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Album: SurfacingReleased: 1997Charted:
Sarah describes this as being about "My problems in dealing with feeling responsible for everyone else." In a radio interview, she stated that it was inspired by the way her father always felt responsible for making sure everyone was happy.
Generally vague about the specific meaning, McLachlan did admit in an interview that one of several inspirations behind this song is her relationship with her best friend. Their relationship was rocky for a period of time after Sarah started seeing her current husband, who her best friend had dated in the past.
Adia is a female name meaning "God's Gift." Sarah chose it simply because she liked the sound of it.
This was nominated for the 1999 Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Celine Dion won it for "My Heart Will Go On
In a 1999 interview on The Rosie O'Donnell Show
, McLachlan explained that this song was originally called "Emily," but she picked another name because of the Simon & Garfunkel song "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
." McLachlan added that the Kenny Rogers song "You Picked A Fine Time To Leave Me Lucille" was an inspiration.