"We'll Be Here (When You're Gone)" as written by and John Rzeznik....
And through the fence I see a ghost
Of a place that used to breathe
You know it choked away the sun
But we still had food to eat

And now everyone is gone
To a place that won't be home
Can they keep their family strong?
Will they make it on their own?

And we'll be standing when you're gone
And we'll be heard again
We missed our chance but not for long
I know somehow we will hold on we'll be here
When you're gone

Then one day we realized
That they couldn't hear our voice
And it's so hard to understand
When it's caught up in the noise

But the ones who fight and die
Are the truth inside the lie
Now it's all built on our backs
And we struggle to survive

And we'll be standing when you're gone
And we'll be heard again
We missed our chance but not for long
I know somehow we will hold on we'll be here
When you're gone


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"We'll Be Here (When You're Gone)" as written by John Rzeznik

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    General Commenti bet you john wrote this song in buffalo when he went back to his old house where he grew up with his family...he said that going back to buffalo was his main source of inspiration for "let love in"


    so i was thinking that in this song maybe he's talking about his family? "we missed our chance but not for long" maybe during in his childhood with the death of his parents his family might have fallen apart a little but he's saying in this song that in his heart his family will forever be strong..even when the people around him are gone
    gonletitslideon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOkay I don't really know what this song is about yet and I'm going to sound like a crazed maniac but so far I decided that...
    This song could possibly be about the state of the world and the war etcetera. For example: 'The ones who fight and die are the truth inside the lie' meaning the soldiers have good intentions and are fighting for something they belive in, which is just a big lie from the Government.
    Maybe the voice no one could hear were the protestors and those who voted against the Government who couldn't be heard because they were elceted and doing whatever they desired and everyone was just standing by...but not for long.
    I did read that John was a big news buff and Robby's blogs are very polotical, anyway insult me all you want...
    Emilygoogooon May 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song! But I too am not sure what it is about. I think it's about the Dolls music career. Like when it says "we missed our chance but not for long", I think it's talking about they we're given an offer to tour with some or something of the sort, but the declined and missed out on alot, but shortly after got another chance. And then the part that says "Then one day we realized/That they couldn't hear our voice" I think it's talking about their beginning career and no one heard of them...just what I think though
    LastConservativeFanon June 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about Buffalo, and if you're from Buffalo, it's obvious.

    John said during the Darien Lake concert on July 22nd that it was about Buffalo, and "it is our song and no one else's".
    boynamedgoo22on July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentboynamedgoo is right. btw, how kick-ass was that show at Darien? they were so on! as always! :-D
    fritzychickon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOkay, so maybe this song is definitely and definitively about Buffalo, but I'm going to post my interpretation anyway. :-P The first time I heard it, it immediately reminded me of Native Americans.

    And through the fence I see a ghost
    Of a place that used to breathe
    You know it choked away the sun
    But we still had food to eat

    This used to be our land, land that used to live, land that used to give us life...

    And now everyone is gone
    To a place that won't be home
    Can they keep their family strong?
    Will they make it on their own?

    ...but now we've been pushed far away from it, to a reservation. Can we keep our culture and families together, even though we've been forced from our home?

    And we'll be standing when you're gone
    And we'll be heard again
    We missed our chance but not for long
    I know somehow we will hold on we'll be here
    When you're gone

    When your unsustainable civilization finally collapses, we'll still be here to rebuild what you couldn't completely destroy, if we can only hold on until then.

    The following verses also fit this theme, but they're a little obvious, so I don't want to waste space by reprinting them here. Just scroll up and re-read the whole song with this interpretation in mind, and you'll see what I mean.
    Archaia Sophiaon April 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentone of the better ones off let love in ..
    xxbrokenimagexxon November 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the better ones? No offense man, but to me Let Love In was a return to greatness for them in my opinion. Sure it didn't get a lot of praise critically, but fuck the critics. Their best album since Dizzy Up The Girl.
    genxdude91on September 05, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is about how the steel mills closed down in Buffalo and when that happened, so did the jobs. A lot of people moved out of the city because of that. He's talking about how the city is resilient and will become better and stronger.

    John has explained this before, I've seen it on YouTube.
    MusicAddict90on July 17, 2014   Link

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