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Goo Goo Dolls: Iris Meaning

Song Released: 1998


Iris Lyrics

And I’d give up forever to touch you
'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
’cause...

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    anonymous
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    Jan 20th, 2006 1:36pm report


    This song was actually written for the movie City Of Angels. It is written from Nicholas Cage's charecter's point of view. He play an angel that falls in love with a human woman and at first, she can't even see him because he is an angel. Later, she is able to see him because he really wanted her to be able to see him. But, he still couldn't touch her if he tried- he hand would just go right through her and neither of them would feel anything.

    He loved her so much, that he was willing to give up living forever as an angel to live a short, mortal life just so he could be with her. That's where "I'd give up forever to touch you" comes from. In order for him to become mortal, he has to jump off of a really tall building. When he is bleeding after he hits the ground is when he realizes he was alive because he was never able to bleed before, when he was an angel. That is where the lyric, "you bleed just to know you're alive" comes from. It is not about self-injury. If you watch the movie, you'll understand. You can also hear the acoustic version of the song in the movie and it sounds awesome, just like the original. John named the song Iris because he liked the name. Not for any other reason. The song is not about gay love. If you like the song, you'll probably like the City Of Angels movie. Iris goes along with it perfectly.



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    Kitmd_1888
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    Sep 26th, 2005 9:35pm report


    This song is just one of those songs you hear and wish you'd written it yourself.

    The first verse is just so simple it's beautiful. It just about almost sums up the feeling of love (a feeling that can never be described perfectly but these words come pretty damn close!) Where when you're with that one person and NOTHING else matters just because it feels so perfect and you cherise every moment you spend with them because you know that it'll be over too soon and when it is you're gonna miss them so much you will ache for them until the next time you lay eyes on them.

    The rest of the song is about how fragile love is and how there is almost always a feeling of fear lingering in the back of your mind as you feel that it is all too good to be true and to last and you cannot confess your fears to anyone as you think the love you feel could not be experienced by anyone else.

    It is also trying to find a way of expressing how true your love is as it feels words do not do it justice and wanting to let that special person know exactly who you are.

    Beautiful, beautiful song for any one who has ever been left confused by love's power and fear of the loss of that love.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 5th, 2006 7:37pm report


    You people are all hitting right around it. Its about the movie firstly. Nicholas Cage's character, the angel, feels that although he is a heavenly being he will never feel the splendor of that existence, because nothing compares to the way he feels about Meg Ryan hence "you're the closest to heaven that ill ever be". Whoever wrote in their interp. That the line "I'd give up forever to touch you" meant that he would become mortal, is right on. He is willing to sacrifice all, including his immortality, just to have a chance to come in contact with this woman. The line about the world not understanding is based on the world he knows, the other angels. They are not experiencing his emotions. They would not leave their duty for a human, and he is not afraid of reprisal, but only how they will perceive his actions. And the line "and you bleed just to know you're alive" IS NOT referring to self-mutilation, but is in fact about Nick Cage jumping off a tower and the character seeing his blood for the first time when he hits the sewer grate, and he knows that he is alive as a human. As for the title "Iris" I am not sure, but the explanation that seems to fit the most is the one about Iris being a servant of the gods (angel). However the part about gay lovers, seems to be someone's personal interpretation which they have a right to, but it does not apply to the song as a whole, because it WAS written for the film "City of Angel". Other than that it is a beautiful song that captures the way people feel about a love that is somewhat forbidden to them.



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    Unknown_anonymous
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    Dec 14th, 12:29pm report


    I am a fourteen year old male and I am in love with this song. Me and my best friend and I started dating a few years ago and i chose this as our song. I honestly love her with all my heart. The problem is we somewhat have a long distance relationship, two hours away, we can barely see each other. So we usually text, or FaceTime. Whenever i hear this song it picks my spirits up off the ground. When i found out Sleeping With Sirens did a cover i wanted to lay down and die because of my respect for the oringinal version. I still like the SWS version because the lyrics are the same and it means the world to me. I honestly love this girl so much i would actually run away from my family, and take a bus to her. I cannot wait until I'm able to drive. Sorry for these unnecessary facts about myself. I just need to let out that this song has touched me in so many ways. It describes both of us so well. But anyways, thank you for your time. ~I love you, Rachel~



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    anonymous
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    Nov 16th, 11:41am report


    For me this songs fits to my situation I'm in..

    "And I’d give up forever to touch you
    '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"

    There's a girl ( my ex) and we often meet us and sometimes we kiss again etc..but the fact is that she will never be with me again, cause it does not fit when we try it more and more serious..

    "all I can taste is this moment " when we meet

    "When everything's made to be broken " cant get serious

    Well...it sucks :(



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    anonymous
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    Sep 17th, 2013 9:50am report


    Even though this song was meant for "The City of Angels", I can find some ties into the idea of a man stalking a woman. It is a very taboo subject, but still moving and powerful, especially to the stalker. He has this sort of fanaticism about being with this woman he is observing. In the music video for Iris, the lead singer is seen in a tower of some sorts with devices such as telescopes, looking down at the city beneath him. In this manner, it appears that he is searching for the person he is deeply in love with and is watching her from a distant vantage point. The song might seem to be beautiful from a glance, but in my opinion, it portrays a disturbing obsession with someone that is oblivious to the captivated stalker.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th, 2013 7:26am report


    its about the georgia girl who rick james and tanya hijazi physically abused and burned while at the singers mulholland drive residence. Francesca Alley,born and raised in augusta, started modeling around the age of 12 or 13yrs old. She headed west during her early 20s with a dream and a very impressive portfolio. She was beautiful,smart,very well liked yet very naive. she was left scarred and scared from the aftermath. Her protective mother shielded francesca from any and all media attention. Rumor has it that she resides in atlanta and is living a normal life as a housewife and mother and her favorite flower happens to be the IRIS.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2013 7:09am report


    honestly yes the song was ment for the city of angels movie, but with the lyrics it fits many meaning to different people that makes it a great song its not just one meaning it a lot in the same words. and that is true music



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    anonymous
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    May 2nd, 2013 5:53pm report


    To me this song is about a man who secretly loves a girl who doesn't know it. He is scared to tell her because she might get scared. How he explains it seems to be an obsession that he cannot control and he feels very frustrated by his feelings for her. He desperately wants to tell her he loves her but something is holding him back.

    "I don't want the world to see me, because I don't think they'd understand" suggests that he doesn't know how to tell anyone/ express his feelings or he doesn't want people to know because they won't get it or he could be referring "world" as the girl he likes (she won't understand).

    "When everything's made to be broken" suggests that he thinks it is wrong to be in love with this girl for some reason, or he tried to stop himself from loving her but can't help it.

    "I just want you to know who I am" shows that he really wants the girl to know him on the inside and to know his deep feelings and not to see him as what he seems (how everyone else sees him). He would like her to understand his feelings for her - what makes up his world. It could also mean that she doesn't know who this man is at all and he wants her to meet him.

    "when everything feels like the movies" shows that the love he has for this girl is like a love story from a movie - he loves her so much that it's almost un-real/ hard to believe.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 9th, 2013 2:34am report


    This song has a special meaning to me. I've been suffering with depression and low self-confidence for quite a while, and this song just touches my heart. "And I don't want the world to see me, cause I don't think that they'd understand" reflects my feelings of worthlessness. I didn't think that anyone could understand my pain, so I bottled it all up. "When everything seems to be broken, I just want you to know who I am" reflects how I'm currently trying to break out of my depression and shyness and live my life to its fullest. I'm trying to build a reputation for myself and have a good time in high school. I love this song so much. I listen to it almost every day and sometimes I even cry at how much I believe it represents my life. Amazing song and one of my favorites!



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    Katherine Marie Oripaypay
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    Jan 26th, 2013 1:06am report


    I'm going to tell you my own interpretation of this song.

    And I’d give up forever to touch you
    '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

    The writer wants to reach out to someone who he/she knows will help him/her.

    And all I can taste is this moment
    And all I can breathe is your life
    ’cause sooner or later it’s over
    I just don’t want to miss you tonight

    The happiness will only last for a short moment of time. Because there will be a time that it will start again.

    And I don’t want the world to see me
    ’cause I don’t think that they’d understand
    When everything’s made to be broken
    I just want you to know who I am.
    The writer thinks that he/she doesn't care about what the world thinks. he/she just cared about that "someone" who will be there for him/her.

    And you can’t fight the tears that ain’t coming
    Or the moment of truth in your lies
    When everything feels like the movies
    Yeah you bleed just to know you’re alive

    Every negative feeling will always be revealed. But these revelations will always have a good side. But everything's getting out of hand, you will still fight for the right.

    And I don’t want the world to see me
    ’cause I don’t think that they’d understand
    When everything’s made to be broken
    I just want you to know who I am

    And I don’t want the world to see me
    ’cause I don’t think that they'd understand
    When everything’s made to be broken
    I just want you to know who I am

    And I don’t want the world to see me
    ’cause I don’t think that they’d understand
    When everything’s made to be broken
    I just want you to know who I am

    I just want you to know who I am
    I just want you to know who I am
    I just want you to know who I am



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    anonymous
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    Dec 9th, 2012 12:26am report


    "You're the closest to heaven that ill ever be" means that heaven is thought of as a beautiful,sacred, promised place...we all eventually hope to get there but for now "you are as close as I can get to paradise" comparing that the lover is equivalent to heaven!



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    anonymous
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    May 31st, 2012 5:15am report


    I think this is about some fangirls who are obsessed by an artist. Yeah, probably just me.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 30th, 2012 4:49pm report


    i understand that this song was written for a movie, but if you forget about that and open your mind a little, you can find many meanings. i like to think of this song as this girl/boy who has someone in their life very special. someone who they can truly trust. this person is kinda alone and and all they want is for the world, meaning everyone else, because they dont know them like this person does, to see them because they dont think that they would understand how they feel. all this person wants is for this friend to know who they are. its a lovely song:) one of my favs all the way! the guitar is beautiful(i can play it OF COURSE!!!) and the lyrics are very touching nd emotional to those who fell like they are the only one in the world. I LOVE THIS SONG. I HOPE YOU DO TOO!



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    anonymous
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    Apr 29th, 2012 4:07pm report


    However my interpretation of this songs may differ from everyone else is i will still speak it. I think this song may also be interpretation as if the singer is gay/bisexual and he/she is saying that 'they don't want the world to see me because i don't think that they'll understand' so basically suggesting that they are scared of being judged, the world in fact won't understand them. Also the singer wants to tell his/her love that they like them 'i just want you to know who i am' ect.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 1st, 2012 2:16pm report


    its about pure love. not to be mistaken for your lives guyz. ts about the pain and forgiving. about mind and spirit. about two joining, about overthinking, and makeing it hard, dont think= know your self, know the one you are love' and he is love... life eternal!



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    anonymous
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    Feb 1st, 2012 2:16pm report


    its about pure love. not to be mistaken for your lives guyz. ts about the pain and forgiving. about mind and spirit. about two joining, about overthinking, and makeing it hard, dont think= know your self, know the one you are love' and he is love... life eternal!



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    anonymous
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    Jan 3rd, 2012 1:18pm report


    I believe this song is about Bono
    (the lead singer in U2) who lost his mother at the age of 14:(
    His mother's name was Iris(a lot like the song). It is written from both persons point of veiw(Bono and his Mother).
    Iris says she'll give up forever to touch her new son, cause she knows that he feels her somehow.
    Bono says his dead mother is the closest to heaven that he'll ever be
    (cause Iris is dead) and he doesn't want to go home right now( to face his father)
    Iris says all she can taste is this moment and all she can breathe is his life cause sooner or later it's over and she just doesnt want to miss him tonight
    Iris says she doesn't want the world to see her
    Bono says he doesn't think that they'd understand
    Iris says when everything's meant to be broken
    They bothe say they just want each other to know who they are
    Bono says Iris can't fight the tears that aren't coming(since she's dead)
    Or the moment of truth in her lies
    And when everything feels like the movies
    Iris says yes, he bleeds just to know he's alive(Bono had many nosebleeds as a result of pshycilogical embalance)
    Again, same thoughts as above...
    The last three verses Bono and Iris just want each other to know who they are.

    Anyway, that is what I truly feel this song is about. Decide for yourself:)



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