"Firefly" as written by Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Fincke, Mark James Klepaski and Jeremy Hummel....
You my friend
You're a lot like them
But I cut your line
And you know I did
Now I'm lost in you
Like I always do
And I'd die to win
'Cause I'm born to lose

Firefly, could you shine your light
Now I know your ways
'Cause they're just like mine
Now I'm justified
As I fall in line
And it's hard to try
When you're open wide

Take my hand
We'll be off and then
We'll come back again
To a different land
Now I like this way
You can go away
If you guess the name
You cannot replace

Firefly, could you shine your light
Now I know your ways
'Cause they're just like mine
Now I'm justified
As I fall in line
And it's hard to try
When you're open wide

Bring me your enemies
Lay them before me
And walk away, walk away, walk away

Firefly, could you shine your light
Now I know your ways
'Cause they're just like mine
Now I'm justified
As I fall in line
And it's hard to try
When you're open wide

Fuck you firefly
Have you lost your light
Now I hate your ways
'Cause they're just like mine
So you've lost my friend
Such a sorry end
And I don't know why
So I choke and smile (smile)


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"Firefly" as written by Jeremy Hummel Benjamin Burnley

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  • +3
    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong... The band's discography says they're (fixes in all caps were caught):

    You my friend
    You're a lot like them
    But I CAUGHT YOUR LIE
    And you know I did
    Now I'm lost in you
    Like I always do
    And I'd die to win
    'Cause I'm born to lose

    Firefly
    Could you shine your light
    Now I KNOW your ways
    'cause they're just like mine
    Now I'm justified
    As I fall in line
    And it's hard to try
    When you're open wide

    Take my hand
    We'll be off and then
    We'll come back again
    To a different land
    Now I like this way
    You can go away
    If you guess the name
    You cannot replace

    Firefly
    Could you shine your light
    Now I KNOW your ways
    'cause they're just like mine
    Now I'm justified
    As I fall in line
    And it's hard to try
    When you're open wide

    Bring me your enemies
    Lay them before me
    And walk away

    Firefly
    Could you shine your light
    Now I KNOW your ways
    'cause they're just like mine
    Now I'm justified
    As I fall in line
    And it's hard to try
    When you're open wide

    Fuck you firefly
    Have you lost your light?
    Now I hate your ways
    'cause they're just like mine
    So you lost my friend
    Such a sorry end
    And I don't know why
    So I choke and smile
    missteddyon June 07, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGreat song.To me this song is about a young man looking up to someone.The person is a symbol of greatness to him.He tries his best to be like that person and follow his advice(won't you shine your light?asking for advice).However once he becomes like this person he realizes this person isn't as good and kind as he thought he was when he was younger.
    Just a thought.
    IronicCooperon August 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBritt Erin, the opening line means that this person he's loved, "the firefly" is turning out to be like "them", which seems to be his enemies in the world. when you have someone "on a line", you're supporting and protecting them, keeping them near. when you "cut someone's line" you're setting them free, letting them care for themselves.

    this song is about caring and protecting someone, and having them change completely into something you despise, and the anger this illicits.

    it's a frigging amazing song.
    hollowblackstaron March 13, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me this song is all about being on your own. This song seems to say that the guy's always been following a leader (firefly) who will explain everything and show him how everything is to be done. Now his own and he doesn't have a clue what to do

    Sort of like leaving home, huh?
    PainfulLullabyon May 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this song is about someone who finally gets who they want after trying so hard. he/she had to break them away from who they really are and bring them into "their world". after this person got them he/she finds out who this person really is. he/she thought he/she could handle their problems and issues, but then he/she realizes what they got themselves into. this person isn't really who he/she thought she/he was. this person won't change.

    "You're a lot like them
    But I cut your line"
    he/she took her/him from their "world"


    "Firefly
    Could you shine your light
    Now I know your ways
    'cause they're just like mine"
    him/her wanting her/him to "shine their light" like a firefly lights up... comprende? to make sure that it's there


    "Take my hand
    We'll be off and then
    We'll come back again
    To a different land
    Now I like this way
    You can go away"
    him/her asking her/him to come with them into their "world"

    "Bring me your enemies
    Lay them before me
    And walk away"
    him/her thinking they can take on hers/his problems/issues


    "Fuck you firefly
    Have you lost your light
    "Now I hate your ways
    'cause they're just like mine
    So you lost my friend
    Such a sorry end
    And I don't know why
    So I choke and smile"
    he/she realize who this person really is and how they didn't change when he/she took her/him out of their world when he/she thought her/him could
    xanticromberrockeron July 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment“You my friend are a lot like them so I cut your line and you know I did”
    That would be him taking the person from what they were (What brought him to them)

    “Now I'm lost in you
    like I always do
    and I'd die to win
    'Cause I'm born to lose”
    He’s saying that even though he’s not giving up he knows its going to end badly.

    “Firefly, could you shine your light? And I know your ways ‘cause they’re just like mine Now I’m justified as I fall in line and it’s hard to try when your open wide”
    He’s talking about how in the process of making the person into him he’s slightly slipping into that they are.

    “Take my hand we’ll be off and then we’ll come back again to a different land
    Now I like this way you can go away if you guess the name you cannot replace”
    He’s talking about changing the person’s views on things again.

    “Bring me your enemies lay them before me and walk away”
    He’s talking about protecting them. Maybe to preserve the person they once were before he starting changing them.

    “Fuck you firefly Have you lost your light? Now I hate your ways ‘cause they’re just like mine so you’ve lost my friend such a sorry end and I don’t know why so I choke and smile” He’s saying he’s completely lost the person he cared about because he changed them so much there was nothing left to like.
    BobbingSoldieron August 06, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love Ben's voice... and Breaking Benjamin is awesome!!
    punkrebelgalon August 19, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love this song!!! the guy is tryingto tell the girl not to conform to the crowd or anyone for that matter, just follow yourself and listen to yourself. but the guy loves the girl and wants to follow her "firefly could you shine your light",
    pixie_janeon September 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the verses describe how the singer feels about someone and the choruses describe the conflict between head and heart. "Firefly" is the heart. The last chorus is where "the heart" stops loving someone. "Choke and smile" is the gutted feeling when you see the girl with someone else
    nachoson December 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love this song... sorta makes me think of myself at the first tho in the sense of where it says "cut your line" meaning to let the person go out and experience life on their own... my parents wont let me go... i have always led a sheltered life never experienced anything really... and i know they just want to protect me and they mean well but all it really does is hinders me and cuts off my ability to grow and understand the world around me... i mean i am 18 now and i dont know how i am going to react when i try to get out on my own... i wish they would just realize i am growing up and they cant protect me forever... but anywaze enough of my ranting... i love this song.... its WONDERFUL
    lilcutie8806on October 08, 2006   Link

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