"Red" as written by Ian Dench, Amanda Ghost and Scott Mcfarnon....
And I'm alright
Standing in the streetlights here
Is this meant for me
My time on the outside is over
We don't know how you're spending
All of your days
Knowing that love isn't here
You see the pictures
But you don't know their names no
Cause love isn't here

And I can't do this by myself
All of these problems, they're all in your head
And I can't be somebody else
You took something perfect
And painted it red

No sympathy
When shouting out is all you know
Behind your lies
I can see the secrets you don't show
We don't know how you're spending
All of your days
Knowing that love isn't here
You see the pictures
But you don't know their names no
Cause love isn't here

And I can't do this by myself
All of these problems, they're all in your head
And I can't be somebody else
You took something perfect
And painted it red
When, you took something perfect
And painted it red

You take the best things from
Then everything gets empty
That's not a world that I need
Ooh, you take the best things from me
Then everything gets empty
That's not a world that I need
Oh

And I can't do this by myself
All of these problems, they're all in your head
And I can't be somebody else
You took something perfect
And painted it red
When, you took something perfect
And painted it red
When, you took something perfect and painted it red
You took something perfect
And painted it red


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"Red" as written by Ian Dench, Amanda Ghost, Scott Mcfarnon

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about a girl he is in love with but she doesn't love him because can't get over her ex. She lead him on and told him it would work but she doesn't love him. He thinks it was perfect but she's coming up with all these problems that aren't real because she's too busy comparing him to her ex.

    Also the line "I can't be somebody else" is Daniel's way of saying that he can't be her ex. he is himself but that's not good enough for her. She's in denial saying that she's over her ex but he can see through her. "Behind your lies, I can see the secrets you don't show".

    An excellent song, helping me through the same situation at the moment. I love how you can hear the emotion in his voice.
    Danom8on June 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song makes me think of what I'm going thru right now.

    I have this girlfriend that I love, she is great is so many ways, while at the same time she is so not well with herself, she is never satisfied of anything for very long, she regrets every decision she makes, she is always putting everything in question, she has no patience or tolerance, especially not for me.

    I think the song sums up the result.

    Sometime she loves me, sometime she hates me, most of the time she is convinced that she should leave me so she could be with someone else, but she would not, she is certain she will regrets her decision. I'm stuck, I try hard to make her happy, it works most of the time, but then she will turn all the beautiful things we did together into every negative sides she can create out of them.

    Still I wont leave her, life would be too boring without her.
    Walkingsonon January 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about a guy who knew for a while that his girlfriend was cheating, but was waiting for her to come clean..."my time on the outside is over" & "behind your lies I can see the secrets you don't show" ...I think the line "you took something perfect and painted it red" refers to her affair and how it changed everything about the relationship.
    vonniezon June 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningMerriweather himself said that this song is about the blindness of war and the absence of compassion displayed by western administrations.
    But it's still beautiful that songs, their lyrics- such as poems- can be interpreted differently and have different importance and meanings to everyone based on their life situation.

    paulinkaon September 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song was written by Daniel about going through a bad break up. It's beautiful, especially the accoustic Live Lounge version.
    calnonon May 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. For me this is about a relationship that has gone stale for one person and they are doing everything they can think of to make the break up easier by arguing and creating problems that aren't there: 'and I can't do this by myself, all of these problems they're all in your head. And I can't be somebody else, you took something perfect and painted it red.' This song is beautiful - best on the album.
    Teambearon June 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat "Red" means?
    tordajavon June 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would guess "painted it red" means she ruined it. It was perfect and she caused problems and anger - the red. She fell out of love with him and created the problems to push him away. He can't do this by himself because he's the only one putting the effort into a failing relationship.
    Sazzle14on June 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby far my favourite song of the year!
    he has a beautiful voice,and this is a very beautiful song
    dellvkhon June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Oden's Raven, this song is amazing.
    Boogiebanezon June 18, 2009   Link

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