"Adam's Song," which represented a great departure from the oftentimes-childish lyrics of Blink-182, was the third single off the band's third album, Enema of the State. In spite of its controversial subject matter - depression and suicide - the song managed to reach #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. According to the band's tour manager, Liza Bermingham, the song was written by Mark Hoppus, the group's bass player, while he was on tour and was depressed about being separated from his family. Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge added to the legend of the track, commenting that Hoppus wrote "Adam's Song" after being sent an email containing a letter that a young man wrote to his parents before committing suicide. The lines "I took my time, I hurried up, the choice was mine, I didn't think enough" are a reference to the well-known Nirvana song "Come As You Are," which features the lyric "Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don't be late." The title of the track comes from a Mr. Show with Bob and David sketch, in which a song called "Try Again (Adam's Song)" is written by a fictional group called Titannica to commemorate the near-suicide of a man who jumps into a vat of acid.
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