"Disappearing World" as written by and David Gray....
Slowly the truth is loading
I'm weighted down with love
Snow lying deep and even
Strung out and dreaming of

Night falling on the city
Quite something to behold
Don't it just look so pretty
This disappearing world

We're threading hope like fire
Down through the desperate blood
Down through the trailing wire
Into the leafless wood

Night falling on the city
Quite something to behold
Don't it just look so pretty
This disappearing world
This disappearing world

I'll be sticking right there with it
I'll be by your side
Sailing like a silver bullet
Hit 'em 'tween the eyes
Through the smoke and rising water
Cross the great divide
Baby till it all feels right

Night falling on the city
Sparkling red and gold
Don't it just look so pretty
This disappearing world
This disappearing world
This disappearing world
This disappearing world


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"Disappearing World" as written by David Gray

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    General CommentHave you ever spent a "final" night somewhere? Whether its your last night in your apartment or house you've lived in for years, and just looked around? You remember your home that first day you moved in, poetically looking as empty then as it does now. You think of all the memories you've had in that place, love, heartbreak and tears. There's this sense of tragic loneliness but despite it all, it's time to move on.

    Take the lessons you've learned from the disappearing world you're about to leave behind.
    lml342on September 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentha no no no the song is about winter! when he says disappearing world, he is talking about the snow. it covers everything in a blanket of white, hence the disappearing effect. the rest of the song is about a feeling of sadness or a particular experience that happened in the sad months of winter.
    whedonist21on November 06, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwow lml342. no one could have said that better! i'm with you on this one.
    Lead2BurnedHopeon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWe’re threading hope like fire
    Down through the desperate blood
    Down through the trailing wire
    Into the leafless wood

    I think this song - in a way - is a continuation and more happy resolve to his "Ain't No Love' song.

    I'll be sticking right there with it
    I'll be by your side
    Sailing like a silver bullet
    Hit ‘em ‘tween the eyes
    Through the smoke and rising water
    'Cross the great divide
    Baby till it all feels right

    It's a realization and acceptance that we are all we have got - there's no afterlife, and that we need to make the most out of what we get, making every moment in our lives filled with as much meaning as possible.

    Appreciate the beauty. Love those who matter to you. Here and now is all that matters, so take hold of it.

    This is one of my favorite songs of all time, not just one of my favorite DG songs. It's very melancholic and beautiful, very powerful.

    Reminds me of my favorite R. W. Emerson quote:

    ("To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.")

    Ah, David Gray once again leaves us mesmerized by the poise expressed through the creativity of his musicianship and profundity of lyricism.
    mjohnson10on November 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'll be sticking right there with it
    I'll be by your side
    Sailing like a silver bullet
    Hit ‘em ‘tween the eyes
    Through the smoke and rising water
    Cross the great divide
    Baby till it all feels right


    When ever I hear that section I always think of a couple eloping, scared but investing so much hope in their actions. You stay loyal to each other, help each other out, get through the change with vigor, and adjust to a new situation until it feels normal.
    MellowGirlon March 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI shall tell you EXACTLY what this song means, so that you don't have to think its meaning is relative or some such nonsense. After all, to the artist it meant one thing in particular, and that is what we really want to know, right?

    First thing to acknowledge is that the bridge which starts with "I'll be..." about 3/4 through the song is actually a different song which David Gray just jammed into this one, which is unfortunate. It's the worst part of the song, musically and lyrically, and it doesn't go with the meaning of everything that comes before the bridge and after.

    Those parts do all match together in meaning and logic though, and their total meaning is this.

    David is on drugs which are wearing off. He is alone, from a high vantage point overlooking a city as night is falling over it in winter. He feels this strange moving feeling as he looks at the world and realizes it's all going to end some day. The lines of cars making a thread, the tall buildings, the seasons, and all the people; it's all just something that is here for a short time, and he feels sort of overwhelmed by the privelege, and the sweet sadness, of the idea that he is here seeing this amazing world, that will one day be gone. The red and gold are car lights and street lights and building lights respectively, which shows you that most sad/beautiful/moving to him in his drug state is the idea that people won't be here forever.

    That is the one and only meaning of the song. Anything else you read is nonsense.
    Myrondoogason March 30, 2012   Link

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