"Miami" as written by Adam Duritz, Daniel John Vickrey, Charles Gillingham, David Bryson, Matthew Malley, Ben G Mize and David A Immergluck....
I guess I think I feel alright
You come circling through the light
The skyline is bright tonight
What more perfect rendezvous?
The sundown paints the shadows through
The daylight, Amy, on what we do

It looks like darkness to me
Drifting down into Miami

Can I say
I wish that this weather would never leave?
It just gets hard to believe
That god sent this angel to watch over me
Cause my angel
She don't receive my calls
Says I'm to dumb to
To dumb to fight
To dumb to save
Well, maybe I don't need no angel at all

It looks like darkness to me
Drifting down into Miami
She could pull the sunlight through me
Coming down into Miami

Make a circle in the sand
Make a halo with your hands
I'll make a place for you to land

The bus is running
It's time to leave
The summer's gone
And so are we
So come on baby,
Let's go shut it down in New Orleans

Lyrics submitted by Inejah, edited by Rivfruifv

"Miami" as written by Ben G Mize Adam Fredric Duritz

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    General CommentThis is about waiting for a girlfriend to arrive and thinking that it's not gonna work out anyway so why the hell even wait here. One of us is gonna screw up and we aren't going to be together. But in the end he just kinda says oh hell, why think this way... it doesn't help anything. So it is really an uplifting song.
    divicanon July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe analysis on this song is pretty much spot on. As didenofa0315 points out, Adam has written about Amy in more than one song. I believe she is also the girl in the silly yellow hat in "Hard Candy". In that song he refers her in evenings on Long Island which has all but convinced me that this is the same girl Adam told the crowd he had "the best date" with back in mid-August 2000 when I attended a CC at Jones Beach. Miami and Hard Candy both have to do with this relationship. As a side note, that Tour (Live and Counting Crows) in 2000 was simply awesome!!
    Darknightx13on March 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyou're right
    sambo28on April 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's not "Daylight aiming", it's Daylight, Amy", being that the song refers to a girl called Amy, and there is the repetetive pun on the word 'Miami' which could also be "My Amy". Having said that, Divican is right - he's waiting for this girl to arrive on a flight, and he's thinking of the times they fought, and how they don't really suit eachother, but he ends up thinking, "Hell, let's have one more amazing time together in New Orleans", with the sad, but liberating line: "Summer's gone and so are we". There's time for one last blowout together before saying a final goodbye. "Let's go shut it down".
    cravenmonketon June 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's hard sometimes, because artists sometimes cut whole sentences into parts because of how that want it to sound... the sentence would be: Sundown paints the shadows through daylight, Amy, on what we do.
    Basically, when the sun is going down there are shadows...

    even though i knew this song was about Amy, a former girlfriend he's wrote many a song about, i never got the connection "My Amy" from 'Miami'... Great job cravenmonket!

    I LOVE the guitar solo in this song!
    whiterain05on August 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI went to a Counting Crows concert tonight and Adam explained it. He said that he was touring one year about 7 years ago, he went to go pick up his girlfriend who he hasn't seen in 6 weeks from the airport. She was going to accompany him on tour for alittle. Her plane was delayed so he just sat there and watched the sun set and the planes fly in. He sat there thinking that he knew that she was going to end it, whether right away or maybe later. And that's when you know everything there is to know about it...the good and the bad. ....the version he played tonight was unbelievable.
    didenofa0315on August 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthere's another song called "miami, my amy", never heard it - only the title.
    apricot_on June 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat a beautiful song. I interpret it as a sort of summer romance coming to an end. Only he's in love, but she just saw it as a fling. That's why he wishes the weather would never leave, so it could always be summer and they could be together. But he's in denial of his feelins - 'maybe I don't need no angel at all'. Then in the end he's just like, 'fuck it, let's just get it over with'. I'm probably completely wrong.

    Also there is a running theme of Angels in a whole load of their songs.
    tumbleandfallon April 03, 2010   Link

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