"Color in Your Cheeks" as written by and John Darnielle....
She came in on the red eye to Dallas-Ft. Worth
All the way from sunny Taipei
Skin the color of a walnut shell
And a baseball cap holding down her black hair

And she came here after midnight
The hot weather made her feel right at home
Come on in, we haven't slept for weeks
Drink some of this, it'll put color in your cheeks

He drove in from Mexicali, no worse for wear
Money to burn, time to kill
But five minutes looking in his eyes and we all knew
He was broken pretty bad so we gave him what we had

We cleared a space for him to sleep in
And we let the silence that's our trademark make its presence felt
Come on in, we haven't slept for weeks
Drink some of this, it'll put color in your cheeks

They came in by the dozens, walking or crawling
Some were bright-eyed, some were dead on their feet
And they came from Zimbabwe or from Soviet Georgia
East St. Louis or from Paris or they lived across the street

But they came, and when they finally made it here
It was the least we could do to make our welcome clear
Come on in, we haven't slept for weeks
Drink some of this, it'll put color in your cheeks


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"Color in Your Cheeks" as written by John Darnielle

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  • +4
    General Commentthey are images of saint, lining the walls of a church, offering communion wine to roadsaints, dustsaints, broken boys and girls from druggy messes and distance-lives. or so i'll pretend.
    thomas doyleon October 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's fairly clear that this is a song of embrace, "man is all the same," all that.
    mindsaleon June 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about a drug house and how drugs can bring people together who normally wouldn't associate.
    xcatson March 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit doesn't matter what they're drinking; all that matters is that it'll put color in your cheeks.
    Salty Kevinon October 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI figured this was about a rehab house. You cant sleep for shit when your comming off an addiction and will drink just about anything to cop even a little buzz to dull it all somewhat.
    Guitar217on November 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always seemed to hear the drug angle when listening to this song, although i never considered it to be about alcohol at all because of the lines, "we haven't slept for weeks" and "we let the silence that's our trademark" as alcohol would, presumably make one more social and sedated and thus eventually sleepy. I always thought of the "drink" being like electric acid koolaid or something as it is following a song about the high school running back selling acid and, "but five minutes looking in his eyes and we all knew he / was broken pretty bad, so we gave him what we had." seems to imply to me some sort of healing or changing quality. Although not very documented due to legal status and stigma, psychedelics do have therapeutic qualities and can often lead to life-changing revelations and have been used successfully in psychotherapy settings.
    carlthethirdon February 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of Darinelle's very best.
    batrainbowon April 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentActually, the more I read through it, the more I think that, what they are giving out is Liquid LSD. That shit will keep you up for weeks and deffinately put colour in your cheeks.
    BobbyBSeeon June 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's important to find out who is helping and how and whom they are helping. The song is a pronounciation of the fact that they helped those needed help. They did as much as they could and did it whitout asking questions.
    Personableon October 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's the obvious immigration angle, the finidng your home and where you belong bit, and the horrible exhaustion and being completely spent thing. But the last one is probably just me.
    yimenoon December 04, 2005   Link

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