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Meaning of Medicine by Daughter

Medicine

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Medicine

Medicine

The first time I heard ‘Medicine’ by Daughter was on Person of Interest. Herold (my best character) was torn  between being running or staying to fight for his A.I machine because a more complex one was trying to take over. As the song played, he was evidently at crossroads. Well, I enjoyed hearing that song which got me thinking about its implied meaning. I hope you enjoy reading through the lyrics and my interpretation.

Pick it up, pick it all up.
And start again.
You’ve got a second chance,
you could go home.
Escape it all.
It’s just irrelevant.

It’s just medicine.
It’s just medicine.

You could still be,
what you want to,
What you said you were,
when I met you.

You’ve got a warm heart,
you’ve got a beautiful brain.
But it’s disintegrating,
from all the medicine.
from all the medicine.
from all the medicine.
Medicine.

You could still be,
what you want to be,
What you said you were,
when you met me.

You could still be,
what you want to.
What you said you were,
when I met you.
when you met me.
when I met you.

Ooooooooo…
Ooooooooo…

The song is written from a third person’s point of view.  Where, this person describes the other according to how they knew them before the side effects of the ‘medicine’. The guy or girl is described as of a ‘warm heart and a beautiful brain’ yet the medicine is causing it to ‘disintegrate’. By saying that it’s just medicine, the author suggests that the person can quit it and reclaim their previous glory. That is why she says “You can still be what you want to be”. The author also suggests that there is hope by asking the persona to “pick it all”. The persona is supposed to get his act together.

The persona clearly feels lost. They have lost touch with the things that make life worth living. When you take medicine, for instance, cough syrup, you always get drowsy and sometimes hallucinate. That makes you have weird thoughts and alters your reality. The effects, however fade away with time and you go back to the ‘normal you’ per say. Another kind of ‘medicine’ is alcohol which alters your reality and takes you to a place where everything is fine and you don’t have to worry.

 

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4 Comments

  1. really a very cool rhyme…i loved it………………

  2. very interesting. It seems to that this could be implied to be other thing as well. they could be talking about drug addict that quit.

  3. This is a really interesting interpretation of the song. It is interesting how the author is talking about someone else and i agree it could be about a drug addiction and how the user still has a choice to quit and become their previous self. This is implied when it says ‘you can still be what you want to be.’ It may also be implied the author is talking about his or her lover as it says ‘when i met you’. Implying they had a close or intimate relationship.

    These ideas also link to the story line of person of interest as Harold is met with the impossible decision of whether or not to kill the senator (whom is helping Samaritan come online) in order to prevent Samaritan from coming online. Harold is against killing innocent people but if Samaritan was to come online it would cost many innocent lives. This song is played on the show when they are invading capture by running from the police through the woods. I think the lyrics relate to their situation as ‘he can still be what he wants to be’ and stick to the principles that make him a good character. Therefor letting the senator live and sticking to the ‘good guy’ he really is. As a result many innocent lives are lost in the following series including Root’s and John’s and possibly even Harold himself.

    (Btw ‘Herold’ is spelt Harold)

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