"I Appear Missing" as written by Michael Jay Shuman, Josh Homme, Dean Anthony Fertita and Troy Dean Van Leeuwen....
Calling all comas,
Prisoner on the loose
Description:
A spitting image of me
Except for a heart-shaped hole where the hope runs out

Shock me awake
Tear me apart
Pinned like a note in a hospital gown
Prison of sleep
Deepened now
A rabbit hole never to be found
Again

Where are you hiding, my love?
Cast off like a stone
Feelings, raw and exposed when I'm out of control
Pieces were stolen from me
But dare I say, given away
Watching the water give in
As I go down the drain
I appear missing now

I go missing,
No longer exist
One day I hope
I'm someone you'd met

Shock me awake
Tear me apart
Pinned like a note in a hospital gown
Deeper I sleep
Further down
A rabbit hole never to be found

It's only falling in love
Because you hit the ground

Dancing on wire both ends are on fire
Cut me loose
Nowhere to run, no more room to pretend
Wandering along the road in the summer night

I go missing,
No longer exist
One day I hope
I'm someone you'd met

Shock me awake
Tear me apart
Pinned like a note in a hospital gown
Deeper I sleep
Further down
A rabbit hole never to be found

Don't cry
With my toes on the edge it's such a lovely view
Inside
I never loved anything until I loved you
Inside
I'm over the edge, what can I do?
Inside
I never loved anything until I loved you

Don't cry
With my toes on the edge it's such a lovely view
Inside
I never loved anything until I loved you
Inside
I'm over the edge, what can I do?
Inside

I've fallen through


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"I Appear Missing" as written by Josh Homme Dean Anthony Fertita

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  • +7
    General Comment100% correct lyrics from the ...Like Clockwork LP:

    Calling all comas, prisoner on the loose
    Description:
    A spitting image of me, except for the heart-shaped hole where the hope runs out

    Shock me awake, tear me apart
    Pinned like a note inside a hospital gown
    A prison of sleep, further down
    The rabbit hole never to be found
    Again…

    Where are you hiding my love? Cast off like a stone
    Feeling, raw & exposed when I'm outta control
    Pieces were stolen from me or dare I say given away
    Watching the water give in as I go down the drain
    I appear missing now

    I go missing, no longer exist
    One day, I hope, I'm someone you'd miss

    Shock me awake, tear me apart
    Pinned like a note inside a hospital gown
    A prison of sleep, further down
    The rabbit hole never to be found

    It's only falling in love because you hit the ground

    Dancing on wire, both ends are on fire
    Cut me loose

    Nowhere to run, no more room to pretend
    Wandering along the road in the summer night

    I go missing, no longer exist
    One day, I hope, I'm someone you'd miss

    Shock me awake, tear me apart
    Pinned like a note inside a hospital gown
    A prison of sleep, further down
    The rabbit hole never to be found

    Don't cry-
    With my toes on the edge it's such a lovely view
    Inside-
    I never loved anything until I loved you
    Confide-
    I'm over the edge, what can I do?
    ... -
    I never had anything until I had you

    I've fallen through...
    MilkManMikeon June 22, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHaven't heard this song, but I bet it's about how being "in love" is like being asleep, in a metaphorical sense, as in being unaware of what's really happening. Love isn't blind, it's blinding. You're in love and everything seems to be going fine until one day you "wake up" and she's gone and took the love with her. Then you hit the "ground" of reality as you come crashing back into it. Your love, hope, happiness all "appear missing" and for so long now you've identified yourself, defined yourself by these emotions/feelings, therefore you "appear missing" as well. The old happy-in-love-you. In this song it seems as though the protagonist has "been there before," but is falling in love again and is afraid, and wants someone to "wake him up" so he doesn't fall victim to the same illusions as last time.
    Androgyneon May 08, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis is a pretty dark song, especially by QOTSA standards. There's a quite a few references to hospitals and being revived, and I strongly believe that these lyrics take a large bit of inspiration from Josh's near death experience during surgery a few years ago. He was really affected by it and even considered quitting music. So I personally believe this song is about being close to death, and having that experience change you.

    Funny story, I listened to this song and looked up the lyrics right after I had finished watching Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. To those who don't know, it's about a police officer who is in a comatose condition and finds themselves transported to the 1970s/1980s. I could go into more detail, but I think you know what I mean. Quite a coincidence.
    TheBronzeon May 08, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhere are the rest of the lyrics those 3 last minutes are just pure epicness!

    I appear missing is the best song of this album.
    Salvaon June 18, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWow I got it way different than all you people. To me it feels like his committing suicide for the person he loved. He makes it all clear about the hospital, the person he's talking about and how he looks down at the end because I imagine that he's in a tall building ready to jump to his death. I think at the end he makes it clear and he tells why he did it. So the start is after what happened. Does anyone agree with me?
    alexandra1on February 22, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbitch stole my soul
    mebalzitchon May 14, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it has to do with how he CHANGED after his near death experience.
    "A spitting image of me
    Except for a heart-shaped hole where the hope runs out"
    "Pieces were stolen from me"

    Maybe he now appreciates life more?
    "With my toes on the edge it’s such a lovely view"
    TheX13on May 23, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Lyric Correction"One day, I hope, I'm someone you'd miss." Not "met".
    Xonon May 30, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about a person who has imprisoned themselves in a place of disconnect from their love. A coping mechanism to guard against being hurt, due to past disappointment.

    We enter his world, with a warning to the 'comma police' that a prisoner is waking up. He's had a moment of clarity about his detachment somehow - his heart shaped hole, without hope still being his distinguishing characteristic though.

    He's either asking to be shocked awake from this and torn apart - or someone is doing it for him. If he stays asleep, he knows, the deeper he will only go.

    Still he knows his love is looking for him (Where are you hiding my love?). He has since been cast off like a stone (cold, hardened). Because when he isn't disconnecting, which is his way of controlling - he feels too raw and exposed. (Feelings Raw and exposed when I'm out of control)

    He then shares where this urge to disconnect comes from - a place of pain where his hope was taken away from him. Though he knows, that he, himself was instrumental in letting that happen. (Pieces were stolen from me But dare I say, given away). He thus fears connection, afraid that it will only leave him hurt...and so he hides.

    He says that one day he hopes he can be/or was someone that his love would miss. This tells us that he doesn't really want to be this disconnected person, but his hope for that of changing still feels very small. He thinks it is too late for him, and he doesn't see the point. Because in the end, his final thoughts are that in loving, one will only fall.
    Samsara31on June 07, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is describing the moment of a man committing suicide, who jumps off a bridge over a broken heart. After this he has become depressed and feeling trapped with no way out. Once he has jumped he begins to regret the decision. Maybe.
    comatoseron May 20, 2013   Link

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