Donnie had a good friend (Stephanie) who passed away in part due to something he had done wrong. He was partying with guitarist Derek Frigo (and his super-annoying girlfriend who wanted the song to...
Six o'clock in the morning
Still sitting here pouring the drinks till they're gone
We did everything together
We would have done it forever
How did we go wrong
I know that what goes up comes down
I didn't know you hit the ground

Why'd ya have to give it up
You were just a little girl
I'll never look into your blue eyes
Fly high Michelle

We did it just for a good time
A misunderstood time
We lived with a fear
I wish we still could have done things
Not overhung things
I wish you were here
And now I'll live a life of could have beens
Until new life begins

Why'd ya have to give it up
You were just a little girl
I'll never look into your blue eyes
Fly high Michelle

I'll say another prayer tonight
And I'll see you in the light

Why'd ya have to give it up
You were just a little girl
I'll never look into your blue eyes
Fly high Michelle

Lyrics submitted by Tidalcloud, edited by 2005FILMS

"Fly High Michelle" as written by Donald E. Vandevelde

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    My InterpretationIn their late teens, young friends experiment with much heavier drugs than alcohol and marijuana. Family values -- taught and warned that drugs are bad, was always in the backs of their minds, so they were aware of and feared ... and miscalculated the danger. He was able to pull himself back from the edge and move on; however, Michelle's recreational use of drugs became a full blown addiction. While he was getting on with his life -- in his quest for success he was not around much to see warning signs that Michelle was spiraling out of control. Unaware that she hit rock bottom and was unable to bounce back, when Michelle's young, drug-addled life was cut short by an overdose, he was devastated and shocked ... he still misses her very much. He had no idea things were that bad ... he can't believe he didn't see it coming, and he's beating himself up over it. He feels selfish, partially responsible, and bears a tremendous amount guilt for not being there to intervene and possibly save her.
    AlexandriaDanielson March 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm listening to this song right now. It's definitely about a girl's suicide written from the perspective of her ex-boyfriend who is drunk, reminiscing and grieving that he'll never see her again and that she shouldn't have given up her struggle with life.

    He's wishing they could have done more together, and that it may have swayed her from suicide, midway through the song the lyrics change to "You had to give it up" meaning he's realized there's nothing that could have swayed from her suicide

    AbbeyRoad52on March 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMust be about a girl's suicide...
    NeglectedFieldon December 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this track is about questioning someone's girlfriend (Michelle's) suicide.
    Fredzepon September 26, 2007   Link

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