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X Ambassadors – Unsteady lyrics



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    I have a son with mental illness and to me this song sums up what it does to a family. So to me this would be sung from the perspective of my son. He knows he does wrong. He is constantly apologizing. We go through hell. He knows he IS unsteady but he also knows he needs us. We do feel alone because his issues make friendships hard and they affect the relationship between me and my husband. I know there are other meanings but this is what it means to me and it breaks my heart. Whenever I am so mad at him for the things he does I think of him begging for us to not let (him) go. Making it more sad is the progression of time with it starting out calling the parents mama/daddy and then mother/dad, showing nothing has changed over time.
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    I was thinking it was about his parents getting divorced. He's talking to both of their parents trying to bring them back together for his sake. "If you love me don't let go" saying you can fight through this for the happiness of your child. He also says "mother, i know you're tired of being alone" saying maybe she regrets leaving her husband. At the beginning of the song he sings "daddy, I'm alone 'cause this house don't feel like home". Implying that maybe he's living with his mom and it doesn't feel the same without his dad their. He's asking him to come back home.
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    The song is about the his truth (dad), her truth (mom) and the truth (child). Obviously what is going thru a child's mind when his or her parents are falling apart. Begging his parents to keep it together for him or begging one of the parent who's on the verge of giving up and the children doesn't understand how could a parent give up on his or own children. "Momma come here, appear approach" seems like a plead of a child who want's to be with his mother most of the time but for some reason, the mother keeps disappearing. Unsteady. "Daddy I'm alone, cause this house don't feel like home" cry of a lonely husband, and the children has to witnessed it. Unsteady. That made a child's foundation, a little unsteady. It's a sad song. Love the truth in this song.
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    The line "if you love me, don't let go" implies the absolute helplessness of the voice of the song. It's the only tool that voice has is to use the leverage of love in an attempt to prevent loss. This, through my eyes, is about a helpless child or individual whom is completely powerless fighting to not lose someone or themselves. It could be a child powerless to stop the separation of his/her family, or an older individual pleading to a higher power to spare a loved one (cancer, illness, etc.). It's a powerful song that is capable of relating on a deep level to personal loss of most who here it. We have all fought not to lose someone, whether it be to death, suicide, divorce, break up and so on. By naming it unsteady though, we all know that in time even this individual regained their balance and continues on today.
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    Music interpretation is a wonderful thing... I feel it's about "Parental Alienation". The boy lives with his Father & it doesn't feel like home with Dad(without Mom present)anymore. He wants his Mother back, & pleads that she not let go despite the difficulties of being alienated from her son. The boy is confused, brainwashed, "Unsteady", & needs his mothers unconditional love/determination to hold on to him because he doesn't understand what's going on.
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