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Owl City

Fireflies

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playYou would not believe your eyes
playIf ten million fireflies
playlit up the world as I fell asleep

play'Cause they'd fill the open air
playAnd leave teardrops everywhere
playYou'd think me rude
playBut I would just stand and stare

playI'd like to make myself believe
playThat planet Earth turns slowly
playIt's hard to say that I'd rather stay
playAwake when I'm asleep
play'Cause everything is never as it seems

play'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs
playFrom ten thousand lightning bugs
playAs they tried to teach me how to dance

playA foxtrot above my head
playA sock hop beneath my bed
playA disco ball is just hanging by a thread

playI'd like to make myself believe
playThat planet Earth turns slowly
playIt's hard to say that I'd rather stay
playAwake when I'm asleep
play'Cause everything is never as it seems
playWhen I fall asleep

playLeave my door open just a crack
play(Please take me away from here)
play'Cause I feel like such an insomniac
play(Please take me away from here)

playWhy do I tire of counting sheep
play(Please take me away from here)
playWhen I'm far too tired to fall asleep

playTo ten million fireflies
playI'm weird 'cause I hate goodbyes
playI got misty eyes as they said farewell

playBut I'll know where several are
playIf my dreams get real bizarre
play'Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar

playI'd like to make myself believe
playThat planet Earth turns slowly
playIt's hard to say that I'd rather stay
playAwake when I'm asleep
play'Cause everything is never as it seems
playWhen I fall asleep

playI'd like to make myself believe
playThat planet Earth turns slowly
playIt's hard to say that I'd rather stay
playAwake when I'm asleep
play'Cause everything is never as it seems
playWhen I fall asleep

playI'd like to make myself believe
playThat planet earth turns slowly
playIt's hard to say that I'd rather stay
playAwake when I'm asleep
playBecause my dreams are bursting at the seams

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meaningMeaning

The song is mainly about his insomnia.

I think thats the reason he wanted old toys to come alive in his music video, just as if all those impossible things happen in his dreams.

Adam Young told the story behind the song to AntiMusic: "It was 2AM and I was sitting on the floor in my parent's basement with a MicroKorg on my lap.

I have insomnia and I've always had a tough time falling asleep for as long as I can remember. I wanted to sing about my inability to sleep in a whimsical way that portrayed the condition as lighthearted and almost more of a 'blessing' than a curse. It's ironic that when sleep and I cannot bring ourselves to meet is often when inspiration strikes hardest. I'd just been on vacation to Iowa the week before I wrote the song and was amazed at how many fireflies came out at dusk. I didn't really have to think about making a connection between insomnia and lighting bugs, it just sort of happened and the song basically wrote itself. It was a lot of fun."

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vocabulary Vocabulary

foxtrot

The foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor


sock hop

A sock hop or sox hop, often also called a record hop or just a hop, was an informal sponsored dance event for teenagers in mid-20th-century North America, featuring popular music.


hanging by a thread

dangling


lightning bugs

fireflies


Lit up

To light up means to illuminate or cause to illuminate


door open just a crack

crack the door (open) means to open the door or window a very small amount

  1. Just crack the window a bit to let some air inside.

take me away

to make someone leave a place and go with you

  1. Police came in the night and took him away.

weird

odd or very strange

  1. She wears weird clothes.

bizarre

odd or very strange

  1. a bizarre turn of events.

misty eyes as they said farewell

farewell means "parting wishes". misty-eyes means Having the eyes blurred, as with tears.

  1. He made his farewells and left.

bursting

overfull, packed full

  1. My suitcase is already bursting at the seams -- how can I pack my souvenirs?

far too

excessively

  1. she was always far too pretty

beneath

Below, under

  1. She kissed me beneath the trees
  2. What I think adam's hiding beneath his mask?

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