Oh look at how she listens
She says nothing of what she thinks.
She just goes stumbling through her memories
Staring out onto Grey Street.

She thinks, "Hey, how did i come to this?
I dream myself a thousand times around the world,
But i can't get out of this place"

There's an emptiness inside her
And she'd do anything to fill it in.
But all the colors mix together... to grey.
And it breaks her heart.

How she wishes it was different,
She prays to God most every night.
And though she swears He doesn't listen
There's still a hope in her it might
She says, "I pray, but they fall on deaf ears,
Am i supposed to take it on myself?
To get out of this place.

There's a loneliness inside her
And she'd do anything to fill it in.
And though it's red blood bleeding from her now
It feels cold blue ice in her heart.
When all the colors mix together--to grey
And it breaks her heart.

There's a stranger speaks outside her door,
Says take what you can from your dreams.
Make them as real as anything
Oh, It'll take the work out of courage.
But she says, "Please!"
"There's a crazy man that's creeping outside my door."
"I live on the corner of Grey Street"
"And the end of the world."

There's an emptiness inside her,
And she'd do anything to fill it in.
And though it's red blood bleeding from her now
It's more like cold blue ice in her heart.
She feels like kicking out all the windows
And setting fire to this life
She could change everything about her
Using colors bold and bright
But all the colors mix together... to grey
And it breaks her heart
It breaks her heart x2
To grey


Lyrics submitted by shealwayswearsblue, edited by richtestani

Grey Street (Busted Stuff version) song meanings
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    General CommentThis is the story of my life. The girl in the song is searching for something, she doesn't know what.

    Oh look at how she listens
    she says nothing of what she thinks
    she just goes stumbling through her memories
    staring out onto Grey Street
    she thinks, "Hey, how did i come to this?
    I dream myself a thousand times around the world
    But I can't get out of this place.

    She wants to be somewhere, anywhere, other than Grey Street. She remembers being different, her memories of dreams and hopes. Then the colors began to mix together. To grey. And so she remembers a better time, not saying anything to anybody because every time she does she is shot down. She keeps her feelings inside, and it could be this which hurts her the most.

    there's an emptiness inside her
    and she'd do anything to fill it in
    but all the colors mix together--to grey
    and it breaks her heart

    Shes confused, she tries everything she knows how to do, but everything she tries just falls apart, mixes together, to grey. She doesn't know what to do and she wants desperately to do SOMETHING to make something, anything in her life change, but none of the colors are quite right.

    how she wishes it was different
    she prays to God most every night
    and though she swears it doesn't listen
    there's still a hope in her it might
    she says, "i pray bu they fall on deaf ears,
    am i supposed to take it on myself?
    to get out of this place

    She struggles with her faith, but (perhaps because of the way she was brought up?) she keeps praying to god, every night, hoping that if theres something or someone out there, he/she/it will hear her, and help her. She's too little and too helpless to do anything about her situation, she wants someone bigger to help her.

    There's a stranger speaks outside her door
    Says take what you can from your dreams
    Make them as real as anything
    It would take the work out of courage
    But she says, "Please!
    There's a crazy man that's creeping outside my door
    I live on the corner of Grey street
    And the end of the world"

    When someone DOES come to help her, perhaps a friend who cares for her, an old love, though Dave says "stranger", perhaps it is the god she's been looking for. He tells her that even in her hopeless, empty situation, to never stop dreaming, to believe in hope even if it seems bleak and grey at times. But then she spits it back in his face, thinking he's out to harm her.

    The line:

    There's a crazy man creeping outside my door,
    I live on the corner of Grey Street,
    And the end of the world.

    Is my favorite line in the song, and perhaps the most tragic line in the song as well. There's the answer, right outside her door, and she calls it a crazy man who's out to get her. Who is she talking to when she calls for help from this man? Thats what I always wonder.

    She feels like kicking out all the windows
    And setting fire to this life
    She could change everything about her
    Using colors bold and bright

    Here, he's frustrated with her. Dave's voice just rings out with a desperate, sad, hopeful, angry frustration at this girl who could change her life if she would just LISTEN to what others had to say. But instead she tries to do it herself, find her own way, paint her own picture. Dave's voice, at the peak of hope, sings out beautifully of the "colors bold and bright", but then drops down as he realizes. . .

    But all the colors mix together--to grey
    And it breaks her heart
    It breaks her heart
    To grey

    At the end of the song, there still is no hope, no end of Grey Street in sight. You wonder if there is anything more out there besides Grey Street, because the colors are still mixing together, nothing is going right, her heart keeps breaking and no matter how hard she tries she can't do anything about it. Maybe if she'd just listened to the "crazy man" things would have been different. This is my favorite Dave Matthews song and one of my favorite songs ever, and even though it ends on a somewhat hopeless note, it does wonders for me when I'm depressed. :)
    LullabyBabyon March 10, 2003   Link

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