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Day Glo,
Chrome window,
Shapes in the clouds,
the hungry fish for miles around,
upstream, jumpin' out of the water,
gills in the air,
I got many people to thank,
but I can't write letters,
I can't write letters.

My friends on the edge of the old graveyard,
they sit on an old grey porch,
and watch foxes play,
and juggle wine,
the kind of wine that you don't mind spillin',
that you don't mind spillin'.

Well I fill out the forms and I make my death come slowly.
One at a time some kind of record unrollin'.
"You best begin sometime", she said, "but you can't start until you're ready".
Yet it seemed to be controlled,
somehow bowed her fingernails, eyelashes and all the essential parts.
We talk about dreams a lot.
She reads our fortunes out loud,
I think it's funny and I go stay with her,
and I go stay with her,
and I don't mind dyin',
when I make love to her,
to her, to her.
Day Glo.

Under a wall of sound,
a riverbed of clay,
the distance between us stays,
close, but not close,
far, but not too far,
Close, but not close,
far, but not too far,

Day Glo.

Lyrics submitted by drdoe, edited by natcatwil

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    General Commenti think that the ()? might be something like "yet it seemed to be"
    as for the meaning, i'm not really sure, but this song is pretty fun (and pretty simple) to play on a baritone ukulele or guitar if you don't have the prior.
    septapuson March 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, but I think it is quite odd.
    I'm not sure of the meaning but when I listen to it, it always sounds as if the speaker is dying and spending the last days with someone he loves.
    BettyHolly1950on June 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLove this song! It's the perfect song for a lazy summer day. I think that's part of the meaning of the song too: it's just about hanging out with his friends and the girl he loves when he's got nothing else to do. I love the line "I don't mind dyin', when I make love to her."

    I think "shoosh" in the first verse is actually "fish" because it seems to make more sense that way.
    oh1no2its3alisonon December 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPretty sure that he’s dyeing. He has people to thank but he can’t write letters because he’s not ready to accept it. His friends are on the edge of an old graveyard sitting on a porch. They live near a cemetery and are just living life still. He feels like writing letters is like giving up and describing his life in some last chance effort and once they are done that he is done. She told him he better do it before he can’t, but that he needs to accept it first so he can move on. He’s trying to enjoy life, and falls in love with the girl and he slowly comes to peace with death. Eventually he dies and he’s buried. The last lines “the distance between us stays. Close but not too close, far but not too far away” really have a lot of meaning behind them. They will be separated by his death, but he is buried just out in the old graveyard near her so he will never be too far away. That was my interpretation, however there are literally a million ways to interpret music, and it’s kind of a bummer to assume that they meant any one single thing. I could be completely wronged, so really it is what you make of it! I love this song, it’s poetic and sad, but happy all the same. It reminds me of the process of coming to terms with death and being thankful for your life and what you have.
    123EHLMon December 03, 2017   Link

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