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Goo Goo Dolls: Iris Meaning

Song Released: 1998



Iris Lyrics

And I’d give up forever to touch you
'cause I know that you feel me somehow
You’re the closest to heaven that i’ll ever be
And I don’t want to go home right now

And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
’cause...

  1. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2007 report

    I am very pissed... K the fact is that this song is still played on radio stations and everyone knows it and crap, yet even when it's been played again and again, like none of the channels over here have even tried to play City of Angels, I mean I feel like I'm going insane because it's like the movie never existed or something and I know that movie has some of the answers I need... Just a matter of finding it!

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 3rd 2007 report

    I actually have this song on my myspace page and I absolutely love it.
    i really like this wonderful special woman and I'm always dropping subtle hints and this is a perfect one!
    I love this song. people are entitled to their beliefs about their interpretation of this song. So I totally understand.
    just my two cents

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 20th 2007 report

    hey hoo ever iz goin on and commenting about songs under anonymous...shut the fuck up about gay lovers in this song shut the fuck up about greek goddesses and get a grip man...johnny dusnt tlk about homos

    l8er

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  4. anonymous
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    Mar 14th 2007 report

    He is in love simple as that. Its a secret crush and he hasn't told anybody about it because he is scared.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 12th 2007 report

    This is one of the greatest songs of all time, even if it is for a movie. The lyrics in the song are amazing.
    *Your the closest to heaven, that I'll ever be*
    amazing.

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  6. anonymous
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    Mar 2nd 2007 report

    This song is about eyeballs
    Iris: the colored part of the eye; partly responsible for regulating the amount of light permitted to enter the eye.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 29th 2007 report

    Okay, I know that this is for the movie, but before I knew, I had a really good idea for what I thought it might mean.
    Okay, well, if you are familiar with the song "Every Breath You Take" by The Police/Sting, or even "Snow White Queen" by Evanescence, both of those songs are written/partly-written in the point of view of a stalker.
    Here's how I say that "Iris" sounds like it could be the same.
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    ((And I’d give up forever to touch you
    ’cause I know that you feel me somehow
    You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll
    Ever be
    And I don’t want to go home right now))
    It sounds like the stalker wants to be able to talk to the person for once, but feels in a way that she/he can feel them somehow.

    ((And all I can taste is this moment
    And all I can breathe is your life
    ’cause sooner or later it’s over
    I just don’t want to miss you tonight))
    This part is just about the stalker loving said person.

    ((And I don’t want the world to see me
    ’cause I don’t think that they’d
    Understand
    When everything’s made to be broken
    I just want you to know who I am))
    He/She doesn't want to be found out as a stalker because they don't think people would understand their love for the person. Also, they want the person to know that they are loved(by the singer/stalker).

    ((And you can’t fight the tears that ain’t
    Coming
    Or the moment of truth in your lies
    When everything feels like the movies
    Yeah you bleed just to know you’re alive))
    Just talking about how the stalker watches different events in the person's life.

    ((And I don’t want the world to see me
    ’cause I don’t think that they’d
    Understand
    When everything’s made to be broken
    I just want you to know who I am

    And I don’t want the world to see me
    ’cause I don’t think that they’d
    Understand
    When everything’s made to be broken
    I just want you to know who I am

    And I don’t want the world to see me
    ’cause I don’t think that they’d
    Understand
    When everything’s made to be broken
    I just want you to know who I am))
    Same as before.

    ((I just want you to know who I am
    I just want you to know who I am
    I just want you to know who I am ))
    Again, just wants to person to know that they are loved.
    --------
    Call it stupid, call it totally off, but before I knew it was for a movie, I thought this was a pretty good idea.

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 23rd 2007 report

    A guy and a girl - completely in love. Long story short, they break up - but they're both still in love with the other. Years later, they've both got jobs, lives but they're still thinking of one another.
    "And I'd give up forever to touch you
    'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
    You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
    And I don't want to go home right now" I'd leave everything I've got, everything I've done if I could be with you. I know that you're still thinking of me. Because you're not there, I don't want to go home to an empty house, an empty life.
    "And all I can taste is this moment
    And all I can breathe is your life
    'Cause sooner or later it's over
    I just don't want to miss you tonight" I keep re-living one special moment of our time together. I know nothing lasts forever, but it's dark and late - but all I can think of is calling you.
    "And I don't want the world to see me
    'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
    When everything's made to be broken
    I just want you to know who I am" I can't tell my friends about this - they'd tell me to get over it - and believe me I've tried. In an imperfect world,, when everyone around you is lying, I want to show you that I'm not who I was when I was 14.
    "And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming
    Or the moment of truth in your lies
    When everything feels like the movies
    And you bleed just to know you're alive" I can't cry anymore tears for you - it was too hard to stop last time and if I start again, I'll be swept away on a sea of grief. And because I'm comparing everyone I meet to you, it all seems so pointless. I struggle harder and harder, going further and further extremes to find someone like you.

    "I just want you to know who I am" We've grown up - I'm different now, and so are you. But I wonder so often whether we'd still fit together like we used to.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 13th 2007 report

    Its an AWESOME song made about the movie 'city of angels' and is soooo not about gay people. End of story. LOVE RULES!!

  10. mykcarlson
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    Dec 2nd 2006 report

    This is a great song! In all forms! From an interview that I had watched it was written for City of Angels and the titled name "iris" was just something the guys threw at it after reading a newspaper about a local artist named "Iris" and and thought it would be clever to name the song "iris" The guys laughed a little about it and named it "iris" you can see this interview on the CD USA concert they did on DirecTV. Also at youtube! I hope that cleared up the name of the song.

  11. anonymous
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    Nov 1st 2006 report

    I always thought that iris was just a girls name and that the song was manufactured just for "city of angels".

  12. anonymous
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    Sep 12th 2006 report

    I liked all these interpretations but wish you wouldnt argue over them :(

    for me the line "you're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be" is because you have given up your belief in sex before marriage to give yourself away to this person (iris, I guess) and now think that you won't reach heaven because of it... So the phyisical love with this person is the closest you're gonna get. I'm sure that's not what he meant but that's how I interpret it

    and the line "you bleed just to know you're alive" I think is about the city of angels stuff but I think it's hinting at self-harm as well

    and just because people didn't buy the 'gay' interpretation doesn't mean they're homophobes

    overall I just think it's about a guy in love and he's worried cause all good things come to en end.

    And how often have you felt the words "I just don't want to miss you tonight"? Great line.

  13. anonymous
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    Jul 28th 2006 report

    Everybdoy is right on the spot (except the united homosexual society).

    This song is meaningful. But the meaning was to represent many viewpoints of many different people. The example shown was the movie city of angels (1998) a sort of remake from the german movie wings of desire.

    But the song itself can mean many different things to many different people. For another example, a random 'emo' or 'gothic' person (not getting the two confused) may believe the song is trying to tell them to feel better through pain "you bleed to know you're alive" doesn't everyone want to know that it's real???

    I will begin at the beginning to desccribe my idea of the song.
    "and i'd give up forever to touch you, because I know that you feel me somehow."

    now for me it isn't literal (being human and all *cough* *cough*) but it means that you would do relatively anything to be with them.

    "you're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be"

    suggesting you feel like you have done something wrong but being with them would make it better, make you complete.

    "and I don't want to go home right now"

    you have to leave but you want to stay with them...

    "and all I can taste is the moment, and all I can breathe is your life"

    serious poetic use here, many techniques used. You can't actually taste a moment or breathe life, but what I believe it says is that when you are around them your senses are unusual and you feel different.

    "cause sooner or later it's over."

    here's where my personal ideas come in... You won't be able to stay with them because they are unkeepable, they are insecure about staying with somebody...

    "I just don't want to miss you tonight"

    again, you have to go (not explaining why *cough* *cough*) but you wish you could be with them.

    "and I don't want the world to see me, because I don't think that they understand"

    you are a social outcast. Nobody can uderstand who you are or anything about you...

    "when everything's made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am"

    you can't stay with them, you don't know what to do, so you believe that they are there to be the only person to understand you. Stressing the "I just want you to know who I am"

    "and you can't fight the tears that ain't coming, or the moment of truth in your lies"

    this is the part I have tried to understand the most... You aren't able to talk to them because of who you are but you know that whatever they do, they will always still think of you. Possibly the moment of truth in your lies is a fight or false aggression to hide the fact that they want to be with you followed by a the most quiet smile to show they still want you.. I don't know...

    "when everything feels like a movie, you bleed just to know that you're alive."

    sometimes things just feel so odd, you wonder if you're still alive. You wonder if it is real...

    In normal poetic writing, the author tries to stress a message across through repitition. Explain why most song writers repeat choruses and in this case, also repeat main lines.

    I don't know if this helps anybody at all, I don't know if anybody will even see this but be sure that whatever you feel from this song is truthful...

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 25th 2006 report

    Believe it or not, the newspaper thing is, in fact, true. He has admitted it several times, and it was in the studio he saw in the paper a lady named iris dement was performing so he said that was a cool name, let's name it iris, and every agreed. The rest about it being written about the movie was also true. He said that he watched the movie and just thought of what he would say if he wer ein nicholas cage's character's shoes.

  15. anonymous
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    Jul 16th 2006 report

    I have The Goo Goo Dolls live on VH1 storytellers on cd and Johnny actually says that he wrote the song after watching the movie and that the song is written from the perspective of Seth *An angel who falls in love with a mortal woman*.
    So it is basically about not being able to be with the one you want.

    Just thought I'd clarify that because some folks have it in their head that it's about homosexuality and some think the movie was written about the song.

    Anyways, shine on you crazy diamonds.




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