"Tidal Wave" as written by Adam R. Young and Matthew Arnold Thiessen....
I wish I could cross my arms and cross your mind
'Cause I believe you'd unfold your paper heart and wear it on your sleeve
All my life I wish I broke mirrors instead of promises
'Cause all I see is a shattered conscience staring right back at me
I wish I had covered all my tracks completely
'Cause I'm so afraid, is that the light at the far end of the tunnel or just the train
Lift your arms, only heaven knows where the danger grows
And it's safe to say there's a bright light up ahead and help is on the way

I forget the last time I felt brave, I just recall insecurity
'Cause it came down like a tidal wave and sorrow swept over me

Depression please cut to the chase and cut a long story short
Oh please be done, how much longer can this drama afford to run
Fate looks sharp, severs all my ties and breaks whatever doesn't bend
But sadly then, all my heavy hopes just pull me back down again

I forget the last time I felt brave, I just recall insecurity
'Cause it came down like a tidal wave and sorrow swept over me
Then I was given grace and love
I was blind but now I can see
'Cause I've found a new hope from above
And courage swept over me

It hurts just to wake up whenever you're wearing thin
Alone on the outside
So tired of looking in
The end is uncertain
And I've never been so afraid
But I don't need a telescope to see that there's hope
And that makes me feel brave


Lyrics submitted by bonjouramigo

"Tidal Wave" as written by Adam Young Matthew Thiessen

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  • +6
    General CommentSo happy to hear Adam singing about God and hope.
    Not to mention it brought a huge smile to my face as soon as Matty T chimed in :]

    "Then I was given grace and love
    I was blind but now I can see
    'Cause I found a new hope from above
    And courage swept over me"
    I love that.
    atl1007on July 15, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMatt Thiessen + Adam Young = love

    This song is so...just...so wonderful. All the words really sorta describe my life and...just...wow. Owl City is amazing.
    rkfanatic101on July 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAs happy and peppy as this song sounds, I always found a bit of a darker part in these lyrics.

    "Depression, please cut to the chase and cut a long story short
    Oh, please be done how much longer can this drama afford to run?
    Fate looks sharp severs all my ties
    And breaks whatever doesn't bend
    But sadly then, all my heavy hopes just pull me back down again"

    "Cut a long story short" sounds like suicide- cutting a naturally long life short
    "How much longer can this drama afford to run?" hard times in life always seem to last a long time
    "Fate looks sharp/whatever doesn't bend" meaning that life sometimes dries us away from loved ones
    "all my hopes just pull me back down again" meaning that hopes have been smashed several times

    To me, this song is about being depressed and possibly as low as you can go- but you still have the optimism to expect a "light at the end of the tunnel", meaning that soon you'll be out of this tunnel of depression and thrown into the light of being okay. It's an "everything is going to be alright, in time" kind of song, and I'm glad he wrote something like this. ♥
    EluktricSprakon July 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song, he should write more like these. Adam and Matthew's voices just combine so amazingly.
    savanaron September 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how he remains secular while singing about a clearly spirtual theme. It really keeps him grounded. You can't accuse him of being some religious nut. He's just a hopeful man.
    brainscanhugon December 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. this song makees me feel so good about my future. All my struggles are . . . my slate is wiped clean through repentance. i ALWAYS have the courage to say no to whatever sins will bring me down. thank you, Adam. this song means the world to me, you have no idea. and great keys in it, too.
    Oceanside17on July 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthahah, i always thought it said "i forget the last time i felt brave, for calling security". :P
    jackrabbitjohn3on July 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song off of Ocean Eyes. I never realized how beautiful Matt Thiessen's voice was until I heard him sing along with Adam in this song and sound almost equally as awesome as him. I really like the lines "I wish I could cross my arms and cross your mind." and "I forget the last time I felt brave, I just recall insecurity. 'Cause it came down like a tidal wave and sorrow swept over me." I think this song is about being depressed and kinda unhappy with the way your life is right now, but being happy because you know someday it will be a lot better.
    cinnamonXsynonymon September 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Fireflies' and 'Tidal Wave' are the two songs that stand out for me on this album.
    Not sure on the new stuff though if i'm being completely honest, i prefer his previous albums (Maybe I'm Dreaming being the best so far in my opinion!) :)
    boxphoneson September 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmm... "Depression cut to the chase."
    Nice verb choice.
    MonsieurRosseauon December 27, 2009   Link

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