"Sedated" as written by and Andrew Hozier Byrne....
Just a little rush, babe
To feel dizzy, to derail the mind of me
Just a little hush, babe
Our veins are busy but my heart's in atrophy
Any way to distract and sedate
Adding shadows to the walls of the cave

You and I nursing on a poison that never stung
Our teeth and lungs are lined with the scum of it
Somewhere for this, death and guns
We are deaf, we are numb
Free and young and we can feel none of it

Something isn't right, babe
I keep catching little words but the meaning's thin
I'm somewhere outside my life, babe
I keep scratching but somehow I can't get in
So we're slaves to any semblance of touch
Lord we should quit but we love it too much

Sedated we're nursing on a poison that never stung
Our teeth and lungs are lined with the scum of it
Somewhere for this, death and guns
We are deaf, we are numb
Free and young and we can feel none of it

Darlin', don't you, stand there watching, won't you
Come and save me from it
Darlin', don't you, join in, you're supposed to
Drag me away from it

Any way to distract and sedate
Adding shadows to the walls of the cave

You and I nursing on a poison that never stung
Our teeth and lungs are lined with the scum of it
Somewhere for this, death and guns
We are deaf, we are numb
Free and young and we can feel none of it

Sedated we're nursing on a poison that never stung
Our teeth and lungs are lined with the scum of it
Somewhere for this, death and guns
We are deaf, we are numb
Free and young and we can feel none of it


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"Sedated" as written by Andrew Hozier Byrne

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  • +5
    My InterpretationPersonally, I think this song is about drugs, yes, but also about escapism. It's about the tragedy that is escaping yourself with drugs.

    "Just a little rush, babe
    To feel dizzy, to derail the mind of me
    Just a little hush, babe
    Our veins are busy but my heart's in atrophy
    Any way to distract and sedate
    Adding shadows to the walls of the cave"

    Here, Hozier is basically saying that he'll take a little bit of his drug, just to feel better. He would do anything to get distracted from reality.

    "You and I nursing on a poison that never stung
    Our teeth and lungs are lined with the scum of it"

    A poison that never stung is such a beautiful way of meaning drugs, because we all know hat drugs are bad. Some are worse than others, but all are like poison in some way. Yet, drugs are so different from poison. Poison hurts, but drugs don't. They make him feel good for a moment. But they also leave ugly marks, like yellowing your teeth.

    "Somewhere for this, death and guns
    We are deaf, we are numb
    Free and young and we can feel none of it"

    Possession of drugs is punished by the law, but you also punish yourself. You can end up killing yourself by accident. In the second and third line of this segment he basically talks about all the things he's missing out on. He can't really hear or feel anything anymore, and he can't live his young life like others do.

    "Something isn't right, babe
    I keep catching little words but the meaning's thin"

    This in where he notices that something's wrong. He is so high that he can't really grasp the meaning of anything anymore.

    " I'm somewhere outside my life, babe
    I keep scratching but somehow I can't get in"

    This is where the escapism bit of my theory can fully be explained. He doesn't really participate in his own life. This stanza is when he notices the bad things that come from the drugs he takes. And he tries to get back to his life, but he can't because he's so addicted to the drug that he can't stop taking it.

    "So we're slaves to any semblance of touch
    Lord we should quit but we love it too much"

    This is just to underline to addiction again. He knows it's wrong and he should quit, but it gives him a too good feeling, he's still too addicted to it.

    "Darlin', don't you, stand there watching, won't you
    Come and save me from it
    Darlin', don't you, join in, you're supposed to
    Drag me away from it"

    Now this bit was the hardest bit to interpret for me. But after I made up my mind about what these verses mean, I think this might even be the saddest bit of the song. He meets somebody and hopes they help him stop taking drugs. But instead, they just watch on and then, ultimately, join in too.
    It's a very tragic song about someone who wants to escape himself. And Hozier manages to capture the feelings so well that I, a bystander, someone who never got involved in the slightest with drugs, can feel like I understand it. I really think that right now, Hozier is the best thing that could have possibly happened to the world.
    fili82on January 03, 2015   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"adding shadows to the walls of the cave"

    nice reference to plato's allegory of the cave.
    coolcroweon December 14, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI'm in this boat currently struggling to rid addiction of opiates with my spouse. Currently wide awake from withdrawing from the drug and it's almost like I was meant to hear this song right now. Sucks horribly but I will beat this.
    MD915on November 29, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General Commentits about drugs in general tobacco/heroin
    tomasthemossyon June 11, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI feel the song is about deep love or relationship and how you behave and feel when you are completely consumed by it.

    Same way a drug consumes you.

    Its sometimes messy ,but you are so consumed by it even knowing you are free ,you have choice to get out of it, you can quit, you don't quit because you are in love with the addiction and like being sedated by it.

    "Our veins are busy but my heart's in atrophy" : how restless you feel inside even though you are busy in some thing.

    "You and I nursing on a poison that never stung"
    harjoton December 18, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningPretty clearly a song about heroin/opiate addiction. The line about veins being busy suggests shooting up, while the bit about scum on one's teeth refers to smoking.
    basseron May 22, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like this song is about Jessie and Jane (Breaking Bad)
    Stormoon October 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSong is definitely about drug addiction, the line "veins are busy but my heart is in atrophy" refers to shooting up. "Poison that never stung" refers to the fact that it feels good but it is killing you.

    Being a former opiate addict myself really hit home for me, it made me cry. How someone who never experienced it for themselves could so accurately sum it up is crazy, makes me wonder what Hozier's experience with addiction is. The one line

    "Darlin', don't you, stand there watching, won't you
    Come and save me from it
    Darlin', don't you, join in, you're supposed to
    Drag me away from it"

    brought me to tears because it is exactly what happened in my experience. And "free and young and we can feel none of it", I lost 10 years of my life to this drug, I'm 30 and I just finally got my life together. Damn you Hozier for making me cry :' )
    jacob16675on November 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabout a man addicted to certain drugs and he gets a girlfriend and ends up pulling her into it
    tomasthemossyon June 11, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it's a song about prescription drugs given to people who are considered mentally ill especially types of tranquilizers, you swallow a pill and it numbs the emotional pain, "sedated we are nursing a poison that never stung". poison meaning the side effects of the drug.
    petrihvezdaon November 11, 2014   Link

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