First you look so strong
Then you fade away
The sun will blind my eyes
I love you anyway
Thirsty for your smile
I watch you for a while
You are a vapour trail
In a deep blue sky
Tremble with a sigh
Glitter in your eye
You seem to come and go
I never seem to know
And all my time
Is yours as much as mine
We never have enough
Time to show our love

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Vapour Trail Lyrics as written by Laurence John Colbert Andrew Bell

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  • +13
    MemoryThere was this moment back when I was at university, I was walking around listening to Nowhere through my headphones and suddenly the last track “Vapour Trail” comes on. Suddenly everything goes into slow motion. I see people wipe the sweat from their forehead slowly, I see girls blinking slowly and everyone talking and laughing — slowly. There are those epiphanies you have in life that you sometimes can’t explain — and I guess the best explanation I could give for the one I was having at the moment was Ride. You see, I think “Vapour Trail” is about knowing something’s going to end (in this case probably a relationship) and not minding it. As I looked at everyone walking about their lives and the sun slowly setting — I realised that I don’t mind mortality. I’m going to end, we’re all going to end, at some point and all that will be left when we’re gone is a vapour trail of our experiences that perhaps someone, if we’re lucky, will try to hold on to.
    jherekoon March 20, 2012   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis song is short and sweet to the point. That feeling after a relationship has subsided, well it feels like a vapour trail is left in the sky and in one's heart.
    leonspruceon November 09, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI used to have a friend who lived by me, and our apartment complexes were seperated by a golf course.

    There were many nights when I listened to this song on my walkman, in the cold breeze of the night. Just me, the stars, and this AMAZING song.

    I just can't tell you what this song does to me. I feel bliss...the bliss that comes from falling in love. I also feel a little longing, because I wish I had someone to share this song with.

    Oh, and the end when everything drops out and it's just the viola (I've been told it's a viola...I'm not too literate on string instruments)...oh my god. The song just enters a new dimension of beauty and feeling.

    God, this song is amazing. I get choked up every time I listen to it.
    velmaxcorganon November 09, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAm I the only one who heard of the book through the song.
    AGUYon January 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can never get over how amazing this song is...whenever i hear it, i get so sad yet so happy at the same time. I love it...
    sweetness855on May 03, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMakes me feel old to remember when this song was actually a hit here in America..Never even heard of the Perks book until now..Ugh. Beautiful song that has passed the test of time. Simple song about the impermanance of things...even Love.
    sugErspunon March 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song was on the tape that charlie made in the perks of being a wallflower. i love that book and when i downloaded this song i fell in love with it. i alwasy imagine this song when sam is in the back of the truch goign through the tunnel. lovely.
    punkybun46on March 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI discovered this song through Perks also.. that is the best book, truely.. it was so... real, for lack of a better word. "I feel infinite" when I listen to the songs on the mixtape that Charlie made for Patrick. "We accept the love we think we deserve" is truely the best quote from the book, in my opinion.
    RagingAnneon June 24, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNice words sweetness. I cant really decide if the lyrics are sad or trying to be an expression of love. Well, obviously they are an expression of love. But is the about the end of a loveship, or one in instability? hmmm. It IS one of the most delicately beautiful love songs ive ever heard. And it does make me sad.
    spokexxon February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first song I ever heard from ride I think. Well it was either this or Like a Daydream. I now own everything. Reminds me of getting blazed in college. So good.
    clamchipson January 24, 2011   Link

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