"Dear Vienna" as written by and Adam R. Young....
I regarded the world as such a sad sight
Until I viewed it in black and white
Then I reviewed every frame and basic shape
And sealed the exits with caution tape
Don?t refocus your eyes in the darkness
And don?t remember this place unless
I describe all the things that you cannot see
And we?ll unravel the mystery

Farewell all my friends in textbooks, ?cuz I?m going home
?Cuz my blood cells cannot depend on the weather in photographs
There?s a light show out my window, somewhere way up there
Dear Vienna, are you singing?
Dear Vienna, are you swinging?
Dear Vienna, we were happy like the shades of May when we got carried away

I regarded the world as such a sad sight
Until I viewed it in black and white
Then I reviewed every frame and basic shape
And sealed the exits with caution tape
Don?t refocus your eyes in the darkness
And don?t remember this place unless
I describe all the things that you cannot see
And we?ll unravel the mystery


I was so far out of place
Watching those stars in outer space
'cause I am so far from where you are

There?s a light show out my window, somewhere way up there
Dear Vienna, are you singing?
Dear Vienna, are you swinging?
Dear Vienna, we were happy like the shades of May when we got carried away


Lyrics submitted by JonnyTheMohawk, edited by infinitypool, FallenArch3809

"Dear Vienna" as written by Adam R. Young

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    General CommentThis is such an amazing song.

    "There's a light show out my window."

    That reminds me of 4th of July.
    I could be COMPLETELY wrong.

    Owl City makes me think of so many different things and places.
    Each relating to something SO happy.

    Adam Young is amazing, incredible, inspirational.
    Alysennon June 08, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the 'Dear Vienna' refers to this being a letter he's writing to a girl named Vienna. He's tells of how he was extremely depressed when he focused on the evil and death in the world, rather than the good and the life. He instead focuses on the details of life, and that helps him feel better about this fleeting existence.
    Knave283on February 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI notice Adam doesn't use names of people very much, but names of places. I wonder if this song is about a time when he lived in or visited Vienna and really liked it there. But now that he's home he can only visit it in his memories, and he wonders if it is still the singing and dancing place he loved.
    sablechatraton March 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is written about the holocaust.

    "i regarded the world in such a sad sight till i reviewed it in black and white
    then i reviewed every frame in basic shape and sealed the exits with caution tape"
    ---he went to the museum and never wants it to happen again

    "dont refocus your eyes in the darkness and dont remember this place unless
    i describe all the things that you cannot see and we'll unravel the mystery"
    ---talking to the survivors, dont think about it and think about how happy you are that its over

    "farewell all my friends in textbooks im going home"
    ---goodbye to loved ones whose names will be written in textbooks

    "cuz my blood cells cannot depend on the weather in photographs"
    ---you cant determine what will happen to me from what you read

    "theres a light show out my window somewhere way up there"
    ---he is seeing hoorrible things happen

    "dear vienna we were happy like the shades of may when we got carried away"
    -vienna is actually a town in like germany or someplace i saw on a map of the holocaust. and they were happy when they were carried away

    if i were to right a song about the holocaust i would word it just like this cuz me and adam have like the same writing style
    lampshades120on July 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a girl named Vienna with cancer dying. "My blood cells cannot depend on the weather in photographs." She was actually a girl Adam Young knew I believe. She died in May,"Farewell all my friends." "We were happy like the shades of may." I also watched an interview! lol
    Blackotheon April 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI believe it's about two depressed people.

    "I regarded the world as such a sad sight
    Until I viewed it in black and white
    Then I reviewed every frame and basic shape
    And sealed the exits with caution tape"

    At first Adam is depressed, he wants to die. But then he examines life as a whole, and realized that suicide is not an answer to your problems ("And sealed the exits with caution tape").

    "Don't refocus your eyes in the darkness
    And don't remember this place unless
    I describe all the things that you cannot see
    And we'll unravel the mystery"

    Now he's talking to someone else (Vienna). He doesn't want her to focus on all the negatives. The things she can't see are the "positives."

    "Farewell, all my friends in textbooks
    I'm going home
    'Cause my blood cells cannot depend
    On the weather in photographs"

    Adam is saying he isn't going to join "his friends in textbooks" by dying. His bloods cells = emotions (or body in general). His emotions shouldn't be affected by something physical (the weather).

    "There's a light show out my window
    Somewhere way up there"

    Behind all the evil in world there is still an underlying joy.

    "Dear Vienna, are you singing?
    Dear Vienna, are you swinging?"

    He's asking Vienna something... either if she's still happy, or still alive.

    "Dear Vienna, we were happy
    Like the shades of May
    When we got carried away

    I was so far out of place
    Watching those stars in outer space
    'Cause I am so far from where you are"

    These lines hint how they got their depression. Perhaps they broke up or Vienna died.

    Overall, it's about something happening to this "couple." Both of them then spiral into depression because they are not with each other, but then one overcomes it and then sends a message to the other telling her how to overcome it also.
    Blitzkidon April 06, 2012   Link
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    General Commentin the first paragraph, when he is talking about the world, i think he is saying if you take a step back and look at everything, life is beautiful. Its when you get caught up into the darkness and can't see the bigger picture that you get down. So he tells her not to look at it too closely or "Don’t refocus your eyes in the darkness And don’t remember this place" unless he shows her the big picture.

    In the second paragraph, he is saying he is going to stop living in the past, hence the photos and text books. Because his blood cells can't depend on them, or what makes his life isn't the past, but what he makes of each moment.

    thats all i got lol, the Dear Vienna part doesn't quite make sense to me yet.
    hcorbridgeon January 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song. the chorus is absolutely beautiful.
    [Music]Junkie09on February 27, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautiful and the first lines have a good point. I regarded the world as such a sad sight
    Until I viewed it in black and white. its almost what i live by now:)
    2shy2dance111on May 12, 2009   Link
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    MemoryIs it really "shades of May?"

    When I listen to it he's quite clearly pronouncing a K. Then again, shake of May doesn't sound right, but still...
    Clurichaunon June 18, 2009   Link

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