"Umbrella" as written by Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso....
You can turn the city upside down if you want to but it won't keep you dry
You can turn the city upside down like an umbrella but it won't keep you dry...keep you dry
When you wrap yourself in a highway strip, don't expect anyone from it

All it is is cold cement
You can turn the city upside down like an umbrella, but who knows what you'll find?

[Repeat: x2]

Be careful
If you try
You can turn the city upside down if you want to but it won't keep you dry
(Faintly)Won't keep you dry..it won't...

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"Umbrella" as written by Steve Angello Sebastian Ingrosso

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    General CommentAh, sorry about the double post but here's what I think it is about.
    I think that is is about being lonely and no matter how hard you look or search (even if you turn a whole city upside down) will you find someone. The umbrella image is used because if you turn an umbrella upside down it will no longer shed water but catch it. but in this case not even doing that will help you catch a person.
    I think the keep you dry might refer to tears or crying.
    I also think the wrap yourself in a highway strip to be talking about getting run over by a car. (I don't know lol) And how even ending your life isn't going to make you less lonely, less unhappy. Basically it wont give you that warm fuzzy feeling on the inside.
    And that is my two pence. lol.
    thison November 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment<3 love it.
    clairebabyon October 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love the voice effect on this song. It's so creepy but comforting.
    Danitaon November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI wish someone would tell me what this song might be about. I keep singing the line "You can turn the city upside down if you want to but it won't keep you dry." but I'm not sure what it means. Does anyone have an idea? It feels deep but I can't say why.
    AshedEyeson November 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful .
    thison November 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, nice take on it this. Thanks.
    AshedEyeson November 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you about the song being about not being able to find someone. You can look everywhere and sometimes it just seems like you cant find anything, the rain doesn't stop. You can even look so hard that it should be just as easy to find someone as it is to turn and umbrella upside down and catch rain.

    As far as the highway strip, maybe he drives (I know I do) when he feels lonely, gets out to try to just think and figure it out, but the driving alone late at night (maybe in the rain) just throws him deeper into the realization of the loneliness, like cold cement.

    When the song talks about saying you will never know what you will find and be careful, I think it talks about how it is easy to get desperate and settle for less then what you deserve.

    My two cents from across the lake, this.
    Pennon March 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI could be wrong, because I didn't hear this directly from the source...
    I heard the song is about society, the characteristics of society, and the implications of changing society.
    "When you wrap yourself in a highway strip, don't expect any warmth from it." -> this is referring to the industrial nature of society, and the fact that this aspect of society is meaningless if you place all your belief within it.
    "You can turn the city upside down if you want to but it won't keep you dry." -> I think this is referring to a belief that although the industrial nature of society is not without fault, it is pointless to completely revolutionize society... I think this is true, for human nature will always be at fault. Therefore even if you were to turn the city upside down (entirely change it) it would not keep you dry (remove all the problems found within society).
    But I think songs may have multiple meanings, going along with the trend of this being a song about loneliness, I can see several aspects.
    "You can turn the city upside down, like an umbrella but it won't keep you dry." -> maybe a parallel to the old saying "turn that frown upside down"... even if you do, your true feelings will remain...
    phosphoruson May 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto me, this song is about depression. the person he's speaking to is depressed and moves to a big city to try and fix the problem, but you can turn a city upside down, and if the problem is inside you, you'll still be depressed. you can from your problems, you can get in the car and try to find comfort on the road, but all there is is cold cement, and your problems are still right there with you. my sister found that out for herself, and then when I was depressed later on, she told me to be careful not to run, because my problems would be right there with me.
    setsunamudou732on January 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song honestly speaks to me... Corny, yes, but for real.

    To me, this song talks about how no matter who you are or what you are you can create a massive influence on society. "You can turn the city upside-down, if you want to." At the end of the line it says that you have the ability to influence society if you want to, as in you can if you try hard enough, also leaving the possibility that ANYONE can do it.

    The next part, "But it won't keep you dry," talks about how, say you do influence society, become famous, or even if you are just a wealthy person those things don't matter cause you still are vulnerable to depression, anger, and death. Just because you have material things, it doesn't mean you are invincible.

    Moving onto "When you wrap yourself in a highway strip, don't expect any warmth from it. All it is is cold cement," which to me is telling the listener to not have your life surrounded by a job, technology, or basically anything materialistic cause those things can not love you back. But to surround yourself w/ people, people who have the ability to love you and provide you "warmth."

    So a major theme I got from this song is that you can affect society with something simple, but don't dwell on the fact that you have achieved other's attention because you still need to feel emotion and love the people in your life.
    Hard Haton February 29, 2008   Link

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