"Grow Up and Blow Away" as written by and Emily Haines James Shaw....
Floating the room
Two by two
From the womb
To the holiday
There is no holiday
First double-cross her heart
He wants to start a family
Needing something to go on
If she weren't writing in blood
She'd bring him her jokes
A new liver
And a shovel for the mud
If he were not knee-deep in mud
He'd bring her his drugs
He'd get her a typewriter

If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away

Nobody knows which street to take
He took the easy
What was the easy way?
First double-cross her heart
He wants to start a family
She always thought she would not.
If she weren't writing in blood
She'd bring him her jokes
A new liver
And a shovel for the mud
If he were not knee-deep in mud
He'd bring her his drugs
He'd get her a typewriter
If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away

If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away

First double-cross her heart
He wants to start a family
Her body is the baby.

If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away


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"Grow Up and Blow Away" as written by James Shaw Emily Haines

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  • +4
    General CommentI think this song is about how when your young you can have anything but once you have children you seem to fade out.

    "if this is the life why does it feel so good to die today" shows how this is what people are meant to do.. grow up and have children. So if it's supposedly so great why doesn't it feel like that?

    "grow up and blow away" suggests that you spend all your time growing up and when youve grown up you just disapear. almost like metaphorical ashes when someone's been cremated.

    "blue to grey" is almost like the person going from a bright vibrant colour to something dull and unnoticable.

    The song is about monotony of life. how everyone does the same thing and then just blows away.
    watchon May 24, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song's addicting.
    loveisaverbon September 20, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI was listening to this a while ago, when I suddenly realized that it was used in a commercial a long time ago. But only this part: "if she weren’t riding in bars
    she'd bring him her jokes
    a new liver
    and a shovel for the mile
    if he were not knee deep in mud
    he'd bring her his jokes
    he'd get her a typewriter

    if this is the life
    why does it feel
    so good to die today"

    And that was before I had even heard of Metric. But I realized that I used to turn up the volume on that commercial, because I really liked the song. So even then I was a Metric fan. =D

    Funny though... I can't even remember what the commercial was for...
    oh_doctor_doctoron October 30, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commenttheres a mistake in the lyrics.

    it should be:

    "if she werent writing in blood..."
    cry.for.meon January 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhoever did these lyrics wasn't listening to the song. There are mistakes everywhere. Here is the actual lyrics.

    Grow Up and Blow Away
    Floating the room
    TWO BY TWO
    From the womb
    To the HOLIDAY
    There is no holiday
    First double-cross her heart
    He wants to start a family
    Needing something to go on

    If she weren't WRITING IN BLOOD
    She'd bring him her jokes
    A new liver
    And a shovel for the MUD
    If he were not knee-deep in mud
    He'd bring her his drugs
    He'd get her a typewriter

    If this is the life
    Why does it feel so good to die today?
    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...

    If this is the life
    Why does it feel so good to die today?
    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...

    Nobody knows which street to take
    He took the easy way
    What was the easy way?
    First double-cross her heart
    He wants to start a family
    She always thought she would not.

    If she weren't WRITING IN BLOOD
    She'd bring him her jokes
    A new liver
    And a shovel for the MUD
    If he were not knee-deep in mud
    He'd bring her his drugs
    He'd get her a typewriter

    If this is the life
    Why does it feel so good to die today?
    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...

    If this is the life
    Why does it feel so good to die today?
    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...

    First double-cross her heart
    He wants to start a family
    Her body is the baby.

    If this is the life
    Why does it feel so good to die today?
    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...

    If this is the life
    Why does it feel so good to die today?
    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...

    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...
    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...
    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...
    Blue to gray
    Grow up and blow away...
    grubsmackon March 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthank you grubsmack, i was a little confused no one said anything about the wrong lyrics in earlier comments
    nuumbon July 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe the song is about having children and becoming part of the background noise in our culture, No longer able to succeed the way you'ed imagined as a child and eventually blowing away.
    MusicLvr96on September 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. It's not particularly the music, because if you listen to just the music, it's a little squeaky, but great anyway. It's so gorgeous, about a couple in love, yet so incapable of loving. It reminds me of me and somebody else, this is a wonderful song. So powerful.
    mrs_chainsawon October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. It's not particularly the music, because if you listen to just the music, it's a little squeaky, but great anyway. It's so gorgeous, about a couple in love, yet so incapable of loving. It reminds me of me and somebody else, this is a wonderful song. So powerful.
    mrs_chainsawon October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh crap, me too! maybe it might have been a car commercial? car commercials always use... songs... o_O but anyway. this song is very addicting.
    amouron November 13, 2004   Link

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