I have a mandolin
I play it all night long
It makes me want to kill myself
I also have a dobro

Made in some mountain range
Sounds like a mountain range in love
But when I turn up the tone on my electric guitar
I'm afraid of the dark without you close to me

I went out to the forest and caught
A hundred thousand fireflies
As they ricochet round the room
They remind me of your starry eyes.

Someone else's might not have made me so sad
But this is the worst night I ever had,
'Cause I'm afraid of the dark without you close to me
You won't be happy with me,

But give me one more chance
You won't be happy anyway
Why do we still live here
In this repulsive town?

All our friends are in New York
Why do we keep shrieking,
When we mean soft things?
We should be whispering all the time


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    Ya. That is the best line in the song. It reminds me of people who are never happy in any relationship but always thinking that the next one will be different.

    Kaguthon January 23, 2005   Link
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    my goodness something just occurred to me about this song! i never got the part about the fireflies, i thought it was a beautiful image but rather random.... but now i get it..... it does all relate to being caught. the fireflies remind her of her lover because he, like them, is trapped, an just flying around one small room. it's about them being caught in love, being caught in a place they don't like, being caught by their habits...

    smunchy pbon December 30, 2006   Link
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    i don't get the jared thing, but okay.

    I went out to the forest and caught a 100,000 fireflies. As they ricochet round the room they remind me of your starry eyes..

    that is so beautiful..

    hab204on July 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    This one makes my heart swell and depresses me at the same time.

    j1eron December 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
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    This song is wonderful. Its sad, but adorable. "You won't be happy with me, but give me one more chance. You won't be happy anyway."

    GracieMoon May 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
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    to me this song means jared.

    :D

    oh.pinknesson March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    yeah, i know, every time i see a jared subway commercial this song pops in my head.

    it's a fantabulous song.

    ()on April 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    this song it so fucking addicting. i love it.

    shewouldnton May 26, 2006   Link
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    Pity about the god-awful superchunk cover. If you don't listen to only one song in your life let it be that one. I shuddered when I heard it and couldn't listen past the first two lines.

    stevenisgoodon September 19, 2006   Link
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    I just heard this song today. Good god, it's beautiful.

    vintagerocketon January 31, 2007   Link

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