This song is about a man and a woman who are in the beginning stages of their relationship. They are both unsteady on their feet and have a lot of scars to heal from past relationships. During this time it's very important to take things slow and not rush into anything too quickly. This is what Axl Rose is asking the girl in this song, asking her to be patient with the process. He also says that it's "hard to hold a candle in the cold November rain" which means that even though they love each other very much, their feelings may not be enough to last for a long time.
The video for this song is one of the most epic music videos ever made. It was filmed in the desert of California and is one of the most expensive promos ever produced by a band at the time. The sweeping orchestral backing and the use of symbolism make it an iconic piece of music. This song is a classic power ballad about the narrator's desire to move beyond the confines of unrequited love and into true romance. Rose's use of metaphor to accentuate the different movements of this song work well together to convey the message that true love is not always easy.
The lyrics of November Rain are based on the short story "Without You" by Del James, which is included in his 1995 book The Language of Fear. The plot concerns a rock star grieving for his on-and-off girlfriend who committed suicide, and was inspired by Rose's own troubled relationship with Erin Everly. Its name is also a reference to the 11-Yue nobenbarein Nobenba Rein, one of the Stands of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.