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The open wound she hides
She just keeps it bundled up
And never lets it show
She can't take much more of this
But she can't let it go
And that's ok, she don't want the world

All the things she says
While he's just lying there
Without...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 6th, 12:00am report


    This is a suicide by drug overdose song.

    She don’t want the world (doesn’t want to be or care if she is in this world anymore)

    The open wound she hides.
    She can’t take much more of this but she can’t let it go (holding onto a painful event she can’t get past and could also refer to her drug addiction)

    All the things she says while he’s just lying there without someone to hear her cry (he’s passed out, or already overdosed and she’s crying)

    She slips off into a dream about a place to hide. (She just got high to escape her reality)

    Everything she’s ever known or ever thought was real seems like it’s been thrown away, now hows she gonna live? (All of her emotional support is gone, probably sold her possessions for drug money)

    Those words he never spoke haunt her like the memories of all the times before (Words of compassion, the times before when they have overdosed but she didn’t die)

    She tried to show him love while he would only ask for more. (He is asking her for more drugs - he doesn’t want love)

    Softly in her sleep pictures of the life she’s longing for slowly appear, she seen them all before but never quite this clear.. (she seeing her life before getting suicidal - for whatever reason she’s upset - flash before her eyes while she’s high)

    She wakes up alone again, this time to face the day. She swears this time to make it as she simply walks away ... (whoever she was getting high with either left or died, but she doesn’t really care - she’s going to get more drugs and this time she is going to do enough to get the job done)


    It is a very beautiful melody and somewhat haunting song.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 3rd, 8:42am report


    My interpretation is the song is indeed about a girl struggling with depression. It would seem that she has suffered some kind of abuse or several disappointments from past relationships. To me "She doesn't want the world" means that she wants happiness. She wants to maintain healthy relationships in her life. Something that should be completely obtainable. Unfortunately, people accept the love they think they deserve. Consciously she knows she deserves better.Subconsciously she must not feel that she deserves to be loved. As she continues to show love towards a man that abuse's her emotionally or does not want her. She may be an easy target as she already suffers from depression. She seems uncertain that she will ever obtain the happiness she seeks. She doesn't want sympathy, she is determined to meet every day with a smile, every day she will try to let go of her past in hopes of moving forward to a happy future. Even if she never finds this happiness, she will certainly never give up trying.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 18th, 2017 6:10am report


    I take this song as a girl whos in a bad relationship with someone who takes and tears her down. She dreams that one day she will find someone who truley loves her who sees her.. she is struggling scared depressed and wants to leave but knows its harder than what it seems..so she wakes up knumb and faces the day with no emotions...at night when she sleeps thats where she finds love a place she wants so bad...



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    anonymous
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    Jun 26th, 2014 6:37pm report


    I feel every word of this song, it unfortunately describes my current situation exactly. I agree with many of the posts here. I think its definitly a story of a broken life and the multiple dissapointments that end up culminating in this one relationship that gave her hope for a change or a true love to save her from giving up on hope for happiness in life. I definitly sense emotional abuse within the relationship and the shattered heart from watching the relationship turn on her and harm her further than previous scars have. Its about the devestation of not having the one you love hear you or protect you from harm. If the person you love the most cant do this the idea of living on free of pain is hopeless. She becomes stuck in a cycle of hoping it will change to living with the world without him as empty as it is. The self doubt that it creates is overwelming and its hard to move on with her life. Depression sets in as she sees that everything that has ever made sense to her or defined her as a person was misunderstood or unwanted by this person. She may have turned to addiction to try and numb the pain but that only drives her further into herself and isiolates her from the world.Her dreams are somewhat closer to the life she knows she deserves but when shes awake her mind wont stop obsessing over the pain and its a struggle from the morning when she wakes up alone and in pain until night when she sleeps. I dont see an end to the cycle in the end which is sad, it perfectly captures depression and the diffculty in breaking your mind free of repeated negativity and let downs. When a heart has been broken enough and youve suffered pain over many years it only gets harder to pick yourself up. I feel for anyone going through this and hope that all of you find your strength wether its the first time or the last of many set backs. Love can be illusion sometimes and letting go of someone that once gave you the gratest happiness and contintment can be shattering. I just try to remember that sadness is a beautiful human emotion it reminds us that we have the ability to love and that in itself is the most beautiful thing you can posses.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 22nd, 2012 10:38am report


    Something happened, obviously, something bad, and she will never recover from it. Call it abuse, call it rape, call it a broken heart, or her parents' scorn, or a friend's betrayal; whatever it is, she can't come back form it, at least not all the way. She dreams of her past, of what-ifs and maybe's and all the mistakes she made and that others made to lead her to the situation she's in now.

    She wants the world to just STOP for a while, to leave her alone to cope, to hide away from everything and lick her wounds in private. But her heart's still beating, and the world's still turning. She can't kill herself because she's holding so tightly to the past that self-torment keeps her alive, but that means she can't live fully in the present, either.

    She can see all the possibilities of the future before her, all the things that she could be or could have been--and she believes, completely, that none of those things were ever meant to come true, or be real. She's become cold and hard and cynical; she thinks she will never have "the life she's longing for". It has become so ingrained in her soul that she will settle for what she can get to keep breathing--and brooding on the past--and hiding away from reality--because she knows that she will never be able to have the world, and unlike the cliche, she doesn't want what she can't have.



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    anonymous
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    May 31st, 2011 5:13am report


    I personally felt this song was about a girl struggling with an abusive relationship - emotional or physical. The music and the way the lyrics are sung makes me think the girl he's singing about is the "victim" in whatever situation she's in - but she's fighting within herself to be happy despite the hurt she feels.

    "The open wound she hides
    She just keeps it bundled up
    And never lets it show
    She can't take much more of this
    But she can't let it go
    And that's ok, she don't want the world"

    This could be an actual wound or the internal feeling of an emotional wound from abusive words. Either way - a person in this situation would hide it. She can't take any more of what is hurting her - but she loves the person who IS hurting her. It's typical of the abuser to go in cycles - the hurt - then they try and fix it by being overly nice only to fly off the handle again. This is why she can't let go. Or perhaps she can't afford to leave him. She's not asking for the world, she just wants him to stop hurting her.

    "All the things she says
    While he's just lying there
    Without someone to hear her cry
    She slips off into a dream
    About a place to hide
    And that's ok, she don't want the world"

    She's talking and he's not listening. My interpretation of this is that she's trying to tell him that he's hurting her and asking him to change - he's not listening so she cries herself to sleep because she knows deep down he doesn't care and won't change. She dreams of somewhere she'd rather be - without him. She's not dreaming of anything special - just to be away from the pain.

    "This love she feels
    Everything she's ever known
    Or ever thought was real
    Seems like it's been thrown away
    Now how's she gonna live
    It's ok, she don't want the world"

    She's starting to doubt everything - this happens a lot when a person is abused. Does she love him or is she just frightened to leave? She's wondering if she threw away the life she had before this relationship. She's not the girl she was then and she's wondering how she's going to live when she's broken now.

    "Those words he never spoke
    Haunt her life, the memories
    Of all the times before
    She tried to show him love
    While he would only ask for more
    But it's ok, she don't want the world"

    He's never complimented her - only put her down. She has no confidence and is longing for him to tell her she's ok. She keeps loving him but its never enough. He takes her love for granted and demands more. But its ok - she's not asking for the world.

    "Softly in her sleep
    Pictures of the life she's longing
    For slowly appear
    She's seen them all before
    But somehow never quite this clear
    She just smiles, she don't want the world"

    Again she's dreaming of getting out, but this time it feels more like she's could actually make it happen. She smiles. It's not amazing - but all she needs to be away from him to feel ok again.

    "This love she feels
    Everything she's ever known
    Or ever thought was real
    Seems like it's been thrown away
    Now how's she gonna live
    It's ok, she don't want the world"

    This is repeated because again she's thinking about how she was without him. She's still frightened of how she's going to live when she feels so broken.

    "A brand new morning shines
    As she wakes up alone again
    This time to face the day
    She swears there's time to make it
    As she simply walks away
    And it's ok, she don't want the world"

    She wakes up after seeing her dreams clearly to a shining brand new morning. To get through the day, she's telling herself she CAN make it out. Something's changed in her and I feel that she's going to walk away. She's not expecting to be able to go somewhere wonderful - just away.



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    anonymous
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    May 4th, 2011 5:33pm report


    I think it is a song about a women who is having an affair with a married man. She is deeply in love with him, but knows he will never leave his wife. "She wakes up alone again" because he has gone back home to his wife. "She swears there's time to make it
    As she simply walks away" this time she is going to leave him/end the affair for good.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 21st, 2011 4:06pm report


    I personally agree with Anonymous on March 22nd, although most of them to a certain degree are right. She sees a life with this person, and he is her world. He knows he is what she has based her life around, and he takes advantage of it. She stays there hoping for a change in the days.. and knowing that he is capable of being the person that she fell in love with. She holds onto it until she realizes that it will never be. She doesn't know what it feels like to not have pain. She knows that it isnt right...and she doesn't want that world.. she wants the one where it feels like home in a sense... To her that is real.. not the life she is living in. May I say.. God Bless anyone going through this. I feel your pain...I have been there... and it does get better but only if YOU choose to make a change. Please dont let fear guide you. My Story (continue reading only if you please-sharing my story ) ~ I was with this guy who I had fell in love with. He changed horribly. Before I got with him.. I had a history of family abusing me mentally and physically. So when he showed signs of abuse it was nothing new. I was addicted to the pain and at the end I realized that, which lead me to a different chapter. But before I realized that.. I thought he could change. Don't get me wrong people can change.. but only in due time.. you cant make it happen.. much less waste your life waiting on it to happen just bc you love them!! I felt every word of this song.. and every day I knew that something had to change. He was cheating on me.. doing drugs behind my back (which i heard from friends, but never saw in front of me). I was on my way to his house when I was listening to Give Me a Sign by Breaking Benjamin, which I also felt every word. I was praying to God and telling myself that I wasn't going to allow it anymore. I didnt know how to escape what I was feeling.. this love I had for him, but my new findings.. which was love for myself and my future... I was afraid to walk away bc I didn't know what the future held. I got to his house and we were on a break.. my one last chance of warning him... but afraid again bc I was at his house ..you see lol. I spent the night there. The next day the phone rang. It was a girl. He said infront of me while we were trying to work stuff out... " naw you dont have to worry about her... we aren't together." Then he hung up the phone and tried talking to me bc I grabbed my keys. He said "whats wrong".. my reply "Im not obligated to discuss nothing with you" and I headed for the door. He grabbed me and slammed me on the wall and started choking me. I punched him and made my break for it. Somehow he caught up with me on the porch outside.. he rushed me.. thats when I realized he had a knife. I fought for MY LIFE until some old couple noticed and called the police and the cops got there. THAT WAS MY SIGN FROM GOD! I let my "world" and what I was used to run my life. I forgot all about what I knew was right. The whole time I knew me and him were wrong. I was just too afraid. In that time.. I lost all dignity..respect.. and everything possible for myself. I was LOST! I let it get that far.. so i cant be mad at no one but me. Dont let it get that far if you are in a relationship to where he is constantly lieing, cheating, abusing the situation in ANY way... LEAVE!!! you are worth so much more and are so much better than that.. and can find better... AND CAN DO BAD BY YOURSELF!!!! I can say I was dumb, but I BET... it wont happen again :). After I left and placed an order of protection on him.. I realized I could not even hold my head up in public, I was lieing to my friends and people I loved..and was taking them all for granted.. basically i wasn't being me. Shit has changed and Im happier than ever.. and I can say now that Im back to being me. FCK EVERYONE WHO SHOWS YOU ANY KIND OF DISRESPECT!! FCK'EM! lol!! TELL THEM THAT YOU ARE RICH BITCH!!! even if ya only got a half a penny!!! Lol you are all you need. this next statement is off subject~ plz ignore~ FCK A HERO.. I AM MY OWN... EVEN IF YOU HELPED ME... YOU ARENT HERE ARE YA?? SO FCK YOU.. YOU WASN'T THE HERO I THOUGHT YOU WERE.. HA HA RUN TELL THAT!!!!



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    anonymous
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    Mar 22nd, 2011 3:18am report


    I think these lyrics are talking about a girl who is going through depression. Not in the sense that she wants to kill herself, more as her just wanting to be ok one day. The song seems like its saying she's had a rough life. And although its a painful life, she seems to be addicted to the pain itself. The guy she refers to is there next to her, yet she still feels lonely. Her sleep and dreams seem like her escape from the hole she's stuck in. To me, it seems that a lot of people in her life have let her down and therefore she might not believe love exists. In general, all she's asking is for someone to make her ok, not to love her, or to stay, just make her ok. It appears that she feels like she is failing in the relationship she is in, as if she wasnt enough. She has a clear perception of the life she wants and its not too much to ask, its just her smiling, and being ok. Overall, it seems like she takes a day at a time. And every morning she wakes up, hoping to be ok, and hoping that everything wrong in her life gets better.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 28th, 2010 12:46am report


    Ok...I am wrong, not about an unresponsive person in a coma...But about a dead marriage...maybe she knows about his affair or caught him cheating...but she still loves him.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 28th, 2010 12:10am report


    What if you are way off on her being depressed or struggling with addiction, but rather about how much strength she is showing while she deals with the love of her life maybe being in a coma. What she wants...is for their life to go back to the way it was before... but she knows it never will and is trying to cope.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 14th, 2010 8:25pm report


    Ok..my thoughts are is about a girl and all shes ever felt was pain,everyone hates her her parents, her siblings, her friends, and when they sing "she don't want the world" it's saying that shes in pain and shes hurting but she doesn't want the world to sympithise her, and with the "she trys to show him love but he would only ask for more" her husbands sick or something and giving up on her, "part of the reason shes hurting" to sum this up the songs trying to tell you one smile can hide a million tears.



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    alone215
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    May 2nd, 2009 5:05am report


    The open wound she hides
    She just keeps it bundled up
    And never lets it show
    She can't take much more of this
    But she can't let it go
    And that's ok, she don't want the world

    (her inner stuggle...addiction)

    All the things she says
    While he's just lying there
    Without someone to hear her cry
    She slips off into a dream
    About a place to hide
    And that's ok, she don't want the world

    (all the things she wants to say, but can't. All the things she says but he doesn't understand. )

    Softly in her sleep
    Pictures of the life she's longing
    For slowly appear
    She's seen them all before
    But somehow never quite this clear
    She just smiles, she don't want the world

    (she wants so bad to be free from this secret..addiction..whatever she is struggling with..she wants a different happier life)



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    alone215
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    May 2nd, 2009 5:01am report


    To me this song is about a girl that has totally hit rock bottem. She is very depressed and struggling with a secret..(to me it is addiction). She is in love with a guy while going through this hard time in her life, and she can't reach him emotionally, because of all the emotional pain she is going through her self. He doesn't love her..but thats ok, because she doesn't have the life she wants anyways. That might not make sense to you...but every lyric in the song is exactly what im going through right now. I am at the lowest point in my life right now, struggling with addiction, which leads to lies...just with that its hard to smile, and hard to keep going. The relationship part i am also going through. He doesn't love me like i love him. he doesn't know the real me..i cant reach him emotionally because of all that i struggle with...i am alone.



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    Selo
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    Jan 28th, 2009 1:28am report


    As someone requested. I've always gotten vibes from this song as a story about a girl who's now broken-down and discouraged after a failed relationship, wondering how her life could ever be the same again. Really she just wants to be alright, which isn't asking for much: "She swears there's time to make it as she simply walks away / And it's OK, she don't want the world". So I think the message of this song is actually quite simple in that she doesn't demand too much, and she just wants to get by after everything "seems like it's been thrown away"




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