Building A Mystery

“Basically it’s about the fact that we all wear masks at some point in our lives, we all have insecurities that we want to hide. Often we try to hide them by putting on a façade that appears to be more interesting to people when, unfortunately, if we just be who we are that’s a more attractive, beautiful thing.”Sarah McLachlan (391)

Sweet Surrender

“The initial inspiration came after seeing “Leaving Las Vegas” which I found to be this beautiful and tragic love story – these two people who were rather pathetic in their own rights but completely accepted each other for who they were, all the beautiful things and all the ugly things. That’s a lot to do with what this is about, accepting ugly things and being able to accept the fact that someone can love you for all those nasty things, especially when you think your are unlovable.”Sweet Surrender (392)

Hold On

“I was watching a documentary called “A Promise Kept,” it was made in Canada and was about this woman who discovered her fiancee was HIV+ and basically the story followed her and her husband, they got married, and he got progressively sicker and she took care of him right up until the end. She was telling the story with such beautiful clarity and honesty and it struck home in way I couldn’t describe except by writing this song.”Sarah McLachlan (393)


“It’s about the trappings of youth and adolescence, not really knowing who you are and struggling to find your own identity within your parent’s home, within society.”Sarah McLachlan (393)


“It’s basically me having a bit of a problem dealing with fame and dealing with a lot of the things that come with that. I was getting a lot of letters from fans and 99% of them were incredible, wonderful but there was that small percentage that crossed the line, crossed that boundary of being sane. They were actually quite disturbing and I didn’t know how to deal with it. I still feel like a very ordinary person with a very extraordinary job. I am the same person I was 10 years ago although I think I’ve progressed in certain ways. It just felt very strange and it took me a while to realize that the whole celebrity thing has nothing to do with me, it has to do with other people’s perceptions of me. A couple of letters were stating that we should be together and nothing was going to stand between that happening which was a bit disturbing. I wrote this song “Possession” for me trying to get into their shoes, into their head, trying to understand where they were coming from.”Sarah McLachlan (394)


“More than anything it’s about my problems in dealing with feeling responsible for everybody else.”Sarah McLachlan (394)