the night is calm so lets go for a ride.
it's these simple things that keep us alive.
we left the children sleeping for all i know.
we let the neons show us the way to go.
the night is calm but a cold wind blows.
living is dying sometimes i know.
there's a bad unkind thing in the air tonight.
but we let the neons show us where to hide.

Lyrics submitted by jimpster

Yellow Lights Mean Slow Down, Not Speed Up song meanings
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    General Comment"living is dying sometimes I know"

    Great lyrics and just an immersive song.
    jawbrokenrhymeson August 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwish i could under stndit better.. love the title "yellow lights mean slow down not speed up" wish i new how it relates to the song
    xXNameDropingXxon September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe title "Yellow Lights Mean Slow Down, Not Speed Up" related to the song pretty closely. The message I get from this song is that life's going too fast, and he wants to slow down and enjoy it..."there's a bad unkind thing in the air tonight" could be the future...and the neons could be a metaphor for looking where youre going and slowing down to enjoy things...
    JadedSnowRyderon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti agree jadedsnowrider.

    very pretty song.
    chemicloudon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is wonderful music to drive to.
    rezeewon June 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit can mean that they die in a car crash or something.

    but that's too dark. just thought of it.
    whitepoetton April 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think 'the neons' is a synonim for your feelings, your thoughts, your senses...
    bugoffon January 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't know any other band who invite you in such a luminous way to join the ride they are createing - in every damn song..!
    MaKaEon April 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIsn't it a quote from the first episode of twin peaks? This band always make me think of that show...
    texon May 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto me, this song is about running from who you are, what you're expected to do, etc. the night is calm, likely the "calm before the storm" perhaps. or maybe it's just a relative lull. in any case, taking the drive, getting out onto the open road, deserted, late at night, listening to mellow music and driving nowhere in particular gives him some sort of emotional, depressed rush (its these simple things that keep us alive).

    he's being reckless, likely because he doesn't feel he has much to lose (left the children sleeping for all i know). he's on auto-pilot, driving wherever he goes, kept on the road (guided, shown where to go) only by the electric lights (let the neons show us the way to go) along the streets.

    the seemingly innocent nature of going for a drive at night isn't all that it seems (night is calm, cold wind blows). he's letting the drive be his escape from his reality (the lights that show him where to go also show him where to hide). the bad, unkind thing in the air is his desire to end it all, perhaps. to drive until he runs out of gas, hits a wall, drives into a ditch... (living is dying sometimes i know)
    bobulouson January 01, 2008   Link

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