Living in colour, living in colour,
I can see the paint on your toes,
Living in colour
Even in the blackout, I know

I am floating, I, I am floating,
With my eyes closed, with no sails
I am soaking, I am weathered by the Winter of Mixed drinks

Am I dancing? Or am I simply just spinning in my own grave
You were asking, you were asking
and within two steps, I'm saved

Living in colour, living in colour,
I can see the paint on your toes,
Living in colour
Even in the blackout, I know

Weak strong bands, weak
I was paler than a pine box that holds bones
She poked the iris, then pierced a hole
and watched the colour rush forth

Modern madonna, oh held my hand in
warm hands, with pink nails
mock the man, whisper and the sickness will go away

Living in colour, living in colour,
I can see the paint on your toes,
Living in colour
Even as i blackout, I know

Though i dreamt with a rapid eye
By day i hope to rapidly die
And have my organs laid on ice
Gave to somebody thatll treat them right
And as the night started swallowing
You put the blood to my blue lips
Forced the life through still veins
Filled my heart with red again

Living in colour, living in colour,
I can see the paint on your toes,
Living in colour
Even in the blackout, I know

Living in colour, living in colour,
I can see the paint on your toes,
Living in colour
Even in the blackout, I know


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    General CommentPoke reference! Love it!
    Danberlinon February 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think cyberghost is on to something, but if you view the lyrics in a more abstract way without attaching them to any specific event i think the song becomes much more powerful. he was passed out on the street but in a metaphoric sense; he was giving up on his life, on himself, and this modern madonna came and saved him and "heals him back to life" as cyber said. nice job :)
    da7idon April 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTheir first album is called "Sing the Greys". Seems like someone doesn't have the greys anymore. :)
    lupinationon August 31, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI kind of interpret this as being about some kind of depression. Like his world is so gray and lifeless and maybe he was even close to giving up completely but then this girl comes along and fills him and his world with color and life again
    Wuskerson July 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hear it that second part as

    "Weeks gone by, I was weak"

    I was paler than a...

    could be wrong but that's what i hear
    vaughaadon March 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems so uncharacteristically happy for Frightened Rabbit - full of hope and recounting the power of a new love that brings you from the depths of a past failed relationship to the joy of a new one. I love the imagery — “living in colour” and seeing the vibrancy of the new love shining through everything; forcing life (blood) through still veins. Awesome!
    jemkidon March 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAnother correction (At least what I hear):

    "mock the man, whisper and the sickness will go away"

    should be:

    "mock my mouth, who whispers that the sickness will go away"

    Indeed a very happy upbeat song for FR standards, but Scott told in an interview (I believe it's on the Fat Cat Records website) that whereas "Midnigh Organ Fight" was about the loss of a relationship & the pain that comes with it, he didn't have anything to be sad about anymore which allowed for happier lyrics on this album.
    DanteGon March 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely a highlight of a great, great album.

    And as the night started swallowing
    You put the blood to my blue lips
    Forced the life through still veins
    Filled my heart with red again



    I was lucky enough to be pulled up to the sweaty floor ;) and find a happy life after my depressing divorce. The girl who rescued me just happens to be the same one who introduce me to Frightened Rabbit!

    Thanks guys, for bringing such amazing energy in my life.
    Mwasa254on March 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThough i dreamt with a rapid eye
    By day i hope to rapidly die
    And have my organs laid on ice
    Gave to somebody thatll treat them right
    And as the night started swallowing
    You put the blood to my blue lips
    Forced the life through still veins
    Filled my heart with red again

    best lyrics on the album in my opinion. somewhat self-referential to scott's past hardships. he used to want to die, to have his organs (midnight ORGAN fight) laid on ice (probably a sex thing), but at the end of midnight organ fight, he "thinks he'll save suicide for another year." hanging on to hope eventually led to reaffirmation that life is a beautiful thing. his heart was filled again. very powerful images of blood coursing through veins, blue lips turning red with life. like many people on here, i feel like my life has closely followed the tone of frightened rabbit's cds. sing the greys came out when i was in my turbulent teens and its apathetic tone reflected my outlook at the time. i went through a fairly tough breakup right as midnight organ fight came out and it perfectly summed up my feelings about the heartbreak, the meaningless rebound flings afterwards, and the feelings of despair i felt. i fell in love with my best friend and she loves me back, and what do you know, winter of mixed drinks comes out and is full of hope and promise and maturity. i fucking love this band.
    da7idon April 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOkay here is my view of this,

    I am floating, I, I am floating,
    With my eyes closed, with no sails
    I am soaking, I am weathered by the Winter of Mixed drinks

    Am I dancing? Or am I simply just spinning in my own grave
    You were asking, you were asking
    and within two steps, I'm saved

    He's passed out on the street after a night of heavy drinking (or drugs) and he feels like he's just floating on endless while his mind spins out of control making him feel like he's spinning into his grave. (i.e. piss drunk)

    Weak strong bands, weak
    I was paler than a pine box that holds bones
    She poked the iris, then pierced a hole
    and watched the colour rush forth

    Modern madonna, oh held my hand in
    warm hands, with pink nails
    mock the man, whisper and the sickness will go away

    In these next two verses a woman finds him laying on the road, at first she thinks he's dead and pokes him. Finding that he is alive she helps him up and comforts him like a modern day Modonna (not the singer!!!)
    At this stage he's still hazy and laying on the ground, and this womans pink nails are all he can make out.


    Though i dreamt with a rapid eye
    By day i hope to rapidly die
    And have my organs laid on ice
    Gave to somebody thatll treat them right
    And as the night started swallowing
    You put the blood to my blue lips
    Forced the life through still veins
    Filled my heart with red again

    He is filled with regret for what he did to himself while this woman heals him back to life.

    Cyberghoston April 03, 2010   Link

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