When I first heard Blue October's "Hate Me" I thought it was about a dysfunctional romantic relationship. It was only later that I found out that it is about his mother.
Now that I'm a parent, it's much more impactful. As a kid, you don't realize what your parents do for you...and most times, you don't realize it as an adult either. Justin's mom is a saint but she's like most moms. They just want their kid to be happy and it breaks their heart when they aren't. I love the cheerfulness in her voice at the beginning. It's like she's trying to will happiness on to her son...who is struggling.
If she is still with us, call you mom today and say "thanks."
Blue October is out on tour now. Here are the current dates.