"Blinded (When I See You)" as written by and Alan Graham/connelly Frew....
Just an old friend coming over now to visit you and
That's what I've become
I let myself in though I know I'm not supposed to but
I never know when I'm done

And I see you fogging up the mirror
Vapor round your body glistens in the shower
And I want to stay right here and go down on you for an hour
Or stay, and let the day just fade away
In wild dedication, take the moment of hope
And let it run, and never look back at all the damage we have done now
To each other

Cause when I see you, it's like I'm staring down the sun
And I'm blinded
There's nothing left to do
Still I see you

I never believed that things they happen for a reason and
They never go as planned
I wanted to thank you for a vision that was lost that you returned but
You're passed where you understand

Now her appetite is blown, little else is known
Except she's a little angry, grabs a towel and looks away
And the heat fades with the day
And I fall down on what to say
Oh something clean let me be clever
Hey oh well whatever
But that's not what I mean
When where we've been has left us burned
Still I won't turn now from a fight you know I'll never win

So when I see you, you know all the things I've done
Well I'm blinded
Like I'm staring down the sun
When I see you
It's like I'm staring down the sun

Time passes and it tells us what we're left with
We become the things we do
Me I'm a fool, spent from defiance, yeah you got me but
I didn't give up on you

Icarus is not a tee shirt or a swan song, no
He is born again and it's not easy being me
But I can't promise I will mend or bend
When you believe that we are fixed now from our birth
And I've just fallen back to earth
Still you know I'll try again
Cause I believe that we are lucky
We are golden we have stolen manners
In the days we were one

So when I see you, despite all that we've become
I'm still blinded
But I'm staring down the sun
When I see you
I'm blinded


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"Blinded" as written by Larry Dvoskin Al Connelly

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    General CommentThere are a lot of good interpretations of this song, but i get slightly different ideas from what others say for certain parts of the song. So i'll piece them all together and hopefully you all agree.


    Just an old friend coming over
    Now to visit you and
    That's what I've become
    I let myself in
    Though I know I'm not supposed to but
    I never know when I'm done

    ---He's now just considered a friend by his former girlfriend and he lets himself in her house on a day that they were supposed to spend some time together, even though they don't have the kind of relationship where it is acceptable for him to do that anymore.---

    And I see you fogging up the mirror
    Vapor around your body glistens in the shower
    And I wanna stay right here
    And go down on you for an hour
    Or stay and let the day just fade away
    In a wild dedication
    Take the moment of hope
    And let it run

    ---After he enters her house he walks in on her in the shower and sees her naked. This brings back all the passion he had for her and wishes things were the way they used to be. In this moment he only thinks of how much he wants her still and that gives him hope that they could still work it out somehow.---

    Never look back
    At all the damage we have done now
    To each other
    To each other
    To each other

    ---His mind is clouded from wanting her so bad that he forgets all the things that happened between them to cause their breakup.---

    But when I see you
    It's like I'm staring down the sun
    And I'm blinded
    There's nothing left to do
    and still I see you

    ---I think that "when i see you" refers to when he visits her like this, and i see "staring down the sun" as almost entering in a staring contest with the sun in order to get it to submit to him. He comes to visit her even though it's over and this hurts him. Visiting her and thinking that it will work out is actually harmful to him and futile, just like trying to stare down the sun, and this has blinded him (which is what would happen if you really did stare at the sun) in many ways. Even though seeing her hurts him, he continues to do so because he's become blinded to everything except for how much he loves her, and this makes him want her more and more.---

    I never believe that things that they happen for a reason
    And they never go as planned
    I wanted to thank you for a vision that was lost that you returned
    But you're past where you understand

    ---In the first two lines he's expressing that he thinks it was a mistake that they are no longer together and wishes things had gone they way he had wished they did. The last lines refer to the vision of her naked. It had to have been so long since he's seen her like this that he almost forgot what it's like. She is so beautiful to him and he wishes he could sincerely thank her for letting him see her like this, but she doesn't love him anymore, so she can't know what it means to him.---

    Now her appetite is blown
    Little else is known
    except she's a little angry
    Grabs a towel, looks away
    and heat fades with the day

    ---It implies that they were gonna eat together but now she is mad and no longer wants to get something to eat, which will probably end their meeting. He doesn't know what to do because she won't speak to him because she is mad at him. "heat fades with the day" can either refer to him losing his aroused mindset because of how the situation isn't really good for him, or that she get's less mad as the day passes and just lets it go.---

    And I fall down on what to say
    oh something clean, let me be clever
    Hey oh well, whatever
    But that's not what I mean
    Where we've been has left us burned
    still i wont turn now from a fight
    You know I'll never win

    ---He wants to look cool so he tries to think of something witty to say to her in this moment to fix it, but he's too nervous and just tries to play it off like it's no big deal. However, in reality this moment meant the world to him. They're both hurt from what happened between them and it seems to ensure they won't get back together, but due to his pride and diligence (which is referred to in a later line), he'll keeping fighting to be with her even though it will never happen.---

    so when I see you
    you know all the things I've done
    well i'm blinded
    Like I'm staring down the sun
    When I see you
    When I see you
    When I see you
    It's like I'm staring down the sun

    (Hey! I'm Blinded!)
    (Hey! I'm Blinded!)
    (Hey! I'm Blinded!)

    ---When he visits her, she still remembers all the bad things that have happened and has no more feelings for him, but he is still blinded to those things because he loves her so.---

    Time it passes and it tells us what we're left with
    We become the things we do
    Me, I'm a fool, spent from defiance
    yeah you got me but
    I didn't give up on you

    ---As time goes on, he learns from his mistakes and he realizes that he was a fool for fighting her so much, probably because he's a prideful person and won't back down from arguments. Even though she probably won the argument that caused the breakup, he didn't want it to end and probably didn't expect it to.---

    icarus is not a tee shirt or a swan song, no
    He is born again and
    It's not easy being me
    when I can't promise I will mend
    Or bend when you believe
    That we are fixed now from our birth
    And I've just fallen back to earth

    ---He alludes to the story of Icarus that accidentally flew too close to sun and died as a result of it. He considers himself to be Icarus and she is the sun, but does not think this will be the end of him. This title to him isn't just a souvenir that he gained from this experience (like tee shirt from a trip) or even that its the last significant thing to happen in their relationship (swan song). The last two lines say that its hard for him because he doesn't know if he'll ever recover from losing her, even though she believes that they've both moved on from their relationship and that he will start over with someone else.---

    Still you know I'll try again
    Cause I believe that we are lucky
    We are golden
    We have stolen manners
    in the days when we were one

    ---I'm kinda torn about this part. It can mean one of two things. First, that he will keep trying to be with her because he has hope and loves her. He also thinks that they are perfect for each other because he still sees that they do little mannerisms that they did while they were together. Secondly, it can mean that he will move on and find someone new because he is believes that he will find his true love, and will learn from this experience. The first one seems to fit the overall theme better, but both make sense. You decide.---

    So when I see you
    In spite of all that we've become
    I'm still blinded
    But I'm still staring down the sun
    When I see you
    When I see you
    When I see you
    When I see you

    ---When he visits her he still holds the hope that they will work it out despite everything stacked against them. He knows its impossible, but he still has to try.---

    Oh yeah
    I'm still staring down the sun
    Oh yeah
    I'm still staring down the sun
    Oh yeah
    Well I'm still staring down the sun
    I'm blinded

    When I see you
    When I see you
    When I see you

    ---It seems that no matter what happens to him, he will continue to try to get her back and hopefully one day, he will successfully stare down the sun.---

    *I know this was reallllllllly long, but thanks for reading and let me know what you think!
    Heartfoolon June 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentokay this song is like EXACTLY my relationship with my ex.. we had so many rough times and had a huge breakup. yet i know im still there for her and she still loves me. the first line scares me... bc i always let myself in at her house. i love you.
    weezerfanatic16on June 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWell, the line is "Icarus is not a t-shirt or a swan song/He is born again..." and not "The rest is not a t-shirt or a swan song/Heat is born again," according to the 3EB website.
    While I don't know if this is what the song is referring to, Icarus is from Greek mythology, the son of Daedalus, and the story goes that they made wings out of wax to escape from the Labyrinth, and Daedalus told Icarus not to fly too close to the sun but he did anyway, and the wings melted and he fell to his death. Any ideas how that fits in the song, or is the "Icarus" in the song referring to something else?
    BlueAndStarryon June 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhat an awesome song. definintely one of my faves on out of the vein. i think stephan captures the feeling really well of spending time w/ someone you used to be with and being uncomfortable/not exactly sure how to act. as far as the icarus allusion, in the song he also says, "and i've fallen back to earth still you know i'll try again." and earlier in the song he says, "i didn't give up on you" (he will keep trying). the terms "blinded" and "staring down the sun" are obviously repeated throughout much of the song, so the icarus allusion fits. continuing this relationship (trying to fly to the sun) is dangerous in a sense, and he knows he may get "burned," (get too close and fall back) but he is obviously still strongly affected by this person and thinks it is worth it to keep trying...?
    thisyearsgirlon June 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is a good song, surprised not many people have commented on it.
    youneverknowon June 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentawesome song, yea the icarus reference is def. the greek one, funny i thought i was the only dork who thought that when i read the lyrics for the first time a few weeks ago! I love this song, though i didn't like it at first the lyrics have really grown on me.
    LiveUrLifeon June 22, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah this song has a place in my heart. i have a thing for this one girl, kelly. one night she came to my house out of no where and although she had never shown interest in me before by the end of the night we had ended up in the hottub for several hours. a few days later however she tells me she doesn't want a relationship and that we are better off as just friends...when ever i hear "And I wanna stay right here And go down on you for an hour" i think about the way i feel when i am around her and cannot have her the way i would like us to be. if you've ever been around that special someone you always want to come off as being smooth and cool...jenkins captures this with the line "And I fall down on what to say oh something clean, let me be clever Hey oh well, whatever But that's not what I mean" i can never seem to find the right words to start a conversation with her...it always ends awkward and strange. "Where we're been has left us burned still i wont turn now from a fight You know I'll never win" this is a line that tears at those of us who are romantic losers...we never know when we don't stand a chance...hope is always there. "Time it passes and it tells us what we're left with We become the things we do" is the best line in the song...people can say that what they do isn't who they are...but when it's done long enough or often enough we indeed become what we do. either way...whomever reads this please wish me luck with kelly...
    ApathyOverHeron June 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwell, these song is really nice! it means to me. like these two persons who have been involved in a relashonship that now is over. But the guy still feels something for this girl, so he keeps coming around and around to visit her, like trying to recover the friendship... but deep inside of him he still loves her and everytime he sees her he "go blinded" because she is so beautiful to him that he can't avoid going blinded.
    Apathy over her good look with kelly!
    punker girlon June 27, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti don't even know what to say ..this song leaves me absolutely speechless. third eye blind was on like regis and kelly, and they played this song ..it was awesome. my favorite part of the song is "time, it passes and it tells us what we're left with. we become the things we do. me, i'm a fool, spent from defiance. yeah, you got me, but i didn't give up on you."

    oh and weezerfanatic ..that is so sweet
    laced with death xon July 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think that the line "Icarus is not a t-shirt or a swan song/He is born again..." refers to the Led Zeppelin t-shirt with Icarus on the front called the 'swan song' shirt. Of couse the Icarus reference has much more significance to the song than that but I just wanted to point out the t-shirt reference.
    cles laypoolon July 03, 2003   Link

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