Fan Theories

Name: Jacki
Email: Jaki1227@aol.com
Theory:

I just wanted to comment on my favorite line from this song... "There's someone who understands you more than I do, a sadness I can't erase" I think we've all felt that way at some point... when someone you long to be close to is close to someone else, and that other person gets to get inside the mind of the person you want to understand. It feels so unfair, but like the song says, it's a sadness we can't erase.


Email: semicharmedgrrl@yahoo.com
Theory:

I have always thought that the God Of Wine was a beautiful song, but I didn't really figure out what it all meant at first. I think the song has to do with someone becoming an alcoholic and the alcohol takes over their life, possibly even causing their death. Stephan says "can we get clean again" meaning that he wants all of this to end. Then when he says "the god of wine comes crashing through a car that took you farther than you thought you'd ever want to go, we cant get back again..." I think that part means that whoever the person is he is referring to has let the alcohol take them too far and "we can't get back again" I think means that this person was probably driving drunk and was in a wreck and might die. "and the sirens song that is your madness holds a truth I can't erase, all alone on your face" I think these lines are also talking about sirens meaning like police or ambulance sirens, and the truth he can't erase meaning that he can't change what has just happened. "and the god of wine is crouched down in my room you let me down, i said it, now im going down, and you're not even around" I think now Stephan is saying that he has resorted to the God of Wine for his problems, and he says "you let me down...now I'm going down, and you're not even around" I think he means that this other person he was talking about earlier in the song has died and isn't around anymore, now he is let down, and now he is also going down with the God of Wine. When he says "I said no...I can't keep it all together.." I think he is trying to say no to falling down like this other person has, but he can't get it together, he feels such pain and sadness from what has happened to this other person, maybe even guilt for not being able to save them from the God of Wine. The ending of the song I think is talking about how he remembers being with this person, "there's a memory of a window looking through I see you searching for something I could never give you, there;s someone who understands you more than I do, a sadness I c


Name: David Sakai
Email: DayDayC95@aol.com
Theory:

I think this song is based on how everything in your life can change in just a second. "... comes crashing through the headlights of a car that took you farther than you'd ever want to go..."

"... a fraudulent zodiac..." What we take for granted and what we expect to happen in the near and distant futures are not for certain. The predicted future is never for 100% certain.

"... there's a memory of a window, looking through I see you..." This line means someone is remembering the past and how distant that reality is to the reality of the present.

Stephan ends with a description of a girl. Even though he's talking about a relationship with a girl, the message he's trying to say can be applied to the concept life. He's sayin that we can't all wait for tomorrow cuz our lives could totally change between now and tomorrow.


Name: cher
Theory:

The song is about this guy who has this relationship with this girl. And both she and him are into alcohol. But he realizes it's not the way to go I guess. But she doesn't. And it ruins her. And she dies. "the god of wine comes crashing throguht the headlights of a car that took you farther than you thought you'd ever want to go we can't get back again" She died in a car accident when she was drunk. "and now i'm going down and your'e not even around" So the whole song is how he remembers her and he wished he could have helped her.


Name: Karla
Email: the_summertime_hottie@yahoo.com
Theory:

I think that God of Wine is about a guy and a girl who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, and then they try to stop, or rather, "get clean again," but the girl is too weak, and cannot stop. This is where the guy realizes that she will drag him down and she needs help, help that he can't give her(There's someone who understands you more than I do). She leaves him for another guy who is big on drugs, and the first can't help remembering how it used to be with her, before their relationship centered around drugs and alcohol (And there's a memory of a window, looking through I see you, searching through something I could never give you). Also, this may be totally off the subject, but in Homer's "The Odyssey," they talk about the Sirens, which were beautiful voices that lured sailors to them, where their ship crashed against a rock. I think this is what is meant when Stephan says "And the siren's song that is your madness."


Name: angel_in_the_pit
Email: moviestar815@hotmail.com
Theory:

This is definitely a beautiful song... most everyone agrees on that. However, the posts concerning this song have a pretty wide range of definitions and interpretations of the lyrics. I just wanted to say that it doesn't really matter which is the correct theory, or who guessed exactly what Stephan meant when he wrote the words. A song means what it means TO YOU and that's the basis of the gift. When a musician produces a song and it is played to a hundred different people, they may tell tell you a hundred different meanings. But if they appreciate it, truly appreciate the music, and it touched them, then THAT'S the point, the whole point to the song. EVEN if it means something to them because of a meaning they interpreted that wasn't the original meaning. In summary, my point was: It doesn't matter who's right and who's wrong.


Name: Laura
Email: twoblueroses@yahoo.com
Theory:

Well, I did some reserch on The Bacchanalian...and it's basically a celebration of Baccus the god of wine, and dance. To get to my point I do belive that this god of wine consumes people and changes them in to distructiveness. In the song it shows how the god of wine can take over someone's life and how much you lose from it. I really dolove this song, it has such beautiful lyrics.


Name: ankur kamdar
Email: biggie@mail.utexas.edu
Theory:

I think this song is aobut a girl that he juss got in a fihgt with, then she dies in a car crash with a drunk driver, or she's drunk and she got in a wreck.. .this is from the car references, and the wine, and her "spending chips" means that she makes him regret more and more things. Trust me, this is right.


Name: Mandy
Email: thirdebluver@aol.com
Theory:

I think that God of Wine isn't just about one person, or just about alcohol like the other theories say. I believe that this song or the God of Wine himself is being use as a metaphor for all of the things that people do in life that they end up regretting. When it says "Can we get clean again?", Its referring to getting rid of all your regrets, and accepting that your not perfect, and that things won't always be peachy. "Every glamorous sunrise, throws the planets out of line, star sign out of whack, a fraudulent zodiac" says that not every day will be great, it may start with a beautiful sunrise, but by night fall it could fall apart. You just have to clean yourself of it, and move on.


Name: ROCKO BROWN
Email: REDSUMMERSUN21@YAHOO.COM
Theory:

I've always kinda saw this song as beautiful. Its wrapped in melancholy on many levels, but it all boils down to the acceptance of a dying world. If you get a chance, read "Bacchus" by Euripedes (Bacchus is the God Of Wine). Bacchus would prove himself as a god to people all over Rome/Greece (that area, er something) by making them engage in feral orgies coupled with mass alcohol consumption. Bacchus had a vision that to truly gain clarity again or get "clean" you had to lose yourself in his madness (ie-get drunk and have unbridled regretful sex). Psychologist and self-healers alike agree in that the daily build up of stress can only be released through knocking your walls (ie-cells/alcohol) down. I think stephan uses the relationship metaphor in this song to make it localized to the listener/reader. However, if you really get it the song is much bigger. It even dabbles in existentialism with themes of a dying world of beauty and the people that actually see and feel this dying beauty every day of their lives. ("Every glamorous sunrise, Throws the planets out of line, A star sign out of whack, A fraudulent zodiac")


Name: Stanton
Email: Stanton_Shek@aol.com
Theory:

I definally think this song is about a boozer, alcholic, whatever you'd like to call it. I can't keep it all together - It's sometimes what happens to an alchoholic, they can't keep it together. Their life starts falling apart. Plus when drunk people drive they usually crash into things and sometimes getting into an accident all caused by the God Of Wine.


Name: Megan
Email: megankeenan@hotmail.com
Theory:

i think this song is about an alcoholic "she takes a drink and then she waits, the alcohol it permeates" and i also think he talks about someone driving and driving "the God of wine comes crashing through the headlights of a car that took you farther than you thought you'd ever want to go" meaning that they thought they could drive but they might have had an accident taking them farther than they thought that would. oh well that's just my opinion bye! this is a cool page!


Name: Josh
Email: bearcatjosh@yahoo.com
Theory:

Sure, Stephan says that this song is about creation and space and so forth.

I think that this song is about not being able to save a close friend who is being taken by the God of Wine. This clicked when I heard the part that goes:

"and there's a memory of a window-lookin' through I'd see you-searchin' for something I could never give you-and there's someone who understands you more than I do-a sadness I can't erase-all alone on your face."

Those are truly amazing lyrics. Anyways, these lyrics end the song as well as the c.d. This tells me that he was unable to help the friend who was too wrapped up in his/her new found love of alcohol. This could be wrong, but it seems evident to me.


Name: Larry Coblentz
Email: baseballplay21@hotmail.com
Theory:

“Every thought that I repent, There's another chip you haven't spent, And you're cashing them all in, Where do we begin.”

He's thinking about doing something...maybe a break up. Like the whole song is about things coming to an end. Well in this case a relationship. He wants to know where to begin to, how does he go about breaking up. The end is already imminent, but not here yet so he is helping the process along.

“I walk home alone with you, And the mood you're born into, Sometimes you let me in, And I take it on the chin. I can't get clean again. I want to know, Can we get clean again,”

He is taking the girl home after an unsuccessful break up and he is telling how sometimes she invites him in and they have sex (my theory) but he doesn't really want that, he misses the innocents that they once shared. "Can we get clean again?"

“The God of Wine comes crashing through the headlights of a car That took you farther than you thought you'd ever want to go, We can't get back again, We can't get back again, She takes a drink and then she waits, The alcohol it permeates,”

While at her house he finally breaks up with her and she cries and he leaves. The god of wine is referring to the way that people turn to alcohol to drown there sorrows, and the part "That took you farther than you thought you'd ever want to go" is actually how much she drinks...she gets drunk...the rest of that part is self explanatory.

“And soon the cells give way, And cancels out the day. I can't keep it all together, I know... I can't keep it all together.”

Telling how she gets drunk and she can't go out the next day because she is so drunk, and sad. This also tells how he starting to fall apart not being with her anymore.

“And the siren's song that is your madness, Holds a truth I can't erase, All alone on your face.”

Talking to himself here, he speaks of how she really does something to him, and he can't it, he misses it but he knows that they can't be together. He can't erase the sadness on her face because she is sad because he is gone, and he's not coming back.

“Every glamorous sunrise, Throws the planets out of line, A star sign out of whack, A fraudulent zodiac.”

He comes to the realization that all beautiful things must come to an end. The world its self is all the time dieing off one day at a time.

“And the God of Wine is crouched down in my room, You let me down, I said it, Now I'm going down, And you're not even around.”

He finally turns to alcohol to solve his problems... but that lets him down too, and he realizes that she is no longer there to make him feel the way she once did.

“I can't keep it all together, And there's a memory of a window, Looking through I see you. Searching for something, I could never give you, And there's someone who understands you more than I do. Sadness I can't erase. All alone on your face.”

He's falling apart and he doesn't know how long he can make it. He remembers a time when he would look through her window and would just look at her. He is trying find the reason for his decision to break up, and he realizes that the was always something he could never give her, and that is some0one better for her out there. The sadness he speaks of again is the fact that they both have always know that this relationship would end, but they still fell for each other.


Name: Kate
Email: miss3eb@hotmail.com
Theory:

I just wanted to say that I totally disagree with Larry Coblentz. (Jen note: the above theory) I think it is evident that the song is about a relationship 'he' is in, where his partner is an alcoholic. "There's someone who understands you more than I do" where the alcohol is the "someone". I don't think this song had absolutely anything to do with a break-up. Especially when Larry Coblentz said that -

“I can't keep it all together, And there's a memory of a window, Looking through I see you. Searching for something, I could never give you, And there's someone who understands you more than I do. Sadness I can't erase. All alone on your face.”

He's falling apart and he doesn't know how long he can make it. He remembers a time when he would look through her window and would just look at her. That meant that he was practically watching her use alcohol for her problems, and that he felt he could never help her through anything, because the alcohol game for her was what she needed. I guess it really pissed me off what Larry Coblentz said about the song, because God Of Wine is such a beautiful song that really hits home with me, and the way he interpreted it was almost offending.


God of Wine

Every thought that I repent,
There's another chip you haven't spent,
And you're cashing them all in,
Where do we begin.
To get clean again,
Can we get clean again.
I walk home alone with you,
And the mood you're born into,
Sometimes you let me in,
And I take it on the chin.
I can't get clean again.
I want to know,
Can we get clean again,
The God of Wine comes crashing through the headlights of a car
That took you farther than you thought you'd ever want to go,
We can't get back again,
We can't get back again,
She takes a drink and then she waits,
The alcohol it permeates,
And soon the cells give way,
And cancels out the day.
I can't keep it all together,
I know...
I can't keep it all together.
And the siren's song that is your madness,
Holds a truth I can't erase,
All alone on your face.
Every glamorous sunrise,
Throws the planets out of line,
A star sign out of whack,
A fraudulent zodiac.
And the God of Wine is crouched down in my room,
You let me down, I said it,
Now I'm going down,
And you're not even around.
And I said no...
I can't keep it all together,
I know...
I can't keep it all together,
And there's a memory of a window,
Looking through I see you.
Searching for something,
I could never give you,
And there's someone who understands you more than I do.
A sadness I can't erase.
All alone on your face.

Song Info

Musicians:

Kevin Cadogan: Songwriter, Guitar
Brad Hargreaves: Drums
Stephan Jenkins: Songwriter, Vocals, Percussion, Keyboard Arrangements
Arion Salazar: Bass
Eric Valentine: Piano

Can Be Found On:

Third Eye Blind, 1997

Alternative Versions

Third Eye Blind, 1997

Band Comments:

"The song 'God of Wine' takes things from the cellular level, where it says, 'And soon cells give way.' And then also it says, 'Every glamorous sunrise throws the planets out of line.' The stars sent out of whack. The universe is expanding and it's crumbling. The universe is mortal. It's disappearing. Everything that we have, everything that we live in is pointless and crumbling. And some people are born with an innate understanding of that. They have this sort of life rage. And this is the melancholy that they find themselves in. It's a song about those people. And it's basically a story about how we turn back to the Irish theme. You turn to drink to escape that condition. In the end of this song, talking about the God of Wine, the Bacchanalian, even that lets you down." - Stephan Jenkins