"Perfect Blue Buildings" as written by Charles Gillingham, Steve Bowman, Matthew Malley, David Bryson and Adam Duritz....
Just down the street from your hotel, baby
I stay at home with my disease
And ain't this position familiar, darling
Well, all monkeys do what they see
Help me stay awake, I'm falling...

Down on Virginia and La Loma
Where I got friends who'll care for me
You got an attitude of everything I ever wanted
I got an attitude of need
Help me stay awake, I'm falling...

Asleep in perfect blue buildings
Beside the green apple sea
Gonna get me a little oblivion
Try to keep myself away from me

It's 4:30 A.M. on a Tuesday
It doesn't get much worse than this
In beds in little rooms in buildings in the middle
of these lives which are completely meaningless
Help me stay awake, I'm falling...

Asleep in perfect blue buildings
Beside the green apple sea
Gonna get me a little oblivion
Try to keep myself away from myself and me

I got bones beneath my skin, and mister...
There's a skeleton in every man's house
Beneath the dust and love and sweat that hangs on everybody
There's a dead man trying to get out
Please help me stay awake, I'm falling...

Asleep in perfect blue buildings
Beside the green apple sea
Gonna get me a little oblivion baby
Try to keep myself away from me



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"Perfect Blue Buildings" as written by Charles Gillingham, Steve Bowman, Matthew Malley, David Bryson, Adam Duritz

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  • +4
    General Commentthis song is about heroin addiction and a person who is jonsing for a fix. He's trying to fight of the urge "try to keep myself from me". When you're coming off heroin you can't sleep at that's where the it's 4:30 am on a tuesday-it doesn't get much worse than this. I've been in his shoes before. He want's to get himself some oblivion--i.e., heroin high. It suck's to be where he's at--it suck's real bad.
    fritzrxon October 08, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. It's beautiful in that sad, oddly calming way. I know it's about depression, but that's what it does for me. I can kick back and listen to it forever.
    Jusaon October 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentlol, don't all artists say that what a song means to you is what it's about? *shrugs* i'd say it's about depression but there are parts of it that made me think heroin as well, and also i hadnt thought of the AIDs thing, but looking over it, it's possible.
    evil_killer_phoneon June 15, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentexcelent kleinsteinium.
    michelob87on June 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalright im not even going to try to jump into this debate on what the song is about.

    however, my favorite line is: "Beneath the dust and love and sweat that hangs on everybody, There's a dead man trying to get out."

    just such a beautiful line.
    regardemylasheskgmon December 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI also think that the perfect blue buildings by the green apple sea might be a rehab facility (I think he's using sarcasm with perfect blue buildings). little rooms--little beds--sounds like a rehab to me.
    fritzrxon October 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song, i love but the subject matter i try to block out. this song is about aids if you look carefully at the lyrics its easy to spot the words that give it away.
    the good captainon February 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never saw the aids aspect of it i just love the song.
    Brooklyn0316on April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCaptain, you've got it all wrong. The disease he's referring to, is boredom!
    Just look at the line "In beds in little rooms in buildings in the middle of these lives which are completely meaningless"... It's practically giving itself away. The perfect blue buildings are symbols of what can make life boring; that everything's perfect. This is mentioned in several CC songs, to quote Monkey: "Hey monkey, what's life without an occasional surprise"
    mandaloron May 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLMAO @ Captain!!!!! Nothing to do with aids LMAO!!!! The only thing is he stays at home with his disease LMAO!!!! So what makes you ASSume that he is talking about aids LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think it is a pretty sweet chillin song. Mandalor pretty much sums up a good meaning for the song. I sure wish more people would post on these songs. some of these are my favorites....
    Disarmon May 19, 2002   Link

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