1. I always interpreted this song as saying goodbye to a part of yourself that is precious and magical but unfit for this world.

  2. I tend to go with it being about saying goodbye to the lifestyle that comes with addiction, although like a lot of songs it could be about more than one thing.

  3. Most of the time I've heard people talk about chemical addictions and finally giving them up, they say it felt like they literally lost their best friend and have an entire chunk of their life missing.

  4. Yeah, I definitely see that interpretation, as well. I usually see it that way, in fact, and that’s a similar sentiment to what I meant about it being a “happy” song. The loss of the addiction is bittersweet; they look back like, “we had some great times, didn’t we, heroin?”

  5. The song is about mortality. About the fact that you just inhabit the identity you think you are but ultimately you will say goodbye to it and the process of life is coming to an acceptance of that.

  6. Yeah i always saw this as a song (written from the perspective of a drug addict) trying to say goodbye to his life as a junkie. Very tongue in cheek (as someone else said)

  7. This song has always meant so much to me... I never dove into the lyrics deeply to realize it's about heroin, but I've always thought about my step-father in his dying days from cancer. The 'vomiting in the kitchen sink', 'dying man in the living room', 'this is not my life / it' s not what I'm like'... All of it really resonated with his struggle to come to peace with the end of his life... I guess there are many parallels when it comes to addiction and cancer.

  8. Well, that it’s about heroin is only one interpretation. If the evidence exists to make it about something else (i.e. if the words relate to other issues), it’s equally about those issues.

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