"Shades of Blue" as written by Ashley Parker Angel, Kenneth Karlin, Carsten Schack, Sean Hurley and Alex Cantrall....
As seven ticks to eight o'clock,
He rumbles down the stairs,
Mother's cooking in her kitchen, father is in his chair
The headline on the front page reads "the sun's coming out today",
Shining down in perfect streaks, it's anywhere USA.

With eyes wide open,
The sky is always a thousand shades of blue.
Probably broken, lost and lonely,
We're all just shades of you.

Can't you hear the school bells singing?
Hurry, don't be late.
Wandering the crowded hallways,
Searching for his place.
The writing on the chalk board reads,
"Who will be king this year?"
And even though he raised his hand,
No one knows he's there.

With arms wide open,
His life's becoming a thousand shades of blue,
Probably broken, lost and lonely,
We're all just shades of you.

There's no escaping where he's going,
A thousand shades of blue.
Probably hopeless, don't you notice?
We're all just shades of you.

He let the water run too deep,
Then he just slowly slipped on in,
And when he finds the nerve to breathe,
All they say is no one saw it coming.

Hear the sirens, the cops arriving,
A thousand shades of blue.
But it's hopeless, no one noticed,
We're all just shades of you.
With eyes wide open, they found him floating,
A thousand shades of blue.
There's no escaping where he's going,
We're all just shades of you.


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"Shades of Blue" as written by Ashley Angel Alex Cantrall

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    My InterpretationTeenage suicide is defiantly the message in this song. I think it's about understanding that you are not alone whenever you're feeling depressed. The chorus to me indicates this by:
    "With arms wide open
    The sky is always
    A thousand shades of blue
    Partly broken lost and lonley
    We're all just shades of you"

    I believe that part is talking directly to the male in the song. "We're all just shades of you," is the message that though the boy is depressed and feels like he's the only one who feels this way, Angel is telling him that everyone gets down sometimes and it's normal. Suicide doesn't have to be the answer.

    "He let the water run too deep
    Then he just slowly slipped on in
    And when he finds the nerve to breathe
    All they say is no one saw it coming

    Hear the sirens
    The cops arriving
    A thousand shades of blue
    But it's hopeless no one noticed
    We're all just shades of you
    With arms wide open
    They found him floating
    A thousand shades of blue
    There's no escaping where he's going
    We're all just shades of you"

    I don't believe this part is about literally drowning. I think it's about drowning in his sorrows. "He let the water run too deep," as in he allowed his depression to take over his life and mind. Then - "When he found the nerve to breathe," indicated he finally release all of his pain and killed himself. "All they say is nobody saw it coming," meaning even though his dad was in his chair, mom was in the kitchen, and nobody saw him raise his hand to be king, - those people were so close to him but never noticed his sadness.
    "They found him floating, a thousand shades of blue." - Whenever you die, your body becomes blue. I think that's what its about. It also made the world sad (and blue) so now everyone is "Shades of you," referring to the male.

    Maybe my interruption is out there but that is what I get from the beautiful song.
    LyricalSymphonyon May 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much! Its so sad though. :(
    jujubeanieon June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery deep and dark song. Inspirational too, as crazy as that sounds. It took me a few listens to realize this song was about teenage suicide. Ashley said that this song was written as a memory that stuck with him; a friend in high school who committed suicide, and shocked everyone.

    But it's hopeless no one noticed
    We're all just shades of you

    Very sad, but true.
    scorpio88on June 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought this song was about a kid drowning himself, because no one noticed him.

    He let the water run to deep
    Then he just slowly slipped on in
    And when he finds the nerve to breathe (gasp)
    All they say is no one saw it coming

    Hear the sirens
    The cops arriving
    A thousand shades of blue
    But it's hopeless no one noticed
    We're all just shades of you
    With eyes wide open
    They found him floating
    A thousand shades of blue
    There's no escaping where he's going
    They're all just shades of you
    jujubeanieon June 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI can really relate to this song. This song is so sad. The "thousand shades of blue" symbolizes the many "shades" of sadness in everybody. The blue can all so symbolize the water. When he slowly slipped into the water can symbolize how he was slowly pushed to suicide. Things like this happen nearly everyday around the world. it is a very true but very sad facts among the world.
    SaintMarvelMuffinon May 09, 2010   Link

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