What does I'm Still Here mean?

Goo Goo Dolls: I'm Still Here Meaning

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I'm Still Here Lyrics

I am a question to the world
Not an answer to be heard
Or a moment
That's held in your arms

And what do you think you'd ever say?
I won't listen anyway
You don't know me
And I'll never be what you want me to be

And what do you think...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 26th 2016 !⃝

    The lyrics tell the story of a coming of age tale. ( I'm a boy, no I'm a man) The narrator is struggling with finding his personal identity in a world that doesn't accept him. The constant pain of rejection is his life from those who are around him.
    He fights the voices of rejectionand tunes them out. The narrator realizes his dreams and ideas are different from people in the world.
    He is standing up for himself and saying he will never conform. The people around him don't know him and they don't have the right to give him an identity.
    At the same time, the narrator is fighting to find himself (I'm a question to the world, not an answer to be heard) He shows strength by proclaiming "I'm still here"after
    everything he's been through, both developing as a person and being reject by everyone. The narrator only wants to belong and to be accepted. He wishes to feel love and support.( I want a moment to be real wanna touch things I don't feel, wanna hold on and feel I belong) Although, the narrator is still figuring out who he is ( Can you help me be a man?) He knows his own heart and refuses to conform to those around him. It's a powerful and emotional song.

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 19th 2015 !⃝

    It's the kind of feelings someone with ADHD can feel.

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 9th 2013 !⃝

    To me, this song takes a more spiritual tone. The person in question is struggling with a sordid past and the first and second verse is directed towards your earthly parents or siblings or anyone physical actually. The 3rd verse to me signifies a conversation and a acceptance of whatever we believe in. Being Christian, Budhist or whatever religion you deem fit. Your God knows you and is able to take away the hurt and pain of this world and is able to shield you from whatever the world thinks of you. It simply means that He knows who and what we are and that is stated in the last verse where he says "I'm the one and I'm still here". It means it he believes that he will not be defeated because he believes in a God that believes in him.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 28th 2012 !⃝

    In my opinion, this song is about someone who is basically a genuinely good person struggling with evil, but all anyone sees in him is the bad. People have these expectations of him that he feels he can't live up to, hence the "I'll never be what you want me to be" line. He wants someone to see the good in him, but nobody does. They keep forcing him to change in order to fit their perceptions of him, but again he can't be what they want him to be. Saying "they don't know me" suggests that people are very judgemental towards him, and don't understand him.

    Then he meets someone, a girl maybe, who "sees the things they never see" (the good parts of him, instead of just the bad). He opens up to her and shows him who he really is, a genuinely good guy struggling with his demons as I said before. He realizes he doens't need those judgemental people in his life, he shuts out their words and realizes that he's not the one with the problem - they are.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 3rd 2012 !⃝

    To me, it's about simply not belonging. No one understands this person because he never gets a chance to show the world who he really is inside. People assume they know him and are quick to judge before he gets the chance to speak for himself. People try to say what he is, and he refuses to allow those untrue lables to affect him because he knows better. He won't let society change him. One person gives him the chance to show who he really is, which is all he's really wanted.

    To me, this song is about being your own person and standing against the judgments and labels society puts on people these days. Wanting to break away from these ideas and shshowing the world that no matter how much they try they can not break you because you know who you are and they dont.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 16th 2012 !⃝

    This song is just beautiful, Its about someone who has some problems and don't know how to carry on until he meets someone where he is sure of he can trust. It was the perfect song for Jim in Disney's treasure planet. But thad doesn't mean you cant interpretate it for yourself. It makes you think about who you are and who these other people (the world) are and what they want from you. And thad you souldn't change or do something when they tell u so.

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