(All your friends are gone)

It climbs in slowly behind
If you trust your neighbors
They'd never suspect what you're like
Welcome them into your life
No one has to know
Playback, delete, and rewind

It's getting closer than you thought it'd get
Just get inside
It's moving faster than you'd ever planned
You'll be relieved when

When you open up
You let yourself seem vulnerable
And the morning sun
Will make our bodies comfortable
In taking off your clothes
Everything hidden is suddenly exposed

Nobody wants to hear another
Story about how you couldn't write right
It climbs in slowly behind
No one has to know
Playback, delete, and rewind

Each one is louder than the one before
And the people you care for
At ten times the expense
of all that you spent
You'll be relieved when

When you open up
You let yourself seem vulnerable
And the morning sun
Will make our bodies comfortable
In taking off your clothes
Everything hidden is suddenly exposed

You'll keep it on the inside
'Cause that's the safest place
'Cause that's the safest place to hide

All of your friends are gone
And you were barely holding on
We were wrong and they fooled us once again
We are the loneliest of men, we're the loneliest

And all your friends are gone
Nobody hears you
And all your friends were wrong
Nobody cares
And all your friends are gone
Nobody is here with you
And all your friends were wrong


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    General CommentWe can only speculate at what Anthony Green means, because this is his expression of his own experience. Please keep in mind that what we're reading and what we're writing has only to do with OUR OWN experience, not his, and that whatever we come up with is a mere interpretation of his words. Remember that although language gives the illusion of sharing an experience, everything that arises in our life is OUR's not anyone else's.
    That being said:

    When I listen to this song it resonates with a lot of my feelings. Especially the loneliness that comes with understanding that although you may have friends, family, and spouses, every relationship in this life is impermanent. What I hear is his own struggle with this type of understanding. The first few lines "it climbs in slowly behind, you trust youre neighbors theyd never suspect what you're like, welcome them into your life, no one has to know playback delete and rewind" seem to me like he's talking about waking up to the people around you, and beginning to trust them, but still with reservation. We all want to be liked, so sometimes we waste our time trying to manipulate our personalities to be more congruent with society's beliefs. Rather quickly we come to find that by conforming we are shutting out parts of ourselves which end up causing us further suffering. But until we find that out we spend time reflecting, throwing theories/ideas/concepts out and going back to the "beginning" trying to start fresh.

    When I started opening to people I discovered that not many people really care about what you have to say. In my own interactions with co workers, customers, family, friends, etc I noticed how if I try to discuss things with people they quickly close down, no matter what the subject. So I started paying attention to what I was saying and I've noticed that nobodies interested in my life, mostly because everyone's living there own. Each time I notice this in my life it seems more pronounced, like I'm more aware of something. So you get "nobody wants to hear another story about how you couldn't write right...each one is louder then the one before people you care for..."

    Brilliantly it seems like he understands the experience of opening up and finding your own path and he hints at that freedom in the lines "you'll be relieved when you open up, you let yourself seem vulnerable but the morning sun will make our bodies comfortable in taking off our clothes everything hidden is suddenly ." On a side note, if I look at this from the perspective of my (extremely small amount) of buddhist study it seems like what he's saying is "Drop your self, and find that you're still here" almost like an "enlightenment" experience. But I'm a bit too enthusiastic about that idea to take it too seriously.

    Obviously, to me, the "keep it on the inside, cause thats the safest place to hide" is about becoming a little more introspective/introverted. Honestly I don't know if he's pointing to becoming your own best friend, or becoming TOO introverted and losing yourself in your head, both are closely related and they each involve a little of the other. Inference tells me that becoming too introverted can be crippling emotionally so I hope what he means is to let your experience unfold internally and flow out. rather than being so caught up in the external world that we have no idea what's going on inside ourselve
    The last part "all of your friends are gone." resonates with where I am in life right now. A few years out of high school all of my Best friends either won't talk to me, or have gone away. Quite literally sometimes i feel like the "loneliest of men." and while this seems extremely negative, because the experience is VERY painful and confusing, the sun always shines after the darkest of night. So it's almost like he leaves the album on a hopeful note.

    I hope you found this interesting, but for all intents and purposes you probably didn't.

    RelativelySpeakingon March 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just want to say, as a writer and lyricist myself. That there is no clearcut definition for what this song means. It's all opinion drawing from your own past experiences. It just irritates me when someone says that their idea of the song is "correct".

    That having been said.. This song is just haunting, depressing, and i'll agree with the people above who said the ending is epic.

    To me, this song is about realizing that the friends you thought you had, aren't really there. Having moved to a new state a year and some months ago, I thought i had made new friends (which is hard when you're out of high school and opted out of a state university).

    But now i realize that the "friends" i have now are more aquaintances to pass the time with than to actually rely on when i have a problem.

    And it hurts to feel alone. Which I feel more than any deep, cryptic meaning, is what Anthony and the boys were trying to convey in this song. That it hurts to realize, or feel, that you are truly alone.
    SaintAlexon September 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningwell i think everybody has great and reasonable meanings...but really the meaning that one takes from any song especially this one is reflected upon what they've been through and what they've seen and most of what what they want it to mean


    and yes i do agree the "it" does mean doubt

    but this song is generally about how when ppl open up to somebody else about anything religion/relationships/friendship/ect. they become vulnerable because when someone is telling somebody else about their feelings or thoughts they are vulnerable to pursuasion [idk how to spell it] into sex/drugs/violence or anything else someone else can pursuade them into. thats why it is always better to just keep everything inside to not be vulnerable and be pursuaded into the evils of society.


    =] from my point of view thats what i think of this song

    because i have opened up and i was vulnerable and i let my self be pursuaded and i will never let that happen again
    milenaxjustxlieson February 02, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIt climbs in slowly behind-
    If you trust your neighbors
    (The memories of the people who left him before are coming back)
    they�d never suspect what you�re like
    (His nieghbors may see him as a happy guy with everyone by his side but hes alone)
    Welcome them into your life
    No one has to know
    Playback, delete and rewind
    (Hes starting to get attached to the neighbors and he doesnt want them to know everyone left him. deleting all of the past maybe start new)
    It�s getting closer than you thought it�d get Just get inside
    It�s moving faster than you�d ever planned You�ll be relieved
    when you open up And let yourself seem vulnerable
    And the morning sun will make our bodies comfortable
    in taking off your clothes everything hidden is suddenly exposed.
    (This is about making the new friends after what happened before. he didnt think him and the person would get so close so fast. and its going good for now i guess you could say)

    Nobody wants to hear another story about how you couldn�t write right
    Each one is louder than the one before
    (Each feeling with this new person is stronger than the one hes had before. With the people who left him behind)
    And the people you care for
    At ten times the expense
    Of all that you spent
    You�ll be relieved
    All of your friends are gone
    And you were buried holding on
    Wrong and fooled once again
    We are the loneliest of men
    All your friends are gone
    Nobody hears you
    All your friends were wrong
    Nobody cares
    (this part is tricky and remember this is all my take on it but i think this is where hes coming to terms with all the people hes lost and maybe hes just giving up. when he says you were buried holding on it shows me that he still wanted the connection but something or the other person didnt so he just kept on holding on while the other person left. and when he says wrong and fooled again i see the new relationship he was working on fell apart. Its pretty much just him letting go.) Im sorry for the length haha
    EternallyFaithfulToSunshineon December 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso powerful.
    got goosebumps when i first heard it
    i still do actually
    but i do wish they would of made it longer.
    Muzikboion May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwherd u hear it?
    MIripper99on May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcirca's myspace
    Neamh Suilon May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentill type a longer version later but i think its about how he feels hes exposing himself and his problems through his music writing, ill give a line for line explanation. and how he exposes himself and its hard for him to put his problems otu there like that
    MIripper99on May 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentokay so im posting this about everyyy song off their new album: THE ALBUM IS ABOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. theres a different story behind each song start with the sorrowful mysteries =]
    circaaaa baby GOon May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd I cannot sleep without Circa on my radio.
    ohhelloon May 31, 2007   Link

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