"Passing Bird" as written by Anders Nystrom and Jonas Petter Renkse....
She's got black hair
And she has got a black dress
She's pretending
That her life is a mess
But I cannot rest
With so many worries
I can't lie down
And say I am done

I live 'cause I need more light
I hope I can change today
She would never think of changing
Too much fucking emo, it's false (I know)

She stops me in the street
And asks me to follow

I would if I could
If I wouldn't mind breaking her.


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"Passing Bird" as written by Jonas Petter Renkse Anders Nystrom

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about typical "goth" girls who pretend to be depressed althoug there is nothing wrong with them, whereas Jonas is genuinely depressed and trying to break out of it
    Corpse_decayon May 06, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've had this album for years and always though he was saying 'ammo', not emo? Makes more sense to me!
    cereal42on August 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI live 'cause I need more light
    I hope I can change today

    I think these 2 lines contain the meaning and purpose behind most of Katatonias music and lyrics.

    I think you can hear in the lyrics his wish for this girl to grow out of her negative state of mind and be a source of light for him.


    when I hear this song I think of the My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay song cause it is so uplifting while trying to sell a fake feeling of despair! image that song without the singing, it would sound like your average uh Green Day or Blink182 song.

    at least in Sweden Emo and Goth would be pretty synonymous. I know what type of girl he is singing about, she would be 13-25 and listen to kent, Nightwish, Evanescence, Metallica and My Chemical Romance (this is song is of course a few years older).
    Katatoniaon June 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the main purpose of this song is to rveal the difference between people who really suffer from dpression and people who drown in their imaginary sorrows because they think it's cool. It's not that depressed people just don't care about anything. Most of them really believe in a change for good and they also try. Emos usually don't want to change, but their "depression" is mostly fake.
    It makes a great difference.
    lindencaton March 31, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYawo, dis song be phat.
    Silent Blindsideon May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's not about a goth girl, but about an emo-girl.. (emo as the music style).. Katatonia got wrongfully "accused" of being an emo-band after releasing Tonight's Decision, and this is a "no way that we're an emo-band"-song...
    Nocternityon August 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe pronounces "emo" wrong, lol. He says it like "M-O", rather than "E-moe".

    Great song though. I love the lyrics.
    Anilandon March 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't it strange when you've though a lyric is one thing for so long and it turns out to be another!
    cereal42on August 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can see both sides of this (Nocternity, Corpse_Decay). Either way, Katatonia isn't a modern "emo" band. Screw all of that scene bs
    Lateralus518on November 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe he's saying too much fucking M.O., as in Modus Operandi! hahahaha....

    I understand how emo music has goth roots, but I think this song is more about goths than eh-moes. elmos. almost. los alamos.
    Riobardon March 02, 2008   Link

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