Floating the room
Two by two
From the womb
To the holiday
There is no holiday
First double-cross her heart
He wants to start a family
Needing something to go on
If she weren't writing in blood
She'd bring him her jokes
A new liver
And a shovel for the mud
If he were not knee-deep in mud
He'd bring her his drugs
He'd get her a typewriter

If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away

Nobody knows which street to take
He took the easy
What was the easy way?
First double-cross her heart
He wants to start a family
She always thought she would not.
If she weren't writing in blood
She'd bring him her jokes
A new liver
And a shovel for the mud
If he were not knee-deep in mud
He'd bring her his drugs
He'd get her a typewriter
If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away

If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away

First double-cross her heart
He wants to start a family
Her body is the baby.

If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
If this is the life
Why does it feel so good to die today?
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away
Blue to gray
Grow up and blow away


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  • +4
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    I think this song is about how when your young you can have anything but once you have children you seem to fade out.

    "if this is the life why does it feel so good to die today" shows how this is what people are meant to do.. grow up and have children. So if it's supposedly so great why doesn't it feel like that?

    "grow up and blow away" suggests that you spend all your time growing up and when youve grown up you just disapear. almost like metaphorical ashes when someone's been cremated.

    "blue to grey" is almost like the person going from a bright vibrant colour to something dull and unnoticable.

    The song is about monotony of life. how everyone does the same thing and then just blows away.

    watchon May 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
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    this song's addicting.

    loveisaverbon September 21, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I was listening to this a while ago, when I suddenly realized that it was used in a commercial a long time ago. But only this part: "if she weren’t riding in bars she'd bring him her jokes a new liver and a shovel for the mile if he were not knee deep in mud he'd bring her his jokes he'd get her a typewriter

    if this is the life why does it feel so good to die today"

    And that was before I had even heard of Metric. But I realized that I used to turn up the volume on that commercial, because I really liked the song. So even then I was a Metric fan. =D

    Funny though... I can't even remember what the commercial was for...

    oh_doctor_doctoron October 30, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    theres a mistake in the lyrics.

    it should be:

    "if she werent writing in blood..."

    cry.for.meon January 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Whoever did these lyrics wasn't listening to the song. There are mistakes everywhere. Here is the actual lyrics.

    Grow Up and Blow Away Floating the room TWO BY TWO From the womb To the HOLIDAY There is no holiday First double-cross her heart He wants to start a family Needing something to go on

    If she weren't WRITING IN BLOOD She'd bring him her jokes A new liver And a shovel for the MUD If he were not knee-deep in mud He'd bring her his drugs He'd get her a typewriter

    If this is the life Why does it feel so good to die today? Blue to gray Grow up and blow away...

    If this is the life Why does it feel so good to die today? Blue to gray Grow up and blow away...

    Nobody knows which street to take He took the easy way What was the easy way? First double-cross her heart He wants to start a family She always thought she would not.

    If she weren't WRITING IN BLOOD She'd bring him her jokes A new liver And a shovel for the MUD If he were not knee-deep in mud He'd bring her his drugs He'd get her a typewriter

    If this is the life Why does it feel so good to die today? Blue to gray Grow up and blow away...

    If this is the life Why does it feel so good to die today? Blue to gray Grow up and blow away...

    First double-cross her heart He wants to start a family Her body is the baby.

    If this is the life Why does it feel so good to die today? Blue to gray Grow up and blow away...

    If this is the life Why does it feel so good to die today? Blue to gray Grow up and blow away...

    Blue to gray Grow up and blow away... Blue to gray Grow up and blow away... Blue to gray Grow up and blow away... Blue to gray Grow up and blow away...

    grubsmackon March 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    thank you grubsmack, i was a little confused no one said anything about the wrong lyrics in earlier comments

    nuumbon July 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Ok so this is about a man and a woman who love each other but are haveing problems. They could help each other but they are both preoccupied with there own things? "if she were not writing in blood she's bring him her jokes a new liver and a shovel for the mud" and " if he were not knee deep in mud he'd bring her his jokes he'd get her a type writer" See they can help each other a shovel to get him out of the mud and a type writer so she wouldn't have to write in her blood. They are both slowly dying (mud:quicksand, blood:bleeding to death) and can save each other if only they could get away from their problems. they are probably both very successful people living the good life but they are depressed unable to connect to each other. the lyric "grow up and blow away" im not thinking explosion but more like a dandelion blowing away in the wind. Once you grow up your gone.

    Blindfishbabyon February 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
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    I was listening to the song the other day while riding in the car... And I never quite got the "blue to grey, grow up and blow away" part. I understood it's meaning, and I was pretty sure on the choice of wording. Blue is alive and bright, and grey is faded and old. But we passed a cemetery as soon as the words "blue to grey" were sung, and it sent chills down my spine. Because the sky was so bright and blue, and then far below were the old grey headstones. So I wonder if she was thinking of that same image when she wrote the song. Maybe I'm just silly for pointing this out. I had just never made the connection between "grey" and headstones before.

    ByeBye.Babyon August 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I believe the song is about having children and becoming part of the background noise in our culture, No longer able to succeed the way you'ed imagined as a child and eventually blowing away.

    MusicLvr96on September 10, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is so beautiful. It's not particularly the music, because if you listen to just the music, it's a little squeaky, but great anyway. It's so gorgeous, about a couple in love, yet so incapable of loving. It reminds me of me and somebody else, this is a wonderful song. So powerful.

    mrs_chainsawon October 06, 2004   Link

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