Music Friday: Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba Uses Diamond Imagery in ‘Spider-Man 2’ Theme Song, ‘Vindicated’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we present “Vindicated,” a tune very familiar to the legions of Spider-Man fans from around the world. Heightened by diamond imagery, “Vindicated” is the inspirational theme song of Spider-Man 2, a 2004 international blockbuster that raked in $783 million.

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Chris Carrabba, the frontman for Dashboard Confessional, reportedly wrote “Vindicated” in less than an hour after previewing the movie. Inspired by the story of a young man, Peter Parker, struggling to manage his personal life and duties as a superhero, Carrabba penned the powerful lyrics steeped in the universal themes of hope, vindication, accepting one’s flaws and celebrating one’s strengths.

Carrabba sings, “I am flawed / But I am cleaning up so well / I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself / So clear like the diamond in your ring.”

In an interview with MTV, Carrabba discussed the movie and his song: “There were themes of hope and strife and struggle of a young man trying to become a grown man, and rebelling against what he knows he’s supposed to be, and what he thinks he would like to be. And that, if you remove the super powers, is a fairly universal theme.”

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“Vindicated,” which was played over the film’s end credits, was featured on both the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack in 2004 and on Dashboard Confessional’s 2006 album, Dusk and Summer. The albums were commercial successes, with each breaking into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.

We hope you enjoy the video of Dashboard Confessional’s live performance of “Vindicated.” The memorable lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along. (Yes, Spider-Man fans, we know you won’t need them.)

“Vindicated”
Written by Chris Carrabba. Performed by Dashboard Confessional.

Hope dangles on a string
Like slow-spinning redemption
Winding in and winding out
The shine of it has caught my eye
And roped me in
So mesmerizing so hypnotizing
I am captivated
I am

Vindicated
I am selfish
I am wrong
I am right, I swear I’m right
Swear I knew it all along and
I am flawed
But I am cleaning up so well
I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself

So clear like the diamond in your ring
Cut to mirror your intention
Oversized and overwhelmed
The shine of which has caught my eye
And rendered me so isolated
So motivated
I am certain now that
I am

Vindicated
I am selfish I am wrong
I am right, I swear I’m right
Swear I knew it all along and
I am flawed
But I am cleaning up so well
I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself

So turn up the corners of your lips
Part them and feel my fingertips
Trace the moment, fall forever
Defense is paper thin
Just one touch and I’d be in too deep now
To ever swim against the current
So let me slip away
So let me slip away
So let me slip away
So let me slip against the current
So let me slip away (4x)

Vindicated
I am selfish I am wrong
I am right, I swear I’m right
Swear I knew it all along
And I am flawed, but I am cleaning up so well
I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself

Slight hope
It dangles on a string
Like slow spinning redemption

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