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Song Released: 2004


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I've got another confession to make
I'm your fool
Everyone's got their chains to break
Holdin' you

Were you born to resist or be abused?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best, the...

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    anonymous
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    Jul 7th, 2007 7:13pm report


    " 'Best of You' is a song of resistance. It's about the refusal to be taken advantage of by something that's bigger than you, or someone you're in love with. It's the fight in the face of adversity," Grohl said. "I didn't really think of an interesting melody; I just wanted to scream the whole way through. And the first few times we rehearsed it, I thought, 'There's no way I'll be able to play this live. There's blood in my throat.' But now it's great, it's a release. When you go out and sing words from the heart, you scream twice as hard."



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    anonymous
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    Nov 29th, 2005 11:38pm report


    This song was startlingly clear to me the moment I heard it. It's about getting used/abused by anyone who you've put your trust in. How you get weary of being let down and hurt and having to get over it "I'm getting tired of starting again somewhere new..."

    I think it's basically a song expressing the pain of being let down and also having the nerve to stand up to the people who have done it "Were you born to resist or be abused?"



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    kaimmm
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    Dec 17th, 2005 12:35pm report


    I think this song is about moving on from any situation where you've become close to someone... a relationship,friendship,whatever... The feelings you have about that person being "gone & onto someone new" who is getting "the best" of that person that was previously only for you... it breaks your heart. but at the same time you know you need to move on from that person because they are holding you back or repressing you



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    anonymous
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    May 23rd, 2018 5:04pm report


    Heres my take; This is about standing up to abuse, like it speaks to the abuser and you the audience "you gave me something that I didn't have but had no use" (ie guilt shame pain) - and then overcoming it and facing the abuser -"my heart is under arrest again, but I break loose...I swear I'll never give in, I'll refuse, Is someone getting the best.....To me the idea of someone getting the best of you is letting the abuse or pain inflicted continue to hurt you, and standing up to the abuser is a key step in healing the pain. For me this song inspires the confrontation / realization by repeatedly asking with the chorus. Also it outlines the perspective shift from begining with "Ive got another confession to make - I'm your fool, everyones got their chains to break" and then later the confession is "I'm no fool. I'm getting tired of starting again, somewhere new" This gets to the point of the song, its a call to the abused / neglected to stand up to that bullshit, and a way to share the emotional process help wake you up to the bull shit in your life and let you know you are not alone, you can stand up and resist, and it fucking rocks to do so.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 3rd, 2017 7:22pm report


    Hey i got hit by the comment. I think someone let this Song run in the Radio for me.... Its like you are her.... I know crazy....

    anonymous

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    Apr 28th, 2013 4:07am

    In my opinion, I can relate to this song because I'm in love with someone that has a girlfriend, and I'm convinced that he is the one for me, and that I could make him a lot happier than he is in his current relationship, but it is so familiar to him that he just keeps it going because he dislikes change. This song poses the questions "Is someone getting the best out of you?" Which is a question that i'd like to ask him, because I feel that I could bring out the best in him.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 3rd, 2017 1:21am report


    Honestly...it's all of the above for me;) I keep hearing it over and over in my head. It started when my best friend and bf of 6yrs broke up. Of course we had our highs and lows. I have always given everything in life 100% of my heart, trust and honesty. He had many personal substanceabuse struggles. I stuck w him thru it all. the good,the bad,ugly and when he started to be on the surface who I always knew he was on the inside...he gave the best of himself to someone else. A past someone else who had never excepted him for him...his flaws. So although he got the best of me (my adolescence...if u will...innocence) someone else gets to enjoy the best of him. So also in return he got over on me (best of me) . My efforts, my struggle to help and love him were for nothing. It was thrown in my face because he went back to the idea of the person he use to claim was the love of his life. So now she gets the best part of him. I don't know if that was verbalized right. ..tho it felt good to say. I was looking for Dave's actual intent for the lyrics cuz I know what it means to me And apparently after reading others interpretations...it provokes pretty much the same for most of us



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    anonymous
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    Jan 3rd, 2017 1:04am report


    Honestly it's all of the above... as I've heard



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    anonymous
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    Dec 27th, 2016 12:45am report


    I was in a relationship with the love of my life until I ruined it. There's no way I'm getting her back. Seeing her and imagining her with someone else breaks my heart, knowing someone else is getting the best of her...



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    anonymous
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    Apr 28th, 2013 4:07am report


    In my opinion, I can relate to this song because I'm in love with someone that has a girlfriend, and I'm convinced that he is the one for me, and that I could make him a lot happier than he is in his current relationship, but it is so familiar to him that he just keeps it going because he dislikes change. This song poses the questions "Is someone getting the best out of you?" Which is a question that i'd like to ask him, because I feel that I could bring out the best in him.



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    boab
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    Sep 11th, 2012 9:05pm report


    For me I can still remember the first time that I heard the song and how powerful it was and still is.
    Something about the passion and the way it was delivered just grabbed me.
    As for the meaning well it has been documented that it's about Dave's sister and how she is or has been a bit of a door mat.
    For me its about growing up and becoming a man. It begins with "I'm your fool" and ends with "I'm no fool" almost a catharsis of what has happened in life and how it has changed the very people that we are. For me it's about leaving the child behind and discovering life beyond the limits set by your parents and your peers. Moving away from where you were and fulfilling the potential that was locked away and for all the years where you looked upon others opinions as acceptance of that you were doing the right thing. As we develop into who we are going to become the realisation that the only opinion that matters is our own one and we give everything now to get the best from ourselves. Ultimately, it doesnt matter what people think it means. What matters is that if you like it then you lke it. Everyone hears it in a different way and that is the beauty of music. What a beautiful song though.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 2nd, 2012 3:41am report


    This song is about Dave's sister who was in an abusive relationship of some kind, on the skin and bones tour he says that before singing this song, if you don't believe me buy the DVD and hear it for yourself



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    anonymous
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    Feb 26th, 2012 2:06pm report


    I think this song is about being in a dark place in your life where you feel isolated and someone or a situation you're in is causing you pain and suffering. I think of a young lady trapped in a life of prostitution and she's held there with no way out. Maybe someone in a religious cult who can't leave or maybe someone in a career where they feel they have so much potential, but can't leave the life they find themself in. (wow - that's heavy stuff).



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    anonymous
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    Jan 3rd, 2012 1:32pm report


    I'm german, so I can only interpret what it would mean in german :)

    Right now, I am deep in love with a girl. I confessed already, but sadly she loves someone else (she recently got rejected herself, though). This is where 'Best of You' starts for myself.

    Everytime I see her, I fall in love with her, over and over again. I guess, I've got another confession to make, since I'm her fool. I can not just hold (hug) her, I have to break a chain first, I have to make her love me.
    She gave me something I didn't have, some kind of warmth and hope, the desire to be with her. My heart is under arrest. I'm in her noose again, yet without her noose. Without her, I have no use for these things. She has broken my heart it's painful, and I die to heal. She is my cure. I do not want to start somewhere else anew, I'm getting tired of it.

    This makes me do my utmost. Basically she is getting the best out of me.

    For me, he sings about my situation and this inner conflict. I love her, and I want to be with her, but I also have to respect that she does not want me. I have to choose, but I have no choice. So I can not choose, I refuse to. My head is giving me life or death, my mind is abusing me.


    You know, I feel her breath and body warmth, I smell her odour, I see her heartbeat, day by day. We are as close as two people possibly can be, but I still can't put my arm around her. That hurts. Alot.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 25th, 2011 9:13pm report


    I seriously thought this song was about Dave referring to a friend (possibly a female) and asking if s/he's getting hurt, then telling them not to let that person use them. Best of You is kind of saying 'let the real you shine' and 'no one can use you' and things like that.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 18th, 2011 9:47pm report


    At a show, I dont remember where but it was broadcast on the air, dave explained that this song is about his sister and an abusive relationship she was in.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 7th, 2011 8:46pm report


    See, I agree with some interpretations of this song that it's about moving on, but couldn't it also be about being the best person can be, through the thick and thin and giving your all despite what happens... or that's how I see it anyway XD



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    anonymous
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    Jun 21st, 2011 6:47pm report


    It means drugs, obviously. He is in love with drugs but can't admit it. But his heart knows that the drugs are the best thing of his life.



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    anonymous
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    May 12th, 2011 5:07pm report


    I think the guy has never experienced true love



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