That's kinda how this is, you coulda rescued me from drowning

from Eminem (Ft. Dido) – Stan Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Whether or not the song was about a drowning, this is still a good metaphor for this situation. Eminem not responding to Stan left him in misery for the six months that he waited for a response. To him it was like slowly dying. This takes on a different meaning as the story progresses.

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