"I'll Be Gone" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joseph Hahn....
Like shining oil, this night is dripping down
Stars are slipping down, glistening
And I'm trying not to think what I'm leaving now
No deceiving now, it's time you let me know
Let me know

[Chorus]
When the lights go out and we open our eyes,
Out there in the silence, I'll be gone, I'll be gone
Let the sun fade out and another one rise
Climbing through tomorrow, I'll be gone, I'll be gone

This in between us is getting thinner now
Into winter now, bitter sweet
Across that horizon this sun is setting down
You're forgetting now, it's time you let me go, let me go

[Chorus]

And tell them I couldn't help myself
And tell them I was alone
Oh, tell me I am the only one
And there's nothing left to stop me

[Chorus]

I'll be gone (I'll be gone)


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"I'll Be Gone" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell, Joseph Hahn

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's suicide, literal or figurative. Figurative in that it could also be about leaving everything behind.
    NightfallGeminion July 02, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningI think it's about leaving things behind like @NightfallGemini say, either suicide or literally leaving all things behind.
    He talks about the world and space collapsing and falling apart. He's leaving and not looking back on what he's leaving. Maybe telling others to "OPEN THEIR EYES" he was ignored, but now that all falls apart and lights go out, he will have already escaped before everyone sees what he's talking about. I like how the references to suicide are paired with symbolism from a man who escapes before a horrible disaster hits. It's almost like he's comparing peoples attitudes towards him, to those of the people who mock the man who escapes before all goes wrong. He shows that once people "open their eyes" they will have nothing but silence from him, because he will be gone.
    ghostrpon July 16, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI completely agree with the two previous posters. I was going to say the same thing. Nice job on thinking about the disaster part ghostrp. I didn’t think about that one but it makes sense.
    griffon651on July 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLinkin Park have the most beautiful and relatable lyrics and thhey're really underrated for it
    George8521on January 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAnd yet another song that reminds me of suicide. The lyrics are pretty complex and yet the meaning is clear. When everyone opens their eyes and it's a new morning and the sun is rising, he won't be there. As the seasons change, again he won't be there. Because he made the decision to take his own life for whatever reason, especially toward the end where he says "Tell them I couldn't help myself, tell them I was alone." He's pretty much saying that If anyone wants to know why I did this, tell them these reasons. Tell them that I had no reason to keep living and so I took it upon myself to end my own life. I mean, like I said, pretty blatant message.

    Or on the not so depressing side of things, you could look at it as an appreciation for nature and the beauty of the world. Notice the imagery he uses when describing the night and then the morning when the sun rises and sets, and then when he talks about the changing of seasons. Perhaps he feels he has no place in such a world as this which he describes as beautiful and "bittersweet" so he takes himself out of it.
    Lexikittenon October 15, 2013   Link

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