Hail to those who have come
From the sunlight that surrounds you
Pray for those who have gone
From the sunlight that surrounds you
Hail to those who have come
From the sunlight that surrounds you
Pray for those who have gone
From the sunlight that surrounds you
Pretend all the good things are for you

Hail to those who have come
From the sunlight that surrounds you
Hail to whatever you’ve found
In the sunlight that surrounds you
Pretend all the good things are for you
Pretend all the good things are for me, too
And the weather changes not halfway between your house and mine

Pretend all the good things are for you
Pretend all the good things are for me, too
And the weather changes not halfway between your house and mine

And all of the good things are for me
And all of the good things are for you, too
And the weather changes not halfway between your house and mine


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Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You song meanings
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    General CommentI think it's sarcastic - she's talking to someone who thinks they're the centre of the world, someone who thinks they have a ray of light shining around them. It's the 'whatever' in 'hail to whatever you found in the sunlight' that makes me think it's sarcastic.
    athanatison February 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment'pretend all the good things are for you, pretend all the good things are got me too'.
    aw, cute.

    rilo kiley is the best band ever
    on June 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wish jenny would shut up in this song. the lyrics are annoying, but the music is rad.

    that's not to say i don't like her.
    fannyfritteron February 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut what does it mean ????
    ___sosoundon August 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about happiness. "The sunlight" is happiness, to be specific. Praising everything around you that makes you happy, make sure to pray and think good thoughts for those who are no longer basking in the light of happiness.
    Wahon January 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm listening to rilo kiley playing this at the 2003 elliott smith tribute right now, and it's making me think that it's about people around you that you admire. "Hail to those who have come from the sunlight that surrounds you." You should admire the people around you that are amazing. I guess that reading of it makes it really fitting for the Elliott Smith tribute.
    carikubeon May 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI dont know what to make of this song, but this line right here kind of expresses some negativity:

    Pray for those who have gone from the sunlight that surrounds you

    Like shes telling someone to pray for those who were in love with that person...

    kinda weird
    Rocket!on May 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI could be way off, but initially i thought this was about death and birth. Jenny is talking about the good things that are entering and leaving the sunlight. Or if not about life and death, just the people that come into your life.
    When she says "pretend all the good things are for you" shes saying ignore the fact that it is untrue, but good people come into you life specifically for your benefit.
    jellyboneson August 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about religion. "Hail to whatever you found in the sunlight that surrounds you" ie., if you think you found religion because of seeing beautiful things, great. I think it's kind of saying "hey, it's just sunlight, there isn't a deeper spiritual meaning behind it", which can also be seen when she says "pretend all the good things are for you" ie., pretend karma exists. This would make sense since Rabbit Fur Coat had these same agnostic themes.
    DCFCAlexon March 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI caught a religious element as well. I saw the sunlight as those old paintings of saints, with the halo looking like the sun shining behind their heads. I see sarcasm... she is telling, well, Jesus/Christians that whatever they found in sunlight (God) is just dandy, go ahead, pray for those who have left Christianity, but they still think that everything good is for them ("pretend all the good things are for you") and maybe even for her (I'm assuming that here she means someone specific who desperately wants to think that she takes part in that sunshine), but the weather (sunshine) changes not even halfway between their house (church) and hers.
    not_blondeon August 17, 2007   Link

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