"Without You" as written by Jasen Rauch and Benjamin Burnley....
Search for the answers I knew all along
I lost myself, we all fall down
Never the wiser of what I've become
Alone I stand a broken man

All I have is one last chance
I wont turn my back on you
Take my hand, drag me down
If you fall then I will too
And I can't save what's left of you

Say something new
I have nothing left
I can't face the dark without you
There's nothing left to lose
The fighting never ends
I can't face the dark without you

Follow me under and pull me apart
I understand there's nothing left
Pain so familiar and close to the heart
No more, no less I won't forget

Come back down save your self
I can't find my way to you
And I can't bear to face the truth

Say something new
I have nothing left
I can't face the dark without you
There's nothing left to lose
The fighting never ends
I can't face the dark without you

I wanted to forget
I'm trying to forget
Don't leave me here again
I'm with you forever, the end

Say something new
I have nothing left
I can't face the dark without you
There's nothing left to lose
The fighting never ends
I can't face the dark without you

Holding the hand that hold's me down
I forgive, forget you, the end
Holding the hand that hold's me down
I forgive you, forget you, the end


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"Without You" as written by Benjamin Burnley Jasen Rauch

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    General Commenti love this song, the final chapter of dear agony, i cried when i heard this song because i felt this way before, i believe it is either the ending of a relationship through death or she breaks up with him, its about how he loves her so much that he allowed himself to be dragged down just to be with her but now that she is gone he realizes what he has become and now she is gone he cannot go on without her, the fight never ends and he has to face the dark of this world alone now. the reason i believe that she died is this verse


    Come back down, save yourself
    I can't find my way to you
    And I can't bear to face the truth

    this i think is either she saved herself and found a way out either in death or change, but now he has fallen so far down he believes he cannot find his way to her but he cannot face what has happened so he denies it now this is another verse that makes me believe she died

    Holding the hand that holds me down
    I forgive you, forget you, the end

    he is holding the hand that dragged him down and now that he is at the end of their relationship he forgives her, he cannot have her leave with that regret and pain, he forgives her for doing that but he wants to forget the pain of letting go therefore the end. This song is wonderful and my favorite of all the songs, thank god for breaking benjamin, without them i would feel alone with these feelings of mine, but listening to these guys makes me know there are others out there with the same feelings, even though i have never met these guys i feel very close to them through their lyrics.
    TheOriginalChubbzon September 29, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhat a moving, emotion, pure, strong, fascinating, powerful song. Too many people there are different meanings behind this song. But too me, I think this is about a man who was with a girl he thought he would spend the rest of his life with. Yet as time goes by, she breaks his heart and destroys his world. But, as the chorus reveals the man is still in love with this person and doesn't want to face the darkness of the world alone. He knows she may not be the "right" person for him, yet it's his true love that can't escape her. He's asking her to fix herself, but if she chooses not to that's fine. As long as she never leaves his side again. He's willing to forgive BUT not forget what she has done. He knows that she is the wrong person for his soul but he knows that she is the only one he will ever love. He truly can't face anything without her.
    PyarForeveron October 09, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI'm almost certain that Dear Agony is, in chronological order, the story of Ben's struggle with his alcoholic self, whom he refers to as another person throughout the album. This song is from the point of view of his alcoholic self. Ben's alcoholic self is finally submitting, and pleading for Ben to leave it behind in the hopes that it can change. It tells Ben that it forgives and forgets. Now it's holding Ben's hand, the one that holds it down, because it finally has decided to give up the struggle. But that side of Ben will be with him, forever. The end.
    Huskehnon August 07, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOne of the best songs from the new album. Noticed some lyrics were wrong though:
    "The fighting never ends", there isnt an -ing at the end of "fight"....
    "Things so familiar and close to the heart", he's saying "Pain", not "Things"....
    One thing I'm not sure of though is when he says "Follow me under". It almost sounds like he's saying "Swallow me under", but I'm not sure about that one.
    rage9345on September 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationFor me it is the memory of someone that you love who left. An internal struggle to forget someone that you need and move on, but you can't. The memory causes you to turn in on yourself and close off the world hence the lines - "I have nothing left" and "Swallow me under and pull me apart" Also it points you would do anything for this person-"Take my hand, drag me down. If you fall then I will too!" The last line is like an exceptance that to only way to forget is to forgive the hurt they unintentionally caused you by leaving-"I forgive, forget you, the end" That how I see it.
    BeforeGodon March 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFunnily enough, I don't actually see this as a "bad relationship" as such - at least, it's not bad between them.

    I sort of see this as him talking to a girl, and they've both been through hell, and at times it seems like it would have been easier to give up, but he refuses to let go. He doesn't want to face the dark without her, either the worst bit to come, or just the normal darkness that happens in everybody's lives, because she matters too much to him.

    But I also see how death can come into it - either she's dying and he wants to die, too, so they won't die separately or alone, or he's dying, and he wants her to stay with him so that he doesn't have to die alone (as in, he wants her to be ther when he dies, not he wants to kill her so they can die together).
    VellaMalachiteon January 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love that the last words on the album are "the end". As Frans said above, the meaning of this song seems pretty straightforward. The ending of a relationship, but obviously filled with a lot of turmoil about actually ending it. It has to be done, but he doesn't want to/think he can let go.
    angelsnlullabieson September 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSeems to be a monologue. It's a search, or rather, an act of conforming to one's inner-self. He is talking to the inner him, that he kept away from everyone except himself.

    His inner-self "pulls him down" because it knows that what he is doing would not benefit him. However, many times, it is common for us to deny our inner-self, instead opting to do what seems to be better. In the end, he lost everything due to his denial.

    Therefore, he approaches his inner-self and begs it to lead the way, as it is an integral part of him, and that he can't survive without it. As his problems never end, he comes to rely on his inner-self. "Search for the answers i knew all along" and "Pain so familiar and close to the heart" indicates strongly that he is talking about his inner-self. It should be obvious, since when something happens, sometimes there's just this little person in your mind that keeps telling that it's wrong, and your emotions seem to comply with that person. However, many times we tend to ignore them. But, inevitably, you will have to come to trust that person, if the result follows suit, as the singer did.

    "Holding the hand that holds me down
    I forgive you, forget you, the end"

    The bridge basically means that he has come to walk hand in hand with his inner-self, because only through it can he gain control of his life. He forgives it because it has been showing the right things to do to him. He forgets it as it is not a separate entity within him anymore, but is assimilated into him, ie becoming one with his inner-self.
    EpheAlshiaon October 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with most of the interpretations about the whole relationship thing. But I don't think she broke his heart. I think it was either mutual or he broke it off with her. Though it still hurt him deeply to do it. This person was obviously very important to him.

    During the course of this destructive relationship, I think he became someone he did not ever want himself to be... " I lost myself, we all fall down... Alone I stand a broken man"- He completely lost who he was because he loved this person so much- he changed for her- and just lost who his true identity was in the process. She left him a broken person all together. Lost.

    "Take my hand, drag me down, if you fall then I will too…” Because he loved her so much, he would just let her drag him down. I think during the relationship he just didn’t want to believe the effect she was actually having on him- so he would mindlessly follow- though deep down he knew what she was doing to him. “… And I can’t save what’s left of you…” I think in a way he thought he would change her or “save” her. He loved her so much and wanted to be with her so bad- so if he could just change her, or save her from her own destructive behavior…

    The chorus in the “sing something new, I have nothing left…” I think everyone can relate to this from a relationship that has hit a rut. Or maybe when one falls out of love. I think he just tried so hard in the relationship, and eventually became apathetic from all the pain that came from it. This is like his final begging to her to do something. For her to take initiative and do something instead of him making all of the effort. But he still hasn’t come to the realization of him needed to leave this relationship- “I can’t face the dark without you”- he knows he needs to leave, but he pushes those thoughts away and ignores them.

    The next part basically describes him slowly getting pulled down in the relationship. It’s literally tearing him apart.

    “Come back down, save yourself…” He’s being selfless for her. It’s very obvious he loves her- he just wants her to be a better person- to come out strong if it means leaving him broken and lost in the end. As long as she comes out on top. “I can’t find my way to you, and I can’t bear to face the truth…” He knows that he can’t do this anymore- and it’s killing him. He’s panicking.

    “I wanted to forgive, I’m trying to forgive…” He’s starting to realize all of the shit and things that really happened to him and his emotions in the relationship. His realization is getting too hard to ignore. “Don’t leave me here again”- it’s almost like he’s been hurt emotionally by her often, and he feels alone- begging her not to do this to him again- leave him in that dark place.

    “I am with you, forever, the end”- this is like his last attempt to force those ideas of ending it back again. Like he is trapping himself in the relationship- refusing to give himself a way out.

    “Holding the hand that holds me down- I forgive you, forget you, the end” — He finally left.

    The really neat thing about Breaking Benjamin is their lyrics have sooo many different meanings. They are for the fans- every listener has something in their lives in which they can relate these songs to.
    There is no “one” meaning. The songs emotionally connect to the audiences in many different ways. This entire album defines a chapter ending in my life at the moment. It’s beautiful, and has helped me through it. I bet it has done the same for hundreds and thousands of listeners. :)
    vvlittlekramer09on December 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is the best song I ever heard in my life, I love what this song is about and the chorus is AWESOME!!
    WithoutYouon February 25, 2010   Link

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