I have, I have you breathing down my neck, breathing down my neck
I don't, don't know what you could possibly expect under this condition, so
I'll wait, I'll wait for the ambulance to come, ambulance to come
Pick us up off the floor, what did you possibly expect under this condition? So
Slow down, this night's a perfect shade of

Dark blue, dark blue
Have you ever been alone in a crowded room?
When I'm here with you
I said the world could be burning and burning down
Dark blue, dark blue
Have you ever been alone in a crowded room?
Well, I'm here with you
I said the world could be burning till there's nothing but dark blue
Just dark blue

And this flood, this flood is slowly rising up, swallowing the ground
Beneath my feet; tell me how anybody thinks under this condition, so
I'll swim, I'll swim as the water rises up, sun is sinking down and now
All I can see is the planets in a row suggesting it's best that I
Slow down, this night's a perfect shade of

Dark blue, dark blue
Have you ever been alone in a crowded room?
When I'm here with you
I said the world could be burning and burning down
Dark blue, dark blue
Have you ever been alone in a crowded room?
Well, I'm here with you
I said the world could be burning dark blue

We were boxing, we were boxing the stars
We were boxing,you were swinging from Mars
And then the water reached the west coast
And took the power lines, the power lines
And it was me and you and the whole town underwater
There was nothing we could do
And it was dark blue

Dark blue, dark blue
Have you ever been alone in a crowded room?
Well, I'm here with you
I said the world could be burning and burning down
Dark blue
Have you ever been alone in a crowded room?
Well, I'm here with you
I said the world could be burning, now there's nothing but dark blue

If you've ever been alone, you'll know dark blue
If you've ever been alone, you'll know, you'll know


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  • +4
    My InterpretationSo, I have no idea if this makes any sense, but I personally think...

    Verse One:
    I think he’s talking about a girl he’s in love with possibly breaking up with him or pressuring him to do something, and he’s basically saying that he thinks he can fix the problem between them, but she needs to calm down a little and realize what they have…

    Chorus:
    He might possibly want her to realize she’s the only one he loves, and the only one he sees even though she doesn’t fully see him. She’s his ‘dark blue’, his peace and stability when the world around them goes down.

    Verse Two:
    Hmm…The flood could be the situation getting worse, whatever it may be. She might be stressing him out and he can’t really think straight. He still thinks he can fix it, though, even though the sun (hope? Maybe) is going down for her and the planets lining up is like them both thinking it out. He slows down to think about them again…

    Chorus Two:
    Once again she’s his only one, blah, blah, blah…

    Verse Three:
    I’m not really sure about this part…Maybe they were fighting, like arguing, and he wanted them to stay together but she was heading for a break up? The ‘water’ reaching the West Coast and the power lines going with it could be like a jolt to her, and she realizes that she was aiming too high with her expectations of him and had to realize that they could last forever, that he was her ‘dark blue’, and there was nothing she could do about it (their love).

    Chorus Three:
    Same as the others, but this time she knows how he feels when he sees her, she knows that he’s her only love, the only one he sees in a crowded room, her ‘dark blue’

    That's just my thoughts on it,
    It could mean something entirely different. xP

    BUt either way, it's an awesome song, probably my favorite of theirs. =3
    iRideOnon September 02, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think i got it. The song (which is amazing) constantly compares water (dark blue) to misery. It discusses how isolating misery can be, "have you ever been alone in a crowded room." The you is misery. He also says "the world could be burnin down till there's nothing but dark blue," the burning world could both represent your own cluttered, failing life that the misery is causing or a common global enemy that is still not affecting the isolation of misery (fire cannot burn water or "dark blue"). The song then goes on to say how an old life of loneliness and misery seemed purposeful ("we were boxing the stars").then the realization that this life is empty ("the planets in a row, suggesting i slow down"- he now understands purpose), but its too late "then the water reached the west coast and took the power lines. . . there was nothing we could do." The misery from isolation, and the isolation from misery have completely consumed his life. Also note the feeling while under water, its isolating, this could a reason among others as to why he chose dark blue to compare loneliness to.
    shtimpletinson February 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe correct lyrics are as follows:

    "I have, I have you breathing down my neck, breathing down my neck
    I don't, don't know what you could possibly expect under this condition so
    I'll wait, I'll wait for the ambulance to come, ambulance to come
    Pick us up off the floor. What did you possibly expect under this condition? So
    Slow down, this nights a perfect shade of...

    Dark blue, dark blue
    Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well, I'm here with you
    I said the world could be burning and burning down.

    Dark blue, dark blue
    Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well, I'm here with you
    I said the world could be burning 'til there's nothing but dark blue
    Just dark blue

    And this flood, this flood is slowly rising up, swallowing the ground
    Beneath, my feet. Tell me how anybody thinks under this condition. So
    I'll swim, I'll swim as the water rises up, sun is sinking and now
    All I can see is the planets in a row suggesting it's best that I
    Slow down. This nights a perfect shade of...

    Dark blue, dark blue
    Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well, I'm here with you.
    I said the world could be burning and burning down

    Dark blue, dark blue
    Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well, I'm here with you.
    I said the world could be burning dark blue

    We were boxing, we were boxing the stars
    We were boxing (we were boxing) you were swinging from Mars
    And then the water reached the west coast
    And took the power lines, the power lines
    And it was me and you and the whole town underwater
    There was nothing we could do
    It was dark blue

    Dark blue, dark blue
    Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well, I'm here with you.
    I said the world could be burning and burning down

    Dark blue, dark blue
    Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well, I'm here with you.
    I said the world could be burning now there's nothing but dark blue

    If you've ever been alone, you'll know dark blue
    If you've ever been alone, you'll know, you'll know..."
    nikki04on August 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is just perfect.

    slightly reminscient of "she paints me blue" on the soco north album, something about the melody of the chorus combined with the blue reference. i think it might be on purpose.
    estelleon January 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's just about when you drown in things like work and stuff, you forget to stop and smell the roses as the phrase goes. its about slowing down and appreciating the little things. this song= love.
    forget mynameon May 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok. whew. so much to say about this song.
    the first time i heard this song i felt exactly the same way and i think its amazing to find a song that expresses exactly how you feel. just the title spoke to me already. "dark blue"

    "I have, I have you breathing down my neck, breathing down my neck
    I don't, don't know what you could possibly expect under this condition so......."


    this parts saying that the girl is like all around him still and he can't get her outta his head and she's just all he thinks about and he feels her so close mentally. its crazy so breathing down my neck are like the best words to describe it.


    "I'll wait, I'll wait for the ambulance to come, ambulance to come
    Pick us up off the floor. What did you possibly expect under this condition? So
    Slow down, this nights a perfect shade of..."


    this is saying that it hurts sooooooo much so he's waiting for like help "the ambulance" and he wonders how she would react if she knew his true feelings.


    "dark blue dark blue......."

    the chorus is saying that he feels so alone even with so many ppl around him cuz he's so focused on this girl and he's really, really depressed cuz they arent' together.


    "And this flood, this flood is slowly rising up, swallowing the ground
    Beneath, my feet. Tell me how anybody thinks under this condition. So
    I'll swim, I'll swim as the water rises up, sun is sinking and now"

    this is my favorite metaphor in the song. its so deep. like he is drowning in his feelings. and he's trying soooo hard to survive. and the sun sinking down part is like dang, he is sooooooo depressed.


    "If you've ever been alone, you'll know, you'll know..."

    i like this line cuz its a great ending to a great song. it gives you something to think about.
    pinaichicka08on August 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, I don't want to be rude or anything...but some of you guys really aren't listening to what other people are trying to tell you.
    A-The entire album of Everything in Transit was written BEFORE Andrew knew he had cancer. So unless he can see into the future (and even though Andrew is completely amazing, I highly doubt he is able to do this) this song can't possibly be about his cancer and how he is coping with it.
    B- Andrew has stated in at least one interview that I know of, that the song is about the months where he and now his wife (ahh, so depressing) were apart.

    So, although many of you are being very creative with your interpretations, I think I'm going to go with Andrew on what the song is about.

    Sorry if anyone finds this to be rude.
    skittlespunker15on January 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationwell let me say that i have had depression and this is what i get out of the song :

    'I have, I have you breathing down my neck, breathing down my neck' - okay so i see this as the depression it is breathing down his neck, in his face etc.. and he just cant escape it

    'I'll wait, I'll wait for the ambulance to come, ambulance to come' - perhaps the 'ambulence' is actually a person who comes to 'pick him off the floor' or help him out.

    'Dark blue, dark blue' - so dark blue could be a feeling he has right, like maybe he has the support of a certain person, so the shade he is FEELING is dark blue because his not feeling completely black, like completely down and out, but he isnt feeling that crash hot so he is dark blue.. if you get that

    'Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well, I'm here with you' - so he is feeling alone, and then there is a friend singing the song to him in this part or something, and he is saying like in a crowded room, when you have depression it can cause panic attacks, anxiety etc.. and yeah, so he is saying like i have your back..

    'I said the world could be burning and burning down.' - he is saying that even if the world is falling down around them, he will be there for him, got his back.

    'And this flood, this flood is slowly rising up, swallowing the ground Beneath, my feet.' - the flood being the depression swollowing him up

    'So I'll swim, I'll swim as the water rises up,' - trying to get on top of the depression

    'sun is sinking' - his failing at beating the depression

    'and now All I can see is the planets in a row' - the planets being fate like horoscopes

    'We were boxing (we were boxing) you were swinging from Mars' - maybe trying to change what his fate might be, like hiting the stars that are hanging over his head etc and trying to be stronger

    'And then the water reached the west coast And took the power lines, the power lines
    And it was me and you and the whole town underwater' - then he falls back into the depression and he feels like his world is falling all around him..

    'There was nothing we could do' - there was nothing they could do to stop the depression

    so i think its about a depressed person who has a friend trying to help him beat it and then he is tring to get on top of it but sadly he fails and falls back into depression which is a lot like what i am like. very bi-pola etc. it isnt easy and having songs like this really helps.

    so yeah, this might be really wrong but i dont care, this is my thoughts on the song.. and if u dont like it then thats cool, we all have our own oppinions, but it is a fantastic song.


    xx
    ILoveMCR4Lyfon January 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirst of all, you guys need to understand that this entire album was written before andrew developed cancer. this album is his refection on coming back home after years of touring and seeing that everything has changed.

    dark blue is about a relationship. the music video does a good job of explaining it. two people that know that it's not going to work out, yet they still fight and try, but they know it's for the better if they give it up. But they know that they'll always be there for each other in the end, because they only truly understand each other.
    Jatmooon February 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song can be interpretted in various ways. Like most of Andrew's written music, he makes it into nothing but metaphores. I read the past comments and heard people were comparing it to his sickness or being intoxicated. I have a much different view on it, wrong or right, this is what i think.

    I dont think its about sickness or intoxication.
    I think its about being in love.
    If you think about the lyrics:
    Dark blue, darkblue. Have you ever been alone in a crowded room when im here with you?

    I think thats saying something other than how it sounds. I think that particular line is really asking "have you ever been in a room of people. but in this case, we were alone. bc all we saw was eachother." point blank.

    Just my take on it. ANyone agree?
    loveyouandrewrjon June 08, 2010   Link

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