When the streetlights come on and the fireflies flicker,
I am walking her home making plans.
With her shoes in her hands, I am watching her dance,
As the hem of her dress gently kisses the grass.

It suddenly rains on us,
She is laughing and turns up her hands.

Like autumn turns leaves, winter will breathe, cold on her necks, snow in our paths.
Wherever she goes, all that I know about us is that beautiful things never last,
That's why fireflies flash.

When this summertime ends, we will not part as friends,
Things were promised in blood; we have sinned.
Now there's tears in her eyes as she's screaming goodbyes,
I run 'long side the car turning numb to the sound.

I notice a chill in the air,
September is creeping up fast.

Like autumn turns leaves, winter will breathe, cold on her necks, snow in our paths.
Wherever she goes, all that I know about us is that beautiful things never last,
That's why fireflies flash.

Innocence didn't mean we're immune to these things,
Let's blame the passage of time.
Love and loss, truth it costs more than I can spare right now.
Maybe it's simpler to lie...

Like autumn turns leaves, winter will breathe, cold on her necks, snow in our paths.
Wherever she goes, all that I know about us is that beautiful things never last,
That's why fireflies flash



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    My InterpretationThe first stanza is a flashback on their good times. He's watching her be happy, smiling, dancing, letting loose, and he is completely in love.

    The chorus is showing the change through time. As autumn turns into winter we have to realize not everything lasts forever, or as Ron Pope puts it, beautiful things never last. It's there and as fast as a firefly's light goes out, things you spent so much time (like he did in the first stanza) admiring for its beauty can be gone.

    Like in most relationships, you make promises about things lasting forever being there through the test of time, and this one was no different. But it hasn't happened that way. Promises are broken. It hasn't ended on good terms and she's still very visually and verbally upset about it. I think he is too. He's following her car so it's not that he's given up. But perhaps he's realized there's just no other way. It's hopeless. And as the car leaves his sight it's making more sense to him. This hasn't worked out because nothing does. It's like all other things, and the chorus again reminds us nothing lasts forever.

    The next bit is his saying that they had the best intentions. They did things hoping for the best, and they did it for love. It's not either of their faults it didn't work, it's not anyone's fault, so he'll just call it what was destined to happen (the passage of time). Or that's what he's going to tell himself to make him feel better (maybe it's simpler to lie.)

    --It's definitely cold on our* necks--

    I absolutely love this song. It's so morose but perfect in every way.
    DMM9786on February 14, 2014   Link

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