Take your headphones off, little girl
Listen to the sounds of the world
Put your heart into it
It's all intuitive

Paint a picture black and white
Write a book about the meaning of life
You gotta use what you've been given
To change the world you're livin' in

What would you do with all the answers?
What would you do if you're the only one?

Annie dreams of others when she's wide awake
Wishin' on the beauty that they hide away
And if someday you slip away from all the souls that you've saved,
I promise I'll find you in the afterglow

Starin' out the window
Seein' the streetlights pass you by
In the reflection in your eyes
Your thoughts collide

It's more than coincidence
Believe in it ever since, you know,
"The times, they are a-changin'"
All that's happened in the past.

What would you do with all the answers?
What would you do if you're the only one?

Annie dreams of others when she's wide awake
Wishin' on the beauty that they hide away
And if someday you slip away from all the souls that you've saved,
I promise I'll find you in the afterglow
I promise I'll find you in the afterglow (x3)


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    General Commentlove this song. my interpretation is that this song is just about life.

    I'm not entirely sure what the lines "Annie dreams of others when she's wide awake, wishin' on the beauty that they hide away". Maybe it's about daydreaming about different possibilities.
    I would imagine the "afterglow" means heaven or something like it.

    but otherwise i think it's just about appreciating life.
    Cwhaticandoon June 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs, very beautiful.

    My interpretation is that it's about a girl (Annie) who is making a major life choice to dedicate her life to improving the world.

    This comes as a sudden realization -- "Seein' the streetlights pass you by / In the reflection in your eyes / Your thoughts collide" which she will "Believe in it ever since"

    It turns out to be her calling/gift ("Listen to the sounds of the world / Put your heart into it / It's all intuitive") and she touches a number of lives ("Annie dreams of others when she's wide awake / Wishin' on the beauty that they hide away". Maybe even gains some level of fame.

    However, this path is also somewhat of a lonely one ("What would you do with all the answers? / What would you do if you're the only one?"). The singer promises that even though she's dedicated her life to helping other people, once she's accomplished her life's work, he'll come find her "in the afterglow" and she can be herself again.
    eyon March 30, 2014   Link

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