Bright lights, big city
Was quite extraordinary.
The drive was pretty.
I was in perfect company.
The love of a lifetime,
Since we were elementary friends;
The one with the bright eyes..

Why can't I be optimistic?
I tried to find the logic logically.
I had a dream and I could not shake it.
I was standing up there naked.

There's fear in the truth at hand, frozen I forgot to understand
The live keep living; growing older more into a man..
And I let her grow away from me.

Love.. love is not pretending.
Time.. time was meant for mending
Memories into all is satisfactory,
Healthy smiles fill the page the day we spent in miles.
And I let her drive away from me.

The one with the bright eyes
Laughed her way inside this music box;
Stored away in the corner of my heart. And I let her get away from me
But I'll never take that day away from me.


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Bright Eyes song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is amazing. How often do we watch someone walk away from us because we get too busy or you don't tell them how you really feel... until it is too late. All you have left are the memories from those wonderful times that you shared together.
    JadedOneon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTheres another verse right before "The one with the bright eyes/Laughed..."

    And as she left I heard her sing:
    Let the sun shine in
    And face it with grin,
    So smilers they never lose,
    And frowners they never win.
    Let the sun shine in again again again again
    Face it with a grin.
    And open up your heart, shine,
    And let the sun shine in.


    This is a great song
    rcs261on May 22, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interpretation:

    Bright lights, big city
    Was quite extraordinary.
    The drive was pretty.
    I was in perfect company.
    The love of a lifetime,
    Since we were elementary friends;
    The one with the bright eyes..

    Two young neighborhood kids ended up in the back seat of her parents car on a trip home. They were in the same classroom their whole life and they got to talk to each other for 3 hours, the drive through the big city of Boston had them awestruck. His name was Glenn, she had blue eyes.

    Why can't I be optimistic?
    I tried to find the logic logically.
    I had a dream and I could not shake it.
    I was standing up there naked.

    The boy had a disease, he father had already died from it. He was in and out of the hospital. He didn't talk about his health issues with anyone. It was affecting his heart. He had little reason to be optimistic, he couldn't understand what and why this happened to him.

    There's fear in the truth at hand, frozen I forgot to understand
    The live keep living; growing older more into a man..
    And I let her grow away from me.

    He knows his fate. Every one expects that the live keep living, and mostly they do, but he has good reason to expect that he won't, so he gets his mind of off his illness by thinking about how he let her grow ( and get ) away from him. He never told her how he felt.

    Love.. love is not pretending.
    Time.. time was meant for mending
    Memories into all is satisfactory,
    Healthy smiles fill the page the day we spent in miles.
    And I let her drive away from me.

    Love was created, talking and laughing on a long road trip. His time is literaly spent healing. "mending" time resting, thinking about all the memories, the smiles (healthy smiles) that evening in the car.

    The one with the bright eyes
    Laughed her way inside this music box;
    Stored away in the corner of my heart. And I let her get away from me
    But I'll never take that day away from me.

    Laughed her way in to his beautiful poetic expression. She and that trip is stored away in the corner of his heart. It was all about his heart. He died the summmer before his Sophmore year of high school. The illness affected his heart.


    That's the story. RIP Glenn
    glenmon July 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*tear*
    live_4_2dayon October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of his best for definate.
    wiseaimeeon April 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of his most sincere songs and the first verse is just amazing, possibly my favorite song of his. i like the parallels too: "grow more into a man/and i let her grow away from me" & "days we spent in miles/i let here drive away from me". one of those songs that if you associate with someone, it will stick with you forever.
    teen_spiriton May 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song represents jason mraz's beauty at its best, music wise.
    aisha_08on May 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthis voice is so great in this song. i love it.
    specialK37on March 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a pretty song i luv the last verse its so cute...peace
    .::.tralalalala.::.on April 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlove love love love love this song. :)
    brighteyes05on July 07, 2007   Link

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