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I'm With You by Avril Lavigne

Album: Let GoReleased: 2002Charted:
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  • When you're all alone, by yourself, you can feel horrible. Avril knows this feeling and in the song, she tells you how she felt when she went through it. You feel like you're so lonely and scared, trying to find yourself and figure everything out, but you just can't. You wish someone would help you, but no one does, until one person picks you up and helps you from up from the floor. (thanks, Shana - Radcliff, KY)
  • Another interpretation: A girl grows up and becomes a prostitute. She hates her life but can't get out of it. The chorus is: "It's a damn cold night Trying to figure out this life Won't you take me by the hand take me somewhere new I don't know who you are but I, I'm with you I'm with you..." This could be about being with a John and having sex with him. (thanks, Marcos - Westville, OK)
  • The video was directed by David LaChapelle, who worked on Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" video. (thanks, Britney - Calabasas, CA)
  • Barbadian recording artist Rihanna sampled this song for her 2010 track Cheers (Drink To That). Lavigne told Entertainment Weekly she was thrilled that Rihanna borrowed from one of her most-loved tunes. Said the Canadian pop-punker: "It was really exciting because 'I'm With You' is one of my favorite songs that I've done, I always love performing it. And I think Rihanna's awesome, she has great songs, she's a really great singer, so yeah I was excited. I think it's really cool."
  • Lavigne told Digital Spy in a 2013 interview that she considers this to be her best song. She explained: "It's still a challenging song vocally and the crowd always get into it."
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Comments: 36

I don't think it's about people at all... last I heard she was a vegan who stood up for animal rights and it seems to me it's about pets who have been abused or abandonned and left to fend for themselves on the streets out in the world. Espeically the ones who were dumped because they were sick. They had a family and a home and now have been left, often thrown out of a moving car. SO now here they are sad, ALONE and terrified waiting for the family they were loyal to and loved to come back and get them. Could you just imagine?Kate - Newtown, Pa
Sounds like suicide to me. Her life is really bad, and she's debating killing herself. She's standing on a bridge thinking about jumping, and at the same time wishing somebody would come find her, and tell her she matters too much to do that. She's so desperate to be saved that she doesn't care who it is, whether she knows them or not - the first person to act like they care, she'll give herself to. This song reminds me so much of myself last year - I went through everything I just described.Nicky - Hell, Ne
This song is not about finding the "one" or about a prostitute. This song is about a girl trying to find herself. Sometimes life can be quite challenging and difficult to face. You feel lost, and even though you have people around you, nobody really knows the confusion and sadness inside you. Then you wish for someone, doesnt matter a man a woman, a something that you to help you off the floor. It is a desperation song, a cry of desperation.Claudia - El Paso, Tx
I thinks this song is about feeling lonely because you still haven't found the oneMary - Tampico, Mexico
This song is about lonliness, but it's also about hope. The girl in the song feels that her soulmate is out there somewhere; she just hasn't met him yet. That's what she means when she says, "I don't know who you are, but I'm with you..." Knowing he is out there somewhere gives her the strength to get through the hard times.Gail - Binghamton, Ny
I think this song is about a girl being kidnapped and she is "waiting on the bridge" for her family, parents or friends to find her. But then a stranger comes and takes her "someplace new".Emily - Toronto, On
This is Avril's best song to date. Her voice is stunning, wish she would sing more songs like this. What happened to her?Theresa - Murfreesboro, Tn
I used to think that this song was based on an old ghost story. In the story, some of the events Avril sings about are in the story, such as "I'm standing on the bridge, waiting in the dark, I thought that you'd be here by now" and the lyric "no footsteps on the ground". The story has these things in it. I still sort of stand by this theory of the song's meaning, though these meanings make alot of sense.Buddy - Barbourville, Ky
Wow lots of comments. Don't know how mine will stand out. This song helped me get through a meth addiction. Every word in it was just like living with the addiction. Everyone I was around was untrustworthy. I really related to "I don't know who you are but I'm with you" because I was taking less of a chance with my life by leaving with a stranger than leaving with the people I was in company with. The lyrics, "cause nothing's going right, and everything's a mess and no one likes to be alone" really helped me to open my eyes and see life, and better yet, the life I was giving up by doing drugs and being with that crowd. It also made me think of my mom and how she was powerless to help me "isn't anyone trying to find me, won't somebody come take me home?" It was very moving. Six years later, I still feel a chill and remember what it felt like to be waiting for someone who may never come. Good job, Avril.Sarah - Las Vegas, Nv
There are 2 official music videos to this song. One has Avril seeing her bandmembers each alone along the deserted street. The other version has her find her bandmembers together on the street outside the party. The first line of the song sounds to me like "You're standing on a bridge." not "I'm standing on a bridge." I think this song is about the loneliness she feels looking for her as yet unknown soul-mate. The beauty is that it is enigmatic enough that many meanings can be made of it. A great song.Don - B G, Ky
I think the song is about a girl who ran away from home but she really wants someone to find her, like her brother; she thought that he would notice that she was gone but no one else would and she's suprised that he doesn't come to take her back but then a stranger comes and "takes her someplace new" and for a while she forgets about her brother but not foreverCalliope - Damascus, Md
There are a lot of interesting interpetations of this song, which remains Lavigne's best. My take is that it's about lonliness and frustration, being stuck in a rut in one's life and feeling helpless to change it for the better, and she accepts an offer of an anonymous hook-up to take her mind off her problems. "I don't know who you are, but I'm with you."Mike - Santa Barbara, Ca
I think this song is about a girl who is with someone, but he's never there, and she doesnt know who he is anymore.Rose - St.louis, Mo
avril lavigne is one of my favorite artists ever and this song is really goodMorgan - Gratnsville, Ut
I can relate to this song very well. It's hard to explain, but here it goes: "I'm standing on a bridge, I'm waiting in the dark, I thought that you'd be here by now": Being depressed is sort of like being in darkness. and i went to a new school this year, and i wanted someone to talk to, but no one was ever there, so i'm alone. "There's nothing but the rain, no footsteps on the ground, i'm listening but there's no sound.": no footsteps is like i can never go back to find myself, and i don't know where i came from, so i can NEVER go back again to 'happiness'. "Isn't anyone trying to find me? Won't somebody come and take me home?" is just basicly, no one cares. "It's a damn cold night. Trying to figure out this life." when you're depressed and all alone, you get this strange cold feeling down your spine that won't seem to leave. and the line after that explains itself. "Won't you take me by the hand? Take me somewhere new. i don't know who you are but I, I'm with you." I just want someone to take me away from this place and don't care who it is. "I'm looking for a place, I'm searching for a face. Is there anybody here I know? Cause nothing's going right. And everything's a mess. And no one likes to be alone." is just wanting to go somewhere new, find myself again. Wanting someone i know who could comfort me, but no use. And whatever I do makes it worse ['Tourniquet' by Evanescence]. "Why is everything so confusing? Maybe I'm just out of my mind..." I can't get anything right anymore. And i can't think about anything without getting distracted by the stinging pain...Tara - Somewhere, Fl
This song describes something taht happened to me perfectly...Lisa - Wexford, Ireland
Ithink the song isnt about dying its just about feeling lonely and about not quiet knowing who you are or where your at.I think its one of the best songs in the world!!!

p.s Avril rocks (even though shes going through that change at the moment)
Valerie - Colonge, Germany
Rejection and losing someone is the most heart wrenching feeling -- an utter turmoil.
Life goes on and Time heals. Avril is a superb artist.
Polly - London, England
Some of you guys perceive Avril songs completely wrong! This song is not about suicide or prostitution or any of that crap! It's just about being alone and feeling lost and things like that.Shannon Mulvany - Spokane, Wa
Good interpretations. I never considered the prostitute one though. I'm not a huge fan of Avril, but I bought her first album, and this song is pretty good.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
to maria, nowhere, other
the "im with you" line is directed towards anyone really, ever had someone your really close to, and you wanted to show them the world, but could never bring yourself to do it? The only way she could achieve this was through her death, she will always be with this person, watching and guiding them.
Bob - Here And Loving It, Nowhere, United States
i think the theory about suicide is a really good one, i hadnt thought about that before, and it'd explain a lot of things, the only thing that i dont get though, is "i'm with you"... who is that then?Maria - Nowhere, Other
well everyone knows somethings for sure.
It's about being alone.
Kourtlyn - Helotes, Tx
isnt she taling about a friend or a boyfriend what? tell me i dont get it and i like the song. well doesnt matter. and she does sing really good. and i hope she sings more songs in the future if she is still alive.Sarah Floyd - Bloomingdale, Il
As interesting as all this is, i would have to say that the song is about a young girl commiting suicide. Just look at the lyrics. "im standing on the bridge, im waiting in the dark, i thought that u would be here by now, theres nothing but the rain, no footsteps on the ground, im listening but theres no sound" She is there, waiting all alone, hoping that someone cares enough to save her, but no one ever comes.And the chours, well thats easy "its a damm cold night, trying to figure out this life, wont you, take me by the hand take me somewhere new" She has given up, she tried to sort it all out, but instead took her life, and the wont u take me by the hand, take me somewhere new, thats where she goes, not sure if she will go into heaven, or hell, she is willing to go, just take her away from the life she knows."I'm lookin' for a place, I'm searching for a face,Is enybody here, I know" where ever she is now, she tries to find someone she knows, she finds some one, and when they ask why, she explains "'Cause nothin's goin' right, And everythings a mess, And no one likes to be alone" then she asks why "isnt anyone trying to fine me" Indicating that she is left alone in the streets, dying with no one to care, then "wont somebody come take me home" though she has gone in this world, she stills wants to be home, she never had one here, so wants one there.
Then she questions her own judgement and sainty "Oh,why is everythin' so confusing, Maybe I'm just out of my mind" not sure if this is real, of if she has just gone crazy and left in a mental institution (but thats a totally different aspect to the song)
and then the songs finishes, with her left dead, and still saying "Take me by the hand take me somewhere new, I don't know who you are but I'm, I'm with you" she is willing to go whereever her after life takes her, its better then the life she had here.
Here And Loving It - No Where
I actually think the song is much more interesting when you think of it as being told through the eyes of a prostitute. Most of avril's songs are really crappy and cheesy... The lyrics of this song are actually semi good if you think about it that way though. The music i must say really sucks(as always)... but the lyrics make you think a little(much different than "he was a sk8er boi she said see ya l8er boi")Alyak - Ny, Ny
Avril wants to express that she's tired of her everyday life, she wrote this song when she was 15.A 15 years old girl always wants to escape reality, because it has many problems, like school, parents, and she just wanna get away...it's not a prostitue's story!!!God!!!Eug - Athens, Greece
With absurd theories of kidnappings,and prostitution aside, in my humble opinion, the meaning is much more easily identified. I believe it's about a girl who HAS a boyfriend but who becomes disenchanted with him. She feels lonely because she feels as though her and her boyfriend don't know each other anymore. Hence the lyrics "Take me by the hand, take me somewhere new, I don't know who you are... but I'm with you" The lyrics explain that she has someone she loves, but at the same time, they don't know each other anymore. A really good break up song.Lola - Worcester, Ma
it doesn't remind me of a kidnapping. It just reminds me of a lonely person, and her significant other isn't avaliable. and bill, fome AK, that's not yodeling, but that was pretty funny.Jackie - Chicago, Il
How is it you all get kidnapping out of this song? I have always just chalked it up to that feeling of being on the outside and alone... and I am sure that is what Avril was thinking when she "Wrote" it... or at least that is what she was thinking when the A&R guys handed her the song.Monty - Omaha, Ne
I actually read an interveiw where Avril said it was about just a down day, her boyfriend wasn't available and she was just lonely. Here, I found her quote: "It's a song I wrote at the piano when I was kind of having a depressing day," she said. "Kind of like, where's my guy? One of those days."

http://www.avril-lavigne.ws/index2.php?x=info/videography.php

That's a good site for looking up junk like that :)
Ellie - Dayton, Oh
I heard this song is about Elizabeth Smart the one that got kidnappedKortnee - Napanee, Ontario, Canada
I know many people say this song is about love or whatever, but I'm convinced that the person in this song has just died, and doesn't know it. When it says, 'no footprints on the ground,' I take that as a clue. And, it says, 'won't you take me by the hand,' and, 'i don't know who you are, but I'm with you.' maybe that's God taking her into heaven
I know, it probably doesn't have anything to do with religion, but this is what I always think of when I'm listening to it.
Kaycee - Oakdale, Mn
since when do "punks" yodel?Bill - Bethel, Ak
Before the bodies of Laci & Connor Peterson were found, this was the song that Laci's family and friends said reminded them of her while they were searching for her. I love the song, but every time I hear it I usually have to turn the station because it reminds me of the pain that Laci's family has endured. Beautiful song, though.Sunny - Cincinnati, Oh
I don't like Avril, but I like this song, but someone pointed out it kinda sounds like a girl is being kidnapped, or taken but doesn't careJade - Ottawa, Canada