“Beyond Me” by Foo Fighters

What the lyrics of “Beyond Me” seemingly revolve around is Dave Grohl presenting himself as the young and carefree type, in the sense that he refuses to ruminate on the concept of aging. And it is that idea, that eventually “everything we love must grow old”, that is ‘beyond him’, i.e. one he cannot understand or think about. 

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Foo Fighters's Beyond Me at Lyrics.org.

Of course, that idea isn’t difficult to understand in any way, shape or form. So more realistically explained, it’s as Grohl is rebelling against the concept altogether, as if he simply refuses to acknowledge it.

There’s a bit of irony in these lyrics, in that this song was dropped after Dave recently had to contend with the death of a beloved elder, that being his mom, Virginia, who passed away in 2022 at the ripe old age of 84. 

So logically speaking, the sentiment behind these lyrics most likely represent how he felt beforehand. That is to say that, theoretically, up until that event Grohl never respected how age and death are related, how at some point “you must release what you hold dear”. But now, the refrain suggests that maybe he has adopted a more down-to-earth attitude as far as such matters are concerned.

“But it’s beyond me
Forever young and free
But it’s beyond me
Forever young and free”


“Beyond Me” marks the eighth track on the playlist of Foo Fighters’ album “But Here We Are”, which is a product of RCA Records and Dave Grohl’s Roswell Records.

This song was written by the following members of Foo Fighters:

  • Dave Grohl
  • Nate Mendel
  • Rami Jaffee
  • Pat Smear
  • Chris Shiflett

Greg Kurstin produced “But Here We Are”, marking the third time he has done so for a Foo Fighters’ album, after serving a similar role on 2017’s “Concrete and Gold” and 2021’s “Medicine at Midnight”.

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