And you live your life with your arms stretched out.
Eye to eye when speaking.
Enter rooms with great joy shouts,
happy to be meeting.
And bright,
bright,
bright as yellow,
warm as yellow.

And I do not want to be a rose.
I do not wish to be pale pink,
but flower scarlet, flower gold.
And have no thorns to distance me,

but be bright,
bright,
bright as yellow,
warm as yellow.

Even if I'm shouting, even if I'm shouting here inside.
Even if I'm shouting, do you see that I'm wanting,
that I want to be so
bright,
bright,
bright as yellow,
warm as yellow.


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    General Commentyellow flowers, particularly roses, have always signified freedom and rebirth (very prominent in the Christian trilogy) where as pale pink roses symbolize grace and gentleness which, though a positive feeling, is not the emotion that is trying to be conveyed in this song. But I find the fact that the singer purposely chooses not to be pale pink but, rather, to be bright as yellow, is making her intentions clear as day - she wants to shout joy and freedom, rather than humbling grace.
    peacefrogxon September 21, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with ameo747. To me this song has always resonated, because I'm a very shy person, and I've always wanted to be more outgoing (to "live life with your arms reached out"). A shy person often doesn't leave a strong impression (is "pale pink") rather than vivid ("scarlet and gold"). The thorns are the protection (really more like a prison) that the shy person uses to distance him/herself from others. Shy people are often perceived as standoffish, but inside they're wanting desparately to connect ("shouting here inside").
    Martinsherry16on December 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so beautiful
    hoydenon October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutely beautiful song. I feel like I know what it means, yet I can't place it in words...can someone help me out? ...something about wanting more than all of this everyday bullshit...or brighter, noticed...um...crap. Someone help me!!
    gypsy-roseon August 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, i first heard it at the end of a lifetime movie, where a girl goes through rehab for drugs and then comes clean finally. She had been so unhappy and messed up, so to me this song is basically about seeing brighter days and that everything will be okay.
    inoticethingson December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is going to sound a little morbid and strange but I want this song played at my funeral. I do hope that day isn't coming up but I just think it's a fitting song for a wake.

    Either way, goregous song.

    inoticethings, I completely agree.
    chellieon January 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsimple, beautiful.... I have been unable to get this song off repeat since I accidentally heard yesterday.
    Paragon April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is on the Empire Records soundtrack (although I have no idea where it plays int he movie) and it's been a favorite since I first heard it. To me it means wanting to be happy, and carefree but there are things getting in the way right now. Whatever it may mean it's a really pretty song.
    adamanteveon May 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin empire records this song is played when that bald chick is peeing in the restroom with that one girl. You can barely hear it.
    omgitsfreefoodon August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLooking at the song through the Christian lens of its author this is what I got:

    She sees Christ as one who's arms were stretched out - especially to least of those he encountered. He was full of truth and looked people in the eye when speaking. People were more than happy to see him - think of people shouting and waving palms on the streets of Palestine. The reader sees this all and doesn't want to just appear like the rose (Referred to in scripture as the 'Rose of Sharon' - oddly enough a thornless rose) because she doesn't want to be thorny underneath or have anything to distance her from others - but would rather be "flower scarlet, flower gold" -the traditional colors that represent Christ. She goes on to say that even if she is shining on the inside (Christ with her), she wants Christ-like love to flow from her - bright and warm like the love of Christ.
    Shieldon July 09, 2007   Link

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