"Patterns of Fairytales" as written by and Matthew Berninger Aaron Dessner....
tonight there isn't any light under your door
I guess you must be somewhere breathing
where skin and everything still know what they are for
and blood remembers where to go

I fell in love with you no matter what you say
but you were right about the reasons
to turn a magdeline into the month of May
I shoulda known the magdeline was me

so I'm turning on the stereo
and I'm lining up the names
on the mixes I made before you
and I'm turning into fairytales
with glitter and some glue
everything we ever planned to ever do

tonight there isn't any light under your door
I guess you must be somewhere breathing
in patterns unfamiliar to the one you're underneath
I pinned those patterns in my coat

so I'm turning on the stereo
and I'm turning into fairytales
yes I'm turning on the stereo
and I'm turning into you


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"Patterns of Fairytales" as written by Matthew Berninger Aaron Dessner

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    General Commentah hmm i think its about a couple who couldnt make it work.. and all their plans turns to his fairytales. he sees her lights are out, and shes doing other things and moving on.. and hes listening to all the mixtapes he made for her and realizing in her mind he is just a fairytale that is disappearing. the magdeline reference is obviously religious but im not sure how it fits.. :-/ i like this song.. it seems theres always one of the two people in a breakup that have a more difficult time moving on.. and thats how i kinda see this song.
    lemona9on December 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song leads on beautifully to 'Lucky You' the next song on the album(as I mentioned in a post on Lucky You)
    "and I'm turning into fairytales
    with glitter and some glue
    everything we ever planned to ever do"
    My favourite part of this song. So heartbreaking.
    justmemorieson December 22, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is simply about whenever you've been in love with someone that doesn't feel the same way and how they're off living their own life while you stay at home thinking about how things could've been. i love it, its so crushing and heartbreaking...
    ws205on August 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti kind of want to marry this song.
    fromawireon September 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbittersweet. i can't explain how much i love this song.
    deadhead085on June 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's just magical
    Welch151on January 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't get the part about the magdeline and month of may
    fjordingon October 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI fell in love with you no matter what you say
    but you were right about the reasons


    initially he was only looking for a one night stand
    just someone to hook up with to abate his loneliness
    but as he got to know her, he grew to respect her and realized that he actually was in love
    but she moved on because she didnt want to just be the one night stand
    and now they missed their chance and cant be together
    its all just a fairy tale to him now. someone hell never forget.

    maybeeeee??
    prozarmon August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't really care what it means. I just like listening to it :D
    JennaCanReadon November 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"In patterns unfamiliar to the one you're underneath
    I pinned those patterns in my coat"

    kills me
    betsapp91on March 27, 2014   Link

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