What does When You're Gone mean?

Avril Lavigne: When You're Gone Meaning

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When You're Gone Lyrics

I always needed time on my own
I never thought I'd need you there when I cried
And the days feel like years when I'm alone
And the bed where you lie is made up on your side
When you walk away I count the steps you take
Do you see how much I...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 6th 2011 !⃝

    She originally wrote the song about her grandfather dying because they were like best friends when she was younger and he meant the world to her.

    The song itself is about losing someone you love, whether it be your parents don't allow you to see them, they died, one of you is moving away, or they're being shipped off to war.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 9th 2009 !⃝

    This song is basically about making sure you value the ones you love before they are gone, and how being apart from them makea you not feel whole "The pieces of my heart are missing you". In the music video it shows three examples;

    There is an old man who's wife died and he is sad and lonely. It shows him felling her clothes and looking at wedding pictures and such.

    There is a teenage couple out in the woods (?), and the girl's mother drives out and makes her leave. Later when the girl is in her room, she takes out her camera and looks at some pictures she took of them and him.

    Then there is a young married couple. The husband is in a uniform and headed off to war, and it shows him getting on the bus with other young men. After he leaves you see that the wife is pregnant. Later it shows her watching the news and seeing all the destruction, and checking her phone to see no new messages. At the end of the song it shows that she got a text from him saying he is okay.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 20th 2011 !⃝

    I think it's about losing the one you love. Because when they're gone they may never come back.

  4. anonymous
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    May 16th 2020 !⃝

    I write that song and my friend Joshua made this song with max martin and he’s a good writer and he played for Taylor swift, and also it had some fun love song to other women out there it supposed to be beautiful and I’m blessed to work with Joshua and max Martin. The director came and said, if you guys wanted to do a music video. We would like to come and go to United Kingdom and meet the queen, I love her, and she gave me a hug and she gave me a dress from her closet, and it’s gorgeous, it’s a perfect fit for the video.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 25th 2019 !⃝

    I think this song is completely to the other song I wrote with someone who can help me directed to my video, but it’s very fun to be in the music video. But it’s different than my other song to make it more power ballad. But it’s really difficult to write about to make this happen with us.

  6. anonymous
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    Aug 16th 2017 !⃝

    Avril Lavigne has said the song "is about being with someone you love, and you have to say goodbye, and all the little things you miss about them". wikipedia. Sorry about your child. God Bless.

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 15th 2017 !⃝

    I think it is about losing a love one, whither it's a spouse, a parent or a child. In my case it's a child.

  8. anonymous
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    Jun 26th 2017 !⃝

    It's all about loving someone that much, but your parents opposing your decision just because they don't like him/her for you.

  9. John0_Conner
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    Jan 12th 2014 !⃝

    this song is about loving someone even though they are gone or if they have a long-distance relationship and are set apart. They still love each other and miss each other. (For example) Mother: she still loves her husband even though he is gone to the army, she still misses him. Daughter: she still loves him even though they are still set apart but she still lovey-dovey him. Old Man: Even though his wife is dead, he still goes to the cemetery and gives flowers to her and talks to her like in the end where he says 'I MISS YOU' so yes.

  10. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2013 !⃝

    This song to me is about he loving someone and they aren't with her anymore and she feels like she isn't going to make it through life without them.

  11. anonymous
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    May 3rd 2011 !⃝

    are you kidding its about d w

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  12. Pandora_Darkness
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    May 16th 2009 !⃝

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but this song is about her grandfather, who was a war veteran and died, or her grandfather who died in the war.

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