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  • Anonymous
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    Wow – some great songs/great idea, now I have something to keep me busy for awhile – I got a new iPod for Christmas.

    One song that just hits home, see verse 2. The lead singer wrote it about his battle with mental illness and alcohol.

    Blue October – “Hate Me”

    Mother: Hi Justin! This is your mother it is 2:33 on Monday afternoon. I was just calling to see how you were doing. You sounded really uptight last night, it made me a little nervous, and a little, well it made me nervous, but it sounded like you were nervous too. I just want to make sure you are really okay and wanted to see if you were checking in on your medication too. You know I love ya. Take care honey, I know you’re under a lot of pressure. See ya. Bye Bye!

    (Verse 1)
    I have to block out thoughts of you, so i don’t loose my head
    They crawl in like a cockroach leaving babies in my bed
    Dropping little reels of tape to remind me that I’m alone
    Playing movies in my head that make a porno feel like home
    There’s a burning in my pride, a nervous bleeding in my brain
    An ounce of peace is all I want for you, Will you never call again?
    And will you never say that you love me just to put it in my face
    And will you never try to reach me, it is I that wanted this

    (Chorus)
    Hate me today
    Hate me tomorrow
    Hate me for all the things I didn’t do for you
    Hate me and wait, yeah wait for it to swollow
    Hate me so you can finally see whats good for you

    (Verse 2)
    I’m sober now for 3 whole months, it’s one accomplishment that you helped me with
    The one thing that always tore us apart is the one thing that I won’t touch again
    In a sick way I want to thank you for holding my head up late at night While I was busy waging wars on myself, you were trying to stop the fight
    You never doubted my warped opinoins on things like suicidal hate
    You made me compliment myself when it was way too hard to take
    So I’ll drive so f


    far away that I’ll never cross your mind
    And do whatever it takes in your heart to leave me behind

    (Chorus)
    Hate me today
    Hate me tomorrow
    Hate me for all the things I didn’t do for you
    Hate me and wait, yeah wait for it to swollow
    Hate me so you can finally see whats good for you

    (Verse 3)
    And when the sad hard eyes say bye to you and wave
    Kicking shadows on the street for every mistake that I have made
    And like a baby boy I never was a man
    Until I saw your blue eyes cry and I held your face in my hand
    And then I found out I can’t make it go away, just make it stop
    Come back and shine just like it used to be
    And then she whispered “How could you did this to me?”

    (Chorus)
    Hate me today
    Hate me tomorrow
    Hate me for all the things I didn’t do for you
    Hate me and wait, yeah wait for it to swollow
    Hate me so you can finally see whats good for you, for you, for you, for you…

    Anonymous
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    Sandbox – thanks for the idea and good thing I had the afternoon off to start my own soundtrack.
    A few I just added to my list:
    Eagles – Life in the Fast Lane
    Counting Crows – Have you seen me lately
    Bob Seger – Real Mean Bottle (about his own battle w/alcoholism)
    Blues Traveler – 100 years
    The Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait
    Tom Petty – Mary Janes Last Dance
    Travis – Pipe Dreams
    Metallic – Whiskey in the Jar
    REM – Everybody Hurts
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    Disturbed – Down with the Sickness
    Creed – Higher
    Grateful Dead – Truckin’
    CSN – Wasted on the Highway
    Oasis – Champagne Supernova
    War – Spill the Wine
    Train -Hopeless

    Anonymous
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    @YankInHolland 668259 wrote:

    I’ve recently discovered the band Dream Theater. The drummer and primary lyricist, Mike Portnoy, is putting his current 12-step recovery onto “vinyl” (yes that phrase effectively dates me) over the course of several albums.

    Peace!

    I was hoping I’d find a reference to DT here!! I’m soo happy.

    DT has been like the soundtrack to my life. Their music was a huge part of me getting off the meth 12 years ago, and the AA suite Mike is working on is simply moving. I remeber back about 5 years ago when I started to realize I was also an alcoholic, and though I had heard the song “The Glass Prison” hundereds of times, I distincly remember it moving me to tears one day. I think that’s the day I knew. Why it took this long to finally get with the program is a mystery, but I will always have Mike Portnoy to thank for opening my eyes. Here are the lyrics to “The Glass Prison” If you can, you should listen to the song, it’s a brilliant piece of music.

    I. REFLECTION

    Cunning, Baffling, Powerful
    Been beaten to a pulp
    Vigorous, Irresistable
    Sick and tired and laid low
    Dominating, Invincible
    Black-out, loss of control
    Overwhelming, Unquenchable
    I’m powerless, have to let go

    I can’t escape it
    It leaves me frail and worn
    Can no longer take it
    Senses tattered and torn

    Hopeless surrender
    Obsession’s got me beat
    Losing the will to live
    Admitting complete defeat

    Fatal Descent
    Spinning around
    I’ve gone too far
    To turn back round

    Desperate attempt
    Stop the progression
    At any length
    Lift this obsession

    Crawling to my glass prison
    A place where no one knows
    My secret lonely world begins

    So much safer here
    A place where I can go
    To forget about my daily sins

    Life here in my glass prison
    A place I once called home
    Fall in nocturnal bliss again

    Chasing a long lost friend
    I no longer can control
    Just waiting for this hopelessness to end

    II. RESTORATION

    Run – fast from the wreckage of the past
    A shattered glass prison wall behind me
    Fight – past walking through the ashes
    A distant oasis before me

    Cry – desperate crawling on my knees
    Begging God to please stop the insanity
    Help me – I’m trying to believe
    Stop wallowing in my self pity

    “We’ve been waiting for you my friend
    The writing’s been on the wall
    All it takes is a little faith
    You know you’re the same as us all”

    Help me – I can’t break out this prison all alone
    Save me – I’m drowning and I’m hopeless on my own
    Heal me – I can’t restore my sanity alone

    Enter the door
    Desperate
    Fighting no more
    Help me restore
    To my sanity
    At this temple of hope

    I need to learn
    Teach me how
    Sorrow to burn
    Help me return
    To humanity
    I’ll be fearless and thorough
    To enter this temple of hope

    Believe
    Transcend the pain
    Living the life
    Humility
    Opened my eyes
    This new odyssey
    Of rigorous honesty

    Serenity
    That I never knew
    Soundness of mind
    Helped me to find
    Courage to change
    All the things that I can

    “We’ll help you perform this miracle
    But you must set your past free
    You dug the hole, but you can’t bury your soul
    Open your mind and you’ll see”

    Help me – I can’t break out this prison all alone
    Save me – I’m drowning and I’m hopeless on my own
    Heal me – I can’t restore my sanity alone

    III. REVELATION

    Way off in the distance I saw a door
    I tried to open
    I tried forcing with all of my will but still
    The door wouldn’t open

    Unable to trust in my faith
    I turned and walked away
    I looked around, felt a chill in the air
    Took my will and turned it over

    The glass prison which once held me is gone
    A long lost fortress
    Armed only with liberty
    And the key of my willingness

    Fell down on my knees and prayed
    “Thy will be done”
    I turned around, saw a light shining through
    The door was wide open

    :c029:

    Anonymous
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    Along with “Hate Me” that Aweda mentioned Blue October has some other intense songs about addiction:Overweight, X Amount of Words, Chameleon Boy, Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek.

    Anonymous
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    “Tightrope”-Stevie Ray Vaughan
    “Ball and Chain”-Social Distortion
    “Bad Luck”-Social Distortion
    “Story of My Life”-Social Distortion
    “Joey”-Concrete Blonde
    “I Feel All Right”-Steve Earle
    “South Nashville Blues”-Steve Earle

    Many more, but these are what come to mind right now.

    Anonymous
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    This song just has me in tears everytime.

    The words mirror my life and probably many of you on this forum.

    PAPA ROACH LYRICS

    “Scars”

    I tear my heart open, I sew myself shut
    My weakness is that I care too much
    And my scars remind me that the past is real
    I tear my heart open just to feel

    Drunk and I’m feeling down
    And I just wanna be alone
    I’m pissed cause you came around
    Why don’t you just go home
    Cause you channel all your pain
    And I can’t help you fix yourself
    You’re making me insane
    All I can say is

    [Chorus:]
    I tear my heart open, I sew myself shut
    My weakness is that I care too much
    And our scars remind us that the past is real
    I tear my heart open just to feel

    I tried to help you once
    Against my own advice
    I saw you going down
    But you never realized
    That you’re drowning in the water
    So I offered you my hand
    Compassions in my nature
    Tonight is our last stand

    [Chorus]

    I’m drunk and I’m feeling down
    And I just wanna be alone
    You shouldn’t ever come around
    Why don’t you just go home?
    Cause you’re drowning in the water
    And I tried to grab your hand
    And I left my heart open
    But you didn’t understand
    But you didn’t understand
    Go fix yourself

    I can’t help you fix yourself
    But at least I can say I tried
    I’m sorry but I gotta move on with my own life
    I can’t help you fix yourself
    But at least I can say I tried
    I’m sorry but I gotta move on with my own life

    [Chorus x2]

    Anonymous
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    Heres the video to the above song.

    Scars video by Papa Roach

    Anonymous
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    a good song for recovery:

    ít’s in my eyes by minor threat

    Anonymous
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    the beast in me-johnny cash

    Anonymous
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    bob—-nofx

    Anonymous
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    I can’t pick this song apart to explain WHY it means so much to me about my drinking, it just does. When I hear this song and sing it, I am singing it To myself and my drinking.

    Once upon a time you dressed so fine
    You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didnt you?
    Peopled call, say, beware doll, youre bound to fall
    You thought they were all kiddin you
    You used to laugh about
    Everybody that was hangin out
    Now you dont talk so loud
    Now you dont seem so proud

    About having to be scrounging for your next meal.

    How does it feel
    How does it feel
    To be without a home
    Like a complete unknown
    Like a rolling stone?

    Youve gone to the finest school all right, miss lonely
    But you know you only used to get juiced in it
    And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
    And now you find out youre gonna have to get used to it
    You said youd never compromise
    With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
    Hes not selling any alibis
    As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
    And ask him do you want to make a deal?

    How does it feel
    How does it feel
    To be on your own
    With no direction home
    Like a complete unknown
    Like a rolling stone?

    You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
    When they all come down and did tricks for you

    You never understood that it aint no good
    You shouldnt let other people get your kicks for you
    You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
    Who carried on his shoulder a siamese cat
    Aint it hard when you discover that
    He really wasnt where its at
    After he took from you everything he could steal.

    How does it feel
    How does it feel
    To be on your own
    With no direction home
    Like a complete unknown
    Like a rolling stone?

    Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
    Theyre drinkin, thinkin that they got it made
    Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
    But youd better lift your diamond ring, youd better pawn it babe
    You used to be so amused
    At napoleon in rags and the language that he used

    Go to him now, he calls you, you cant refuse
    When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
    Youre invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

    How does it feel
    How does it feel
    To be on your own
    With no direction home
    Like a complete unknown
    Like a rolling stone?

    Anonymous
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    sunday morning coming down – kris kerstofferson (spelling?)
    kneeling drunkards plea – johnny cash
    live for today — pennywise

    Anonymous
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    @losttofreedom 496067 wrote:

    Staind- “It’s Been Awhile”

    It’s been awhile
    since I could say I wasn’t addicted
    since I could say I love myself as well
    since I’ve gone and ****** things up
    just like I always do…

    Everclear- “Heroin Girl”
    “Summerland”
    “Strawberry”
    “The Twistinside”
    “Her Brand New Skin”
    “Chemical Smile”

    Yeah, reading through this post…the Staind song ALWAYS reminds me of my AS, brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it…

    “It’s been awhile, since I could…hold my head up high…”

    Anonymous
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    My favorite song by my favorite band, Muse, has a song called Space Dementia which is theorized to be about addiction. The lyrics make sense to me, that’s what i think about when I hear it. Lyrics are as follows:
    Mmmmm
    H8 is the one for me
    It gives me all I need
    And helps me coexist
    With the chill

    You make me sick
    Because I adore you so
    I love all the dirty tricks
    And twisted games you play
    On me

    Space dementia in your eyes and
    Peace will arise
    And tear us apart
    And make us meaningless again

    Mmmm, yeah
    You’ll make us wanna die
    I’d cut your name in my heart
    We’ll destroy this world for you
    I know you want me to
    Feel your pain

    Space dementia in your eyes and
    Peace will arise
    And tear us apart
    And make us meaningless again

    And a live performance should you be curious…:

    YouTube – Muse – Space Dementia (Hullabaloo)

    Anonymous
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    this song is about the death of johnny ramone but I reminds me of my life and how I;m never going back again.

    Alife wasted
    Pearl Jam

    “You’re always saying that there’s something wrong
    I’m starting to believe it’s your plan all along
    Death came around, forced to hear its song
    And know tomorrow can’t be depended on

    Seen the home inside your head
    All locked doors and unmade beds

    Open sores unattended
    Let me say just once that

    I have faced it, a life wasted
    I’m never going back again
    I escaped it, a life wasted
    I’m never going back again
    having tasted, a life wasted
    I’m never going back again

    The world awaits just up the stairs
    Leave the pain for someone else
    Nothing back there for you to find
    Or was it you you left behind?

    You’re always saying you’re too weak to be strong
    You’re harder on yourself than just about anyone

    Why swim the channel just to get this far?
    Halfway there, why would you turn around?

    Darkness comes in waves…tell me,
    Why invite it to stay?

    You’re one with negativity
    Yes, comfort is an energy
    But why let the sad song play?
    heheheh…

    I have faced it, a life wasted
    I’m never going back again

    Oh I escaped it, a life wasted
    I’m never going back again

    having tasted, a life wasted
    I’m never going back again

    oh i erased it, a life wasted
    I’m never going back again” – pearl jam

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