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Unwell by Matchbox Twenty

Album: More Than You Think You AreReleased: 2003Charted:
  • This was written by Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas. On the live DVD Show, he explains that this song is about people who are "F--ked up and feel alone like that," adding, "We all feel a little f--ked up sometimes... you're not alone." >>
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    Mike - Wareham, MA
  • In an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Thomas said: "'Unwell' is about having a despondent relationship with yourself. In the end, it's a positive song, because you come to terms with the fact you're not crazy."
  • The Meiert Avis-directed music video follows Rob Thomas through a psychotic episode that includes driving around town with an animated dog while being pursued by A Clockwork Orange-inspired characters. The band chose the director's treatment over many other submissions because it was the weirdest. Avis also directed clips for U2 and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
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Comments: 17

I'm an old rocker (59) and always had a good job until lately. I lost all my savings in a business and have had a problem since then (3 years) with any motivation and even doing anything that I used to love. I have lost all my love for life. I have the most wonderful wife and family and if it wasn't for that I would have put a bullet in my head awhile ago. The saddest thing about this is I used to be the complete opposite of this, always positive, wanting to do things any time any where and always making people laugh.
Now I'm unemployed and just fighting the demon even more.
My wife sent me this link and I didn't know what song this was until I listened to it and of course I had heard this song many times before but this time after reading the reason it was written and everyone's comments it meant so much more then just a song. I'm going to listen to this song at least once a day and most likely even more.
Thank you Rob for writing this song and helping so many people going through their own problems. It's going to help me so very much.
Anyone who is going through what I am can email me anytime to just let loose and help relieve the frustration.
Thanks again and try to hang in there, I'm trying and this song is helping.
Tony - Mt.ephraim, Nj
Unwell will always be one of my favorite songs by Matchbox Twenty. I listen to it whenever I feel let down and while it doesn't always make me feel 100% better, it does give me a little confidence boost. :)Andie - Tucson/atx
I feel like this song is talking about me, my life. Nobody knows me well, they just have to stay a while to see a different side of me. I'm going to cry!!!Bden322 - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
I Love this songEmmy - Bellville, On
Wonderful song.It reminds us to treat everyone with compassion and kindness.It also is a reminder that there are reasons why everyone is the way thay are.Martin - Fresno, Ca
First time I heard this song i was tweeking really bad. Not only did I think they were watching me but I thought they were singing about me too.Dave - Bend, Or
I love this song. I first heard it in a store and started crying. It reminded me so much of my life. I have Disorganized Schizophrenia. It is such a good song. I feel like saying that to people all the time . Saying I'm not crazy, please just take the time to get to know me. Then you'll see, I'm just sick. Then I heard that song and it was like they were reading my mind. I cannot say enough praise for this song. Maybe someone does understand me! 8)Phantom - Danville, Ky
Matchbox Twenty has to be my FAVORITE band! This is my fav. MB20 song, this and If You're Gone. Its awesome, Rob Thomas is AMAZING! He's such a good writer, his voice is awesome. There has never been a MB20 song I didn't like. Love them. :)Valerie - Vancouver, Bc
Really good song from Matchbox Twenty. It would fit in perfectly with season six of House.Doctor Gregory House - Princeton-plainsboro, Nj
it has to do with Rob Thomas's paranoia. it puts an exact feeling perfectly into words.Hope - Naperville, Il
This song is about feeling alone or isolated from the rest of the world because they see you as not
all there. I can relate.
J.r. - Crowville, Wa
this song relates to the ups and downs of my life and most people's. im bipolar, but i think of it more as a gift than a disorder. this song makes me look at myself when im on a down and realize that it is just a phase, and it always puts a smile on my face to know that there is hope.Ryan - Orlando, Fl
This is one of the many great songs by Matchbox, the lyrics alone mean everything to me. When I first heard this song I realized it's the epitome of my life. The life of a schizophrenic. You wouldn't understand from this point of view unless you had this hellish sickness yourself. The lyrics fit right into the puzzle.Steve - Boston, Ma
I love this song! I can relate to it. It was the first song I ever heard by Matchbox 20 and it got me totally hooked on them!!!Kitty - Vancouver, Bc
I'll go with the songfacts, who could argue.

I think if you can at all relate to the song, well, you know you're f'd up.

Having been in this position for the past 12 months, and having just discovered the song, all I can say is it is uncanny. I know all the reasons why this song relates to me. I know I'm not alone. But, that doesn't make it any easier. It just makes it what it is.

Thanks Rob Thomas, for putting my feelings into words better than I could myself. I've certainly said all the same things, but not quite so eloquently.
Ed - West Grove , Pa
I think everyone is messed up in the head, some more than others. But I love this songKatie - Bristol, Tn
Great song. It came out during a time in my life when I was a little unwell myself.Bryan - Spring, Tx
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