"Skyscrapers" as written by and Damian Kulash....
Skyscrapers, please forgive me
I didn?t mean a word I said
Skyscrapers, I was just tangled up in my own head
And somehow in all the madness
I thought that I was seeing straight
It ain?t always pretty, but it seemed there was no other way
And I guess, all I ever loved
Was standing right before my eyes
And I, oh I, I was blind
So skyscrapers, please forgive me
I?m standing here repentative, man
Oh skyscrapers, I?ll never look down again, again
Oh ?cause I guess, all I ever loved
Was standing right before my eyes
Oh yeah I guess all I?ve ever known
Was standing here all the time
And I, yeah I, I was blind
You were right here all the time
You were right here all the time, I was blind

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"Skyscrapers" as written by Damian Kulash


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    General Commentthis is what i hear when i listen: there is a girl that is absolutely perfect for the narrator but he's gone and told her that he 'sees her as a friend' or some such bullshit while he goes and sleeps with a bunch of pointless women. it ain't pretty, but those are the paces that he put himself through to have this moment of clarity where he realizes that she's all he's ever loved and she's always been there and he's sorry, please forgive me yadda yadda. she is a skyscraper...so huge, in his face and hard to miss, yet he was blind. just listen to that voice. he's really regretting what he said and did and he's really in love and is begging her forgiveness. total prince. gotta love it.
    fresnosummeron July 09, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's an apology song. If you did your research, you'll find out about the singer's failing marriage and how he wrote most of the songs when he was waiting for her answer. If you replace "Skyscrapers" with "(insert girl's name here)", the song is crystal clear. That's just my thought's, though.
    magnoliamaggiemagon June 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFor me, it's about somebody who has been so wrapped up in his depression and focusing only on the negative (looking down at the ground), that he failed to see all the good that was around him until it was too late. Love was right in front of him, but he couldn't see it because his vision was distorted by the depression, and it slipped away.
    paranoidmonkeyblueson December 18, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThe protagonist used to have "big city dreams", (which is much reflected on in their song "Bye Bye Baby") but when he finally makes it, he realizes that it's not all that; in fact, it's quite lonely.
    To make matters worse, when he left the band's hometown (presumably Chicago), he probably said some bad things about the city because it wasn't as glorious as other cities, and that he would never have to see it again.

    This song is about his return, and he is apologizing to the city when he says that "[He} didn't mean a word [he] said" and "All [He] ever loved was standing right before [his] eyes, and that [he] was blind".

    Basically, a "There's no place like home" type song.

    It even has a Chicago-style Jazz sound to it, so there's that! :)
    Overtoniscationon February 05, 2012   Link
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    General Commentan astoundingly beautiful song. Simple melody with haunting lyrics. Im digging the bass and the snare drums, fuck it everything works well in this song, and I'm sure it has to do with city life and the day to day shit that a city dweller has to go through. Love, life, and just trying to get by
    whenyourehighon January 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really great. The song I'd feel like singing if I ever decided leaving Chicago was a good idea.
    allie143on February 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's amazing <3 the chorus gives me the shivers
    AgentSpinHereon April 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe ending instrumental makes me feel so many different things all at once. OK Go, you've done it again.
    Christa426on April 28, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm not exactly sure what this song was actually about, but to me it was about living life without spirituality. I live my life as an atheist and although none of the God stuff makes any logical sense, there is always a fear in the back of my head that when I die I'll be confronted by a God who is pissed off at me for not believing. That could just be in part due to the fact that I am one of the few atheists who live in Texas. Anyway, the skyscrapers are, in my mind, symbolic of God.
    csmith717on May 17, 2010   Link
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    General Comment To me this song is about a lone person who was in the process of committing suicide (jumping off from the skyscraper), but all a sudden realized that he should not die and it was already too late.
    He said things right before jumping, but after he fell off from the skyscraper he knew that his life was about to be over, yet he still wanted to live, and he "did not mean a word [he] said". He wanted to ask for forgiveness but did not know whom to. He realized that it was a foolish decision that he made when he was "tangled up in [his] own head", but he could not see it at the time and thought "there was no other way". There were people that loved him but "[he] was blind" and could not see that they still cared about him. "[He] stand here a penitent man" (I guess that position is possible when you jump), standing in midair but confessing his last words. He "will not look down again", because when he reaches the ground, it is the time that he dies, and looking up at to the world, he could still see the ones that he loved for another second before going down to the ground.
    sunshinevampireon May 30, 2010   Link

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