Blink 182: I Miss You Meaning
Song Released: 2004
I Miss You Lyrics
Hello there, the angel from my nightmare,
The shadow in the background of the morgue,
The unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley
We can live like Jack and Sally if you want
Where you can always find me...
anonymous Oct 5th, 2006 10:44am report
To me it sounds like the chorus of this song indicates mixed emotions towards someone. When delong sings "don't waste your time on me, you're already a voice inside my head" it's as if he's telling someone that it's too late, they're nothing more to him than a memory. Then hoppus follows with "I miss you...", as if contradicting the previous statement. It's like this person has been hurt badly by the one he loves, and wants to them to leave, but all that he can think about is how much he loves them. Other phrases in the song seem to indicate this as well: "the angel from my nightmare" (unless you interpret this as a direct reference to the nightmare before christmas). The "nightmare" mentioned is a pre-conceived situation this person has been fearing (ie: his loved one cheating on him, or maybe breaking up with him). And the "angel" obviously, is his loved one. The verses of the song sound mostly like symbolic reminiscings of an unrequitted lover. In anycase, that's just how I interpret the song.
anonymous Jun 24th, 2006 6:44pm report
Forget about who was the song dedicated to.. TOM.. TRAVIS wutever... The thing is that the song must be dedicated to a special person that they miss and that their voice is unforgetable maybe the part of the Nightmare Before Christmas has to do with the song they are just giving out an example of a happy couple. The part where they say "I cannot sleep I cannot dream tonight.. I need somebody and always". I think that part is so sweet and true. We've all had these days where it may be 2:30 in the morning and you just can't sleep neither dream because you are still thinking of that person and you start thinking how much you need someone by your side to be with you and to care and love you.
anonymous Nov 3rd, 2005 11:21pm report
Yes indeedy, there is parts of the song that relate to The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton along with parts of the video. The lines 'And we can live like jack and sally if we want, Where you can always find me and we'll have Halloween on Christmas.' are based around the movie and the video for I Miss You just has the same vibe as the movie(TNBC).
Anyway, I think this song is about Tom's missing of his family (One of the factors in the breaking up of this band.... Tom wanted a break... Mark never cared... Read Kerrang! cause I can't be bothered going over the break up... its just depressing!). This was just one of the many songs on the self titled album that Tom wrote about this and if you listen to the ending few minutes of Violence there's a big ass message to Toms wife. I really strayed from the point didn't i? So... I Miss You = Directed at Toms wife.
**** In the video there's a scene where two lesbians kiss... Why do I just know Tom was standing behind the camera crews etc and nodding in approval? ****
Thank you, that is all... Good night.
BLINK RULE! \\m/ (-_-) \\m/
anonymous Mar 31st, 3:35am report
I always thought this song was about suicide. My interpretation is that a lover had killed themselves, hence all the death and decay ref's. In a sort of insane state he wants to be haunted by them, although he is driven mad by her memory and starts to imagine her himself. The 'where are you?' line to me was really poignant because I always thought of this as someone calling out to be haunted or more sinisterly asking if said person is in hell or heaven or neither. I also felt like the 'treason' was her betraying her own body or the laws of nature. He is angry at himself for wondering if he could've stopped her. Furthermore, 'jack and sally' was a way of suggesting she is dead and he wishes to join her and live in a dead world with her, sort of parodying the life they lead together before.
I think it's about a guy who is obsessed with a girl and she doesn't want him, 'you can always find me' interprets that the girl does know where he is but is choosing not to go because she doesn't like him like he likes her.
'I miss you' he is saying because he misses her and wants her with him, but sea left because he was so obsessed with her, and he's never got over her leaving him so now he's depressed 'cause he thought it was love, but the girl thought different.
anonymous Nov 26th, 2012 11:58am report
Okay so to clear all this up, this song was not written for someone who died. It's written for a girl that left him whom he was in love with. At a certain point he talks about "the indecision to call you/and hear your voice of treason." And at the beginning he refers to her as the "angel from my nightmare," meaning he stills loves her, but thinking of her is horribly hurtful to him (a nightmare). When he sings "don't waste your time on me/you're already the voice inside my head," he's saying that it's like she's still present, but he wishes she wasn't because she's already embedded in his memory. When he says "we could live like Jack and Sally" he is referencing The Nightmare Before Christmas, keeping up with the dark and depressing theme of the song that matches his emotions.
anonymous Apr 20th, 2012 4:23pm report
I think the part..."Don't waste your time on me your already the voice inside my head" possible means that he's reassuring someone that he loves and maybe away from. He's telling her not to waste time worrying about what he is doing while he is away because she is the only thing he thinks about it.
But that's just me.
anonymous Jan 1st, 2012 1:40am report
I think its about DJ Adam that passed away in 2011.
anonymous Aug 28th, 2011 8:11am report
but he says "the voice inside my head" not "a voice inside my head".
anonymous Aug 25th, 2011 8:24am report
all of you guys have this all all all wrong.. this song was written by travis barker, the drummer of the band, and wrote this for his ex-wife when they split up. Their wedding had a theme of Nightmare before Christmas so thats why he refers to Jack and Sally and have Halloween on Christmas... this song has nothing to do with death or someone dying.. its a song written for someone in particualar
anonymous Aug 3rd, 2011 8:15pm report
I went away for a week and my friend told me to listen to this sing every night. Now I think he wants to be more than friends because I'm all he thinks about at night... Am I the voice inside his head?
anonymous Jul 28th, 2011 7:01pm report
From the music video..I think this song is actually about a guy and a girl going out and she ends up cheating on him (in the video she is with another girl) but they both still love each other very much. And he saying its to late and then she either tries or actually commits suicide. And he feels bad cuz he misses her. And he's saying how much he loves her.
anonymous May 3rd, 2011 5:51pm report
"The shadow in the background of the morgue"
i think a way is he feels alone and darkness haunts him when he uses the word "in the background" he feels it just watching him silently but feeling that even in the background the darkness can still drown him.
anonymous May 1st, 2011 5:54am report
blink 182 might had dedicated this song to someone specifically; but the song is about missing someone or something so badly; that it hurts. and it describes how that feeling eats you alive, part by part.
77sparks77 Mar 30th, 2011 3:33pm report
I think the song could be to do with how the Artist has just gotten so confused and is asking the person he sings of to stop messing with his head. This can be seen from the lyrics in the chorus;
"Don't waste your time,
The Voice inside my head.
I miss You."
This indicates the artist is in a confusion of emotion and doesn't wish this person to interact with him anymore as he knows this will just spiral him into a much deeper pit of confusion.
The song however never indicates he is not friendly with the person he sings of as seen from the line
"The Angel of My Nightmare"
"We can live like Jack and Sally"
Implying that the artist sees this person as amazing but his life is far too messed up and confusing to completley understand it resulting in the first metaphor. The second simile may indicate that he has thought of a twisted future for him and this person as the characters Jack & Sally are also from the story, "The Nightmare before Christmas" which can also be heard from the line,
"We'll have Halloween on Christmas"
anonymous Feb 21st, 2011 2:25pm report
Not sure if this was already said but I do recollect the lyrics "lets have halloween on christmas, we can live like jack and sally if we want" was in reference to Travis and his wifes relationship, just how it was so pure and loving and that theyd do anything to be with each other. Also I read that someone said something about The end of Violence, that letter being read aloud which leads into Stockholm Syndrome. I once heard/read that it was a letter Toms grandmother wrote to Toms grandfather while she was away in WW 2. Again not 100% sure about that but I do remember something along those lines. Anyways...amazing song and truly amazing cd all around. So glad they are back together.
anonymous Jan 18th, 2011 1:02pm report
Personally, i believe this song is about someone whose partner/lover left them but the partner still wanted to be friends.. yet the person is so hurt by their partner/lover leaving them, they say that they don't want anything to do with them anymore, they just want them gone from their life. The person who is hurt by their partner/lover is trying to deal with their loss and appears to be over the whole breakup but deep down inside they miss their partner/lover and wishes they would just come back. I believe the voice of the singer is that of the perspective of the person who got hurt and refused the friendship and is now just trying to move on but is struggling.
I think the first verse speaks of the ideal relationship (with reference to 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'). I feel as though its not literal but instead more metaphorical. This verse says how the partner/lover would be "the angel from my nightmare" meaning that they'd always be there as a sign of hope, love and joy within the most dark of situations. In this perfect relationship, one member is saying they'll never stray as depicted by the line "..you can always find me" and how in this perfect relationship they can create their own little world or utopia where they could celebrate Halloween on Christmas if they wanted; ie. they play by their rules. In this ideal relationship, they'd be so unbelievably happy and intertwined within one another that they could never fathom leaving one another; they'd wish to be together forever. This is expresses by the line "We'll wish this never ends".
The line "i miss you" repeated 4 times acts like snap back to reality from this fantasy the person is dreaming of.
The second verse feels like its in the present time at a moment of realisation and desperation. The strained sentence "Where are you and I'm so sorry" sung from the perspective of the person that got hurt is like a desperate call for their partner/lover.. they're sorry for wanting nothing to do with them and they just want their lover/partner back. The person talks about how they can barely function as a human being without their parnter/lover by their side and how now they dont have their angel (from the first verse) that would bring hope,love and joy when "this sick strange darkness,
comes creeping on so haunting every time". The next line about staring and counting the webs of the spiders that catch things and eat their insides is a metaphor for how the person feels.. they feel as though they became attached to their partner/lover and fell for all their tricks; ie. like insects get attached to a spiders web. The person feels as though they cant escape these strong feelings for their partner/lover as much as they try when all their partner did was lure them in and then emotionally destroy them by leaving them. This metaphor symbolises the feeling of betrayal and broken trust as well as the inability for the person to just forget their feelings for their partner/lover despite all the hurt they've caused them. This is why the singer says its "like indecision to call you, and hear your voice of treason" ..the treason being the betrayal of trust but also how the person just wishes their partner/lover would come back and "stop this pain tonight."
I see the chorus as though the person is speaking to the partner/lover trying to show that they are ok without them and telling their partner/lover how they've pratically forgotten about them already. The line "Don't waste your time on me, you're already a voice inside my head" seems as though the person who was hurt by their partner/lover's decision to leave them wants to appear if theyre getting over it really quickly and its almost as if theyre trying to get back at their partner saying 'yes i can get over you that quickly, its like you never really meant anything to me anyway. i can throw you away as easily as you threw me away.' but then the line "i miss you" acts like a contradiction to the initial statement and undermines the entire thing as if to say 'yes i appear strong and appear to have forgotten you and gotten over you like you did so easily with me, but honestly.. deep down inside, i just wish you would come back and get rid of my pain because i cant help it that i still love you.' The repetition of the chorus is almost like the person is trying to not only convince they're ex partner/lover that they're ok but also themselves. Almost as if they tell themselves enough that they've gotten over their partner/lover then they'll start to believe it.
And that's my interpretation. I think its an amazing song however you interpret it though.
anonymous Nov 3rd, 2010 11:54pm report
In case anyone is wondering what it was about, well me and her were happily together... It felt so real and it was the first time in such a long time i was so happy.. but then her parents came into the picture, they never said anything to me in the dream but they took her away when we were by the pool talking, she seemed so sad as was i. i couldn't do anything to help her or stop them, next thin i know i'm looking for her, texting and nothing what felt like a lifetime in my dream.. Suddenly i get a call and i answer, it's her... I'm so happy and so glad she's there on the phone... i ask her why she left and why it happened, then she tells me she's pregnant. So i begin to think maybe that's why she left, her parents didn't want me around? I was speechless in my dream, i say then we'll never be together now as if i'm asking a question, and she hangs up, most liekly because she's sad but i didn't have hope, that happened in RL sometimes, when i was stubborn, but she always answered again... but in my dream she hangs up, i call her and no answer, i forget her number and i wake up sweating and near tears.. It felt so real, i miss her
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