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Search for the answers I knew all along.
I lost myself.
We all fall down.
Never the wiser of what I've become.
Alone I stand,
a broken man.

All I have, is one last chance.
I won't turn my back on you.
Take my hand,
drag me down.


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    Sep 11th, 2010 9:02am report

    This is NOT simply a song about unreciprocated love... I personally Believe that it is a song about being in love with a person who is destroying themself through drug addiction.

    The first verse is about coming to terms with the fact that the person that the persona loves is destroying themself.

    In the sencond, the line "all I have is one last chance" highlights the fact that the persona has little, or no time to save the person from their addiction. He is unwilling to allow them kill themself with their addiction (I won't turn my back on you"), but he fears that he cannot save them from it ("and I can't save what's left of you").

    The chorus further illustrates the persona's struggle against his love's addiction. The lines "sing something new, I have nothing left" describe how the persona is sick of hearing the same excuses and lies about the addiction, and how he is at the end of his tether. He also admits that he doesn't want to live without the said love interest, but she is unable to quit ("the fighting never ends, I can't face the dark without you").

    The persona then continues to describe how his love is not who she used to be, and how she is destroying herself in the lines "come back down, save yourself, I can't find my way to you." He also describes how he feels powerless to save her, and his reluctance to accept what is happening; "and I can't bear to face the truth" I wanted to forgive, I'm trying to forgive, don't leave me here again."

    The final verse shows how the persona finally gives up, despite the fact that he still loves the person killing themself with addiction, and that although he does love her, he has to leave and forget her, because he is powerless over the situation.

    This is my interpretation of the song, but it is not correct, like all thing that are subjective, so I'd love to see some more.


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    Jan 12th, 22:52 report

    This song is about a single person's struggle with who he wants to be and who he is. Plenty of symbalnce of addiction and fighting the darker version of one's self.


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    Oct 5th, 10:18am report

    I think that the song starts with the "main character" of the song beginning to realize that he and the one he loves are ultimately incompatible. This thought begins to trouble him, sending him into a downward spiral of denial, hinted by the line "I can't bear to face the truth". Then, slowly over the course of the song, he begins to accept that he can't be with her, no matter how much he loves her, because they aren't right for each other. Thus "Holding the hand that holds me down... I forgive you, forget you, the end!" Deep stuff, really!


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    Nov 7th, 2017 11:24pm report

    The great thing about music. You can tell when a song is really good when it can fit with your own personal meaning,and you can relate it to what’s going on in your life


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    Jul 12th, 2017 7:13am report

    This song is about drugs and his last chance of letting them go before they take him! As much as I wished it was a love song it's clearly about the fight against addiction.


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    Sep 14th, 2015 9:20pm report

    My Interpretation,the man is madly in love with a woman and she feels the same way,but hes hurt that he knows they have to move on and tries to deny it.and he still stays with her


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    Apr 11th, 2015 4:46pm report

    my interpretation of this song is that he Loves this woman deeply but she is either depressed and suicidal or addicted to drugs...also suicidal. He feels like he is helpless and it's killing him. at the end despite that he loves her very much and tried to stop her, she kills herself. he might feel like killing himself too, but decides to forgive her.


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    Sep 9th, 2014 9:28pm report

    It really describes the relationship between Sam and Dean Winchester of Supernatural. It fits, they fight, they leave each other, they hate each other, but no matter what they still love each other, and can't go on without the other.


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    Jul 3rd, 2012 7:35pm report

    Why does it have to be about a relationship somone did a war video with this song and it fit it pefectly. Could be a song fir a future war movie about two soldiers and one dies.


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    Apr 11th, 2012 4:23pm report

    I think the whole dear agony album is a concept album they reference the "dark" like a thing or person or place that everyone's fighting against. in this song Ben or whoever is about to face the "dark" but he's being stoped by someone he loves, "Holding the hand that holds me down", but also had problems with, maybe the person from What Lies Beneath and wants to forgive and forget "I forgive you forget you the end" really good song and really apropriate string based outro


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    Mar 30th, 2012 3:35pm report

    I've read through most of the interpretations here and I can't find anyone who shares the same ideas as I do.

    The song sounds SIMILAR (I say similar because I know it's not the real meaning, but close) to someone who has strong feelings for another person but knows that they cannot become together. The singer does not want to forget this special person, but realizes he has no other choice.

    This meaning relates to me, because there's this girl who I really like, but due to higher circumstances I cannot be with her. She either got over it fast or she just wants to make me jealous, because she has another boyfriend and it hasn't even been three weeks science I ended it with her. This makes it much harder to forget her...

    This is why I interpret Without You this way


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    Oct 23rd, 2011 10:32pm report

    I think its about a guy who loves a girl so much and she is so special he would die for her. That is what I think...


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    Aug 6th, 2011 8:09am report

    His grandfather is dying and he feels he still needs his guidance so he stays with his grandfather bcuz with out him he feels all alone with nothing but then his grandfather dies and he has to move on...


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    Aug 6th, 2011 8:05am report

    Dude, thiz chick left him n totalli broke hiz heart n then he givez her a second chance n all she duz iz drag him bak down n wen she realizez hez just at the bottom again she leavez him n he decidez he kant take it animore n haz 2 4get her 2 save himself.


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    Jun 30th, 2011 6:40pm report

    Well.. all people have different point of views. and almost all of them are saying it's about "a relationship".
    But as Benjamin said in an interview, the whole album is about his Grandfather.


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    May 10th, 2011 5:10am report

    I believe this song tells a story of an ill-fated, incompatible love. Because the singer is male, I will refer to the singer (the speaker for all you literature critics) as "He" and the lover as "She". Even though it is not impossible that the relationship is homosexual or from a female's perspective, there is little evidence in any direction, and being a heterosexual male, I find it easiest to talk about it this way.
    Simply put, the woman is dragging him down and destroying his life, but he doesn't want to give her up because he loves her. Breaking Benjamin has multiple songs about the negative side of love, so this fits in with them perfectly.
    "Search for the answers I knew all along/ I lost myself/ We all fall down/ Never the wiser of what I've become" This verse fragment is when he realizes that he has been wrong about his lover, that she is indeed detrimental to his life. Perhaps she is impressing bad habits onto him, taking away his social life, or many other possibilities.
    But for him, love conquers all. And he will accept her negative side for the sake of their relationship: "All I have is one last chance/ I won't turn my back on you/ Take my hand/ Drag me down/ If you fall then I will too/ And I can't save what's left of you"
    It continues, "Sing something new/ I have nothing left/ I can't face the dark without you/ There's nothing left to lose/ The fight never ends/ I can't face the dark without you" He not only wants her in his life, he NEEDS her. His sanity is dependent on their love, and he will take any burden she may give to him.
    The second verse doesn't have much new evidence, so I will skip to the bridge. "I wanted to forgive/ I'm trying to forgive/ Don't leave me here again/ I am with you/ Forever/ The end" Here, he is begging pleading with her to not give him up. Perhaps the reason she was a bad influence was because she never loved him in the first place. Otherwise, she now knows that he realized she was bad for him, and he is trying to convince her that he doesn't care.
    Finally, we have a conclusion, "Holding the hand that holds me down/ I forgive you/ Forget you/ The end" He gives her up and we have the image of him releasing her heavy, dragging hand. He tries to leave with no hard feelings, saying he forgives her. Now free from his burden, his life goes on.

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