Pale yellow scratching at my ear,
Pale yellow touching to my rear

Forever tangled, forever mustard,
Forever my first word's beer,
Forever yellow, wonder if I'll muster
Anything other than fear

Pale yellow, wanting something clear,
Pale yellow, daunting task cannot be that near

Forever leering, forever dashing,
Forever looking to peers,
Forever hollow, that's worse than yellow,
Piss is the color of tears,
This is the color of tears

Running scared,
Running scared

Pale yellow holding on,
Brace myself to stand,
Tell myself it is okay,
Taking my own hand

Forever peering into the water,
Returning back to the sea,
Under the sea foam,
Where I have come from,
Breathing freely

Forever yellow, forever yellow. .


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    General Commentno thoughts on this song ...?? im confused by it. im guessing its about being scared to begin a relationship (like other songs by them). some of the lines though ....

    "piss is the color of tears"
    elgrondy31on August 30, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI understand your confusion, lol my thoughts are that the people who wrote down the lerics are confused.
    I beleive that the line that says: "Piss is the colore of tears", is in actuality a repeat of the last line after it. Instead its an emphisis: "This is the color of tears, This is the color of tears."

    But on the other hand, I do beleive that you've grasped the essance of the song. It is a song about relationships, but I think we can pull more out of it":

    1) "Pale yellow scratching at my ear, Pale yellow touching to my rear
    Forever tangled, forever mustard, Forever my first worst fear,
    Forever yellow, wonder if I'll muster Anything other than fear"

    This stanza describes how the person identifies themself with their hair. It is described as long, and musterd yellow, and a constant worry and care for them. Notice, i did alter the one of the lines to fit how i beleive the song is sung. I may be wrong, but this is where i stand. Take it as you will.
    The singer goes on to say that they consider themself a coward, using a diffrent variation on the word 'yellow', and worries that they will always be afraid.

    2) "Pale yellow, wanting something clear, Pale yellow, daunting task cannot be that near
    Forever leering, forever dashing,
    Forever looking to peers,
    Forever hollow, that's worse than yellow,
    Piss is the color of tears,
    This is the color of tears

    Demimegon March 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI understand your confusion, lol my thoughts are that the people who wrote down the lerics are confused.
    I beleive that the line that says: "Piss is the colore of tears", is in actuality a repeat of the last line after it. Instead its an emphisis: "This is the color of tears, This is the color of tears."

    But on the other hand, I do beleive that you've grasped the essance of the song. It is a song about relationships, but I think we can pull more out of it":

    1) "Pale yellow scratching at my ear, Pale yellow touching to my rear
    Forever tangled, forever mustard, Forever my first worst fear,
    Forever yellow, wonder if I'll muster Anything other than fear"

    This stanza describes how the person identifies themself with their hair. It is described as long, and musterd yellow, and a constant worry and care for them. Notice, i did alter the one of the lines to fit how i beleive the song is sung. I may be wrong, but this is where i stand. Take it as you will.
    The singer goes on to say that they consider themself a coward, using a diffrent variation on the word 'yellow', and worries that they will always be afraid.

    2) "Pale yellow, wanting something clear, Pale yellow, daunting task cannot be that near
    Forever leering, forever dashing,
    Forever looking to peers,
    Forever hollow, that's worse than yellow,
    Piss is the color of tears,
    This is the color of tears

    Demimegon March 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI understand your confusion, lol my thoughts are that the people who wrote down the lerics are confused.
    I beleive that the line that says: "Piss is the colore of tears", is in actuality a repeat of the last line after it. Instead its an emphisis: "This is the color of tears, This is the color of tears."

    But on the other hand, I do beleive that you've grasped the essance of the song. It is a song about relationships, but I think we can pull more out of it":

    1) "Pale yellow scratching at my ear, Pale yellow touching to my rear
    Forever tangled, forever mustard, Forever my first worst fear,
    Forever yellow, wonder if I'll muster Anything other than fear"

    This stanza describes how the person identifies themself with their hair. It is described as long, and musterd yellow, and a constant worry and care for them. Notice, i did alter the one of the lines to fit how i beleive the song is sung. I may be wrong, but this is where i stand. Take it as you will.
    The singer goes on to say that they consider themself a coward, using a diffrent variation on the word 'yellow', and worries that they will always be afraid.

    2) "Pale yellow, wanting something clear, Pale yellow, daunting task cannot be that near
    Forever leering, forever dashing,
    Forever looking to peers,
    Forever hollow, that's worse than yellow,
    Piss is the color of tears,
    This is the color of tears

    Demimegon March 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentForgive me. I hit the wrong, button... three times. ^^; It was accidentaly, and whoever has the controle over this thing, is free to deleat the extra repeats. I appologes for the rudeness.

    Anyways, as I was saying:


    2) "Pale yellow, wanting something clear, Pale yellow, daunting task cannot be that near
    Forever leering, forever dashing, Forever looking to peers,
    Forever hollow, that's worse than yellow, This is the color of tears,
    This is the color of tears...Running scared, Running scared"

    In this part, the singer describes her confusion with her situation, and also her denial that somthing needs to be done about it. We all have felt this way at some point, had a desire for clarity and simplisity in a situation that requires a difficult action. This is empisized when the song goes on, now nolonger describing the singer but someone else, the boyfriend intrest maybe? I assume so.
    In it, he is described as a shallow man, always looking to his friends and rude, although still considered dashing, possibly why she denies denies the need for change so much, athough she does consider him to be worst than a coward, than yellow. And she cries about it as she flees from the issue, as we all do in a distressing situation.

    3) "Pale yellow holding on, Brace myself to stand,
    Tell myself it is okay, Taking my own hand"

    In this small stanza, a big thing is taking place. Pale yellow, or how the girl is refering to herself, has found the steanth to act, bracing herself, and holding on, having finally found reasureance and courage in herself. Finally able to be on her own.

    4) "Forever peering into the water, Returning back to the sea,
    Under the sea foam, Where I have come from,
    Breathing freely"

    In this part, the girl is returning back to 'single life' or the sea as it is oftain discribed considering the phrase, "there are plenty fish in the sea." The second line remarks that the girl feals relief after an oppressive relationship, able to 'breath freely'.

    5) "Forever yellow, forever yellow..."

    This last line comments that the girl recognises that she is still afraid of commitment to a relationship, and believe that she will always be just like her hair is.

    There you go, that is my best interperitation of the song. I love this song, it has such a lovely little melody and harmony that i cannot help but sing along. Its simple, but powerfull at the same time.

    I hope that answeres any questions... sorry about the mess with the multi-posting, my hand slipped. ^.^;
    If you have anyquestions about my interperitation, go ahead and ream me. I am not perfect, and probably deserve it. Ha ha, anyways. yeah, there ya go.
    Demimegon March 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIt sounds to me like they're drinking away their sorrows, seeing as beer can sometimes be a bit yellow-y.

    "Forever peering into the water,
    Returning back to the sea,
    Under the sea foam,
    Where I have come from,
    Breathing freely"

    This sounds to me like they're now inebriated and have drowned themselves.

    But that's just me :B
    Marnicxon September 24, 2009   Link

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