I want to take a streetcar downtown
Read Henry Miller and wander around
And drink some Guinness from a tin
'Cause my U.I. cheque has just come in
Ah, where you been... because

Everything is coming up rosy and grey
Ah, the wind is cold but the smell of snow warms me today
And your smile is fine and it's just like mine and it won't go away, 'cause
Everything is rosy and grey

You've been under my skin for more than eight years
It's been eight years of laughter and eight years of tears
And I don't know what the future can hold, or will do, for me and you
But I'm a much better man for having known you
Yeah, you know that's true, because...

Everything is coming up rosy and grey
Ah, the wind is cold but the smell of snow warms me today
And your smile is fine and it's just like mine and it won't go away, 'cause
Everything is rosy and grey

Well, I've been told that there's a sucker born every day
Well, I wonder who, yeah, I wonder who
Maybe the one who doesn't realize there's a thousand shades of grey
'Cause I know that's true, yes I do, I know that's true
How about you?

Well, they're picking up trash and they're putting down roads
And they're brokering stocks, the class-struggle explodes
And I'll play this guitar just the best that I can
Well, maybe I'm not and maybe I am
Who gives a damn? Because...

Everything is coming up rosy and grey
Ah, the wind is cold but the smell of snow warms me today
And your smile is fine and it's just like mine and it won't go away, 'cause
Everything is rosy and grey

Well, I've kissed you in France and I've kissed you in Spain
And I've kissed you in places I'd better not name
And I've seen the sun go down on Sacre Coeur
But I like it much better going down on you
Ah, you know that's true because...

Everything is coming up rosy and grey
Ah, the wind is cold but the smell of snow warms me today
And your smile is fine and it's just like mine and it won't go away, 'cause
Everything is rosy and grey


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Rosy And Grey song meanings
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    General CommentWell, I've kissed you in France and I've kissed you in Spain
    And I've kissed you in places I'd better not name
    And I've seen the sun go down on Sacre Coeur
    But I like it much better going down on you
    Ah, you know that's true because...

    These lyrics are great. I just love how they have multiple meanings. Sexual and Literal. "I've kissed you in places I'd better not name," I've seen the sun go down... But I like it much better goign down on you" This is just brilliant. The double meaning on going down on you. and the fact that it could either be the sun going down on you or I. Both can be interpreted as the subject here. It all depends on what "it" means in that line.

    Also, Rosy and Grey. These are the colors that people see the world. Rosy is like looking upon the world with rose-colored glasses. Meaning that you don't see all the good and bad. Grey is similar to seeing all the good and bad mixed together at once. You don't see just black and white, but a mixture of the two. This song's title shows being happy, but also seeing the world for what it is.
    mafiachuckon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLove and Winter as experienced in Canada (Toronto, specifically). We often get the blues in Toronto, but sometimes even when it's snowy and cold, something weird happens in the air and life just seems absurdly wonderful and amazing. It's this weird high, which is why sometimes you just smile and smile and don't know why. Well, listening to this song makes me feel it and I don't care why.

    There's also a popular pub in Toronto called the Rose and Crown (probably a common name for pubs) and sometimes I think he's referring to that with Rosy. Rosy could also be someone's name. Ron Hawkins likes to pack as many meanings as possible in.
    bastronauton February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentRosy and Grey bothered me, because Rosy means good, but Grey is bad, or at least not great. How can it be both?

    I think that's the point. Things are good, but they're shit as well. Like in the first stanza, the protagonist is talking about having a great day by heading downtown and grabbing a beer. But we then find out the reason the protagonist can go downtown is because his unemployment check has come in, which means the person is unemployed, which sucks. So life is good, but it also sucks, so things are Rosy and Grey.

    Funny thing. This song made me pick up Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. The books are just foul, with absolutely vulgar talk of womens private parts and stuff. It's a literary classic, but I couldn't read it. Anyways, it makes the song even funnier when you know what type of content the protagonist would be reading.

    Love this song.

    -Cameron McKenzie
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    pulpjavaon March 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if "Rosy" might also be a nod to Henry Miller's "The Rosy Crucifixion" trilogy, since Miller is mentioned in the first verse.
    BPSIngson August 10, 2016   Link

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