"Yellow" as written by and Lars Nygaard/l.b. Thornblad/j. Ranum/s. Riis-vestergaard/....
You can only talk so much about things
That are never, ever going to happen.
My brother's at home with his dog and his cat
And his wife is at a friend's.

You can only go on so long about feelings
That never, ever actually touch you.
No matter how much she told him "I love you,"
He found it would depend

on the gifts that he bought her,
Or how badly she was hurt
When the boss was cruel at work.
But he'd just say
"I love you,"
And he'd reach out to her.

He was feeling like shit when I came to visit
And walked through the door of his tiny apartment.
We went for a walk through the park by the market
So we could get some air.

And I told to him all things intended to help him,
Especially that, simply because it was ending,
That that didn't mean she was always pretending.
Real happiness was there.

I could see and I could tell:
It was real love that they felt.
And I'm sorry it didn't end well,
But some things
They just don't - that's life,
And you shouldn't blame yourself.

And all of these things, well, I truly believe them.
Our paths and our futures are hidden in mists
That are stretching out over impossible distances,
Totally obscured.

And I really do think that there's probably more good
Than anger or selfishness, sickness, or sadness
Would ever completely allow us to have in this life,
I think I'm sure.

But that doesn't mean it's bad.
We were walking towards our dad,
While getting out of that school bus,
And he just said
"I love you,"
And he reached out to us.


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"Yellow" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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    General CommentOh and i think the dad is a direct comparison. As in saying his wifes love might have been conditional but his dads was not this is shown by the fact that his dad does what his brother tried to do for his wife "reached out to her". This backs up the point of not falling into the trap of thinking "because a bad thing has happened all things previously were bad also"
    tomStrangeloveon January 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is as straightforward as it gets. There's not a single metaphor in it, which for a brililant song, is nearly impossible. This song is about directness. I can't imagine anyone liking the song and missing that.
    sternjon April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, maybe... But I wonder what's the direct connection between the behaviour of their father and the narrator's brother's wife in the first and the last chorus. Anyway: Like always Will Sheff produces some of the most heartbreaking and intense lyrics ever... beyond words!
    InspectorMustacheon June 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSterni i think you hit the nail on the head, (actualy there is one metaphor (obscured by mist) but its a really obvious one). The song is as direct as they come, really the meaning is said and repeated several times in it, that the bad things in life shouldn't be allowed to colour the good things. This song is Will Sheff at his most direct, its incredibly unusual for him to be quite so direct mainly because he has such a way with metaphors and similes normally.
    tomStrangeloveon January 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love the way every other song by will is so indirect, rich with metaphors, hidden meanings, and almost cryptically poetic, and then this song is so beautifully simple and direct
    tildson January 10, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningGorgeous song. It's about comforting his brother during the break-up of his marriage; he tells him that the love was real but it didn't last. He contrasts the love in the marriage, which appeared conditional, with the unconditional love their dad had for them.

    The song has a profound idea: that the good in the world is greater than the bad but that it's partially obscured by our personal shortcomings (selfishness, sickness, sadness). Then he recalls the pure goodness of their dad's love.
    Paegaon October 14, 2011   Link

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