"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 George Bedford Daniel Matthew Timothy Healy

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  • +13
    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
  • +7
    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
  • +4
    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
  • +3
    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
  • +3
    General CommentI read that his mother had an abortion and tried to kill herself after he was born which makes me think this song could be written partially to the child she didn't have. If it is, I'm not sure I appreciate the anti-abortion sentiment but I digress.

    Post-partum depression is very common after child birth and I think the first half of the song could be written to the writer's mother. The line about doing something terrible to her body could be physically true but also mentally. "I'm sorry but I'd rather be getting high than watching the family die" the writer hides in drugs instead of facing the divorce and separation of their family.

    The second half could be written to the child she didn't have. "I put your mother through hell" he blames himself for what she is feeling "I hate your brother as well" could be a mutually shared brother or the writer himself. and then saying "I was thinking about killing myself" is sort of a weird twisted apology and "I love you" continuing that guilt.
    tobiinon October 21, 2014   Link
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis is my favorite song by the 1975. I saw them live a few days ago and they played this and I nearly started crying because of the raw emotion in this song. When I heard it for the first time, I put in one repeat because I love it so much.

    Firstly, I don't think he's saying "I hate your brother" it sounds more like "I hurt your brother".

    Anyway, my interpretation is that this song is about his addiction and his family. I also think it's about relationships. Not about a relationship with a girl, but his relationship with his family.

    If you didn't know, Matty used to be addicted to cocaine. I believe this song could be a letter he wrote to himself or someone (or at least aspects of it) early on during drug treatment or just something he wrote while overcoming his addiction. I think he sees himself as a different person after overcoming his addiction, which is why it seems like he's writing it to someone else. He's telling his old self that he's hurt people, his family in particular.

    However, in relation to the previous, I believe it could also be a letter to his brother, Louis. Or perhaps a mix of both a letter to his brother and himself.

    But the title of the song ("Me") supports the idea that this is a letter he wrote for himself, in my opinion.

    Recovering from drug addiction and going through the withdrawal brings out a lot of bad feelings, which is why so many people relapse despite wanting to quit. That is one reason/theory why this song has such a depressing tone to it (also that recalling why one became an addict in the first place is also very depressing).

    The line "I'd rather be getting high than watching my family die" is possibly about his addiction to cope with his parents and other family problems.
    egobrainon December 20, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about addiction. He touches on damaging his relationships with his family, putting his mom through hell, damaging his body, being suicidal etc. he straight up says that he'd rather get high than watching it kill his family. It's written as if he's speaking to someone else but I think the song title makes it fairly clear that he's speaking to himself.
    anthonyhevon January 12, 2016   Link
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    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

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