"Dimmer" as written by Justin Rice and Christian Rudder....
Am I dimmer every day?
Am I just a little glimmer
like a tiny bobbing head
of an ocean swimmer?

Olly olly oxen free
Can you see me?

Do I slowly get erased
as I slowly eat my dinner?
Though my stomach might agree
I'm hardly getting thinner

Olly olly oxen free
Can you see me?

I would choose the darkest horse
That's the horse I'd ride
The stables would be shadowy
and we'd start the race behind

They'd take their feet
and toss their hats
and yell out in surprise
You wouldn't need binoculars
You'd see it with your own two eyes

Am I dimmer every day?
Am I shrinking, am I shrinking?
Can you recognize my thoughts?
Do you care what I am thinking?

Olly olly oxen free
Can you see me?

You see me now
but it takes a lot of squinting
and there isn't any shade
and the sun is unrelenting

Olly olly oxen free
Can you see me?

I would choose the darkest horse
That's the horse I'd ride
The stables would be shadowy
and we'd start the race behind

They'd take their feet
and toss their hats
and yell out in surprise
You wouldn't need binoculars
You'd see it with your own two eyes


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    General CommentI'm from Norway and doesn't understand what they mean with "Olly olly oxen free" Someone explain?
    zedong82on June 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm getting the vibe that this song is about the singer feeling unappreciated and commonly overlooked. He wants to take the spectators of the "race" by surprise and show that he is worth something and worth being noticed.
    brandonterrillon August 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI see it as the singer doesn't want to fade out, and they feel like they are, and like people aren't noticing him, like he's in the background.
    "I would choose the darkest horse" - he has the tendency to fade into the background
    "stables would be shadowy, we'd start the race behind" - he would be hidden and not a favorite win
    "They'd take their feet, and toss their hats, and yell out in surprise" - but he would push through and win, despite the odds- show people that he is successful and worthwhile.
    so pretty similar to what brandonterrill said :)
    x2luckystaron November 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commentzedong82-

    "Olly olly oxen free" is something that kids say while playing Hide-and-Seek in the US. The person who has to find the others has to close his eyes and count (usually to 100). When he's done counting, he shouts out loud, "Olly olly oxen free!" to warn the people that he's ready to search and find them.

    My guess is that for this song, the narrator is saying this phrase to mean that he isn't going to just sit there and count anymore, he's going to get out there and make something of himself. He'll find ways to be noticed/seen.
    RedTreeClearanceon November 19, 2009   Link

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