Adelaide

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about the singer's refusal to be used by an anonymous woman only known as "Adelaide." The singer also tells her to "Quit making a scene," (which probably signifies that the two of them had been through that before) and the singer tells her that this "relationship" (if you can call it that) is through. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Julia - Richland, WA
  • When Stephen Christian was asked about the meaning of this tune, he replied that "it's a very bitter song about my own lack of self discipline." He explained: "For the longest time I was absolutely co-dependent on those I was in a relationship with. (hence lines like 'Shouldn't need anyone. I'm just scared of being alone'). If you notice in the Cities promo shot I tried to 'half-smile' so that people knew that the song was about me and not someone from the small town in Australia. No one picked up on it."
    Christian added that he chose the name 'Adelaide' "because it sounded better than 'Brenda' or 'Shenana'." (Source of quotes Anberlin Interviews)

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Alice Cooper

Alice CooperFact or Fiction

How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireSongwriter Interviews

The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.

Jonathan Cain of Journey

Jonathan Cain of JourneySongwriter Interviews

Cain talks about the divine inspirations for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully."

Krishna Das

Krishna DasSongwriter Interviews

The top chant artist in the Western world, Krishna Das talks about how these Hindu mantras compare to Christian worship songs.

Tanita Tikaram

Tanita TikaramSongwriter Interviews

When she released her first album in 1988, Tanita became a UK singing sensation at age 19. She talks about her darkly sensual voice and quirky songwriting style.

Taylor Dayne

Taylor DayneSongwriter Interviews

Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.