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Guns N' Roses: November Rain Meaning

Song Released: 1992

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November Rain Lyrics

When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin' when I hold you
Don't you know I feel the same
'Cause nothin' lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it's hard to hold a candle
In the cold November...


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    Sep 21st, 2010 9:59pm report

    November Rain is a song about love, pain and fear. The opening statement clearly says that the narrator sees the love in his partner’s eyes, restrained by a fear that she may be hurt. However, the love is there and the narrator feels it just as well. Now, one could extrapolate that these characters have had experience with pain, probably with each other. This is due to the fact that this is a relationship that has lasted for some time (echoed soon in the next verse, “…such a long, long time”). We are now introduced to our title phrase. November Rain is a metaphor for the troubled patches of a relationship, obviously linking the dreary, sad feelings of the two. And this “candle” is love. It’s hard to hold on to love with feelings of sadness and pain in your heart. The narrator offers that if they were truly in love, that they should simply “lay it on the line” in order for his spirit to rest on the matter. Otherwise he will be damned to walk through the November rain.
    Now we reach the B section. Just as the melody and structure changes, the lyrics contrast here as well. Our narrator now decides to give his love space rather than beg for an admission of love, insightfully musing that “Everybody needs some time.” He continues to reassure her that though it is hard to get over the wounds of the past, we must learn to put these feelings behind us rather than dwell on them. Sometimes it feels that the whole world, “...even friends,” are evil, and will only cause you harm. One must realize though, that to be able to “heal” these wounds would make time itself only a charm.
    The final reiteration of the title is accompanied by an optimistic verse. After fear, there is shadow. After blame there is love. There can be love despite darkness, so we can now see through the rain. Our hero implores his lover to put aside this darkness, and “find a way,” to love and happiness. After all that has happened, we see that nothing is capable of lasting forever. Neither love nor pain. Therefore, as sure as there is darkness, there will be light. Just euphoric love is fleeting, so are our times of despair.
    “Nothing lasts forever, Even cold November rain.”


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    Jul 3rd, 2007 7:36pm report

    The phrase "November Rain" is used throughout the song symbolizing a period of depression from a flawed relationship. The imagery of a cold rainy November day is a perfect parallel to these feelings, in my opinion. The last time he utters the phrase, the context changes a bit. "Nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain." The lines leading up to it suggest that Axl believes that love can prevail in the end and whatever the problem was can be fixed. The fragments of their relationship left over from the damage can regroup and become whole again in his mind. Closing with a different reflection on the "November Rain" theme..."Nothing lasts forever, even cold November Rain." Axl ends the first act of the song with this optimistic mindset that bad times are not everlasting and they can both get through them.


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    Jul 31st, 2010 7:30pm report

    November Rain is a song about living for the moment and cherishing those who love you and those you love by being there for them.
    When I look into your eyes
    I can see a love restrained
    But darlin' when I hold you
    Don't you know I feel the same

    This particular verse, the opening verse, shows this message quite well. Axl is describing how people who love others sometimes restrain their feelings (or hold back their feelings) because they are scared of what may occurr should they be open. The song is trying to describe a situation to the listener where one person loves another, but is scared to open up, and faces the threat of losing a loved one because they were too scared to show their feelings.


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    Feb 4th, 2020 2:03pm report

    So is the song about them staying together?


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    Dec 31st, 2019 12:36am report

    It's about a boy and a girl who are in a relationship or broke up and are together again or both experienced to be in a broken relationship. It's different meanings to different people. Recent interpreter, your heart will only be hurt so what's the purpose of listening to this sad song? They say time heals all wounds but healing time is different for each human being. It may take seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, months, years, or forever. To each his own. Different people have different ways of healing or coping or adjusting. It's normal to be brokenhearted because it happens to those who have loved. Hope you will encounter the one who has pure and true love for you.

    Hope you have a good life.


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    Dec 31st, 2019 12:24am report

    I was in a relationship for almost 3 years. He recently broke up with me in November, a month ago and it hurts so much. Listening to this song hurts me so much.


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    Jul 30th, 2019 7:24am report

    I feel like Axel is suppressing the fact that he is secretly in love with Slash. “Even when friends seem out to harm you!” Yeah you tell em’ Axel!!!

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    Feb 10th, 2019 2:11pm report

    this is the song that was played at the funeral of my beloved son, November 1018. His sisters told me that this was his favourite song and when it was played my tears ran all over my face. May he rest in peace... Maja


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    Sep 23rd, 2018 9:27pm report

    I can relate to that song.I have been through all these ...and deep down I know I love my person and I ame loved the same way...but dont know if to stay i his memories or let go.I try every minute...to let go the bad past and look forward for future,But dont know whats holding me back.just know the past love was ultimate for me.I cant love someone that much anymore.I have so much love for Axl too for such an amazing lyrics.


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    Jun 3rd, 2018 6:50pm report

    I think is about homo


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    Mar 31st, 2018 3:39am report

    He’s pleading for the relationship not to die.. he’ll do whatever it takes even with the excuse of giving them space. Although deep down he knows it’s dead, in the sense that the turn of events have cristallize the end. He loves her and perhaps she does as well. Yet, she’s made up her mind she’s letting go and he knows it but he still has a thread of hope.. he’s trying to not accept the ending by not giving up..although he senses it’s over.


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    Dec 6th, 2017 12:24pm report

    all the above considered. they do get back
    together. she then dies in a car accident.
    in the end he is saddened and flashbacking to
    all of it.


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    Sep 18th, 2017 9:43am report

    November rain portrays a relationship that hasn't happened, yet.


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    Apr 21st, 2016 4:47pm report

    "We've been through this such a long long time
    Just tryin' to kill the pain, oo yeah
    But love is always coming and love is always going
    And no one's really sure who's lettin' go today...walking away"

    If you've ever been in a long relationship that has gotten tired, that you thought could never be revived, that one or both of you gave up on, but didn't leave, and then one or both of you cheated on the other, and still didn't leave, and still wanted to reach back and find, grab, and hold on again to what you once had, and you're trying to figure out how to help the other person get to where you are, or you are both trying, but running into roadblocks occasionally, heartbreak, blame, mixed with hope, tenderness, and fragility.....well....I'm going through that right now. We are successful way more days than we fail, but the failures and setbacks still happen, and we get through them and have hope and tenderness and actual loving amidst the fragility. And pretty much every line of the song resonates, by itself and with the other lines....and I'm not even a fan of Guns N' Roses. Great piece of music, great lyrics.


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    Oct 16th, 2013 10:22pm report

    I'm relating...after a bad break-up and months of questioning the two years I threw away I met someone I feel I'm falling in love with. Clearly love is pouring out of my eyes and heart for this new person but I'll pull it back sometimes...
    afraid of giving my heart away again and getting hurt.


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    Oct 19th, 2012 10:22am report

    i think this song is about a couple where the girl loves the guy more..but he is more into his friends and having fun ..so, he doesnt spend much time with her alone..not realising how deeply she loved him(thats why her love is refrained), and he is a person who needs a lot of space in the relationship, his time alone..and finally the girl gives up and commits suicide..so he finally understands how much she loved him..


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    Aug 11th, 2012 8:23pm report

    You're all missing an important element. The November rain isn't a metaphor...it literally means the women who rain in from the beach. It's a southern cali expression, when the beach bunnies start looking for a place to shack up for the winter.

    In the summertime, no strung out rocker like axl can compete with the surfers for girls, but in the fall, things are different.

    It's axl rose saying, if you walk out now, ill just go play in the rain. (All of these women.)


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    Jan 12th, 2012 1:21pm report

    I feel this song is about a relationship that has gotten hard and troubled. Times are difficult and stormy (Hence, November Rain)
    I feel like one of the people in the relationship is prepared to allow the other to leave if thats what they want to do.
    'Everybody needs some time...on their own
    Don't you know you need some time...all alone'
    Maybe time apart will make the other realise that this love is ment to be. One is so sure that they are ment to be together that they will give the other the space that just might help them fall back in love.
    'An no one's really sure who's lettin' go today
    Walking away
    If we could take the time to lay it on the line
    I could rest my head
    Just knowin' that you were mine'
    Word have failed, Talking wont fix this relationship.Only time will tell if this loe is ment to be.
    'I know that you can love me
    When there's no one left to blame'
    One blames the other, Maybe they cheated maybe the werent around but whatever it was i has hurt the other.
    'So never mind the darkness
    We still can find a way
    'Cause nothin' lasts forever
    Even cold November rain'
    Love my find its way back to these two. Maybe it wont but the last line implys that one way or the other someone will end up happy.

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