Me And Mia
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Lyrics


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As I was walking through a life one morning
The sun was out, the air was warm but oh,
I was cold,
And though I must have looked a half a person,
To tell the tale in my own version,
It was only then that I felt whole.

Do you believe in something beautiful?
Then, get up and be it
Fighting for the smallest goal:
To get a little self-control.
I know how hard you try.
I see it in your eyes.
Call your friends, 'cause we've forgotten
What it's like to eat what's rotten,
And what's eating you alive,
Might help you to survive.

We went on, as we were on a mission,
Latest in a Grand Tradition.
Oh, what did we find?
It was Ego who was flying the banner,
Me and Mia, Ann and Ana, oh,
We'd been unkind.

Do you believe in something beautiful?
Then, get up and be it
Fighting for the smallest goal:
To get a little self-control.
I see it in your eyes,
I see it in your spine,
But call your friends, 'cause we've forgotten
What it's like to eat what's rotten
And what's eating you alive,
Might help you to survive

Even the nights that could get better.
And even the days aren't all that bad.
And after a week of fighting,
As more and more it seems the right thing

Do you believe in something beautiful?
Then get up and be it
Fighting for the smallest goal:
To gain a little self-control
Won't anybody here just let you disappear?
Not doctors, nor your mom nor dad,
But me and Mia, Ann and Ana
Know how hard you try,
Don't you see it in my eyes?

Sick to death of my dependence,
Fighting food to find transcendence.
Fighting to survive.
More dead, but more alive.
Cigarettes and speed to live,
And sleeping pills to feel forgiven.
All that you contrive,
And all that you're deprived.

All the bourgeois social angels
Telling you you've got to change.
Don't have any idea.
They'll never see so clear.
But don't forget what it really means to
Hunger strike,
When you don't really need to




Some are dying for the cause, but that don't make it yours.
And even the nights, they could get better

Overall Meaning

The song "Me and Mia" by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists is about struggling with addiction and finding the strength to fight it. The lyrics depict a person walking through life feeling like they are only half of themselves until they find something beautiful to believe in. This beautiful thing is the fighting spirit within themselves. They push for their smallest goal, the idea of gaining a little self-control over their addiction, and are encouraged to call their friends for support because they have forgotten what it is like to eat what is good for them.


The lyrics allude to the fact that addiction can be isolating and that it can be easy to forget what it means to take care of oneself. The song is a call to action, urging the listener to get up and be that beautiful thing they believe in. The lyrics also reference the idea that others may not understand one's struggles with addiction, but it is important to not forget what it really means to fight for oneself.


Overall, the song is about finding the strength to fight addiction, and the importance of support from friends and believing in oneself. It is a powerful message that resonates with many people fighting addiction, and those who support them.


Line by Line Meaning

As I was walking through a life one morning
Reflecting on a new day that holds potential, but still feeling incomplete.


The sun was out, the air was warm but oh, I was cold
Despite positive environment, still feeling emotionally unequipped.


And though I must have looked a half a person,
Feeling insecure about oneself and lacking confidence.


To tell the tale in my own version, it was only then that I felt whole.
Finding a sense of completeness when able to tell one's own story.


Do you believe in something beautiful? Then, get up and be it
Encouragement to live out one's own beliefs and values.


Fighting for the smallest goal: To get a little self-control.
Striving for control over one's life and actions, even if it's just a small victory.


I know how hard you try. I see it in your eyes.
Acknowledgment of someone's efforts to gain control over their life.


Call your friends, 'cause we've forgotten what it's like to eat what's rotten,
Encouragement to reconnect with community in times of hardship or mental illness.


And what's eating you alive, might help you to survive.
Sharing experiences and struggles with others may provide a sense of relief and survival.


We went on, as we were on a mission, Latest in a Grand Tradition.
Carrying on with life's mission, despite obstacles, family tradition, or outside pressure.


Oh, what did we find? It was Ego who was flying the banner, Me and Mia, Ann and Ana, oh, We'd been unkind.
Realization that one's ego has been driving their behavior, leading to unkindness or harm towards others.


But call your friends, 'cause we've forgotten what it's like to eat what's rotten And what's eating you alive, Might help you to survive
Repeating acknowledgement of community support, in case it was missed the first time.


Even the nights that could get better. And even the days aren't all that bad.
Recognizing that improvement is sometimes gradual, but still worth striving towards.


Won't anybody here just let you disappear? Not doctors, nor your mom nor dad, But me and Mia, Ann and Ana Know how hard you try, Don't you see it in my eyes?
Questioning if anyone would notice if someone disappeared or gave up, except for their close friends who recognize their effort and struggle.


Sick to death of my dependence, Fighting food to find transcendence. Fighting to survive. More dead, but more alive.
Expressing personal struggle with food and the search for something greater.


Cigarettes and speed to live, And sleeping pills to feel forgiven. All that you contrive, And all that you're deprived.
Listing negative coping mechanisms used to feel alive or escape from pain, but ultimately recognizing they are not sustainable or healthy.


All the bourgeois social angels Telling you you've got to change. Don't have any idea. They'll never see so clear.
Criticizing societal pressures to conform or change, when others cannot see the full picture or struggles of an individual's life.


But don't forget what it really means to Hunger strike, When you don't really need to. Some are dying for the cause, but that don't make it yours.
Reminding others to not trivialize or glamorize the severity of hunger strikes or activism, and recognizing the importance of choosing one's own path.




Lyrics © SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING
Written by: THEODORE F LEO

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