"Red" as written by and Guy Edward John/potter Garvey....
Come as you are, sweetheart
Come as you are
You know you've got nothing to prove
I'll put you bed you can let it all go
You've been playing too rough lately

You burn too bright
You live too fast
This can't go on too long
You're a tragedy starting to happen

Just as you are, perfect
Just as you are
I'll give you the time you deserve
Don't make those promises
Don't tell me again
That dust is gonna settle your nerves

You burn too bright
You live too fast
This can't go on too long
You're a tragedy starting to happen

Uh oh
Uh oh

You burn too bright
You live too fast
This can't go on too long
You're a tragedy starting to happen

You burn too bright
You live too fast
This can't go on too long
You're a tragedy starting to happen


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"Red" as written by Mark Potter Guy Edward John Garvey

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    General CommentThis is an amazing song. Great lyrics and melody. I feel that it's about someone living their life too fast and dangerously.
    violetzebrason February 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI've heard this is a song for leadsinger Guy Garveys ex-girlfriend who was a drug-addict. the song is really heartbreaking.
    stonoron April 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is about a drug-addict. "Don't tell me again that dust is gonna settle your nerves." Obviously the girl is saying that the drugs will numb her pain, and he's saying don't give me that bull. He wants her to slow down and quit harming herself before something bad happens to her. "You're a tragedy starting to happen."
    punkcesson May 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentone of the best songs around..great melody. kinda sounds like Doves..tragically sweet
    Halah314on June 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah...it sounds like the man who stole everything....mixed with obvious morrissey influences...
    Kezon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentby the way, its "the man who told everything"...
    Halah314on July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song breaks my heart. My boyfriend once dedicated it to me..
    DeViLiShAnGeLon March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhat kind of person would dedicate a depressing (but beautiful and artistic) song like that to you? I know i wouldn't give that to my girlfriend. If you take the lyrics seriously, it's not the kind of song you want to give to a boyfriend or girlfriend, no offense or anything...
    Phrogexon May 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this is necessarily about drugs, but about a woman who tries to be accepted in others' eyes and fails. A man (the singer) finds her and tries to comfort her by saying that she's perfect the way she is ("Come as you are", "Just as you are perfect"). Perhaps by "dust" settling nerves, threats of death and suicide are implied.
    archagonon November 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWe used this once in a devised piece for theatre studies about a girl with bipolar disorder, it related to the drastic mood swings experienced by people with the disorder and I can see that this could also be related to drug users who have highs and then crash down, but I think it relates to everyone, hasn't everyone experienced a time when they've been so high on life and then everything seems to spiral out of control and then into nothing. I think I can even relate to it right now! And I think it's sweet that the song was dedicated to you, shows that he likes you as you are and maybe is concerned about you. He may not even have had the lyrics in mind, it's just a beautiful melody. LOVE IT!
    incoherentloveon December 11, 2004   Link

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