“You’re Not Here” was composed by Akira Yamaoka and sung by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn for the game Silent Hill 3. Yamaoka also played the guitar accompaniment.
I’ve always appreciated video games with a good soundtrack – I think it enhances the overall gameplay. This is especially true for psychological horror games like the Silent Hill series, in which the atmosphere created by the right song can make all the difference.
Keeping true to the concept of the Silent Hill series, Yamaoka’s music often has haunting and melancholic undertones. In the song You’re Not Here, those undertones are then combined with the Rock & Roll of sleepy town Americana.
Blue sky to forever
The green grass blows in the wind, dancing
It would be a much better sight with you with me
If you hadn’t met me
I’d be fine on my own, baby
I never felt so lonely then you came along
So now what should I do?
I’m strung out, addicted to you
My body aches, now that you’re gone
My supply fell through
You gladly gave me everything you had and more
You craved my happiness
When you made me feel joy it made you smile
But now I feel your stress
Love was never meant to be such a crazy affair, no
And who has time for tears?
I never thought I’d sit around and cry for your love,
Oh, I feel your stress…
Oh, who has time for tears?
Oh, my baby…
Yeah yeah yeah yeah…