Hey guys! I posted in an other thread my interpretation of this song, but no one seems care about it , and they are arguing about the sound of it but I am very interested in knowing your own opinion and your interpretation about it. so here it is again my interpretation, I hope you won't find it banal. in my opinion "i'll be gone" is about the last night of a man suffering from a terminal cancer, he 's gonna die . "Like shining oil, this night is dripping down* Stars are slipping down, glistening" I imagine him lying on the sand enjoying last moments of his life, watching the stars and reflecting. "And I'm trying not to think what I'm leaving now" : He's thinking about what he's going to live on earth, maybe his wife, his kids, his friends , even his job. "No deceiving now, it's time you let me know.* Let me know" : he's going to face the truth, he doesn't want to deny his fate anymore, he wants to accept that he's going to die , he wants people to tell him that he's dying [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.*" : the next day, when the sun will rise, and all his friends and relatives will wake up, he won't, cause he'll be gone, he'll be dead. I find the use of the verb "climbing" very striking, as if we had to focus on how hard is to fight against a cancer, how strenuous and miserable is to try to stay alive the next day, I imagine 'tomorrow' is the top of a mountain, and a man fighting cancer has to climb this mountain every day, trying to get to the top of it, struggling with pain and ache. "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, its time you let me go, let me go": as we know, people suffering from a cancer, become weak, thin, in winter is even harder for them, because of the cold. he's talking to someone, in my opinion to his wife, and he 's telling her that it's time for her to let him go, we know , friends and relatives often fight more than the sufferer, because they don't want them to die at all. and often the sufferer is sick of fighting, they just would die and stop suffering and bearing all that pain, and ask people who love him to let him go finally. " 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." he's telling his wife (or whoever he's talking to) to tell his friends that there was anything he could do to heal himself, he was alone with the cancer, nothing could change his fate, nothing could stop death. It's like he's trying to justify himself for stopping fighting, he wants people to understand that it's not his decision, it's just how life goes . The end has come for him and he can't do anything anymore, so he doesn't want them to be angry with him, he want them to accept the truth as he did before (in the previous chorus).