"Slow Motion" as written by and Teruis Gray....
While I was watching you did a slow dissolve
While I was watching you did a slow dissolve
While I was watching you did a slow dissolve

Did I imagine or do the walls have eyes
Did I imagine they held us hypnotized
Did I imagine or do the walls have eyes

Life in slow motion somehow it don't feel real
Life in slow motion somehow it don't feel real
Life in slow motion somehow it don't feel real
Snowflakes are falling I'll catch them in my hands
Snowflakes are falling I'll catch them in my hands
Snowflakes are falling now you're my long lost friend


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"Slow Motion" as written by Katherine Mcphee Robert Wells

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    General Commentthe lyrics, as well as this song's tune, have a very hypnotic tone to them (the repetition of phrases and the slow, melodic lull of gray's voice)

    for me the song is about that moment when life overwhelms you and, in this specific instance, the moment you realize someone you love is slipping away from you (be it from death or lost ties etc)

    i feel like he's reached that moment where everything around him is moving in slow motion, like he's stuck and doesn't know what to do.

    he imagines the walls having eyes (think of those horror movies where everything is exaggerated and scary in the dark), like everything is judging/staring at him

    before escaping to the outdoors where he lets the snow fall around him, almost like just that tiny pleasure has led him to accepting the loss of his friend/loved one
    bakemeacake161on June 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"for me the song is about that moment when life overwhelms you and, in this specific instance, the moment you realize someone you love is slipping away from you (be it from death or lost ties etc)

    i feel like he's reached that moment where everything around him is moving in slow motion, like he's stuck and doesn't know what to do.

    he imagines the walls having eyes (think of those horror movies where everything is exaggerated and scary in the dark), like everything is judging/staring at him"


    I agree with you, bakemeacake161. Then, when he says, "Snowflakes are falling / I'll catch them in my hands / Snowflakes are falling / Now you're my long lost friend," I think that he is still talking about the impermanence of things. Just like the person did, the snowflakes disappear after he catches them (snowflakes do a "slow dissolve" in your hands after you catch them). Just like these snowflakes, the person is gone. Now, he or she is his "long lost friend" rather than the friend who is still there and still a real part of his life.
    jquinn15on October 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about being overwhelmed by the temporary nature of life, and love and everything.
    niteflite01on June 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds so beautiful.
    I think the lyrics are about a friend of his dying in front of him ("while I was watching"), with "dissolve" reffering to their life disappearing.

    The 2nd verse may be describing the connection that they had right before the friend passed away, and the state of mind that he had being virtually "hypnotised" as he focuses everything he has on his friend. (I'm not sure about this verse though)

    "Life in slow motion somehow it don't feel real" - He can't believe what is happening and everything seems to be happening in slow motion due to the shock and grief that he is feeling. When you lose someone you can sometimes feel like the world is not right anymore, and that you are isolated from everyone around you because they are not sharing your loss.

    "Snowflakes are falling I'll catch them in my hands" - From now on he will treasure all the precious things in life such as friendship, make the most of them while he can, and not take them for granted.

    "Now you're my long lost friend" - His friend is gone forever.

    That's my interpretation of the song, and whether it's right or not that's how I will think of it because it makes it very moving to listen to.
    jonny100on November 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one my new favorite songs
    th3gh05ton January 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentugh what?

    Anyway, don't really know what this song means but I love the somehow it don't feel real part.

    Good Song!
    tbsbrandnewdcjewon July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has become one of my favorite DG songs. To me, it's about how some moments in your life seem to just defy time. Raindrops, snowflakes, and even people sometimes seem almost suspended in time. I really like the simplicity, it keeps it such a beautiful sort of sacred sentiment. "While I was watching, you did a slow dissolve" ... and you can almost see her dissapearing gradually.
    Jag3892on July 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentimo, its about taking bad news i.e. cheating wife/ death etc.
    Fiesta_bhoyon January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst heard this on ER, and it's one of my fave songs at the moment. It's a really lovely song, and I love the repetition in it.
    bentley_rocksxxon December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI definitely think this song is about someone close to him dying of an illness. A friend of mine died of cancer *just* before I heard this song, and it was an incredibly long, painful process. When I heard Slow Motion, it clicked with the situation.

    "Snowflakes are falling, now you're my long lost friend"- it's beautiful...actually, that entire last verse gets me every time. It shows a change in season. Everything was frozen in time as the person was dying- you get closed off within the walls that the person is bound by and that becomes your reality, but after they died, it's like he realized that life moved on- the seasons change, and it sets in. "You're my long lost friend". Time has truly continued to move- everything is real.

    The beginning is pretty somber and very introspective of the situation, but the end...it feels like a triumphant celebration of a beautiful friendship.

    One of Gray's finest works- no doubt!
    slowmotion73on October 26, 2008   Link

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