"I Miss You" as written by Thomas Delonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis L. Barker....
(I miss you miss you)

Hello there the angel from my nightmare
The shadow in the background of the morgue
The unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley
We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
Where you can always find me
And we'll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we'll wish this never ends
We'll wish this never ends

(I miss you I miss you)
(I miss you I miss you)

Where are you and I'm so sorry
I cannot sleep I cannot dream tonight
I need somebody and always
This sick strange darkness
Comes creeping on so haunting every time
And as I stared I counted
The Webs from all the spiders
Catching things and eating their insides
Like indecision to call you
and hear your voice of treason
Will you come home and stop the pain tonight
Stop this pain tonight

Don't waste your time on me you're already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)
Don't waste your time on me you're already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)

Don't waste your time on me you're already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)
Don't waste your time on me you're already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)
Don't waste your time on me you're already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)
Don't waste your time on me you're already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)

I miss you (miss you miss you)
(I miss you miss you)


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"I Miss You" as written by Thomas Delonge, Mark Hoppus, Travis L. Barker

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  • +13
    My InterpretationI've liked this song for awhile, I used to think of it as being about someone coming to terms with the death of their partner. A few months ago though I got a different feeling about it. I had a pretty bad break up, it was just out of nowhere and we always talked about how it was gonna be us forever. I turned this song on and it was like each lyric related to my emotions.

    The first verse is about the man reminiscing on how he met her. "Hello there the angel from my nightmare" this line says a lot, I interpreted it as his life not going well like he was depressed and had no one to go to. Then when all hope was lost he met her and fell in love, seeing her as an angel sent to save him. Her love being a brightness in the dark. The rest of it establishes how close they become, always being in contact, doing things there way, and wishing the time they have together wilt never end.

    The second verse is him trying to sleep after she left him. "where are you and I'm so sorry I cannot sleep I cannot dream tonight" He's sitting there knowing she's gone but not used to her not being with him, he cant accept what happens and at first tries to blame himself "Im so sorry". He tries to sleep but he cant sleep she's the only thing on his mind preventing him from dreaming. "This sick strange darkness, comes creeping up so haunting overtime" hes trying to get his mind off it but every time the pain creeps back up on him and finds him. "Like indecision to call you and hear your voice of treason" He wants to call her and work things out but he knows she wont allow him so he's trying to resist. She promised to "live like Jack and Sally" and be there forever and now she's going back on her promise, her "words of treason". "Will you come home and stop this pain tonight? Stop this pain tonight!" He's gives in to the pain and calls her but this time has lost all hope and simply begs for her to come back so he can stop hurting.

    "Don't waste your time on me, you're already the voice inside my head" she feels bad for him and guilty for hurting him so she offers him a friendship and tells her she still wants to be there for him. He doesn't want this hollow friendship and tells her not to waste her time because all the loving things she said in the past were the only thing in his head. As the piano increases in speed he's panicking, coming to the realization this fake friendship is all she has to offer and his memories in his head are all he'll ever have. as it slows down again to echo the chorus its a bitter-sweet feeling, he is still heart broken over losing her but finds some peace in the memories he has in his head and his heart.
    thelegendarybonon November 08, 2011   Link
  • +8
    General CommentAnyone ever think that this song is about the boyfriend dying and he is singing to his girlfriend as a ghost/spirit from beyond the grave? Seems to make sense to me in both verses. The first verse was when he first died and is saying hello to his gf, sort of introducing her. "the shadow in the background of the morgue" could refer to when she came to identify his body. "The unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley" means that she is a victim of death. Darkness in the valley means death such as the religious reference "valley of the shadow of death". The death is him specifically dying.

    Although he is dead, he is feeling optimistic that they as a couple will be ok. They could "live like Jack and Sally" (from the Nightmare before Christmas) and ..."we'll have Halloween on Christmas" could mean that they could hang out at night at the graveyard and have a good time.

    The second verse is when he realizes that them together forever will never happen. As time passes, she visits his grave less and less. He's sorry that he died. He cannot sleep or dream because he is dead. He stares at the living spiders inside his coffin trapping, killing, and eating things. This reminds him further that he is dead and she is not. The "voice of treason" means that she has moved on with her life and will not be his "Sally" anymore.

    After this, the chorus comes in and this means that he wants her to move on with her life and that he will never forget her.
    flagpole_AZon December 29, 2008   Link
  • +7
    Song MeaningPersonally, I think this song is about a relationship/'thing' a guy has had in the past with a girl he loved/was falling in love with and all though his had time to get over her, he hasn't. He doesn't want to take the first step towards her because he thinks that's her move to take, although his finding it quite hard to keep away. He can't stop thinking about her and all he wants is for everything to go back to how they were but he knows from what's happened, the reason things went wrong, It wont be the same again, so he doesn't want to fight for it. His confused on what he wants and what he should do since he doesn't want to be stuck with the love and plus a broken heart.
    JaaadeMaffaaon January 22, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationIn my opinion, this song is not talking about someone who passes away and her partner misses here, neither of a guy that broke up with his girlfriend. I listened to this song for first time when someone really important gave it to me when we just started talking like gf and bf. "hello there, the angel from my nightmare" his life is not easy, he has problems but she is a good thing in his life, she is the angel in his nightmare. "the unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley, we can live like jack and sally if we want" he never thought he would fall in love with her thats why he says the unsuspecting victim, and he talks about jack and sally because of their unconditional love, their perfect love... "where you can always find me, we'll have halloween on christmas and in the night we'll wish this never ends" he is saying that he will always be there for her and is talking about the movie, they will wish be together for ever. "and im so sorry i can not sleep i cant not dream tonight" he cant sleep because he is thinking about her, he misses her so much. then he talks of his indesicion to call her and maybe tell her how much he loves her, "dont waste your time on me you are already the voice inside my head" he is telling her that she doesnt have to waste her time showing him that she is the perfect girl for him because he already knows it and she is the girl (the voice inside his head)
    aandmon September 08, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBugalou,
    I always assumed that the "angel from my nightmare" line was about how their relationship saved him from loneliness or depression and that that makes him feel worse about breaking up. What you say sounds right, but I still don't understand "don't waste your time on me" if she's dead.
    Regos the Saneon April 12, 2004   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningi think this song is about him losing a loved one(either a wife or girl friend)

    Hello there, the angel from my nightmare
    the shadow in the background of the morgue

    Angel is referring to who has died and he has nightmares with her in them

    Morgue is where they hold the dead bodies

    "the unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley
    we can live like Jack and Sally if we want
    where you can always find me
    we'll have Halloween on Christmas"

    Unsuspecting victim means that it wasn't any kind of planned death and it also proves it was suicide. Jack and Sally are 2 characters in the night before Christmas, 2 dead characters who lived in the darkness "where you can always find him" means that he will always be in the darkness with her being gone.

    Halloween on Christmas is a movie reference

    the second verse is basically summing up how he feels

    but this stood out for me

    'like indecision to call you
    and hear your voice of treason
    will you come home and stop this pain tonight
    stop this pain tonight'

    i believe he is thinking back to the night to the night she died, and that he could have called her and tried to fix "something" or maybe she betray him and thats why he used the word treason?
    brooksyy33on May 30, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI still cant wrap my head around the meaning of the hook. it made sense to me once.. really good sense. But now I'm just as confused as I'll ever be.

    This has to be one of the most emotional songs I've ever heard. It has the power to bring you back to a place where you wished you'd never return. Yet you listen to it over and over, regardless. The words, the melody.. his voice. So captivating. A persons voice never made me feel so alive, but on the verge of death. it makes me hurt.

    I agree this song can be interpreted in many ways. For me it will only ever mean one thing.

    (Hello there, the angel from my nightmare
    the shadow in the background of the morgue)

    I was in love with a man, who was no good for me. He was toxic. I couldn't get enough of him. I'd never been so addicted to anything in my life. This infatuation made me do things I would never do... I made a lot of mistakes. My life became a nightmare. And even though his magnetism was the reason for my self destruction... it didn't matter. I still had him. he would never leave me. The angel from my nightmare. The morgue, we were both headed there. we were waiting. it was okay, as long as he was there. I would die for him. this is how I felt about me.. and how he felt about me in return. the next line is him talking to me.

    The unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley,
    we can live like jack and sally if we want
    where you can always find me
    and well have Halloween on Christmas
    and in the night, we'll wish this never ends
    well wish this never ends.

    I wasn't expecting my life to get so bad. I was a victim to his deadly charm. He would have loved for me to stay with him, in his misery. and he would never change. I would always find him there, he was not like the rest. he was backwards, and I was too. I never wanted to leave him. and even though even the brightest of days became dark, we never wanted it to end. we were content in our misery, because we had eachother.

    where are you? and I'm so sorry
    I cannot sleep, I cannot dream tonight
    I need somebody and always, this sick, strange darkness
    comes creeping on, so haunting everytime
    and as I stared I counted the webs from all the spiders
    gashing things and eating their insides
    like the indecision to call you
    and hear your voice of treason
    will you come home and stop this pain tonight
    stop this pain tonight

    *Where are you? And I'm so sorry* Probably the most emotional line in the whole song, but I cant really decide. obviously, it ended. We lost eachother. We were both alone, with nothing to do but stare at the ceiling and miss one another. sleep was not possible, dreaming was longed for, beacsue when we dreamed, we were together. being alone was hard. I never wanted to be alone, because it made me think about how I lost everything just to have him... and now he was gone just like everything else in my life. being alone made my mind wander to places he kept me out of. I needed him there to distract me. so he could keep doing what he was doing all along. distracting me from reality.

    the spiders are a metaphor for the emptiness, and how bad my stomach turned every time I wanted to pick up that phone.. or every time I did, and he never answered. Where was he? he was lost somewhere. His prescence was the only thing that would stop the pain of emptiness I felt. I just wanted him to come home, even though I knew we could never be.

    don't waste your time on me. you're already the voice inside my head. I miss you.

    I still don't know. don't bother trying to find me, you're already just a memory. but I will always love you. I miss you.
    AmaCon128on July 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHello there, the angel from my nightmare: The woman who made everything seem good and right
    the shadow in the background of the morgue: At first I didn't see her among my bleak surroundings
    the unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley: I didn't suspect someone so perfect to be afflicted
    we can live like Jack and Sally if we want: But we can forget and live a life together
    where you can always find me: I'll always be there
    we'll have Halloween on Christmas: Despite our differences
    and in the night we'll wish this never ends: While dark things still continue, we'll be our own light
    we'll wish this never ends: We can only wish

    I miss you, I miss you: Although, it has ended.

    Where are you and I'm so sorry: I want to find you and correct my mistake
    I cannot sleep, I cannot dream tonight: I lost faith in us
    I need somebody and always: I need more people to fill the hole in my soul, but they aren't you
    this sick strange darkness: I don't want them, I don't love them, I sicken myself
    comes creeping on so haunting every time: Temporary satisfaction dissipates to worsening dissatisfaction
    and as I stared I counted: I lay in bed and regret
    webs from all the spiders: Every woman's bed in this dark period
    catching things and eating their insides: In truth, they conquer me and eat away my soul
    like indecision to call you: If I could only talk to you, but what would I say?
    and hear your voice of treason: I'm angry because you could move on
    will you come home and stop this pain tonight: If you only remembered that we completed each other
    stop this pain tonight: Please come back to me

    Don't waste your time on me you're already
    the voice inside my head (I miss you, miss you)

    But I know you won't come back to me, and I don't want you to, because I know you're happy, and that gives me some solace. I don't want to hurt you anymore, because I probably will never change. Every bit of pain I made you suffer, I will hold on to the regret forever with the sound of your voice reminding me how much I miss you.

    don't waste your time on me you're already
    the voice inside my head (I miss you, miss you)
    forevertripon January 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI agree it could be a dead relationship, but what really makes me lean towards the death of his girlfriend is the line "the shadow in the background of the morgue"
    andrew12103on May 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningits about his split with his wife. he proposed to her on a haunted ride in disneyland, hence the video and the mentions of nightmares etc.'halloween on christmas' is about their wedding; they got married on halloween and the wedding had the theme of christmas, although the term has been inverted. 'angel from my nightmare' reffers to 'Sally' (his ex)
    RZRon June 01, 2010   Link

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