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Fireflies

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play You would not believe your  
play If ten   fireflies
play Lit   the world as I fell  

play 'Cause they'd fill the open  
play And leave   everywhere
play You'd think me  
play But I would just   and  

play I'd like to make myself  
play That planet Earth   slowly
play It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
play Awake when I'm asleep
play 'Cause everything is never as it seems

play 'Cause I'd get a thousand  
play From ten thousand lightning  
play As they tried to   me how to dance

play A foxtrot above my  
play A sock hop   my bed
play A disco ball is just   by a thread

play I'd like to make myself believe
play That planet Earth turns slowly
play It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
play Awake when I'm asleep
play 'Cause everything is never as it seems
play When I fall asleep

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

play Why do I tire of   sheep
play (Please take me away from here)
play When I'm far too   to fall asleep

play To ten million fireflies
play I'm   'cause I hate goodbyes
play I got   eyes as they said farewell

play But I'll know where   are
play If my dreams get   bizarre
play 'Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a  

play I'd like to make myself believe
play That planet Earth turns slowly
play It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
play Awake when I'm asleep
play 'Cause everything is never as it seems
play When I fall asleep

play I'd like to make myself believe
play That planet Earth turns slowly
play It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
play Awake when I'm asleep
play 'Cause everything is never as it seems
play When I fall asleep

play I'd like to make myself believe
play That planet earth turns slowly
play It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
play Awake when I'm asleep
play Because my dreams are bursting at the  

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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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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?