And everyone that put me in some box as a saint
That I never was, just a false prophet that never came

from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses & Macklemore) – Starting Over Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

After his song Otherside, which is about him overcoming drugs and drugs being bad, people put him in a “box”, they classified him as someone against drugs, a sort of “prophet” since he spoke out against drugs and overcoming addiction in the song otherside. Since he relapsed, the people that put him in this “box” of being a “prophet” will be ashamed because they believed in him and he made a mistake.

Many people used the words of Ben as motivation to get themselves clean of drugs, but he is ashamed of his relapse and doesn’t understand how people use him as a motivation, as he is unable to do stay clean himself.

A long-shot interpretation is that there’s a play on “some box” and “Suboxone,” a miracle drug used to help opiate addicts get clean. Ironically, it’s really just another drug: like “a false prophet that never came.” Many addicts could identify with the sentiment, whether or not it was intentional.

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