Throw Yourself Away

Album: The Long Road (2003)
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  • This song is about teenage pregnancy. The opening lyrics: " Babies born on a bathroom floor, mother prays it would never cry. What's wrong - you got your prom dress on when they ask you say it isn't mine," shows that it is singing through the eyes of the parents finding out about it. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Tom - London, England
  • Nickelback took some heat for the intro to this song, which sounds very similar to the Metallica riff from "The Unnamed Feeling," which was released a few months earlier. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    JT - Tullahoma, TN

Comments: 7

  • Zero from Nowhere, NjRiiiiiiiiiiiiighhhht....
  • Mike from Matawan, NjThis song is NOT about teenage pregnancy, it's about overcoming foot fungus.
  • Kate from Forked River, Njit's about melissa drexler who gave birth to a baby at her prom and threw it in a trash can. it happened at my high school, lacey township high school
  • Ed from Forked River, Njthe song is about Melissa Drexler, a high school senior from Lacey Township NJ that had a child in the bathroom of her prom in 1997......if you dont belive me look it up just type in the words prom mom in a search....she was sentenced to 15 yrs of jail and got out after 3 on parole
  • Rockitandroll from Ny, United StatesThe actual meaning of the song is in Guitar world Chad Kroeger of Nickleback's words were just this "first, lets clarify something; that song's not about killing babies; its about a specific incident when a girl gave birth in a bathroom during her prom, dumped the baby in a garbage can and went back to dancing like nothing happened. This is not a debate about at what point a cell has a soul. That baby was alive; she could've given it up for adoption. But due to the overwhelming embarrassment she felt, she chose homicide." continues to tell how he feels about pro choice or life.
  • Aly from Middle Of Nowhere, NjI believe this song also refers to a teen girl who had had her baby on the bathroom during her prom and threw the baby in the garbage hoping it would never take a breath and no one would ever find out. It is a tragic story but sadly it happens... I'm sure the girl was not prepared in any way to be amother but the song also shows a truth that these things happen and you dont need to throw your life away
  • Tom from England, United Statesthe song is about teenage pregnancies
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