"Don't Let Your Hair Grow Too Long" as written by and Oren Lavie....
Don't let your hair grow too long
Leave your yellow raincoat on
Don't get wet
But don't get warm
Don't change the time on your watch
Always reach, but never touch
Stay a picture on the wall

Don't let your step grow too bold
Don't let your hands go too cold
Don't forget, but don't recall
Keep the distance in your stare
Hold your step up in the air
Always near but never there
And stay a picture on the wall

Lyrics submitted by Ximena

Don't Let Your Hair Grow Too Long song meanings
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    General CommentI definitely don't think it's about a picture. I think the song is about unrequited love. He's admiring someone from afar, and sees them as perfect- a perfect, untouched, unrequited love. Much like admiring a picture in a frame- it's beautiful to look at, but you'd never actually get the chance to touch it.
    brittpinkieon January 17, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so pretty...i'm not sure, but i think he might be saying to someone that she is perfect right as she is in that moment, and he wants her to stay like that forever. but the song is rather meloncholy, because he realizes that it's impossible for her to stay the same.

    i think.
    icesk8ngurlon May 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree. It's like he's stopped seeing her as a person, and more as a symbol or "picture on the wall."
    trafalgaron June 07, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI believe it's neither. I believe it's just as simple as it can be: he is looking at a pretty picture on his wall, admiering it. The art about this song is that he managed to create an almost complete image of what he's seeing, without really describing it directly. And it should be a pretty picture too...
    ShaharOferon October 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt feels to me more of a My Last Duchess meets The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock type of song.
    He's asking that this woman never change, but it has a slightly darker undertone. When he says "Always reach, but never touch" he's creating a distance between the two of them. It's easier for him to love her when she's objectified as a portrait, and he pleads that she remains this ideal woman. Instead of walking with her "steps...too bold" he wants her to stay on the wall, unaccessible, but also available for him to admire.
    dreamingrainon February 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more like the voice of soceity or someone trying to stop her from following her dreams.

    To me it's very sad, saying; don't ever follow your dreams, don't take any chances, don't be anything more then a picture on the wall.

    To me it's a sad song about never ever being brave enough to try, to never take any risks, just living a very pointless and dead life...
    Prechepkaon March 22, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationHe doesn't want to let go of who he is singing to and wants him/her to be the same way he/she is now (with him, in his control)
    sweetsongsavvy923on May 31, 2012   Link

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