Golden haze,
Another morning feels like yesterday...
End of may;
Now you're gone and there's still bills to pay.
And you know it doesn't help to make believe you're sitting next to me.
It doesn't help to make believe that you are right behind me
Saying it's okay.
Longer days,
More time to sit and watch the pendulum sway.
In quiet rage I'm staring at an empty notebook page...
In times like these you feel like you are done with feeling,
You feel you want to stop the pain from healing
Because you feel like you're the only one who ever felt this way.
Some days in a daze, there's brighter days.
Funny how the feeling never stays,
But I know I'll have to come to terms when I'm awake,
Thinking about you is the icing on the cake...
Makes me realize the fact you're gone for good
For goodness sake.
Golden haze,
Another morning feels like yesterday.
End of may,
A year is gone and I still feel this way,
And when we meet again I'll ask you how you're doing
And you'll say fine and ask me how I'm doing
And then I'll lie and I'll say ordinary,
It's just an ordinary day.


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    General CommentI can't believe I'm the first person to comment on this song! This is an absolutely beautiful piece of work! All about a guy dealing with losing his girl and how he pretends to be over it, but he's not. Love it to death, and the Actual Tigers!
    aftonbelleon April 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm #2 comment, and only a year after #1, SuperRad! This is a really good song, so sad that he can't let go, and looks forward to seeing a girl gone for good, just so he can pretend to be over her. Beautifully simple lyrics.
    RaisedFistson December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentEr, yeah, here nearly two years after the last comment.
    I love this song, but it troubles me that I was thinking of my boyfriend when it came on...
    *saddens*
    I love their mellow songs. I can't do the upbeat ones, but this one, and a few others, are love.
    johnisawesomeon December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFunny, now i'm 6 years after the last comment. But this song, is trully my favourite. I think pretty hard to notice what the meaning behind it about two years ago, after my first (pretty messy) broke up. Then I realize it was trully reflected my feeling. So, yeah. It made me cry too. (like, a lot).

    So, I kind of agree that this song is about a man who couldnt move on from his girlfriend, and pretend that he's fine even after a few years after.
    And my fav lines is this.

    "In times like these you feel like you are done with feeling,
    You feel you want to stop the pain from healing
    Because you feel like you're the only one who ever felt this way.
    Some days in a daze, there's brighter days.
    Funny how the feeling never stays,
    But I know I'll have to come to terms when I'm awake,
    Thinking about you is the icing on the cake...
    Makes me realize the fact you're gone for good
    For goodness sake."

    The man got disappointed by the girl's decision. And that he never thought feelings would change, never stay the same. But then he tried to accept the situation by admiting the break up was for the best.

    Hope I assume it right.
    marisarotion May 08, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWay late, but I've always pictured these lyrics as dealing with grief and the loss of a loved one [who's passed away].

    "Golden haze,
    Another morning feels like yesterday...
    End of may;"

    The second line could signify the day you remember your loved one dying. Playing on repeat in your head.

    "Longer days,
    More time to sit and watch the pendulum sway.
    In quiet rage I'm staring at an empty notebook page..."

    Days feel longer after the loss of a loved one. You don't know what to do with yourself and sit around drowning in your grief watching as time slowly ticks by. Notebook page could signify the letter you want to write to your loved one, or a journal entry you want to write. But you're at a complete loss because who can even begin to describe the complex emotions of losing someone you deeply loved?

    "Now you're gone and there's still bills to pay.
    And you know it doesn't help to make believe you're sitting next to me.
    It doesn't help to make believe that you are right behind me
    Saying it's okay."

    To me signifies the initial feeling that you have after someone you love dies--you feel like they're still around because you haven't yet truly processed that they're gone. Life feels surreal and yet doesn't stop. Bills still need to be paid, kids still need to go to school, you still need to go to work etc. The world keeps spinning, and it's unfair. And you imagine them standing beside you telling you everything's going to be okay when it feels impossible to carry on like normal. This only deepens your anguish.

    "In times like these you feel like you are done with feeling,
    You feel you want to stop the pain from healing
    Because you feel like you're the only one who ever felt this way.
    Some days in a daze, there's brighter days.
    Funny how the feeling never stays,"

    The first 3 lines signify how grief is such a personal journey. No two people grieve exactly the same, and there are times when you feel like no one really understands even if they, too, have lost someone significant.

    Last 2 lines are a little self-explanatory. You have better days, but the grief still overwhelms you and you maybe even feel guilty for being able to smile despite the pain. Especially in the beginning.

    "Makes me realize the fact you're gone for good
    For goodness sake."

    Death is permanent.

    "Another morning feels like yesterday.
    End of may,
    A year is gone and I still feel this way,
    And when we meet again I'll ask you how you're doing
    And you'll say fine and ask me how I'm doing
    And then I'll lie and I'll say ordinary,
    It's just an ordinary day."

    "When we meet again" could signify meeting again in heaven and the casual conversation you'd have when you meet your loved one again; you'd ask how they've been after all this time and they'll say they've been fine and ask how you've been. You'd lie and say it's an ordinary day 1. because you'll act like you haven't desperately longed to see them again after all these years and 2. because you'll pretend like you didn't just die and that you both weren't dead during this reunion. You'll say "It's just an ordinary day" as you walk along and pick up right where you left off when your loved one was alive. Like death never happened.

    I suppose this song was truly meant to be about breaking up with someone, but I've always interpreted as dealing with the grief of losing a loved one. Maybe it can be about both :)
    Kandice18on April 15, 2018   Link

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