"Fireflies" written by Adam R. Young...
You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep

'Cause they fill the open air
And leave teardrops everywhere
You'd think me rude but I would just stand and stare

I'd like to make myself believe that planet earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems

'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they tried to teach me how to dance

A foxtrot above my head
A sock hop beneath my bed
A disco ball is just hanging by a thread (thread, thread)

I'd like to make myself believe that planet earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems (when I fall asleep)

Leave my door open just a crack
Please take me away from here
'Cause I feel like such an insomniac
Please take me away from here
Why do I tire of counting sheep
Please take me away from here
When I'm far too tired to fall asleep

To ten million fireflies
I'm weird cause I hate goodbyes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell (said farewell)

But I'll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
'Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar (jar, jar)

I'd like to make myself believe that planet earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems (when I fall asleep)

I'd like to make myself believe that planet earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems (when I fall asleep)

(I'd like to make myself believe that planet earth turns slowly)
(It's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep)
(Because my dreams are bursting at the seams)

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"Fireflies" as written by Adam R. Young

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  • +28
    General CommentBrilliant song! Kudos to Adam.

    I think this song is about the growing up and letting go of childhood, while still embracing our dreams and acting upon a few of them ("I saved a few and kept them in a jar"), with the fireflies representing those dreams.

    Just a thought... Less than a day left until Ocean Eyes :)
    fairweatherfriendon July 13, 2009   Link
  • +21
    General CommentMy memory of this song will always be from earlier this summer while I was camping.
    I couldn't sleep (because I have insomnia) and I was dealing with losing one of my friends.
    So I went outside, where it was completely silent and black (except for the unimaginable amount of stars) and I laid down on my back, and put my iPod on shuffle.
    This song played right away, and I just froze for a couple minutes, watching the stars and listening.
    And I know it sounds cheesy, but it was as if nothing else existed in that moment.

    It was one of those memories that you can never completely explain to anyone, but it sticks with you none the less. Amazing song.
    auberginedreams09on July 30, 2009   Link
  • +9
    General Commentit is rare that music is this purely happy and good
    it makes me feel like everything is going to be okay
    madgabbon July 15, 2009   Link
  • +9
    Song MeaningThis isn't a song about insomnia. Quite the opposite. The songs meaning is about lucid dreaming or astral projection which is one in the same. For those that have never experienced it, it is absolutely wonderful. The song translates to exactly to what one experiences. You see lights everywhere and yes they look like fireflies. The verse "It's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep" Means that because the experience is so wonderful you want to be in that state all the time and stay asleep. I know this all sounds like BS, I would have said it a year ago myself. I'm a 41 yo construction worker that just recently started lucid dreaming, and it's changed my whole outlook on life. listen or read the song again, and look at it from a perspective of someone that just saw and experienced something great, loving and wholesome for the first time. Check out patch parables and expand your minds.
    SGITUon November 04, 2012   Link
  • +6
    My Opinioni feel like this may also have a sadder mood to it. like how he keeps saying "please take me away from here"

    and also
    "Its hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep
    'Cause everything is never as it seems"

    to me he is kinda saying something is going wrong for him, and he cant sleep because he is so tired of it, but he would rather be asleep when he is awake.
    Lake047on July 21, 2009   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningI think its about having a dream world, or an ideal world that one can escape to, maybe in a dream at night or in a daydream, but knowing that this fantasy isn't reality and that it won't ever be reality is heartbreaking. So as much as the speaker wants to live in that fantasy world, he or she cannot because they're stuck in reality.
    AmoebaFloweron January 01, 2011   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningI think Adam's been quoted as saying that this is a song about his insomnia. I understand though that music is there for people to derive their own meanings, but the following is what I think based on what Adam has said. There is certainly enough evidence:

    He tries to asleep, but he is unable to do so (metaphorically represented by the "ten million fireflies"). The rest of the song seems pretty much an extension of this metaphor. The fireflies performing the "foxtrot about [his] head", a "sockhop" etc.

    The seemingly happy tune of the song is juxtaposed to the background vocals: "(please take me away from here)", which may suggest that he wishes for the insomnia to stop, as fun and bizarre the "fireflies" or dreams he sees may be.
    lyp1089on August 14, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think that it has to do with the freedom he gets from life when he can actually fall asleep. because of his insomnia, his brain is constantly working and thinking about things like time going by too fast, and all he wants is an escape. this is hinted in the "please take me away from here", he wants to be able to take a break from the reality and think about fantastic things like millions of fireflies dancing around him. "it's hard to say that i'd rather stay awake when i'm asleep", he wouldn't give up the time he actually gets to sleep, because in his dreams, nothing is as it seems. which to him, is a good thing. he is sad when the fireflies leave because it means he has to go back to the same, sensical life he's been living.
    juliiiion August 22, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI like to think of this as a song about childhood too - maybe it's specifically more about a child's summer. Not wanting to end the day. Trying to stay awake so as not to miss any of the excitement going on. Staying up till you're too tired to sleep and falling asleep dreaming of fireflies. Knowing that eventually summer will end and trying to squeeze the last little piece of enjoyment out of the day.
    LikestoWanderon July 19, 2009   Link
  • +3
    MemoryMy memory of this song dates back to somewhere in the middle/end of August 2007. I was still living in New York at the time, and it because a tradition to visit my family out in Jersey every summer. This particular summer, I met this girl. My brother, cousin, and I were sitting outside the pizzaria when I was talking to my cousin and I heard this girl start talking to my brother. I turned in his direction and seen her give him a hug. When I looked at her, everything around me started spinning but in slow motion and my focus was all on her. I went deaf, I don't even remember what my cousin was saying to me. After the hug, she walked away from my brother, and I asked him who that girl was. Her name was Tiffany. I was so jealous when she hugged my brother, even though I knew it was just a friendly hug. I wanted her to be mine.

    She was trying to help my brother get with one of her friends, who is now his current girlfriend (we moved to Jersey the next summer). Everytime I hear this song it makes me feel like I was 13 again (I'm 16 now). Whenever I hear the intro beat to this song, it puts me back in time to when I was sitting in the silver metal chair outside Antonio's pizzaria on Main St. watching her give my brother a hug. I wish you guys could see her, she had (and STILL has) the most beautiful smile ever.

    Later that week, I added her on MySpace, and with my luck out of no where, she began telling people that me and her were best friends! I don't know where that came from, but I liked it. We talked all the time on MySpace until I moved to her town in Jersey in November 2008. We fell in love, and she's all mine now. This song makes me feel young again, and although she's mine now, I wish I could go back to the day I first laid my eyes on her and tell her she was beautiful, because she really is the greatest.
    BK520on December 21, 2010   Link

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