Without You Without Them
Boygenius Lyrics


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Give me everything you've got
I'll take what I can get
I want to hear your story and be a part of it
Thank your father before you
His mother before him
Who would I be without you, without them?

Speak to me, speak to me, speak to me
Until your history's no mystery to me
Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me
Until the words run dry
We'll see eye to eye

I'll give everything I've got
Please, take what I can give
I want you to hear my story and be a part of it
Thank my father before me




His mother before him
Who would I be without you, without them?

Overall Meaning

The song “Without You Without Them” by Boygenius is a heartfelt acknowledgement of the role that family plays in shaping our lives. The lyrics of the song urge the listener to share their own personal story, to make a connection and bridge the gap between them. The vulnerability expressed in the lines “Give me everything you've got, I'll take what I can get, I want to hear your story and be a part of it” shows a desire to build relationships based on mutual understanding and empathy. The artist asks us to acknowledge the impact that our forefathers and ancestors have had on our lives and identity, emphasising the importance of honouring and thanking them for their influence on the person we have become.


The chorus repeats the refrain “Who would I be without you, without them?” and the repeated questioning adds a sense of urgency to the sentiment. There is an implication that without the past, our present and future selves would be lost. This idea is then turned around in the second half of the song, with the artist saying “I'll give everything I've got, please take what I can give, I want you to hear my story and be a part of it, thank my father before me, his mother before him” emphasising how our own story can be passed on to shape the identity of future generations. The repetition of “Speak to me” and “Talk to me” shows a desire to connect and learn from each other. The song therefore speaks to the idea of community and lineage, highlighting the significance of acknowledging the people who came before us, and recognising the part we play in shaping the future.


Line by Line Meaning

Give me everything you've got
Share your life experiences, emotions, thoughts, and everything else you can with me.


I'll take what I can get
I am willing to accept and appreciate all that you can give me, no matter how little it may seem.


I want to hear your story and be a part of it
I am eager to listen to your life journey and participate in it with you, even if it's just as an attentive listener.


Thank your father before you
Express gratitude and appreciation for your ancestors and the people who came before you, including your father.


His mother before him
Remember to honor and acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of your ancestors, including your father's mother.


Who would I be without you, without them?
I recognize that my identity, personality, and history are shaped by the people that came before me, including my own ancestors and those of others in my life.


Speak to me, speak to me, speak to me
Communicate with me honestly and openly, share your thoughts and feelings, and let me get to know you better.


Until your history's no mystery to me
I want to understand your background, culture, and experiences in such a way that your story feels as familiar and understandable to me as my own.


Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me
Engage in a dialogue with me, share your perspective, and let's work to build deeper mutual understanding.


Until the words run dry
I am committed to listening and learning from you for as long as you are willing to share, until there is nothing left to say.


We'll see eye to eye
Through our communication, empathy, and mutual openness, we will develop a shared understanding and relate to each other on a deeper level.


I'll give everything I've got
I am willing to share all my experiences, emotions, thoughts, and resources with you, and give all I can towards building a deeper connection.


Please, take what I can give
I hope that what I am able to share with you is meaningful and helpful, and that you can accept it with an open heart.


I want you to hear my story and be a part of it
I hope that my own journey in life can find resonance and meaning in your own life, and that we can support each other along the way.


Thank my father before me
I am grateful for my own family, and hope to honor and acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of my ancestors, including my own father.


His mother before him
I recognize the rich history and diverse experiences of my own family line, and want to acknowledge and appreciate the influence of my own grandmother and other predecessors.


Who would I be without you, without them?
I recognize that my identity, personality, and history have been shaped by the generations that have come before me, including my own ancestors and those of others in my life.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers

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"Speak to me, until your history’s no mystery" is such a simple and beautiful piece of writing.

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@Lockdheart

"Who would I be without you, without them?" is iambic pentameter. Because clearly, it's a Shakespearian kind of night...

@AllTheArtsy

Such a simple song, but so so meaningful. The miracle of life that has allowed us to be in this place and time to love and be loved by others. Such a precious gift highlighting the will of the human spirit. Go out there and live out the dream of your ancestors!

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