You look at me with uncertainty
You look at me with urgency
You look at me with fear in your eyes
Like you're about to fall away

But don't be afraid to change your colours now
I've known you all summer and you rose above it all
I see you hesitate to fall down
But it's a pretty good view from down here too

And when the wind takes you, it takes me too.
When you change colours, I change mine too
Try not to think and I will try to
And when you let go, I will let go too

I knew you when you were green and strong
You were like a feather on a wing: so long
You know I will miss you when you are gone
But don't be afraid if you just can't hang on

'Cause when the wind takes you, it takes me too
And when you change colours, I change mine too
Try not to think and I will try to
And when you let go, I will let go too

The cold air is pushing hard on you
I know what you're saying, I can feel it too
You'll go through changes and I'll go through them too
Don't be afraid now, no don't be afraid

'Cause when the wind takes you, it takes me too
And when you change colours, I change mine too
Try not to think and I will try to
And when you let go, I will let go too



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    General Commentsimply trying to make the person you feel deeply for feel better about whatever it is bothering them. letting them know that you will always be there, no matter what kind of changes they or you will go through. gorgeous song about dedication, love, and believing in someone when they can't believe in themselves
    elysium.contúon September 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI know this may sound really dumb, but I didn't even notice the "changing seasons" references until today.
    "I've known you all Summer, and you rose above it all. I see you hesitate to fall now..."

    "I knew you when you were green and strong."

    "The cold air is pushing hard on you."

    He's comparing the girl to summer, and now the season is changing but he promises to stay with her even as she changes.

    Pretty cool.
    loveAZon May 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentUm.. what?
    Always stay with her?
    To me it's pretty clearly a breakup song.
    He's trying to tell her that it's ok that they are falling apart, it's not her fault that both of them are changing.
    That he won't try to hold on when the time comes to part, and that she shouldn't be afraid to change, even though it mean they will lose each other.
    zephyr1843on March 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like a breakup song to me, too. It seems like it's about a couple that has been falling apart slowly but surely, but she's afraid to let go and move on. He's letting her know that he's been there the whole time and he can see what's happening, and it's all okay.
    schmadairon March 12, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti can see where the break up comes into this for sure. i don't know if it's so much breaking up, but more a trying time between two people who obviously care for each other. where it sounds as so the one the song writer is singing to is altering her life. so he is letting her know that he wants to grow with her and experience these changes together. agreed with the other post with the season reference. it is very cool.
    juseon August 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song resonates for me, but for a completely different reason... my wonderful dog, who I've had for 16 years, is still pretty healthy but starting to decline. I know he's near the end of his possible lifespan and we've been through so much together, it's really difficult to imagine him not being in my life; I'm trying to prepare myself for his death. He looks at me sometimes and I wonder what he would say if we spoke the same language.
    "You look at me with uncertainty,
    You look at me with urgency.
    You look at me with fear in your eyes
    like you're about to fall away."

    To other people he's old and scruffy but to me he's the same beautiful creature who once was the smartest, fastest, most independent, most graceful dog you can imagine,
    "I knew you when you were green and strong.
    You were like a feather on a wing, so long."

    I tell him when the time comes, I'll be devastated, but he needs to let go,
    "You know I will miss you when you are gone,
    but don't be afraid if you just can't hang on.

    The cold air is pushing hard on you.
    I know what you're saying; I can feel it, too.
    You'll go through changes, and I'll go through them too. Don't be afraid now, don't be afraid."

    It's a beautiful song...
    caraneueon October 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a song about a dying lover. "Change colors" referring to the color of the leaves from season to season. "I knew you when you were green and strong." Referring to her being full of life in the summer, green like the leaves.

    "I see you hesitate to fall now, But it's a pretty good view from down here, too." Hesitating to transition to autumn's colours, and fall from her tree. Slowly descending to her death. This part of the song seems to explain that he is taking every step with her, and trying to comfort her about death.

    "'Cause when the wind takes you, it takes me, too. When you change colours, I change mine, too. Try not to think and I will try, too. And when you let go, I will let go, too." I think this part is explaining a promise to his lover to endure whatever she endures. "And when you let go, I will let go, too." When she finally dies, he will take his life as well, and they will part.
    telepathy1994on October 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI was looking for high quality audio for this song on YouTube and saw Josh Groban covered it. I like this version better, but maybe I'm biased since I heard the original first.

    I agree a lot with "telepathy1994", though I think it can apply to a relationship with anyone, romantic, friendship, or otherwise. Even a pet, as mentioned before.

    Life is often referred to as seasons: spring = childhood, summer = youth/adulthood, fall = middle age, and winter = old age. "When you change colors, I change mine too"/"You'll go through changes, and I'll go through them too" seems to be noting how we age alongside everyone else. Sadly, we have no control over the seasons and death is an inevitable, uncontrollable part of life. (I'm not sure about the interpretation of suicide after losing someone, since we all die eventually, but it could also fit.)

    If anyone has ever spoken to family about death, especially in the midst of serious or terminal illness), the conversation can parallel these lyrics. Both sides need comfort, both are afraid to face the upcoming changes. Both want the other to be able to "let go", especially if one is sick and "just can't hang on".

    Couple of things I noticed:

    "I knew you when you were green and strong.
    You were like a feather on a wing, so long."
    (Green and strong = Spring, youth. "So long" is another way to say "goodbye" - so could this be "goodbye" to Spring/youth or to life itself? or just referring a young life, full of potential?)

    "I've known you all Summer,
    and you rose above it all.
    I see you hesitate to Fall now."
    (you've seen the person strong and vibrant during adulthood/Summer, but resistant or hesitant for life transitioning into Fall/middle-age?)
    "The cold wind is pushing hard on you."
    (perhaps an illness or injury is pushing seasons/life to pass more quickly than expected)

    Absolutely beautiful song, I don't know why more people haven't heard it. I recently found this band through another YouTube connection and all their songs are fantastic.
    Pageturned99on August 23, 2011   Link

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