"When I'm Gone" as written by Bradley Kirk Arnold, Matthew Darrick Roberts, Robert Todd Harrell and Christopher Lee Henderson....
There's another world inside of me that you may never see.
There's secrets in this life that I can't hide.
Somewhere in this darkness there's a light that I can't find.
Maybe it's too far away
Or maybe I'm just blind
Maybe I'm just blind

So hold me when I'm here, right me when I'm wrong,
Hold me when I'm scared, and love me when I'm gone.
Everything I am, and everything in me I'll also be the one you wanted me to be.
I'll never let you down, even if I could I'd give up everything if only for your good.
So hold me when I'm here, right me when I'm wrong.
You can hold me when I'm scared, you won't always be there, so love me when I'm gone.
Love me when I'm gone.

When your education x-ray cannot see under my skin.
I won't tell you a damn thing that I could not tell my friends.
Roaming through this darkness, I'm alive, but I'm alone.
Part of me is fighting this, but part of me is gone.

So hold me when I'm here, right me when I'm wrong,
Hold me when I'm scared, and love me when I'm gone.
Everything I am, and everything in me I'll also be the one you wanted me to be.
I'll never let you down, even if I could I'd give up everything if only for your good.
So hold me when I'm here, right me when I'm wrong.
You can hold me when I'm scared, you won't always be there, so love me when I'm gone.


Maybe I'm just blind.

So hold me when I'm here, right me when I'm wrong,
Hold me when I'm scared, and love me when I'm gone.
Everything I am, and everything in me I'll also be the one you wanted me to be.
I'll never let you down, even if I could I'd give up everything if only for your good.
So hold me when I'm here, right me when I'm wrong.
You can hold me when I'm scared, you won't always be there, so love me when I'm gone.
Love me when I'm gone.


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"When I'm Gone" as written by Bradley Kirk Arnold, Matthew Darrick Roberts, Robert Todd Harrell, Christopher Lee Henderson

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    General CommentI got to really thinking about the lyrics to this song and although the obvious interpretations are either the war in Iraq or a relationship with a girl, I think the song may be about suicide. Before you dismiss the idea as ridiculous, listen to some of my interpretations on the lyrics.

    'There's another world inside of me that you may never see"- A lot of people who are depressed or suicidal don't like to talk about their deepest feelings and what is making them feel the way they do.

    'Somewhere in this darkness there's a light that I can't find'- He desperatley wants to find something that will make him happy and want to stay alive.

    "When your education X-ray cannot see under my skin"- By education X-ray I think he means a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is educated and they try to see through people to figure out their problems, hence the education X-ray which cannot see what is wrong with him."I won't tell you a damn thing that I could not tell my friends"- And if he can't talk to his friends about the problem he sure as hell isn't going to tell some doctor.

    "Now roaming through this darkness I'm alive but I'm alone"-he's still alive but his life is lonely and surrounded by darkness. "Part of me is fighting this but part of me is gone"- part of him is trying to fight this urge to kill himself but the other part of him is already dead.
    The chorus is probably directed toward everyone in his life that is important: friends, family, a lover to comfort him while he is still here and love him when he is gone, when he finally takes his life. Anyone else think I might be on to something here? If I think of this song as being about Iraq, it comepletely ruins it for me because I think Bush is a moron and the whole war in Iraq is a big fucking joke.
    NineInchDoorsDownon January 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah. Me too.
    Delphikion October 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first time i heard this song, i also thought of suicide.
    "There's another world inside of me
    That you may never see"
    he's hiding something, he doesnt want everyone else to know, he doesnt want other people to know about his feeling, what's going on in his head
    "Somewhere in this darkness
    There's a light that I can't find
    Maybe it's too far away...
    Maybe I'm just blind..."
    that in all that darkness there must be a way out, a light, but he can't find it, maybe he is too depressed to find it (maybe im just blind) or maybe its just too far to reach
    CHORUS
    for me, its like telling his close friends, gf, family, etc, to be there for him, and that he has tried to never let them down
    "Roaming through this darkness
    I'm alive but I'm alone
    Part of me is fighting this
    But part of me is gone"
    He's is invloved in darkness (depression), he's still alive, but he feels alone and abandoned by those who used to love him before he started changing due to depression.. he's still fighting, but part of him has already given up
    celbertinon April 10, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI do agree with the suicide idea, but in my eyes, it has more to do with depression in general. Let me explain.

    "There's another world inside of me", "secrets in this life that I can't hide"
    Both of these seem to be about the actual depression.

    There are various parts where light is referenced, or, more so, a lack of. His statement that he might be blind indicates that, yes, he is perhaps suicidal. But he still wants to find the light, and he's hoping that he's just blind.

    The chorus seems to be directed at the person closest to him, likely a lover ("hold me"). He acknowledges that he may not be here much longer ("when I'm gone") and that if he does kill himself, it's "only for your good", that's why he'll "give up everything". But he doesn't seem to really want to kill himself, because he asks of whomever the chorus is directed at to "hold me when I'm scared", being when he is considering suicide.

    I fully agree that the second verse, primarily "when your education x-ray cannot see under my skin" is about a therapist of some sort. Statistically, most people who are suffering with depression will not say anything to anybody, especially not someone they do not trust.

    He repeats "maybe I'm just blind", seemingly as courage to move forward with his life.

    This is just what I have interpreted based on my life experiences.
    lillymacantireon June 11, 2014   Link
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    General CommentCan't wait for this CD to be released...awesome song.
    nillaqueenon October 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont quite get it..he says that "There's another world inside of me that you may never see" is he hiding that part of him..but then "I won't tell you a damn thing that I could not tell my fans" does that mean he doesnt tell his fans whats really inside him? or just that he wont tell his deepest secrets or what? awesome song..but saras confused....
    em0punkSaraon October 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song..i think its about a relationship..and theres a lot unsaid or things to be thought out or worked through...but the guy is willing to do all this, and hes telling her hed do anything to make it right
    killingtonon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my fave one of that band!! :) :):):)
    blondie_cscon March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwow the music bideo is really sad! Made me cry!
    creed_rocks13on March 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOk there is a screw up in these lyrics....it reads on here "I won't tell you a damn thing that I could not tell my fans." It is actually "that i could not tell my FRIENDS" not fans. just thought u should know ;|
    spyder82on March 05, 2003   Link

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