"End of Me" as written by Chad Gilbert, Jeremy Wade Mckinnon and Andrew Robert Wade....
I took some time away
For understanding of what brought us here today
Oh, you'll be the end of me

I'm never happy like we were happy
I'm never sad like we were sad
Oh, you'll be the end of me

You know me all too well
And I can't suppress the memories
You're gone and I can tell
That I've lost more than you'll ever see

Don't say that it's not fair
That you're not the person you wanna be
'Cause oh, you'll be the end of me

I know I wasn't perfect, but I kept trying
Till I forgot why I stayed
Oh, you'll be the end of me

Yeah we lost all meaning
We lost the magic
So good luck to you on your way
Oh, you'll be the end of me

You know me all too well
And I can't suppress the memories
You're gone and I can tell
That I've lost more than you'll ever see

Don't say that it's not fair
That you're not the person you wanna be
'Cause oh, you'll be the end of me

(You'll be the end of me)

I get it, no, I get it
Gave more than I took back, oh well (took back, oh well)
I get it, no, I get it
Can't help those who don't wanna be helped

You know me all too well
And I can't suppress the memories
You're gone and I can tell
That I've lost more than you'll ever see

Don't say that it's not fair
That you're not the person you wanna be
'Cause Oh, you'll be the end of me
You'll be the end of me


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"End of Me" as written by Chad Gilbert Andrew Robert Wade

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., JEREMY MCKINNON MUSIC

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  • +5
    My InterpretationNow that the relationship is over he literally destroyed- she was his everything, and now he doesn't know how to feel ("never happy like we were happy, never sad like we were sad").
    He didn't know what to do anymore, or how they got to that point, because he did everything he could for her but she just couldn't see how much he loved for her and all the efforts he put into their relationship ("I've lost more than you'l, ever see"- she feels like shes hurting but she doesn't see how much he meant to her).
    Jessieleekendallon January 10, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThere are so many different interpretations to this song, it hits so many deep and hard topics, there is not one correct interpretation, but many different ones for many different people.
    What stands out to me most is the interpretation of Depression and a lost relationship. The Music Video is powerful and really drives this home. Throughout the video the kid sees the man in his chair, who appears to be a drunk/smoker/whatever you want to interpret him as, and he never changes, he doesn't even try. My interpretation of the end of the video, where the kid and the man are shown to have the same scar, is that they are the same person, and the kid knows this. Everyday he sees the man in the chair, and knows the path he's on/what he's becoming, but no matter how hard he tries he feels like he can't change it, and it's killing him. "I know I wasn't perfect, but I kept trying" He attempts to change but at the end of the day, he always goes back to the man in the chair, and takes the cigarette from his hand to smoke it himself. This as well as the stair cleaning shows a fundamental source/feeling that comes with depression. Like you're stuck in a rut, the same routine, doing the same things, and you can't get out, and you'll always be the same: tired, miserable, and alone. Meanwhile, his significant other, the woman in the video, seems to have tried everything to help, but as she puts it "Can't help those who don't want to be helped". The line "You know me all too well" shows that his SO has tried to help him, but she's seen him day in and day out revert back to being the man in the chair. This is also evidenced by when she leaves in the video, she looks at the man with remorse, then at the kid, as if saying "I can see what you're going to become" and she's sad, but she knows she can't help. There's nothing she can do, she's tried but he's lost. Several lines reflect the kid's anger and sadness at this. "I get it, no, I get it Gave more than I took back, oh well (took back, oh well) I get it, no, I get it Can't help those who don't wanna be helped" He understands her reasons for leaving (in an angry way). She thinks he's not doing anything to help himself, while he believes he's doing everything he can. He thinks he keeps attempting to change and help himself, but she's given up on him and he's extremely angry, sad, and conflicted on this. It drives him crazy as shown in one scene in the video. This, to me, is the theme of the whole video. But as for the title and repeated line, "You'll be the end of me", with this interpretation I see two people saying this. Both the kid, and his SO. She looks at him, she's tried to help, but she knows he's never going to change and he's going to ruin his life, and she is sad, but knows if she stays he's going to be the end of her life as well. Meanwhile the kid sees the man in the chair, a kind of manifestation of his depression, and constantly becomes aggravated and upset about his depression and about how he's in a rut and nothing can change, and he hates his depression, because he knows that it will be the end of him and his life. He blames his depression for his SO leaving, and he absolutely hates it, and by extension himself. In the very end, the man wakes up in a panic, and searches the house, he knew his whole life was leading to this horrible existence, but finally he 'wakes up' from his delusion and realizes what's become of his life, but it's too late now. He's dead, and it's too late to change. His younger self approaches him and shows him their scars, while looking unsurprised at his death like this. They never properly took care of their scar (depression). They thought they were, but he only realized too late what he actually had, while in the moment he had only seen what he didn't (a choice, a chance).
    Mafumofuon October 14, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is based on the lyircs, which I think are pretty self explanatory.

    There's a relationship, where this person is wondering how they got to that point (end of the relationship). He is hurt, people tell him to forget about that relationship but he is the kind of person who doesn't forget that easily.
    He tried to help the other person, "change" them in a good way, helping the other person become someone new and better, he put so much effort into that but the other person didn't change, he gave everything but nothing came back in return.

    "Don't say that it's not fair the person you want to be" refers to that, he tried everything to change the other person, but it just didn't work, and it wasn't because he didn't try, but because the other person "didn't want to be helped".

    He kept trying and trying until he "forgot" why he was doing that.

    And in the end he is really hurt, because he'd lost so much.

    I guess it's an obvious interpretation, but this song is really beautiful.
    Punt795on November 07, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI agree with Mafumofu that this song can be interpreted several ways and I think that the listeners life experiences has the biggest impact on how they read into deeper or different meanings behind the lyrics. When I first heard this song I had the same impression that mostly everyone else here has been saying. After listening some more and mirroring the lyrics with my history I saw another possible meaning.

    I see this song as someones inner struggle with good and evil. It's almost like a previous version of his conscience's final words before his bad decisions and habits have completely taken over and ruined or killed anything good he had left. The "understanding of what brought us here today" was realising how even the smallest bad decisions could have been the beginning of his downfall. He's saying that he's become desensitized to his own emotions, almost like he's doesn't know what it's like to feel "happy" or "sad" anymore. He's totally given in to his addictions and can't even hear the better side of his conscience anymore. "You're gone and I can tell, that I've lost more than you'll ever see". He had big dreams and such a bright future before but now he'll never see any of it. "Don't say that it's not fair, that your not the person you want to be." It's his own fault for making the decisions that he made even though he knew they would lead him down the path he's currently on. His better side wasn't perfect but it really tried to keep him from hurting himself til it didnt know why it was even trying cause his life doesn't have the meaning it used to have. His good side realizes that it let him give in to his evil desires more than it stopped him and it couldn't change him because he didn't want any help. I'm not sure, nor do I think it necessarily matters, what self destructive bad decisions this implies and that again relies on the listeners own personal experiences.

    I'm sure this isn't what Jeremy had in mind when writing the lyrics but that's what I love about music! It's all open to interpretation! I could even listen to this song 2 years from now and possibly see something else.
    VinnieLaceyon December 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationthe lyrics are insanely powerful. but my opinion the Music video is what brings it into my attention. it starts with a young man cleaning stairs. him cleaning the stairs, and zooming on his hand which has a scar on it, is symbol later in the videos meaning.

    it switches to him walking through a run down house or his home, and his father who is holding a cigarette seems sick. he takes the cig and puffs it, then puts it out. this is symbolic showing the influence on his son. he (the father) is killing his body, while watching his son, literally do the same.

    the son goes to his room, and is very upset of this. and marks an X on the wall. showing over the video, he marks more and more X's on his walls. symbolising the amount of times he is copying his father yet knowing he is wrong and he needs to stop.

    it goes back to him cleaning the stairs. as in showing repetition with him trying to "clean" the stair or literally "clean" his fathers problems and/or addiction.

    next, a womanly figure walks down the stairs with a suitcase. as if moving out. the face is scribbled out with video FX. this shows how the boy feels to "forget" or "cancel the thought of her leaving. it could be the mother probably. maybe the sister. both would be important.

    next, it shows the boy, absolutely pissed and showing it. while fast forwarding fast to show more repetition

    now, the father "wakes up" literally. and starts looking for his son, he is no where to be found.. so he goes to the outside door, and two paramedics go through the door. he is stricken and worried something happened to his son. but then, he sees his song come up to him with the same worried look. they look at eachother, then look inside to the paramedics, the paramedics are actually tending to the father whos still lying in the chair feeling dead.. but now, it shows he is literally dead, when they put a stethoscope to his heart. the boy and father look at each other, and raise their hands.. and they both have the same scar that we seen on the boy the entire time..

    i feel, this song shows how perhaps jeremy, had troubles with his father. and the big thing that wraps it up is the scar on BOTH of them at the end. it almost shows how it happens generation to generation. or it even could show how the scar is for both of them because they need to help eachother.

    i feel it is showing the emotion of wanting to help his family so much and his father but it never would happen. like the line "I get it, no, I get it
    Can't help those who don't wanna be helped" as in his father would not "want" to be helped. and it made things all crumble. and as he wished or maybe if it did work out that everything will get better with the ending of them both having the scar, as if to prove a point on just how important it is to help, want to be helped, and working things out... BEFORE its too late... i love this song..
    angusman95on August 30, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me of my most current relationship...well ex relationship i should say. i feel just like this. i feel like she doesnt get how hard i tried and how much she means to me. still. i love her and her son with all my heart. everything was perfect then out of nowhere she just had this gut feeling that we just wernt supposed to be together right this moment, maybe in the future, she still has feelings for me and obviously i do for her too, we flirt and stuff on a daily basis, but "You know me all too well
    And I can't suppress the memories
    You're gone and I can tell
    That I've lost more than you'll ever see" hits home hard.. like today we were txting and i was upset bc i seen where she did a late mcm to the guy shes talking to and she was just like out of nowhere "whats wrong?" i said its just one of those days and she was like i know you too well to believe that. i swear shes my one and one day we'll have our day.
    MusicAnalyston December 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI can deeply relate to this song and i want to share with you why. Maybe you can understand where i come from.

    My Story:
    I met a girl, it was almost as it is in some of those cosy love storys. I had an 8 years lasting relationship with this girl of whom i thought is the women i was going to spend the rest of my life with. She was beatiful, sexy, caring and overall a lovely person. But, after a couple of years i startet feeling that something is not right the way i feel about our relationship. It was that even though she was an almost perfect women, i had a feeling that because i was with her i couldn´t make use of all the potential i have. Like learning new stuff and doing things that i wanted to do. She was a women you´d marry, have kids with and live a happy life, almost perfect some might say. Well, in the end i broke up with her. I was well aware, that i will never feel the same way of love for a women as i did for her. But i also knew that she would be my end.

    And thats where the Interpretations starts:

    You'll be the end of me.
    I'm never happy like we were happy,
    I'm never sad like we were sad.
    You'll be the end of me.

    [You love someone and had ups and downs, but you also know that, that person will be your end.]

    I know I wasn't perfect,
    But I kept tryin', 'til I forgot why I stayed
    You'll be the end of me.
    Ya we lost all meaning, we lost the magic
    So good luck to you on your way.
    You'll be the end of me.

    [In a relationship first comes affection and affection becomes Love. But as the years pass, so does the "magic" in a relationship. It´s as if you trade that magic with a feeling of coming home. It will feel disturbing when you reflect on yourself and start to become aware of the fact that, this magic is no more than a relic of the past.]

    Ya know me all too well, and I can't suppress the memories.
    You're gone and I can tell that I've lost more than you'll ever see.
    Don't say that it's not fair, that you're not the person you wanna be.
    'Cause you'll be the end of me.
    (You'll be the end of me!)

    [You know what is lost if you distance yourself from that person to save yourself. You know that you will never meet a person which can give you the same feeling as her. You say to her: "Baby, don´t say it´s not fair your not the person you wan´t to be, the person next to ME"]

    I get it, no, I get it.
    Gave more than I took back, oh well.
    (Took back, oh well)
    I get it, no, I get it,
    Can't help those who don't wanna be help

    [You become aware of the fact, that there is a reason for that feeling. You can´t help her change, because she can´t change her soul and beeing for you. That would be nothing more than a lie]
    D3sm0ndon February 29, 2016   Link

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