Waiting for the moon to come and light me up inside
And I am waiting for the telephone to tell me I'm alive
Well I heard you let somebody get their fingers into you
It's getting cold in California
I guess I'll be leaving soon

Daylight fading
Come and waste another year
All the anger and the eloquence are bleeding into fear
Moonlight creeping around the corners of our lawn
When we see the early signs that daylight's fading
We leave just before it's gone

She said "Everybody loves you,"
She says, "Everybody cares"
But all the things I keep inside myself
They vanish in the air
If you tell me that you'll wait for me
I'll say I won't be here
I want to say goodbye to you
Goodbye to all my friends
Goodbye to everyone I know

Daylight fading
Come and waste another year
All the anger and the eloquence are bleeding into fear
Moonlight creeping around the corners of our lawn
When we see the early signs that daylight's fading
We leave just before it's gone

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Daylight Fading Lyrics as written by Adam Fredric Duritz David Lynn Bryson

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commenti love this song a lot and it makes me sad that no one's commented on it in over a year :[ anyway, i can see where the above comments are coming from but i believe it's about someone with anxiety disorder or an avoidant personality; i can especially see this because that's how i am and i can see where they're coming from. the second verse especially--he's saying even though everyone supposedly cares for him, he still can't bring himself to tell them how he really feels inside. he doesn't trust that they'll be there waiting for him, so he just avoids the whole ordeal. he thinks things would be better off if he just kept to himself and said "goodbye to everyone i know." but in any case, this is a fantastic song and it's permanently stuck in my head :]
    angelofthesilenceon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Adam's relationship with a girl named Elizabeth (number of early Counting Crows songs were written about and for her including Goodbye Elizabeth and Long December), after The Counting Crows became big, she broke up with him fearing that he was cheating on her while CC was on the road. Round about this time Adam was going through insomnia (waiting for the moon to come and light me up) he is still waiting for her to call ( I am waiting for the telephone to tell me I'm alive) but she's moved onto someone else (I heard somebody got their fingures into you) , fame is not what it promised to be(Calafornia is getting cold) just to stray a bit Fame is something that Adam has struggled with, meanwhile he is getting old (Daylight fading) and he fears that he will be alone and his anger about that relationship is turning into fear. Also she says that everybody loves him but he feels that everything he has ever loved disappears from inside him (But all the things I keep inside myself they vanish in the air). His anger persists and he says even if she would ask him to wait for her he would not, infact he wants to leave everything he knows ( including his friends) and just get a fresh start- but when you're that famous where are you gonna go. The Chorus: I am getting old, come back lets try for another year, my anger and pride has turned into fear of lonelyness.
    vonshwaon January 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that this song was about alcoholism or being at a dead end. I worked at a bar in college and the shift started at night and ended in the early morning hours. We would always sit around after hours and drink until the sun came up (unless we had to study). Daylight fading...into day. The moon lite us up inside because it was time to start the patron show as the night progressed. I always felt like I wasted year after year there, school, work, drink, study, and repeat. Many of my co-workers fell into drugs and dropped out of school, "somebody get their fingers into you". I, like many college students, may have been an alcoholic, but graduated and left before "it got cold in Colorado", then left soon upon graduation. After reading the comment about going on tour I really think that is mostly likely the true meaning. I guess you make every song sync into your life in your own way sometimes. Thanks tour perspective person!!
    tntmonsteron August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics about California (i.e.- Hollywood) and the end of a year are VERY reminiscent of Long December, I suggest that anybody interested read the comments on that song... I like the juxtaposition that Duritz wants the MOON to light him up inside, but he leaves just before the DAYLIGHT disappears... it sounds like he feels bitter to the girl who "let somebody get their fingers into [her]", which is probably why he "won't be here" when the girl wants him there... kinda a sad song, but that's just my opinion, i could be wrong.

    By the way, i think Duritz's lyrics kick ass, more comments on them anyone?
    Sharkyyon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song; the first two lines are amazing. I do think it is about a girl who hurt the speaker of the song, and he is trying to cope and move on. To me this is one of the hardest songs of theirs to interperate along with "Round Here." Definitely the best lyric-music combinations around. Their instrumentals support their vocals so well.
    divicanon April 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song came outta no where for me. i was listening to the "recovering the satellites" cd and just playing it through getting to know the songs i hadn't heard before and then this one came on and i immediately fell in love. they have so many good songs. they're the type of band where you CAN play through a whole cd with out skipping and not get bored . i just love the style of this song, his voice, the lyrics. everything. adam duritz has a way of doing things that just seems to make the world an overall better place. therefore, three cheers for adam duritz.
    mle_loveon March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMost of his songs are about relationships, but I think this one is about dreading going on tour. All the stuff about leaving, saying goodbye to everyone. All the anger and eloquence that come with recording are bleeding into the fear of performing. The part that sells me though, is "come and waste another year," which seems like how touring would feel. You leave all your relationships for a year, again, and don't really grow at all. He doesn't want her to wait for him, because he knows how a tour can kill a relationship. I know this interpretation sounds too practical, but he's said that his songs are often over-interpreted.
    thewhisperson March 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about the feeling that you get when you suspect a girlfriend/boyfriend is cheating on you. no answers to an email, never answers the telephone ext. " am waiting for the telephone to tell me I'm alive" Daylight fading could mean love fading, which would explain "daylight fading come and waste another year". And my favorite part of the song, "All the the anger and the eloquence are bleeding into fear
    Moonlight creeping around the corners of our lawn" means to me that all the constraint having to say the right thing at the right time (eloquence) changes to fear at the possible coming of another person into the relationship.
    Mountainman112358on June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line that says, "Well, I heard you let somebody get their fingers into you." Hurts me everytime I hear it.

    But I still love the song nonetheless.
    Jolly0915on June 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always kind of thought this sounded like a pre-Hotel California Eagles song sung by Glen Frey. It just has that vibe to it that I always associated with them.
    The lyrics themselves fit the theme of Recovering the Satellites very well in that there's a conflict of pushing people away and wanting to be loved simultaneously. It's a good representation of that conflict, though I don't think it's one of the best on the album.
    dmtaylor111971on July 25, 2006   Link

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