"Chelsea" as written by Matthew Malley, Charles Gillingham, David Bryson and Adam Duritz....
I never go to New York City these days
Something about the buildings in Chelsea just kills me
Maybe in a month or two,
Maybe when things are different for me,
Maybe when things are different for you
You know all of this shit, just sticks in my head
Is there anything different these days?
The light in her eyes goes out
I never had light in my eyes anyway
Maybe things are different these days
It's good for everybody to hurt somebody once in a while
The things I do to people I love shouldn't be allowed
Something about the buildings in Chelsea just kills me
Something about the buildings in Chelsea just kills me
Is there anything different these days?
The light in her eyes goes out,
I never had light in my eyes anyway
Maybe things are different these days
I dream I'm in New York City some nights.
Angels flow down from all the buildings
Something about an angel just kills me
I keep hoping something will
Is there anything different these days?
The light in her eyes goes out,
I never had light in my eyes anyway
Maybe things are, maybe maybe maybe
Maybe things are, maybe maybe maybe maybe things are different,
Maybe things are different these days
The light goes out
I never had light in my eyes anyway
Maybe things are different?these days.



Lyrics submitted by ang

"Chelsea" as written by Adam Fredric Duritz David Lynn Bryson

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    General CommentIts about having to watch someone you love die, and there is nothing you can do about it. The line "the light in her eyes goes out", is obviously referring to the life in her eyes going out. This sort of sentiment is extremely common for someone having to watch a love one die of a disease like Cancer or HIV/AIDS. For me I had to hold a 40 yr old mother as she died of lung cancer, and a 23yr old girl friend die of melanoma. Having to watch the light in the eyes of someone you love go out is not something anyone should ever "have-to" do, but it does change you and your perception of everything around you.

    My self, speaking as someone who has lost loved ones, worked with hospice and been in the medical industry for longer than I can remember, can fairly confidently say this song deals with the stages of greif. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, and Depression. I left out the last stage, Acceptance, as this is clearly something Adam did not do until after this song was written. Seeing as he can't go to Chelsea due to the strong emotions that the town would invoke on him.

    Since he later recorded this song in a recording studio in Chelsea NY, it was obviously his way of telling him self, and everyone who knows what the song means, he has made his peace with the loss.
    redfisheson December 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere can I get this song on cd? (I downloaded it, but still don't know where it came from--was it ever released on cd?)
    tigerlily83on July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's a hidden track, tigerlily83. it's the very last track on the "recovering the satellites" cd.
    just_a_dreamer12on July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually, this song is the last track on the first "Across A Wire" CD. It's a 2 disc CD. The song isn't on the back of the CD case or anything but it's there. This song is great!
    Tito4687on August 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno words, no words could ever some up what this song means to me. Its just...the dogs knackers
    the_toolshedon September 03, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"I never had light in my eyes anyway." -That line gets to me everytime.
    divicanon April 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song wasn't included on Recovering the Satellites because Adam felt it was too much of just him, and not enough of the whole band. An extremely sad song about a fading relationship in the last stages long after breaking up. After I listen to this, the only thing that can pick me up is Ryan Adam's "New York, New York" (gotta keep the metaphor going, you know).
    davidecoyoteon April 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo me this is about that..point of no return (stage) in a relationship where you know you/she moved on for the right reason(s) but you still spend most of your waking hours...just trying to come to terms with that and the only way you can really do that is to ..kind of feel sorry for yourself and just wallow for a while. "I never had light in my eyes anyway." i think the "Something about the buildings in Chelsea just kills me", might be about how, when if someone else can build something so lasting. why cant I? or maybe something happened in Chelsea with him and his ex...and it just cuts him up everytime he goes there beacause it was so nice...and he cant go back.
    lostinspaceon May 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm not really sure why I decided to look at the lyrics of this song tonight. In all honesty I have never heard the song before. However, I have heard a song that has many interesting parallels to it. "Motorcycle Drive By" written by Third Eye Blind also talks about going to Chelsea, and while you may think that isn't the most interesting comparrison, the lines "Summer time and the wind is blowing outside, in lower Chelsea and I don't know, what I'm doing in this city, the sun is always in my eyes." are very much like Counting Crow's "Is there anything different these days? The light in her eyes goes out, I never had light in my eyes anyway." I'm probably looking into this too much, but it was the first thing that came into my head when I saw another song that spoke of Chelsea New York and light in your eyes. Not to mention that 'Motorcycle Drive By' is a very catchy song... "You know all of this shit, just sticks in my head". Anyways I'm sure plenty of people have relationships that turn sour in Chelsea, it just so happened that two amazing bands had bad stints in the city.

    And even if the two songs aren't related at all, I think it is still kind of interesting that the relationship, be it intended or not, is there.
    snowpeaon April 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIf you look on the Across a Wire CD it says "recorded at Chelsea Studios - New York, New York" I'm sure that's why they chose to include it on the disc
    myhotelyearon September 19, 2004   Link

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