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Song Released: 2004

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I didn't want to know
I just didn't want to know
Best to keep things in the shallow end
Cause I never quite learned how to swim

I just didn't want to know
Didn't want, didn't want,
Didn't want, didn't want

Close my eyes just to look at...


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    Jan 19th, 2006 1:53pm report

    This song is about allowing yourself to being blinded to what's going on with those around you. The person being sung to is killing him/herself, or is already dead, and the singer is too busy to even notice.

    Maynard says in the commentary that he found himself in this situation dating a girl. His friends told him that she was strung out on drugs and he denied it, only to find himself taking a closer look at her and realizing that his friends were right. He had been obvlivious to her state the entire time, not realizing she was killing herself right in front of his eyes.


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    Jul 15th, 2007 7:59pm report

    She's dying right in front of him (turning blue) and he's in denial about the fact that the things she's doing are killing her (drugs/alcohol et al.) "keep things in the shallow end" b/c he doesn't want to give any deep thought to WHY she's turning blue he'd rather think about how pretty she looks. "ignore the smoke and smile" b/c he sees the evidince of her problem all around and ignores it. "mistook their nods for an aproval" b/c they were trying to tell him that she was killing herself and he thought they were agreeing with "what a perfect color" blue was.


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    Feb 14th, 2008 2:49am report

    There's actually no need to interpret the song. On the aMOTION DVD, Maynard states that the song is about his mother. She suffered a stroke and was practically paralyzed. Maynard watched her die basically, but refused to admit that she was dying. He couldn't cope with the pain of losing her, he "Never quite learned how to swim"


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    Apr 6th, 2020 4:26am report

    Like all finely crafted poetry ...or horescope
    ... It means precisely what the one perceiving it NEEDS it to mean..... Enjoy!


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    Dec 19th, 2019 12:11pm report

    Everyone it’s obviously “calling out to much, she’s turning blue”. I’m just kidding that what Apple Music says he says but what do I know


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    Sep 8th, 2019 9:54am report

    Whoever is stupid enough to think it's Aftermath is absolutely insane! Go on Amazon music and X Lyrics tells you plain as day that it's CALL AN OPTIMIST!!! OPTIMIST!! CAN'T ANYONE READ??


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    Nov 8th, 2018 11:06pm report

    First of all....all you dumbasses are hearing “call an optimist”? Seriously?! The lyrics are “call it aftermath she’s turning blue” Jesus get the words right before you try and butcher an great song


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    Aug 24th, 2018 8:18am report

    She OD on herion...
    Ignore the smoke....
    Mistaked there nods for approval
    Best keep things in the shallow end...never learned to swim,
    Its. About. Watching someome you care about... die right infront of you. Just didnt want know
    And it really could be about mjk mom. I think most of the cd was about her leaving him. And he not being able to help


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    Oct 16th, 2014 10:54pm report

    It's the perfect ph balance in any covalent or ionic bond.


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    Mar 2nd, 2014 3:19am report

    The meaning of smoke in the saying "Where there's smoke, there's fire" I am sure is what the smoke is a reference to. Call an optimist means that rather than calling anyone who could actually render any sort of actual assistance, the person from whose perspective the song is sung wants the denial reinforced, and that is furthered by the "such a lovely color" line.

    I am not sure that there is an actual specific circumstance upon which the song is based. It seems like it may predominately be a song about that sort of extreme impregnable denial in general.


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    Oct 6th, 2013 10:41pm report

    I`didnt want to know = stay in the shallow end = I close my eyes to look at you (if I close my eyes to see you, your image is just the one I already have in my mind, not your real image. So I don`t really want to see you/to know).
    Ignore de smoke = goes in the same way as I didn`t want to know.
    Call an optimist, she is turning blue (something is wrong)
    such a lovely color for you (instead of focus solving the problem I just "look away" putting my attention in secondary things (whether the blue is a lovely color for her doesn`t help her to solve the problem).
    I just sit and stare at you because I didn`t want to know (I did nothing to help)
    Mistook her nods for a approval (I feel comfort since she is ok with me doing nothing to help/but since the nods are mistook it is not real, but very convenient for me).


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    Aug 27th, 2012 8:51pm report

    The song is about a woman who goes insane because her boyfriend and or husband died. She must have went to his funeral before that, then when he was all put in a grave, she put a blue flower on the grave, like its shown in the video. She is in denial of his death and she misses him so much, she is in disbelief that he is not living anymore. So she then becomes a grave digger and spends all night digging him out of his grave. She pretended he was alive and even had supper with him. She was having dinner with a corpse. Then she goes to kiss him and takes his hand to touch her down there after she ate. She didn't want to know that he was dead, so she went insane as she was in disbelief.


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    Aug 7th, 2009 8:26pm report

    Most people think this song is about Maynard's girlfriend who was on drugs but I don't at all.
    It's about his mothers funeral,
    "best to keep things in the shallow end, because i never quite learned how to swim" how people want to help him with his grieving but he keeps it short because hes uncomfortable.
    "ignore the smoke and smile" the incense catholics burn in that little ball as the body is carried out.


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    Jun 11th, 2009 6:23am report

    I like the top rated interpretation, and totally agree with it, and im not sure anyone said anything about the "blue" thing.

    my thought is "she is turning blue" is like she keeps denying being on drugs til she blue in the face and the guy is just like ok and accepts but also theres the "call the optimist" part, kinda weird but like hes saying call a optimist because they'd see the bright side of what the girl is saying, while he is just ignoring it.

    haha probably repeating stuff but whatever.


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    May 1st, 2009 5:33pm report

    Well I can't guess what the author had in mind but this song has a powerful effect on me because it fits perfectly with one of the worst days of my life. As a 7 year old i woke up one morning and found my mom dead on the couch. I was so scared that i couldn't do anything. "I didnt want to know". I knew something was wrong but couldn't come to entertain the fact that she was dead. "just ignore the smoke and smile".


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    Sep 11th, 2008 9:10am report

    The sound of the song is kind of hypnotic. Like spiraling in a circle kind of weird way.

    Anyways I think in the chorus I think Maynard is saying "Calling out too much, she's turning blue" not "Call an optimist" or "call it aftermath" whatever those would mean (I don't hear any "M" in the chorus for aftermath or any "P" for optimist). This could go with the denial of someone you know and their addiction and overdose by the old Cry Wolf story. The addicted person is calling out for help but everyone is in denial of it, or they think it's a false alarm and don't worry about it.

    And they just slip farther away, or maybe even die because it is easier to live life in denial and without worry. We'll trick ourselves in whatever way we can to not see the truth sometimes.


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    May 17th, 2008 5:03pm report

    For me.. I think of mother earth every time I hear this song. This may not have been what PC had in mind but I think it fits. Just ignore the smoke and smile.


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    Mar 8th, 2008 3:17am report

    The song is about a child who can't find his blue crayon and tries mixing colours to make it seem blue..... Thus he gets happy and starts singing........call an optimist she's turning blue!!

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