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Counting Crows: Round Here Meaning

Song Released: 1994

Round Here Lyrics

Step out the front door like a ghost
Into the fog where no one notices
The contrast of white on white.
And in between the moon and you
Angels get a better view
Of the crumbling difference between wrong and right.
And I walk in the air...


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    Nov 16th, 11:40am report

    Ok here goes I could be completely wrong but. I believe this song to be about a young woman maybe who is looking to fulfill her dreams. She may be somewhat nieve but far from stupid. Her personality is caring and one who likes to see the good and potential in people. Her dreams for something or to be somewhere bigger and better plague her thoughts to the point where she wonders her place in life.

    Along the way to finding something bigger she meets a man. He is a man who is plagued with mental illness probably personality disorder possibly the cluster b type. He also has a variety of other issues as well. This man starts to manipulate this young woman, make her feel special make her believe she's the one that shes special and he's going to help her fulfill her dreams. She falls into his trap losing sight of her dreams. He just brings her down because of his own illness. The relationship they have is a vicious cycle of manipulation and self loathing. Neither one of them never find what their looking for in life.

    I like to come up with my own ending even though it's not part of the song. I feel the song ends on such a depressing note I wanted to add a happy spin on it. Only because I love this song.
    In the end the young woman leaves that town and that man realizing he had trapped her there. Not because his manipulation worked but because of her own desire to help him. She thought he needed someone but only ended losing sight of her own hopes. He didn't need anyone though just himself. He can't be helped ever so she moves on from their friendship/relationship or whatever it may have been.

    It's amazing what someone can take from a song. I'm probably way off but this is my veiw. I love the song and can relate. I had someone who I thought was special like this I thought he needed someone to care about him. He was easy to spot for me and couldn't believe others didn't see his pain. He was so great at hiding it. Even though he was/is incapable of truly caring for anyone I took a liking to him and tried to be close to him. It never changed him though and I had to leave him be. Sad but I still love that man and hope the very best for him. Even though it's been sometime since I've seen him I still wonder how he is. His core was gentle and kind, his exterior beutiful but his mental illness consumed him. Amazing that sometimes music can bring such strong deep emotions. That's the beauty of music we all take away our own message or interpretation.


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    Jan 13th, 2013 1:47am report

    Boarding School. He wrote it about Taft. The song has both negative and positive connotations of Boarding school. "Round here something Radiates". Yet, "Round here no one notices the contrast of white on white." Both very true. Lastly, "Round here we stay up very, very, very late". All true statements of boardingschools in the U.S.


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    Dec 5th, 2011 12:41pm report

    Well said,
    This song definitely penetrates any type of linguistic barrier; you can feel the sadness in his voice. Our society is in a sad state right now, there is sooo much potential for all of us to be our beautiful, empathetic, and natural selves. I think a large portion of ourselves have fallen victim to this economic and cultural system that intentionally fuels a cycle of individual degradation.

    We know, in our deepest sub-conscious how truly joyful and easy flowing we LONG to be in this life we’re given. The numerous child references in this song, “Run home, sleeping children, better run like the wind” - “momma’s little baby better get herself in out of the lightning.” The innocence and unconditioned radiance of a care-free child are what we all really want to get back to. In a sense, I think he’s referencing how when we grow older, within this unnatural system, we can fall deeper into an un-awakened state that leaves us prey to disillusionment.

    “We talk just like lions, but we sacrifice like lambs.”
    Sure, a lot of us talk a big game, put up a shield, and deflect the truth so we don’t have our structured “life-walls” crumbling around us as the progression of awareness takes hold. But in reality, we still have a lot of growing to do as a species, so young and so vulnerable to the power of suggestion.

    Really sad song, when you think of all the people that have left us in vain.
    But there’s a hint of hope I find through listening to this song, co-existing through the mumblings of self pity, and it’s that we are all kidding ourselves. In the simplest of terms we need to learn to let go, loosen up, “carve your name” in any way you choose because we all have a few screws loose. You are not alone, we will catch you.


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    Feb 1st, 2011 2:42pm report

    I believe that the theme of this song is acceptance, or lack there of. Maria is a symbol of all the odd people in this world and how they don't fit in. The chorus sings about how "round here we always stand up straight", which, I believe, is just explaining how, for the most part, society is very uniform, and everyone is aiming for perfection. However some people, such as Maria, stand out from the crowd, and they are a little different. They are "misunderstood" and they "have trouble acting normal when they're nervous". And in the end Maria gets tired of not being capable of fitting in and she is debating with the idea of suicide because she is tired of not being accepted because she is just a little different.
    However I may be completly wrong here. I read a quote from the lead singer if Counting Crows and he said it was about a man who left behind a woman. Through the song he keeps leaving behind people but as he leaves them behind he feels he is leaving himself behind as well. I suppose both that quote of his and my interpritation of the song could intertwine, but I could be completly wrong. However, lyrics ARE poetry, and poetry can be open to any meaning the reader sees fit, as long as they can proove their point.

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