"Estranged" as written by W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan, Izzy Stradlin, Darren A. Reed and Matt Sorum....
When you're talkin' to yourself
And nobody's home
You can fool yourself
You came in this world alone

So nobody ever told you baby
How it was gonna be
So what'll happen to you baby
Guess we'll have to wait and see
One, two

Old at heart but I'm only twenty eight
And I'm much too young
To let love break my heart
Young at heart but it's getting much too late
To find ourselves so far apart

I don't know how you're s'posed to find me lately
An what more could you ask from me
How could you say that I never needed you
When you took everything
Said you took everything from me

Young at heart an it gets so hard to wait
When no one I know can seem to help me now
Old at heart but I musn't hesitate
If I'm to find my own way out

Still talkin' to myself
And nobody's home

So nobody ever told us baby
How it was gonna be
So what'll happen to us baby
Guess we'll have to wait and see

When I find out all the reasons
Maybe I'll find another way
Find another day
With all the changing seasons of my life
Maybe I'll get it right next time
An now that you've been broken down
Got your head out of the clouds
You're back down on the ground

And you don't talk so loud
An you don't walk so proud
Any more, and what for

Well I jumped into the river
Too many times to make it home
I'm out here on my own, an drifting all alone
If it doesn't show give it time
To read between the lines

'Cause I see the storm getting closer
And the waves they get so high
Seems everything we've ever known's here
Why must it drift away and die

I'll never find anyone to replace you
Guess I'll have to make it through, this time - oh this time
Without you
I knew the storm was getting closer
And all my friends said I was high
But everything we've ever known's here
I never wanted it to die

Lyrics submitted by mike

"Estranged" as written by Izzy Stradlin (usa 2) Slash

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +9
    General CommentMy first attempt here....

    So...in my opinion this is THE deepest and most personal song Axl has written (despite somewhere being stated that This I Love is)....I think that its mainly about loneliness and despair caused by the irreparable loss of the person you were strongly attached to.....right from the beginning of the video you can see an empty house...Axl in child room....He in the place that holds most of his good memories...Its like he's..trying to get back to his happy state, trying to return the times when all was good...but at the same time understands deep inside that he's lost everything that was important for him and it cant be returned....hes totally lonely and in despair..."I'll never find anyone to replace you"....see what I mean? She/he is gone FOREVER and every ..EVERY..good and important thing in your life is gone as well cuz she/he was the source of those in your life....and youre feeling desperate...doomed cuz you know she/he cant be replaced ever...and it feels like youre stripped of your life...totally empty, apathetic, you cry all the time....and this nightmare goes on and on....and you try to do whatever it takes to forget this, to change this but all is in vain....you cant fucking help it youre still alone and you still think about him/her no matter what...SO basically this song is about the most difficult time after you lose your beloved one
    Timuration October 25, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhere's Izzy?
    matt14on September 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my fave g n r song, both the music and lyrics r so powerful. I think its about losing the one person u thought wud b with you through it all and feeling there is nowhere left to turn. Axl's voice is amazing and it rly adds feling to this song.
    rokmysox88on December 08, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthahaha. slash will always be king. this song is about seperation. look up estranged
    gunsnroses74on March 16, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWait, Cougar 10 said VH1 named this one of the worst Rock songs ever....What? Estranged is a great song (unlike my corny screen name), HOW could it make that list?
    supanova8716on July 04, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJust broke up wiht my gf this week, and last week I bought tickets to see G n R live. Saw them play last night, heard this song, and I know exactly what its about.

    Post-break up. How can I live without this wonderful thing in my life?

    I'll never find anyone to replace you
    Guess I'll have to make it thru, this time
    Oh this time
    Without you

    When he says, I'll never find anyone to replace you, its a simple line, but it really exemplifies a break up. You're gone, and I'm going to have to find a way to live without you.

    When Rose sings:
    An now that you've been broken down
    Got your head out of the clouds
    You're back down on the ground
    And you don't talk so loud
    an you don't walk so proud
    Any more, and what for

    Its about how when you're in a relationship. People can see that you're happy. They see the bounce in your step. They see that joy. And when you lose that person, you've lost that extra pizzazz, that extra joy. You don't talk so loud. You don't walk so proud. You're feet are back on the ground. The elation of love is gone, and now you have to deal with things for what they are.
    pboton December 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreat song really deep
    unbeltedcorseton June 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes i agree with useyourillusion, since that WAS me. haha.
    maggotbrainon April 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAn incredible song, close to being my fave GNR one.

    Estranged = having lost someones love/affection.

    Perfect guitar/piano/lyrics to sum that confused emotional feeling up.
    hoopson December 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmusic today is all hip hop and stupid little girls singing with no talent whatsoever....PURE CRAP!... and most of the rock today isn't that great either, nothing but a bunch of screaming idiots! GNR was the greatest. I hope Axl comes back to kick everyones ass!
    melm4402on April 18, 2005   Link

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