You can take what you can get
I forgive but I forget
You can never sleep enough
And your alarm is going off
You wake up and you can't pretend
A dream was just a dream again
Won't you dry your eyes?
But it doesn't matter anymore
You did just what you did before
Until you realize the words
Go la la la la la

You can dip your brain in joy
When you find the real McCoy
When some pretty boys with skinny ties
With black flowers and Valentines
Try to take you home
Do you recognize that I
Have stopped before you get too high
On your own supplies
Singing la la la la

You want it, you got it
You can't take it home
You got a long way to go
I wait forever to say that you will
You have a heart to show, ohh

Well you don't have to stay inside
Don't have to run, don't have to hide
Come dry your eyes
You know you can always change your mind
Maybe I will too in time
Once we understand
No one understands at all
Singing la la la la
Singing la la la la


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Black Flowers song meanings
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    General CommentI'm not sure, but everytime I listen to this song I think about a guy (or girl) who has a friend who's not quite sure of what she wants.

    And the guy likes her, and she knows this, but she is still confused about her choices. So she goes around and sleeps with other people.

    And it pains him to know that she's going around with guys who wouldn't treat her as well as he would treat her. And she knows it bothers him so she's ashamed. But no matter what happens, the guy is going to support her and wait patiently, hence:
    "Well you don't have to stay inside
    Don't have to run, don't have to hide
    Come dry your eyes
    You know you can always change your mind".

    Or maybe it's about two people in a relationship, and one decides to cheat, and then feels bad about it.

    Or maybe a father-daughter relationship, and the father looking after his daughter.

    Or maybe I should shut up because I'm not making sense.

    Great song. Cheers.
    youmakemenervouson November 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen i hear this song, i think about the beginning of the end of a relationship. one of the hardest parts: the realization that you have been in denial, that it isn't working anymore. one person in the relationship is witnessng the other slowly pulling away. the person pulling away is dreaming of how things could change for the better, and wakes up 'crying'. the other doesn't want things to end, believes that things will work out. maybe this person realizes that there is no 'real McCoy'... he is almost saying "go ahead, try and find it, it doesn't exist" like nothing is perfect, what we have IS the real thing....


    "You can never sleep enough
    And your alarm is going off
    You wake up and you can't pretend
    A dream was just a dream again
    Won't you dry your eyes?

    it is hard to describe exactly what i feel this song means literally... it is such a great song and everytime that i hear it, i realize how much i relate to it... in what way? i feel like the person drifting away in the relationship, yet somehow i still empathize with the person who is still in love and has been there supporting all along... that is the beauty in this song, it gives me understanding for both people struggling... each on their own journey...
    amyofmeon March 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe the line marked ?? is "you got a long way to go"
    Storm&Stresson October 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust picked up this album today. Wow. The production on this song is great. Gives me goosebumps!
    i_love_it_allon October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI mostly agree with youmakemenervous(good analysis), but i feel like they were in a relationship before, but they broke up. Though there are still feelings on both sides, and her going around and sleeping with guys leaves her ashamed.

    Also this song is good at the writer showing a contrast between him and the other guys:

    When some pretty boys with skinny ties
    With black flowers and Valentines
    Try to take you home
    Do you recognize that I
    Have stopped before you get too high
    On your own
    ty_41bson December 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i hear this song, i think about the beginning of the end of a relationship. one of the hardest parts: the realization that you have been in denial, that it isn't working anymore. one person in the relationship is witnessng the other slowly pulling away. the person pulling away is dreaming of how things could change for the better, and wakes up 'crying'. the other doesn't want things to end, believes that things will work out. maybe this person realizes that there is no 'real McCoy'... he is almost saying "go ahead, try and find it, it doesn't exist" like nothing is perfect, what we have IS the real thing....


    "You can never sleep enough
    And your alarm is going off
    You wake up and you can't pretend
    A dream was just a dream again
    Won't you dry your eyes?

    it is hard to describe exactly what i feel this song means literally... it is such a great song and everytime that i hear it, i realize how much i relate to it... in what way? i feel like the person drifting away in the relationship, yet somehow i still empathize with the person who is still in love and has been there supporting all along... that is the beauty in this song, it gives me understanding for both people struggling... each on their own journey...
    amyofmeon March 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's "high on your own supplies", obviously
    Dr Zenon April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was "You can dip your brain in joy/when you find the real McCoy"

    Regardless, great song, one of my favorites on the album.
    atomsplitteron May 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am getting different lyrics listening to the CD version from the Album I'm Not Afraid of You and I will Beat your ass - did this person have a live recording or see it in concert?

    Until you realize the words
    Are going on and on and on

    Mine
    Until you realize
    that words go la la la la

    Do you recognize that I
    Have stopped before you get too high
    On your own, surprise
    Singing la la la la

    I got: Do you recognize enough
    To stop before you get to love
    On your own survive
    Singing la la la la

    I think that version clarifies/adds meaning as well; the male was in love with this absolutely terrific lovely girl. But now he's been woken up and lost her and the dream is just a dream.

    The second verse is his warning for her; she is immediately surrounded by other guys (because she is beautiful and now "free") - and he is warning her not to fall in love again; because look at what happened the first time; he still loves her; he wants her to survive, and keep singing (la la la la).

    And the bridge/final verse are him offering himself again - he wants the love back, and is offering to be there, as a friend or lover, if she wants to come back.
    Ikerenon June 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it's
    'you wake up and you can't pretend
    the TRUTH is just a dream again'
    brittlelittleboneson October 01, 2008   Link

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