Me and Mia
Ted Leo and 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 and the Pharmacists is a powerful and introspective exploration of addiction, self-control, and the struggle to regain a sense of agency in one's life. The opening lines of the song set the tone for what is to come: "As I was walking through a life one morning, the sun was out, the air was warm but oh, I was cold." Here, we see the singer feeling disconnected from the world around him despite everything appearing to be fine on the surface. He acknowledges that he appears to be "half a person" but it is only when he tells his own story that he feels truly whole. This idea is further explored in the chorus which serves as a rallying cry for anyone who has struggled with self-control: "Do you believe in something beautiful? Then, get up and be it/Fighting for the smallest goal: to get a little self-control."


The second verse of the song introduces the concept of community as a means of support and healing. The singer calls for his friends to come together and "eat what's rotten" symbolizing the need to confront one's demons and address the things that are "eating you alive." The bridge of the song is a poignant moment where the singer acknowledges that even though things may be tough, they can always get better. He sings: "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." This is a hopeful moment in an otherwise heavy song that reminds listeners that no matter how bad things seem, there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.


Line by Line Meaning

As I was walking through a life one morning
The singer starts the song off by narrating an early morning walk he took


The sun was out, the air was warm but oh, I was cold,
The singer explains that despite the warm weather outside, he felt cold within himself


And though I must have looked a half a person,
The singer admits he might have appeared incomplete on the outside


To tell the tale in my own version,
The artist is eager to tell his story in his unique voice


It was only then that I felt whole.
The artist experienced a sense of completeness after telling his story


Do you believe in something beautiful?
The artist asks his listeners whether they believe in beautiful things


Then, get up and be it
The artist encourages his listeners to act on their beliefs


Fighting for the smallest goal: To get a little self-control.
The artist urges his audience to strive for self-control, even if it's just a minor goal


I know how hard you try. I see it in your eyes.
The artist acknowledges his listeners' efforts to achieve self-control


Call your friends, 'cause we've forgotten What it's like to eat what's rotten,
The artist tells his listeners to reconnect with their loved ones and remember to take care of their physical health


And what's eating you alive, Might help you to survive.
The artist believes that tackling one's problems can lead to one's survival


We went on, as we were on a mission, Latest in a Grand Tradition.
The artist narrates his experiences as part of a movement or a larger goal


Oh, what did we find? It was Ego who was flying the banner, Me and Mia, Ann and Ana, oh, We'd been unkind.
The singer discovers that the ego was behind their actions, and admits that they've been unkind to someone named Mia and two other women named Ann and Ana


Even the nights that could get better.
The artist admits that some nights can be hard, but not all of them are bad


And even the days aren't all that bad.
The artist further emphasizes that not all days are bad


And after a week of fighting, As more and more it seems the right thing
The artist fights for something for a week and becomes convinced that it's the right thing to do


Won't anybody here just let you disappear?
The artist wonders why no one is saving his listeners from disappearing


Not doctors, nor your mom nor dad,
The artist points out that not even close family or medical professionals would help one's disappearance


But me and Mia, Ann and Ana
The artist and the three women previously mentioned stand by the listener and offer help


Know how hard you try, Don't you see it in my eyes?
The artist empathizes with his listeners and expresses his understanding in his eyes


Sick to death of my dependence, Fighting food to find transcendence.
The artist fights his dependence on food to achieve a higher spiritual goal


Fighting to survive. More dead, but more alive.
The artist admits to fighting for survival, which is making him feel more alive


Cigarettes and speed to live, And sleeping pills to feel forgiven.
The singer reveals the means he uses to feel alive and find forgiveness


All that you contrive, And all that you're deprived.
The artist asserts that everything he's contrived and everything that's been taken away from him have shaped him into his present self


All the bourgeois social angels, Telling you you've got to change.
The artist criticizes social elites, who claim to know what's best for everyone else and demand change


Don't have any idea. They'll never see so clear.
The artist counters that the elites don't understand the reality of the situation


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.
The artist accuses others of co-opting violence and hunger strikes without truly understanding the stakes involved




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Theodore F Leo

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