"The Rescue Blues" as written by and R Adams....
And everybody wants you to be special
And everybody wants you to be high
They throw you down a rope when you're in
Trouble, baby
Screamin', "save me"
Then they charge you with the rescue blues
Ah, the rescue blues, oh ah ah

And everybody wants to see you suffer
They know that you need the pain so much
They throw you up a rope when you're too high
To cruise, baby
Lord, you lose lady
Then they charge you with the rescue blues
Ah, the rescue blues, oh ah ah

And everybody wants to see you fall
That's why they always love to get you high
And everybody knows you need the pain so much, lady
Well, keep in touch, baby
Just don't charge me with the rescue blues
Oh ah, rescue blues, oh ah ah


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"The Rescue Blues" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentI think anyone that has ever been in a codependent relationship or struggle with addictions would find a different meaning for this song. Everyone wants you to be the life of the party then when you cross the line and they have to rescue you they charge you with the rescue blues. I just see this song as something different.
    Rubyredgirlon March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about how people's expectations and their actions are at contrast. They all want you to soar "to be high" but they never help you stay aloft, they only "throw you down a rope" when you're so far down you cant see the top. And then, in contrast, if you soar to high, they drag you back down "throw you up a rope". the first two lines of the last verse contain the whole meaning. "Everybody wants to see you fall. they why they love to get you high"
    bschurmannon October 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThs song is reminescent of Elton John. It just sounds like something from his older days.
    Shanemarvin1990on June 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's about music critics who like to build you up and tear you down.
    Starguitaron May 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhat does this mean??
    DiksdrawkcaBon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthahah, whoops, didnt see that one
    DiksdrawkcaBon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmaybe it's just me but i dont see the music critics connections......

    i think he is saying that humanity likes to see others suffer, because it makes each of us feel better about ourselves when we see ourselves as better than others.........so then, he is saying that his rescue, as in his lifting of someone else from despair or whatever is getting them down will cause that person to be something greater, to be happy, to rise above others. This then would lead to a scorn from others, which would then circle back around to the blues that the other person originally felt.

    he is saying to someone else something like "ya i can help you, i can save you, but don't blame me for what happens afterword"
    MitchHedberg97on December 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcouldn't agree more rubyredgirl. nice interpretation.
    theslammeron October 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhoa, rubyred, i never thought of it like that, that's wonderful.
    TicklemonsterVampon November 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentspot on rubyred
    neilo1985on March 28, 2010   Link

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