Minds
(It's cold outside)
Will go unbroken
(Close the door)
Thoughts
(Once complete)
Will fade away
(Never more)

I'm reaching to find
The words to define
The feeling entwined
In every aching line
In vain?
I'm waiting
Here at the end
The urge to defend
The meaning in trend
Will never let me bend
In vain?

Words
(It's cold outside)
Remain unspoken
(Close the door)
Hands
(Once complete)
Will soon decay
(Never more)

I'm reaching to find
The words to define
The feeling entwined
In every aching line
In vain?
I'm waiting
Here at the end
The urge to defend
The meaning in trend
Will never let me bend
In vain?


Lyrics submitted by crabsmack

In Vain Lyrics as written by Daniel Dale Johnston

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

In Vain song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

8 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Comment

    What, you mean no one likes this song enough to think of a meaning?!

    I'm still spent on this song, but it's my favorite by Mad at Gravity. The guitars of the verses remind me of winter. Heh.

    Someone help me, I'm kind of stuck.

    NewSkinon September 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Fear, pure in utter fear. He's afraid everything he is done in life will be for nothing. He's afraid that it's all meaningless and that no one will ever hear his words.

    And he doesn't speak in vain because I hear him loud and clear!

    Jayemelon September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    ...... Makes good sense... but for some reason, I kinda feel like there's something a bit more than that. Heh heh. But hey, maybe I'm wrong, 'cuz it kinda feels like you hit the bullseye.

    NewSkinon September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    to me, I can see this songwriter being frustrated and not being able to find the words to say anything. He's pouring his mind into this song! I love this song! No one in my town knows about Mad at Gravity, but they are my favorite band and they are SO AWESOME. He never speaks in vain because his words are too important to me...

    RockerBlairon September 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i agree mad at gravity is excellent, this is my favorite song by them, this band rocks yeah i dont really have a good meaning for this one...

    Incubus17on June 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    These guys are inspiring. To me this feels bitter and void, it seems he feels like he is falling apart, and feels regretful. Great band for sure!

    caitrockon March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It makes me think of winter too. =]

    amuffledscreamon August 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I absolutely love this song! Just heard it for the first time recently through Pandora. I agree with Jayemel on the meaning being about his fears which goes well with the title and flow of the song. I also love the cover of the album for this song - clever idea, i thought...

    mr.dwightkschruteon March 09, 2008   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Standing On The Edge Of Summer
Thursday
In regards to the meaning of this song: Before a live performance on the EP Five Stories Falling, Geoff states “It’s about the last time I went to visit my grandmother in Columbus, and I saw that she was dying and it was the last time I was going to see her. It is about realizing how young you are, but how quickly you can go.” That’s the thing about Geoff and his sublime poetry, you think it’s about one thing, but really it’s about something entirely different. But the lyrics are still universal and omnipresent, ubiquitous, even. So relatable. That’s one thing I love about this band. I also love their live performances, raw energy and Geoff’s beautiful, imperfectly perfect vocals. His voice soothes my aching soul.
Album art
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
Led Zeppelin
This is about bronies. They communicate by stomping.
Album art
Holiday
Bee Gees
@[Diderik:33655] "Your a holiday!" Was a popular term used in the 50s/60s to compliment someone on their all around. For example, not only are they beautiful, but they are fun and kind too ... just an all around "holiday". I think your first comment is closer to being accurate. The singer/song writers state "Millions of eyes can see, yet why am i so blind!? When the someone else is me, its unkind its unkind". I believe hes referring to the girl toying with him and using him. He wants something deeper with her, thats why he allows himself to be as a puppet (even though for her fun and games) as long as it makes her happy. But he knows deep down that she doesnt really want to be serious with him and thats what makes him.
Album art
Mountain Song
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell gives Adam Reader some heartfelt insight into Jane’s Addiction's hard rock manifesto "Mountain Song", which was the second single from their revolutionary album Nothing's Shocking. Mountain song was first recorded in 1986 and appeared on the soundtrack to the film Dudes starring Jon Cryer. The version on Nothing's Shocking was re-recorded in 1988. "'Mountain Song' was actually about... I hate to say it but... drugs. Climbing this mountain and getting as high as you can, and then coming down that mountain," reveals Farrell. "What it feels to descend from the mountain top... not easy at all. The ascension is tough but exhilarating. Getting down is... it's a real bummer. Drugs is not for everybody obviously. For me, I wanted to experience the heights, and the lows come along with it." "There's a part - 'Cash in now honey, cash in Miss Smith.' Miss Smith is my Mother; our last name was Smith. Cashing in when she cashed in her life. So... she decided that, to her... at that time, she was desperate. Life wasn't worth it for her, that was her opinion. Some people think, never take your life, and some people find that their life isn't worth living. She was in love with my Dad, and my Dad was not faithful to her, and it broke her heart. She was very desperate and she did something that I know she regrets."
Album art
Amazing
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran tells a story of unsuccessfully trying to feel “Amazing.” This track is about the being weighed down by emotional stress despite valiant attempts to find some positivity in the situation. This track was written by Ed Sheeran from the perspective of his friend. From the track, we see this person fall deeper into the negative thoughts and slide further down the path of mental torment with every lyric.