"The Saltwater Room (Ocean Eyes Album Version)" as written by and Adam R. Young....
I opened my eyes last night
And saw you in the low light
Walking down by the bay
On the shore,
Staring up at the stars, that aren't there anymore
I was feeling the night grow old
And you were looking so cold
So like an introvert
I drew my over shirt
Around my arms and began, to shiver violently before
You happened to look
And see the tunnels all around me
Running into the dark
Underground
All the subways around, create a great sound
To my motion fatigue
Farewell
With your ear to a seashell
You can hear the waves in underwater caves
As if you actually were inside a saltwater room

Time together isn't never quite enough
When you and I are alone, I've never felt so at home
What will it take to make or break this hint of love?
Only time, only time

Can you believe that the crew has gone
And wouldn't let me sign on?
All my islands have sunk
In the deep,
And I can hardly relax or even oversleep
But I feel more with your hand
In mine
When we walk on the shore line
I guess we'll never know, why sparrows love the snow
We'll turn off all of the lights and set this ballroom aglow

So tell me darling do you wish we'd fall in love?
(Yeah all the time) all the time
Time together isn't never quite enough
When you and I are alone, I've never felt so at home
What will it take to make or break this hint of love?
Only time, only time
When we're apart whatever are you thinking of?
If this is what I call home, why does it feel so alone?
So tell me darling, do you wish we'd fall in love?
All the time, all the time

Time together isn't never quite enough
When we're apart whatever are you thinking of?
What will it take to make or break this hint of love?
So tell me darling do you wish we'd fall in love?
All the time,
All the time


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"The Saltwater Room" as written by Adam R. Young

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  • +1
    General CommentI don't like this version as much as the original, but it's still one of my favorites of Ocean Eyes.

    Sometimes, you don't know how exactly how to love someone, you just know that they've become an integral part of your life.
    fairweatherfriendon July 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGotta say, the original version is good, but for some reason i really love the Ocean Eyes version. its so cute, and relaxes me and makes me happy every time i listen to it. :)
    awesome song!
    Bamboobieon August 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've loved this song from the first time I've ever heard it, but I thought it seemed like a very sad song. But since I've now read some of the comments made by others, I realized that this song could be totally the opposite. I now have formed my own idea based on some of other's ideas, so I may repeat myself a bit in my description:


    I believe it's about a girl and guy that are friends who are starting to develop feeling for each other. The guy seems to have many emotional problems. Now the breakdown of the lyrics.

    "I opened my eyes last night and saw you in the low light"
    -The guy wakes up and instantly starts thinking about what went on last night
    -The "low light" probably refers to literal low light, meaning its nighttime, which is easily identifiable with the lyrics to come

    "Walking down by the bay, on the shore, Staring up at the stars that aren't there anymore"
    -That's pretty self explanatory; she's walking by the shore at night, no doubt accompanied by the guy

    "I was feeling the night grow old"
    -No need for explanation

    "and you were looking so cold, So like an introvert, I drew my over shirt, Around my arms and began to shiver violently"
    -She's cold, so he gives her his over shirt to sacrifice his warmth for hers

    "Before you happened to look and see the tunnels all around me, Running in to the dark underground"
    -This is where it seems to get more emotional. I think this refers to him having emotional problems, mainly, loneliness

    "All the subways around create a great sound"
    -There's two ways I can take this:
    1- This is referring again to these "tunnels running in to the dark underground" where there are possibly subways in these "tunnels" and scream with joy when he's with her and to me seems that he feels like all his problems go away when he's with her (like loneliness).
    or
    2-He literally means he hears subways and simply likes the sound of them.

    "To my motion fatigue, farewell, with your ear to a seashell"
    -He's thinking of how great he feels when he's with her as he watches her put a seashell to her ear.

    "You can hear the waves in underwater caves, As if you actually were inside a saltwater room"
    -She hears the typical sound of the "ocean" when she puts the seashell to her ear
    -The "saltwater room" may be an actual thing of existence that I'm unaware of, but I'm pretty sure they don't exist, so I think this is just possibly a figment of imagination to the guy because he loves the sea.

    "Time together isn't ever quite enough"
    -Obvious

    "When you and I are alone, I've never felt so at home"
    -His loneliness is cured when he's with her

    "What will it take to make or break this hint of love? Only time, only time"
    -Now at first this was the part of the song that made me feel like this was a sad song, but again, my views have changed
    -I now believe she's wondering what would "make or break" the start of their developing feelings for each other, and he answers that time is the answer, because their "hint of love" would fade over time if neither of them did anything about it, but in order for feelings to develop, it takes time... so it answers both parts of the question

    "Can you believe that the crew has gone? And the wouldn't let me sign on"
    -This could be a reference to a sea crew that he wanted to join because of his love for the ocean, or it could be old friends that left him behind in some way or other. Either way, it seemed to have hurt him, which is probably part of those emotional "tunnels"

    "All my islands have sunk in the deep"
    -I'm not really sure about this part. My only thought right now is that it could possibly be financial debt because the islands (money, source of wealth, etc.) have sunk (debt)

    "And I can hardly relax or even oversleep"
    -He can't sleep because of his problems

    "When I feel warm with your hand in mine, When we walk along the shore line"
    -He's recalling good memories with her

    "I guess we'll never know why sparrows love the snow"
    -This is the part that I'm most unsure of. I think he's using this as an analogy of sorts to his situation with the girl; apparently sparrows love the snow (I don't know if that's true or not) and he doesn't know why, and he also doesn't know exactly why he feels the way he does when he's around this girl

    "We'll turn out all of the lights and set this ballroom aglow"
    -We're going to fix the problems and let our love grow


    Well I believe that's it. I love this song so much I've spent like 20 minutes typing all of this up, and it's pretty much just come to me when I was listening to it a little while ago. Anyways, my thoughts are that this song isn't a sad song at all, but the starting of love. I hope you like my thoughts :)
    Gets0me9on January 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song and I definitely don't think it was necessary to redo it for the Ocean Eyes album...but this newer version is growing on me [:


    It's just as meaningful and touching as it's always been. <3
    LovelyMauveon July 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs much as I love the old version, I love this one too. This version is what he plays live and it's veryvery good!
    Alysennon July 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI suppose I am a bit bias in favor of this version since I heard it first but I think it is more aggressive towards liking the other person which i really get a kick out of versus the original. At any rate they are both incredible songs.
    BlueSkyandEarthon July 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like this song.. :)
    irkristinaon July 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI can't really decide if I like this version or the original better, I've been an Owl City fan since their first album so I appreciate and understand all of their work.

    "So tell me darlin', do you wish we'd fall in love?"
    When this is said, I think that their in between a relationship and being friends, and they don't know what they really want to be, but they both know that if they want to, they could let themselves fall in love with each other.
    oceaneyeson August 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy personal favorite off of Ocean Eyes :)
    chelseabaueron September 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningfirst of all i am in looove with this guy!!! great music, finally something different. ok i think this song is about being inlove with someone and them loving you but the 2 never admitt to eachother they love the other. and just wanting them to move past that. just my opinion.
    iheartaboyon October 23, 2009   Link

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