Please slow it down
There's a secret magic past world that you only notice when you're looking back at it
All I wanna do is turn around
I'm going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean

Because I couldn't let go when the water hit the setting sun
Passing white daisies taking turns
Close the door walk into the street
Catching raindrops on your tongue

And for a minute it all stops but it won't last man
It's just a passing moment gone
Please slow it down
There's a secret place that I know where I could dig a grave out and climb underground for good

All I want to do is turn around
I'm going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean
Because I couldn't let go when the water hit the setting sun
Passing white daisies taking turns

All those evenings on the back deck of our first apartment
They meant everything but the wind just carried em off
And you can't go back now just a passing moment gone

Lyrics submitted by SameOldStory, edited by ileanaleticia9, JAlPrufrock

White Daisy Passing Lyrics as written by Rocky Votolato

Lyrics © ROUGH TRADE PUBLISHING, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this song was def inspired by The Great Gatsby: the characters are all living in the past and not appreciating life while we live it. the "white daisy" could refer to Daisy Buchanan, etc.

    (writing a paper on this right now, and so I have Fitzgerald on the brain)
    aliauthoron November 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is all about regret in my opinion.
    andmywhetstoneon November 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean
    because I couldn't let go when the water hit the setting sun

    this lyric could make me cry.
    xdeathbydesigneron November 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI disagree with trentonite and argue that this song is most definitely about nostalgia of a past relationship with someone, if not fully then at least partly. The biggest clue is the line “all those evenings on the back deck of OUR first apartment”. Getting an apartment with someone is kind of a big step in most relationships - it’s very special feeling to finally call a place “ours” apartment instead of “mine”, which is why he mentions it. So, unless Rocky is gay, I don’t think he’d be reminiscing about the time he first became roommates with his best friend or whatever.

    Moving on, this song is very beautiful and sad in its lyrics. It is not about how sweet it is to reflect on life’s memories or about enjoying the moment because reminiscing never brings back the past. The guy is obviously nostalgic about a significant other to say the least, and also perhaps nostalgic for the good times with him/her and/or good/simpler times in the past in general.

    I could be wrong, but the “please slow it down” line of the chorus seems to me that he’s trying to talk things out with his ex or soon-to-be ex, telling her to calm down her hysteria or her trash-talking from the fight that their having or her walking out on him, basically to slow her momentum towards leaving him/things turning sour.

    Or also it could be Rocky just stating his thought of wanting time to slow down just a bit because he’s not over this girl and/or the good ol’ times and wants to be closer to this past than keeps getting farther away as time passes.

    The first one fits better because, although trentonite thinks otherwise, the “secret magic past world” line is probably Rocky trying to tell his girlfriend to perhaps reflect on their relationship and think about the good times before doing anything drastic, or even post-break-up trying to win her back, because in general you forget about ALL the good times with someone when not being existential every once in awhile. That she just keeps focusing on the bad when there is/was so much good in their relationship.

    Rocky really wants her back, or really wants to bring the relationship back to the way things used to be, those better, simpler times - “all I want to do is turn around”. But he can’t let go of this ideal as these good times are coming to an end or already ended - he couldn’t let go of the “setting sun”. And when you look at a sun setting on an ocean, it seems like it’s sinking to the bottom of the ocean as it disappears, and Rocky is down their latched onto it, essentially drowning.

    So yeah the two verses with him/them “passing white daises” is easier to interpret. It’s just two different memories of the good times that once were - very innocent, simple and beautiful like white daisy. And walking past daises is also very care/worryfree in it of yourself. Catching raindrops on your tongue? I mean, who does that shit anymore? I wish people that romantic still but you might be called kitchy for doing.

    Rocky also wants to die thinking about all this crap, “dig a grave out and climb underground for good”. Drama. I wouldn’t go that far.

    But yeah, time stopping the fun had in the rain and the wind metaphorically blowing away the memories on the back deck significant in that they are both very/relatively unstoppable forces. The sun setting too is pretty unstoppable.

    Rocky knows this. But he can still at the least be in denial and long and mourn about it all. This guy’s hurting.

    Sorry if i ruined the magic of this song, but that’s what I think it’s about, and why.
    thisguyuknoon October 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti expect a ton of comments on this song... it was on the OC tonight ... which is how i was introduced to it... i think its about moving on and getting over sumone ... and it means a lot to me in so many personal ways
    m/rockthecasbahm/on February 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlove it. i really like m/rockthecasbahm/'s thought on getting over someone, that could relate to it as well. i think it is about enjoying the moment, living life for all that it is and appreciating each detail as it happens. its so sad how much sweeter life is when we reflect back on our memories instead of while we are going through the emotions.
    lally123on February 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't decide ... is it about getting over someone becuase they passed, or because they broke up?
    I love the line "all I want to do is turn around." Turn around literally and metaphorically. But it was just a "passing moment gone."
    jennieclaireon February 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like how its so chill. The albulm cover for this song is really neat too
    sweeteenhoodon March 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProblably one of my fave. rocky songs ever. i didnt know it was on the OC, prolly because i dont watch it. yeha its about memories about someone he used to love, in my opinion. great song
    itsme13on March 22, 2006   Link
  • 0

    tis beautiful


    ps. hey sexy
    Liizaon May 17, 2006   Link

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