"Blue" as written by Brendan Murphy, Declan Joseph Murphy and Anthony Enda Walsh....
I didn't want to know
I just didn't want to know
Best to keep things in the shallow end
'Cause I never quite learned how to swim

I just didn't want to know
Didn't want
Didn't want
Didn't want
Didn't want

Close my eyes just to look at you
Taken by the seamless vision
I close my eyes
Ignore the smoke
Ignore the smoke
Ignore the smoke

Call it aftermath, she's turning blue
Such a lovely color for you
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue
While I just sit and stare at you

Because I don't want to know

I didn't want to know
I just didn't want to know
I just didn't want

Mistook their nods for an approval
Just ignore the smoke and smile

Call it aftermath, she's turning blue
Such a lovely color for you
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue
Such a perfect color for your eyes
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue
Such a lovely color for you
Call it aftermath, she's turning blue
While I just sit and stare at you

I don't want to know


Lyrics submitted by prayingmantis84, edited by KeykaKiTO, rodclark, Aartemis, Embrie

"Blue" as written by Maynard James Keenan Billy Howerdel

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song's meaning is so simple it amazes me that people don't see it. It's about watching someone self-destruct and chosing that it's easier/better for you to do nothing but watch. "Best to keep things in the shallow end, Cause I never quite learned how to swim" And "she's turning blue" as in the fact that she's drowning. Songs that Maynard writes are rarely something happy or that are in some way light, he tells us to "think for yourself, question authority" when he's not saying to "take off your pants" (the only reason I'm glad that I missed seeing APC last time they played near me, I would have taken off my pants and gotten arrested just for the Hell of it.) And yes it is aftermath, as in he's starting to see the results of his choice to do nothing when he could have saved someone.

    DatheR
    DatheRon April 19, 2004   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningFirst of all, allow me to say, it is "optimist".

    The song is about finding something new about someone, noticing a sudden change in someone, or or being deceived by someone, which repulses you/him. This is why he says things like ignore the smoke. Just act like he never knew, the smoke was never there, he never found out.

    He's saying to call an optimist because in the situation he is not optimistic. He has no faith in it.

    People generally jump straight to "drowning" figuratively or metaphorically when someone turns "blue".
    Truth is, they are turning "blue" because whatever he found out is killing her. Its ruining her in every possible way. Not only for herself but also how he viewed her and now he cant ever look at her the same.

    The lyrics reference which substaintially agrees with what im saying is that he says "Such a lovely color for you". Basically saying, "Sure, go ahead, great idea." or "Who am I to stop you from doing what you want, I had to find out like this, right?". Basically just letting it be because hes so disgusted he just doesnt care anymore and hes quite sure, pestimistic, that it will not ever be the same between them.

    When he says, "Mistook their nods for approval", that was actually speaking for her, and she just assumed he was ok with it, or not bothered, and she went and continued. So he ignored how aweful it was, never confronted her, and just smiled like everything was perfect.
    SongInterpreteron July 03, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think it's the other way around. I think he or she, whomever he is singing to, was in denial about the singer (abusing drugs, making bad decisions, etc.) and they initially ignored all the warning signs. ("Smoke" is just a metaphor) After it all came out in the wash, they were committed to him and stuck around, regardless of his refusal to change. "Til I'm blue in the face" is a saying referring to exhausting all efforts and he is sarcastically acknowledging it.
    cberryon July 05, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song refers to a girl that he loved who was having an affair, possible with someone who was also his friend.

    "I just didn't want to know"
    "Ignore the smoke and smile"
    He may have known something wish fishy, veiled in "smoke" but choose to ignore it.

    "Mistook their nods for an approval"
    This is my biggest hint for the affair, rather than a drug addiction or suicide, which are also good theories. He may have seen the two together, saw them "nodding" at each other, and thought it was just being friendly while they were actually nodding to affirm what they may had been doing the night before.

    As for the turning blue part, I have no doubt that she's dying or dead. He himself may have killed her when he finally came to realize what was going on.
    Rob Matteron June 06, 2004   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningEvery song of the album depicts different viewpoints of addiction. The name itself, "Thirteenth step" is a direct reference to the 12 step programs of AA and NA.

    "I didn't want to know
    I just didn't want to know
    Best to keep things in the shallow end
    Cause I never quite learned how to swim "
    ^-This song is about being in denial about a loved one's opiate abuse while they ruin their life over it.

    "Call an optimist, she's turning blue
    Such a lovely color for you
    Call it aftermath, she's turning blue
    While I just sit and stare at you "
    ^- When some one is dieing/"falling out" from a heroin overdose, they turn a blue-ish color and twitch. The person is just hoping for the best, that their loved one will just be okay without anyone intervening. Obviously this never happens because they just "sit and stare" at the addicted love one, letting the person just die from the opiate abuse.

    "Mistook their nods for an approval
    Just ignore the smoke and smile "
    ^- Referring to 'nodding out' while under the influence of heroin, smoke from the actual process of doing the drug.
    CSKupo1959on May 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just want to clear up the "smoke" thing. It seems fairly clear to me that "smoke" refers to "smoke and mirrors" (a figure of speech used to describe illusionary tactics) and the line "ignore the smoke" to me basically means to CHOOSE to be ignorant to what's going on around you. I don't yet have a comment on the rest of the song.
    crystallaon March 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWhen I listen to this song I imagine both Maynard and the girl he's singing to being on drugs; Maynard is watching her overdose. At the beginning of the song, he is afraid and doesn't know what to do, hence staying in the shallow end instead of jumping in to try to help her.Trying not to lose his high, he attempts to ignore the fact that she is literally turning blue and instead convinces himself to be an optimist and that it's a lovely color for her.
    CezRon January 12, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI figure it was either aftermath or ultimate, but callin out to me also fits too
    deviationeron April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's definately aftermath. Listen close, you'll hear it. And that's what's on the lyrics pages too.
    pixye123on April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy interpretation:
    The song is implieing someone who is afraid to do something or just be.
    "Best t keep things in the shallow end cuz i never quite learned how to swim" or "i just didnt want to know"
    The person stays under the comfort of the addiction or psychological manipulation even though things outside of them are being adversely affected. They just dont wanna know. They ignore the smoke and stay comforted.
    tottaly Blueon April 20, 2004   Link

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