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Sarah McLachlan – Adia lyrics
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I think it's about her losing a love because they did something they couldn't forgive themselves for. That's why she says "we are born innocent, believe me adia, we are still innocent. It's easy we all falter, does it matter? " she's trying to tell this person, that they need to forgive themselves. Towards the beginning she is saying she can't love this person the "right" way since she tried to "love (them) in her own way. " maybe she can't forgive them either, but she wants them to forgive themselves.
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UnregisteredJun 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm
I always got the impression from the first verse that she was singing to a miscarried or aborted baby because of phrases like "i'm empty since you left me." she struggles with guilt and blame but realizes nothing can bring Adia back. Even though she was never "born" she is still innocent. The second verse also suggests an estranged daughter. I understand it could be a lover but these things just sound more like what a mother would say, when she doesn't know exactly why they fell apart and doesn't care anymore.
My opinion is that the singer or the character she is singing about, lost her loved one because of something they did and couldn't forgive themselves for. She talks about innocence and faltering, and faltering is starting to lose strength or momentum. She's trying to explain tot he person that they should forgive themselves. In the beginning of the song, she says that she couldn't love him or this person in the "right" way, and that she had been loving him in her own way which could have been good or bad. She may not be able to forgive them either, but she believes that they should forgive themselves because it wasn't entirely their fault.
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