Goo Goo Dolls: Iris Meaning
Song Released: 1998
'cause I know that you feel me somehow
You’re the closest to heaven that i’ll ever be
And I don’t want to go home right now
And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
anonymous Jan 11th, 2010 1:45am report
the song was not written about gay love, but parts of the song's lyrics describe gay love that's why gays relate to the song.
He loves someone, and he wants her to know him for who he really is. It's too sensitive to share with the world, and he's afraid to let people in, so he's shy. But the moments he's with her are more important than the cost he has to pay, so it's worth it. The second verse is about it being impossible to prevent what's never going to happen, like tears that aren't coming or a truthful lie, and he's saying with the next lines that when life is perfect but repetetive and boring, it's the pain and loss that shows you're still alive, like he thinks that a perfect world is too monotonous, and it's failure that reminds you you're human and tat keeps life interesting.
i though this song was about you don't want nobody to see you because your different.but you want the world to see you before you pass away.i don't know just my thought.ever since i heard it that's how i viewed the song.anyways this is one of my favorite sad songs.iris is a really beautiful and deep song.glad i got the true meaning of the song though.
anonymous Aug 6th, 2009 8:07am report
I can't believe that nobody has mentioned this yet...
the term IRIS or IRISING is a cinematography term for "closing in" or "focusing solely" on something.
You know when you see a scene and it starts to fade to black except for a circle that remains focused on one thing specifically? That's irising!
It makes sense to call the song Iris because it is Nic Cage focusing completely on Meg Ryan and figuring out how to keep that focus.
If you watch the music video, you also see John Resznick in a tower, using telescopes to show the movie clips. These clips are iris clips.
It's a clever spin on naming a song that was created solely for a movie! LoL!
I know this song was written for the movie, City of Angels, but I have my own life story about this song. In 2001, I met a man, a man I started working with. On the day he started working with me, in 2001, I heard this song for the very first time. Something about it really caught my attention. He left working with me later that year and moved to another job. He called and asked me to accept a job where he was now working, which I did. On the day I started the new job, on the way to work, I heard this song again. I ended up leaving that job and going somewhere else a year later. I did not see this man until 2 years later, in Restaurant/Bar, and at the exact moment he saw me and I saw him, this song was playing in the bar. I really never connected him to this song, but after that night I did. I would listen to the lyrics over and over and I finally realized that I had a huge crush on this man, and the lyrics made perfect sense for my situation "I'd give up forever to touch you cause I know you feel me somehow, you're the closest to heaven I'll ever be and I don't want to go home right now." That's exactly how I felt toward him. To make a long story short, I ended up being single several years later and approached this man about my feelings for him and he denied he had any for me, which was fine, but I had to at least tell him about the legacy of Iris, which is still my favorite all time song, because if for no other reason, it perfectly decribes my life... Maybe when he hears it, he'll at least think of me. Thank you Goo Goo Dolls for producing such an awesome song = IRIS.
anonymous May 23rd, 2009 5:20pm report
I love the song but i only recently found out it was from a film. Im definitely going to watch City Of Angels now! its a beautiful song and to me i always thought it was about loving someone but them not even noticing you half the time.
The song's name comes from the obvious "watcher"..."guardian" role that an Angel plays. Now, read the many posts on this thread and ask yourself; why an Angel may hide from the world? And, thus you have the lyric "I don't want the world to see me, 'cause I don't think that they'd understand."
Humans that hide their true identies may identify with this line. But, it isn't about them.
I think you guys are being very judgemental about someones sexuality. I personally feel the song has nothing to do with gay's of any sort. Someone showing their emotions out to the world should not be seen as gay! The song is about someone falling in love with someone they can't have, and that no one see's him or understands him and wants someone to love him for who he is. This is easily relatble to everyday life!
Iris was written about suicide in my opinion, from the point The protagonist is then troubled by the fact that he killed himself because he just wanted people to know who he was, and the protagonist wished he'd gotten to know him better. A music video idea would be at a funeral, this protagonist singing over the corpse and the corpse every so often coming out of the coffin and singing the chorus with the protagonist
anonymous Apr 16th, 2009 4:50am report
I have watched the movie this song is based on and it is beautiful. I like to think the song is based on how much someone can love someone else but also it can be interpruted as a cheating husband or wife feelings about the person their cheating with. Just some extra food for thought it can explain the moment of truth in the lies line and a few other lines to. Even you bleed just to no your alive the word bleed being used as a metaphor.
anonymous Feb 5th, 2009 2:12pm report
Even though I know that song was created for the movie, and the song's lyrics make a lot of sense in relation to the movie, I still really enjoy this interpretation of the song.
When you listen to the song again, listen to the lyrics from this perspective: A person has fallen in love with their friend (of the same sex) and the song's whole meaning really takes on this emotional shift. I personally appreciate the song more thinking of it in those terms. The lyrics are very gender neautral and there is no mention that the song pertains to a guy/girl heterosexual relationship and the chorus really helps to strengthen this overall meaning:
And I don't want the world to see me
(Essentially, coming out of the closet)
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
(The kind of prejudices associated with homosexuality)
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am
(Wanting to come out to their friend but fearing their friend's reaction, especially considering the circumstances and feelings involved)
Even though I know this is just coincidence, I still listen to this song and have a lot more respect for it with that kind of emotional background.
anonymous Jan 14th, 2009 1:05pm report
Iris is part of the eye, and he is constantly saying I don't want the world to see me
anonymous Oct 27th, 2008 10:50am report
Its funny, this songs is really about how Johnny Resnick is addicted to heroin and can't give it up, but doesn't want people and his family and parents to think how he acts on on drugs is who he really is, and he can't stop and that no one understands him.
anonymous Sep 30th, 2008 9:00am report
I'm a gentleman who just lost his wife and child...
To me, the song seems soooo accurate on how I feel about my daughter and the lack of seeing her grow up I'm going to experience...
I love my daughter so much.....and ..,. "I just want her to nkow who I am"
Sung it tonight at karaoke...heart breaking but amazing song.
More Goo Goo Dolls song meanings »
Submit Your Interpretation
|Mein Herz Brennt||anonymous|
|What You Know||anonymous|
|Here We Go Again||anonymous|
|You Won't Feel a Thing||anonymous|
|I Knew You Were Trouble||anonymous|
|I Kissed A Girl||anonymous|
|Up All Night||anonymous|
|Hall of Fame||anonymous|
|Crazy for You||anonymous|