"Tiptoe" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon and Benjamin Arthur Mckee....
In the morning light let my roots take flight
Watch me from above like a vicious dove
They don't see me come, who can blame them?
They never seem to catch my eye but I never wondered why

I won't fall asleep
I won't fall asleep

Hey yeah, don’t let 'em know we’re coming
Hey yeah, tiptoe higher
Take some time to simmer down, keep your head down low
Hey yeah, tiptoe higher

From your slanted view see the morning dew
Sink into the soil, watch the water boil
They won’t see me run, who can blame them?
They never look to see me fly, so I never have to lie

I won't fall asleep
I won't fall asleep

Hey yeah, don’t let 'em know we’re coming
Hey yeah, tiptoe higher
Take some time to simmer down, keep your head down low
Hey yeah, tiptoe higher

Nobody else, nobody else
Nobody else can take me higher
Nobody else can take me higher
Nobody else can take me higher
Nobody else

Hey yeah, don’t let 'em know we’re coming
Hey yeah, tiptoe higher
Take some time to simmer down, keep your head down low
Hey yeah, tiptoe higher

Hey yeah, don’t let 'em know we’re coming
Hey yeah, tiptoe higher
Take some time to simmer down, keep your head down low
Hey yeah, tiptoe higher


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"Tiptoe" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Benjamin Arthur Mckee

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  • +4
    My InterpretationMy interpretation of this song seems to revolve around the idea of evolving one's own identity and breaking free from the socially accepted norm. People always get wrapped up in their own worlds and perceptions; sometimes we forget about the other people around us and their personal development. The first verse, "let my roots take flight, Watch me from above like a vicious dove" kind of eludes to the idea that someone is starting to make a name for themselves and those higher up on the social scale who can certainly be "vicious" sometimes, but seem innocent like "doves" are watching this underdog flourish (and anyone who has been to high school, I'm sure can relate). The next couple lines just reiterate this concept. The well endowed, popular, self-involved crowd can often miss out on the spectacular people around them who are beginning to shine. But the person on the rise doesn't care about what others seem to think. They can't "blame" the others for not seeing, as they've never tried to look before. The second verse with the lines, "From your slanted view see the morning dew, Sink into the soil, watch the water boil", I understand it as a request to open one's eyes in order to see the simpler things in life. Get out of your twisted, "slanted" view on the world, and just look at the beauty within the simpler things for once. The rest of the verse relates back to how if someone isn't truly looking around them, they miss out on other people, opportunities, and life in general. "Nobody else can take [us] higher" other than ourselves. We, as individuals, have the ability to bring ourselves up to the highest potential. We don't need others' approval to get ahead, to become what we truly are destined to be. We all tiptoe around people, step on eggshells and dim ourselves in order to fit in sometimes. But it's time we step up and take the social pedestals by storm and make our way to the top. One step or tiptoe at a time. Don't "fall asleep" and let others step all over you and your success; instead "tiptoe higher" without "letting 'em know we're coming". You don't need to get a big, hot, egotistical head to succeed. If you take your time, "simmer down" and "keep your head down low", you'll surprise everyone around you. (In saying that, I just disagree with the "keep your head down low" lyric - I think you should keep your head held high! In this context though, it's referring to the sneaking manner needed for tiptoeing and going unseen). These are all just my own opinions. Would be awesome to get someone else's thoughts on this addictive tune.
    MegCon May 22, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Vicious Dove" -oxymoron
    Dove is sign of peace
    ComradeJNCon June 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think that this song has a pretty straight-forward meaning and message. To me, these lyrics represented something or someone coming out of their shell, or standing up to something they fear.

    They don't see me come, who can blame them?
    They never seem to catch my eye but I never wondered why

    this part of the song shows how the others treat the person. As a piece of trash that doesn't deserve their time.

    Hey yeah, tiptoe higher

    This part shows someone who is slowly (tiptoeing) up to the top (as in, standing up for themselves and getting more confidence about themselves)

    These are only MY interpretations
    Miimooon June 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this freaking song
    chelseajayon April 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me, this is about being underestimated.

    "Tiptoe higher", I think, is saying take your steps even lighter, because then they won't hear you coming. It's him saying, fine, underestimate me all you want, because I'll come up from behind and I'll rise to the top.

    Pretty inspiring to me. I listen to it to jazz me up before I take a big test.
    rebeccaston June 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that it is a song about routing for success and making sure no one gets in the way of you making your dreams come true and being successful. By using the word tip toe it could interpret that they don't want anyone to know that they are going for their dreams - a song about not giving up perhaps
    imaginedragons'aremylifeon August 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningwell im not posotive but im pretty sure this song is about the youth kind of like what others have commented earlier, i think that it is about like secretly making the world a better place because they are refering to tiptoeing and never falling asleep never giving up. this song is great i personally just luv it
    tuesday22on December 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDid anyone notice the sampling of the tone from Legend of Zelda, when you're down to half a heart?! Link certainly was a vicious dove... ;)
    ncnomanon December 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThe other comments on here are actually pretty insightful interpretations. The one line in the song I always love - "Let me fall above, like a viscous dove."

    Fall above - is to Rise, but with one caveat - like falling, nature will pull you, just in the "upper direction"

    Viscous dove - Technically the dove is a sign of hope, fidelity or peace, depending on interpretation. However peace has been redefined by 20th century hippies as a lack of armed conflict, which really skews how to interpret this line. To me, the dove is a symbol of hope; peace to me is synonymous when defined as a spiritual state. An interesting fact is that many doves have actually earned combat medals in both World Wars.
    ncnomanon December 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFun with the thesaurus - another way to say a "vicious dove"?

    A "foul foul" lol

    Synonyms and homonyms oh my!
    ncnomanon December 07, 2013   Link

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