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Here Without You is a song by American rock band 3 Doors Down. It was released on August 11, 2003 as the third single from the second studio album Away from the Sun (2002). It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, for the week ending November 8, 2003. Only their songs "Kryptonite" and "When I'm Gone" reached higher positions on the chart, peaking at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. It has since been certified 3x Platinum in the United States and Platinum in Australia. The song was a large success on pop radio, becoming their third No. 1 hit on the Mainstream Top 40 chart and their first No. 1 on the Adult Top 40 chart, where it stayed at the top for 13 weeks.
While one of their most popular songs, "Here Without You" was not a large hit on the band's home format of rock radio, peaking at No. 14 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart and No. 22 on Alternative Songs. After the song's release, "Here Without You" remained a staple on pop and adult contemporary radio but not on rock or alternative radio. Worldwide, the song reached No. 2 in Australia, becoming the band's highest-charting single there. It also reached the top 10 in Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand as well as the top 20 in Austria, Norway, and Sweden.
The song grew in popularity following the start of the Iraq War, and became an anthem for deployed troops and their families and friends at home.
Background and meaning
Brad Arnold stated that the main inspiration for the song was his now ex-wife. Arnold has also explained that the song was written about their lonely nights spent on the road promoting their band and how tough it was to be away from their significant others. "Here Without You" gives the listener a look into the mind of a man that is missing his girlfriend.
Arnold explained the story behind the song: "The song's about being away from someone, or missing them. And it really doesn't matter if you're here without them for all day or all month. It's about the loneliness and missing of somebody. But in a way, people take that as a little bit of a sad song, and I kind of meant it as a happy song, because it's talking about being here without you, but she's still with me in my dreams. And tonight, it's only you and me, so the song was really about that dream. And being in a state of peace, because you've got that person there with you in your sleep. In that way I kind of meant for it to be a little bit of a happy song."
"Here Without You" was first performed live on December 31, 2002 at First Union Spectrum in Philadelphia. As of April 1, 2019, it has been performed 443 times, making it the fifth most performed song by 3 Doors Down.
In the media
"Here Without You" has been featured in the police procedural television series Cold Case, in the episode "The Promise" (2005). The song can also be heard in the sports drama film Goal II (2007).