father to probe at their lack of response. this constant probing may also depict the father's desperation, showing his sincere desire to try and make amends, while the child is blank-faced and unmoved by his attempts.

    although it is obviously not in the lyrics, the long, intensifying instrumental break between the first and second chorus could be a clever approach on the band's part to show a silence in the conversation as the father waits for his child to just say something. the build-up towards the end of this instrumental could portray the father's deep realization that he can't sway their standpoint on the father-child relationship, the harmonic movements conveying rushing emotions. he then repeats the chorus a second time, almost as a last, halfhearted, clearly pointless attempt to change the child's mind again.

    i believe the title "me" could show the 1975's desire for listeners to relate. many people identify with songs according to their meaning and hold these songs closely to them, almost as an anthem of their lives. the title "me" would be an obvious way of resonating with a listener who relates all too well, providing them with a song that essentially makes up "me" (the listener).

    but who really knows anything besides the band, right?
    scoutstewarton March 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSimilarly to previous comments, I think this song is about the narrator telling the story about how he is going through a dark time in his life. How he is addicted to drugs and this has made him a person he doesn't want to be, and this has affected a girl. 'I'm sorry but I'd rathe be getting high than watching my family die' showing the outcome of this addiction and that he cares more about drugs than anything else in the world. However he also cares about the things he did to this girl, whether it be getting her pregnant or just hurt her in some way shape or form. Also combining with his addiction and guilt from doing something to a girl to the point where he wants to kill himself, 'I was thinking about killing myself' but then he remembered how much he loved her and couldn't put himself through the pain of living without her.

    Just my interpretation, but this is one of my favourite songs by the 1975.
    ItsKatherineeon May 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningFirst, aren't the lyrics "I HURT your brother as well" not I hate??? Anyway I think this song could be about his mother. She's struggled with depression and this song could be from her point of view? Like her talking to Matty? Apologizing.
    "I put your mother through hell, don't you mind" she also had alcoholism and drug abuse problems and stuff so that's what she could mean

    Also she tried to commit suicide by attempting to jump out of the window of her flat "I was thinking about killing myself" idk this song really makes me think of him mum.
    leabaneseon May 24, 2014   Link

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