Rise Against: I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore Meaning
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Song Released: 2014
I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore Lyrics
We count the days scratching lines on the wall
Wait in the wings at someone’s beck and call
No longer recognize the place that I call home
No longer recognize this face as my own
anonymous Dec 18th, 2014 12:45am report
I personally do not believe this song is about suicide.
Rather it seems that it is a cry of frustration at the lack of progress our world is making and how it seems nobody is truly listening. To them it looks like our fate is doomed. Hence;
"I don't want to be here anymore, i know theres nothing left worth staying for"
"See i don't think i can fight this anymore"
The band has grown tired of spreading their messages with too little result
However, despite the pessimistic tone of most of the song, there is not a complete loss of hope
"Won't back down, won't take no for answers anymore."
Its do or die. They know that we are running out of time to fix our world and the urgency in the lyrics are clear.
"Something has to die to be reborn"
Our way of life needs to end (not our actual selves.) in order to create a better one.
"We need a better way, we need to let go"
This reinforces the point that our world must change its ways while we still can.
All in all, i believe the song is about how the band is losing hope and faith in any chance of recovering from our worlds current trajectory, and if theres any chance of saving ourselves, we need to act NOW.
anonymous Jul 8th, 2017 7:08pm report
When this song came out, I was in an abusive relationship with my mother. Therefore, I interpreted it to be about an abusive situation dealing with parents. This song called out to me, and actually gave me strength to get through it all, because something has to die to be reborn. It's just the timing of the song that caused me to have this interpretation so yeah.
anonymous Jun 12th, 2016 6:23pm report
It seems to be more about emotional abuse from parents. How emotionally abusive parents expect so much from their children that their children don't even recognize who they are because their parents force them to be their idea of perfect. The person realizes they are controlled and not who they truly are because they are trapped by their parents into this perfect world their parents made from their delusions. "Your paradise is something I endure" meaning the parents enjoy forcing the child to be their idea of perfect and the child only pretends to be what they wanted them to be but now they are finally escaping the abuse and control. "something has to die to be reborn" in otherwords, the child becomes an adult and the relationship dies to maybe get a new start and the parents may change when they realize what they did to the child.
anonymous Jan 19th, 2016 1:31pm report
I think it might be that he wants to be found by the grace of someone who is willing to help him.
anonymous Nov 26th, 2015 11:50am report
I think the meaning is in simple terms " this is enough, I've had enough, I'm done ". In the verse "no longer recognize the place I call home" I think he is referring to how things aren't the way they were. And when he says "I don't think I can fight this anymore" I think he is so depleted of energy or its just pointless trying to fight whatever it is he was fighting. The rest of the song I think is up to you, but other verses can mean different things, I think it's up to the one who's listening
anonymous Nov 9th, 2015 11:27pm report
It makes me think about Syria for some reason.
anonymous Oct 23rd, 2015 10:22pm report
I think it means that you are tired of living in the shadows an you just want to break free because of fustration in the world and you believe that know one is listening to you that's why people are killing other people in this world i and I believe that this world is dumb and cruel and it tells exactly how i feel i also believe that you are tired of taking everyone's crap and that you are in pain but scared to admit it because everyone is treating you differently and because of that you just can't take it anymore and you want to leave and as humans we have to make are own dicisions and they can be a negitive or a positive and when he said something has to die to be reborn he ment that in order to become a better person we have to change our ways to start a better life the end.
anonymous Oct 23rd, 2015 10:47pm report
I think it means that you are tired of living in the shadows an you just want to break free because of fustration in the world and you believe that know one is listening to you that's why people are killing other people
anonymous Oct 25th, 2014 10:59pm report
For me , this song is about escaping , not because you're afraid or a coward, but because you have had enough, you have lived so scared for so long, oppressed, unable to make decisions, and you are tired of all of this and just want to say: fuck everybody, fuck you, I want to be me, I want to live my life.
For me, this song is about liberation
anonymous Oct 19th, 2014 10:40pm report
I believe the song is about the savagery of human nature because the band talks about losing control and not recognizing themselves anymore. It reminds me of Lord of the Flies by William Golding when the boys become savage and then the heavy comes. The person no longer recognize their face as their own because they've created these masks and committed these atrocities. We, as humans, are naturally violent and savage but when Rise Against starts noticing the evil is themselves and the world so they simply do not want to be a part of it anymore.
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