Goo Goo Dolls: Here Is Gone Meaning
Song Released: 2002
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Here Is Gone Lyrics
But it's all then it's nothing to me
I got my defenses
When it comes to your intentions to me
And we wake up in the breakdown
In the things we never thought we could be
I'm not the one who broke...
This song is about a casual relationship. The singer or guy wants to commit but the girl won't allow it.
"You and I got somethin' but it's all and then it's nothin' to me." Shows how the relationship is off and on. The guy cares about the girl but backs off because he's hurt by her rejection.
"I got my defenses when it comes to your intentions for me" Is the guy basically saying he doesn't want to be used.
"And we wake up in the breakdown of the things we never thought we could be " - Both parties got into in believing that they could keep it casual and nobody would want more. But now they have ended up the same way everybody else does.
"I'm not the one who broke you, I'm not the one you should fear. We got to move you, darlin' " - The guy believes the girl can't commit because she has been hurt and is stuck in the past.
"And I want to get free, talk to me
I can feel you fallin' and
I wanted to be all you need
Somehow here is gone " - Guy wanted to help and be her everything but feels she is a lost cause.
"I am no solution to the sound of this pollution in me. And I was not the answer so forget you ever thought it was me." - Guy has realised that allthough he loves her she's bad news and he has not been helping himself by sticking around for so long. He decides to break it off.
"And I don't need the fallout of all the past that's in between us. And I'm not holdin' on. And all your lies weren't enough to keep me here" - Girl demands to know why he has had the sudden change of heart. Guy doesn't want to argue about the past but says its because of her lies.
Just speculating here but I think the girl lied about having a bad past as an excuse not to commit. The guy was mad because he only stuck around because he believed she could be helped and they could eventually be together.
Here is gone means the oppourtunity has gone. Even though he wanted those things then she can't have them now.
anonymous Apr 20th, 2008 4:23pm report
This song is about having a relationship with someone that maybe took an unexpected turn and they wanted more out of it than you did, or you simply realized that they were using you to fill in the cracks someone else had made on them and how you are telling them you are not going to do that. The person singing the song is clearly rejecting the other person who may have thought they were the one who was in control of the situation. and no he is not saying "I wanted to be" he is saying "I won't tempt to be" sounds the same but quite the opposite don't ya think! he is finally seeing the light on a person who he had obviously misjudged in a relationship and is walking away.
anonymous Apr 24th, 2020 4:32am report
This was written in the era just before when we started to really understand what being damaged really means. Before, we often condemned the person as though they were deliberately choosing to do their problem behaviour. Or rejected them into the ‘too hard basket. Too ‘high maintenance.’ But some of us thought that if we just loved them enough we could ‘cure’ or ‘fix’ them. What we didn’t realise was that we often had that compassion because we were broken too. And our subconscious was trying to fix ourselves too, whilst/by helping other broken person. But we don’t know how! And don’t know that we don’t know, or even that we - or they - ARE broken. So then we find we can’t cope, and the other person feels let down. Accusations and recriminations start. Anger and bitterness. The past gets rewritten, exaggerated, twisted- it snow-balls. The lyists is saying “But I love(d) you! Why are you getting fixed? Did you just lie to me? I feel like a failure. I’m hurting. Who’s to blame then? I guess it must be you then...” And she’s saying: “I’m just too tired to try to explain this again, apologise, make it better, defend myself... Coz even I don’t know what’s wrong or how to fix things...” They need expert counseling. Russell Brand is a self-admitted ex-sex-addict. He gives excellent advice about it now. I wish the people in this song had that help ❤️
anonymous Apr 2nd, 2011 4:20am report
This interpretation is for the video which I find much more intriguing. The video seems to be about some high school kid(s) that died in a car wreck. Their lives were incomplete and they were taken before reaching maturity. Their ghosts are seen throughout the video in an unfinished, abandoned house which represents their lives. The video is interspersed with contact between the ghosts and their living family and friends - although only the ghosts are aware of the contact. One scene shows the wrecked car and crosses and the visitation to the tragic place. Another scene shows a young girl walking into a house after swimming and kissing her mother(?) although the living mother doesn't realize she is there. The mother also seems to be talking and moving at an accelerated rate compared to the girl. They seem to be "out of sync" with one another which suggests the blurring of time and dimensions due to the girl being deceased and in a spiritual realm transcending time and space.
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anonymous Jul 25th, 2007 7:52am report
Actually, the one above is pretty close. the lead singer (john rzeznik) was going through a divorce when he wrote this song. it's about how you think everything was supposed to be ("you and I got something") but then, after awhile, it just crumbles ("but then it's all and then it's nothing to me"). I think the divorce's motive was johnny's music ("I am no solution to the sound of this pollution in me"). the music video has another meaning to it. the music video is about a bunch of out-cast kids who are going to abandon everything, including loved ones to try and make it on their own because they feel as if everyone has changed and they don't belong. the song technically IS about change in a relationship and hoping after years of separation, you can come back to that person, but for now, things are as they are now.
anonymous Nov 16th, 2006 11:29pm report
It's pretty clear what this song is about. The speaker has met a girl who had once had a relationship with him, but then they lost contact after a break-up ("I wanted to be all you need"). Later on, he finds her again ("I thought I lost you somewhere") and tells her that he is ready to love her again - and that it could have worked out before if she had opened up to him ("I'm not the one who broke you"). She, on the other hand, keeps telling him that things can't go back to the way they were and that a new relationship wouldn't work out because of the last one's downfall ("I was not the answer so forget you ever thoguht it was me"). He keeps trying to reach out to this girl ("I know it's out there") and say that he knows what happened before and that he has changed, clearly exposed in the line "I don't need the fallout of all the past that's here between us". And in the end, he can't convince her to come back with him, so he runs off in sadness, the event that gives this song its title.
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