"Red-Eyed and Blue" as written by and Jeffrey Scott Tweedy....
We've got solid-state technology
Tapes on the floor
Some songs we can't afford to play

When we came here today
All I wanted to say
Is how much I miss you

Alcohol and cotton balls
And some drugs
We can afford on the way

When we came here today
We all felt something true
Now I'm red-eyed and blue


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"Red-Eyed and Blue" as written by Jeffrey Scott Tweedy Jeff Tweedy

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    General CommentI can't believe no one has wrote anything about this song! I love it! It's one of my favs on this CD. The way he sings it catches me and the words I can relate too. He's depressed and he drowns his sorrows in liquor and drugs.
    jazzy09on April 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song and it was on my break-up mix when my bf and I split for the first time.
    fireplaceon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems like a narrative of his addiction ("When we came here today, all I wanted to say was how much I miss you."), and the last three lines seem to refer to the high and the subsequent come-down. I could be wrong, though, that's just how I've come to interpret it.
    b.chroneoson December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of the things I thought immediately about this song is a kind of negative sentiment towards the American Dream -- not so much an anti-american sentiment per se, but specifically towards the broken promise that tends to come out of the American Dream -- it\'s like, it seems as if they have everything -- great technology -- this was right at the very beginning of the tech boom of the 1990s -- but yet, they can\'t even do what they intended to do -- write songs and play them for the world -- without going broke. I think the whole \"red-eyed and blue\" is a play-on-words with \"red, white and blue\"
    PoprocksCkon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think he's depressed (big surprise, i know) about losing his girl.
    he wants to go to the to the studio with all its "solid state technology" and get it all out through music , but its not working out (hence all the tapes on the floor- failures at recording anything good)
    now he's wasted time and money because studio time is expensive. this sucks cause all he wanted to do was get his feelings out. since his musical therapy didn't work, he decides to get high (probably heroin- i think hes swabbing his arm with a cotton ball) and he's drinking in the meantime. it make his eyes red (both the high and the crying, perhaps), and he's blue cause he's sad. the whole episode is expensive both monetarily and emotionally (hence drugs we cant afford)
    all this happened and all he wanted to do was get out how much he missed his girl
    EddieOHareon May 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI totatly agree with PoprocksCk and b.chroneos. I guess my favorite part of the song is the line, "alcohol and cotton balls and some drugs I can't afford." Just listen through the song, its like the turning point in the song. I mean the first half Tweedy is just pissed that he can sing a simple love song. But then he says Alcohol long and drawn out making the listener think he's got an alcohol problem. Then he says cotton balls really quick and when you put those two together they are a pretty innocent thing. But then he says "Some drugs I can't afford" and well I'm no heroine user, in fact I know jack shit about the use of it, but I was half wondering if Heroine users clean the spot on the skin where they stick in the needle. Hence the need for alcohol and cotton balls. Well I don't know, but if there is a heroine user out there who knows sumpin, lemme know.
    realpolitikon December 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCome on guys, if you were to sit down and write a song about how you feel right now.. write it down... there you go.. don't read too much into these songs. They are great but come on man! Tweedy is brilliant but the key is the simplicity.
    jerky5on December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell jerky5, I certainly agree with you that the song isn't that complicated, and I as well as others are just expressing some of the thoughts that went though our heads as this song played out. In fact I was just trying to place myself in Tweedy's shoes by considering his past and possible the reasons why he wrote the song. I mean it certainly would be alot easier to have Tweedy tell us what the song is about, but when your outside looking it, you have to at least explain your reasoning for why you think he says the lines he sings. Finnally the forum isn't offering hard facts, but merely peoples ideas. So if you could do us a favor and lose the attitude that would be great. Cause I'm sure you could have said that last comment with at least a kinder tone.
    realpolitikon December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's fun and interesting to listen to peoples wild imaginations but I'm kinda like jerky5, keep it real otherwise the world becomes a complicated illusion...
    ray_killeenon December 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's about getting high (Red-Eyed) and drunk well you're depressed (blue).
    Lucanioon July 19, 2009   Link

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