AFI: Girls Not Grey Meaning
Song Released: 2003
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Girls Not Grey Lyrics
Much further down
Swim in the calm tonight
This art does drown
(What follows) me as the whitest lace of light
(Will swallow whole) just begs to be imbrued?
What follows has lead me to this place
where I belong,...
anonymous Mar 1st, 2009 3:15pm report
This is the only AFI song I know of (although I admit I don't know that many) that I find kind of hopeful. The “I” in the song is being given a new beginning, a new chance, and he isn't sure what to do with it. By ‘I'll lay me down tonight/Much further down/Swim in the calm tonight/This art does drown’, he means he'll stop and think and look at his choices now. ‘What follows will swallow whole’ means that whatever he comes next will wipe out his past, all his old mistakes. The ‘me as the whitest lace of light’ is a vision of himself as a good person. Imbrued means saturated or stained, often with blood, but I think there’s a positive connotation – blood is necessary for life. He means that the vision of himself as a good person begs to be made real. He’s wondering “what next?”, which is the repeats of ‘what follows?’ ‘[Fate] has led me to this place where I belong with all erased’ means that he’s now somewhere that he can be accepted for who he is and forgiven for his mistakes. By ‘all insects sing tonight/the coldest sound’, he means that he can hear the whole world going on and it’s scaring him. He wants to do something to make the world better (‘I’d send God’s grace tonight’), and he thinks he might be able to (‘Could it be found?’). The chorus means the same thing as before. He says ‘I lay me down tonight/Much further down’, to mean he’s settling into this new place and away from his old life. ‘Watch stars go out tonight/On sinking ground’ means that there is a price to pay: he’ll watch the bright parts of his old life end and he’ll feel unsupported, which is the downside of a new beginning. The repeat of ‘I’ll lay me down’ means that he’s going to give up his old life anyway. He hopes that he’ll do something right (the chorus a third time meaning the same thin), and the final ‘what follows will swallow whole’ means that what comes next will be everything about him; he’s given up his messed-up past.
The video, I think, is anti-drug, especially as it looks like I’d imagined an acid trip would be like (I’ve never dropped acid, so I wouldn’t know), but I think this band is certainly capable of having a song mean one thing and its video mean another.
anonymous Nov 25th, 2006 11:30am report
I think this song is about how artists music can be ruined and their careers destroyed by drugs, especially cocaine. The title "girls not grey" can be confusing but "girl" is often used as like a codename by many bands, for cocaine "grey" could have multiple meanings.
"I'll lay me down tonight,
Much further down.
Swim in the calm tonight.
This art does drown"-- that is the point of view that davey has, the art of music does drown when the writer is a drug user.
"What follows me as the whitest lace of light
will swallow whole just begs to be imbrued?
What follows has led me to this place where I belong with all erased?
What follows?"-- what follows the use of cocaine... anyone that uses it is just begging to be imbrued.It leads to death.
"All insects sing tonight the coldest sound"-- the insects are drug users and their songs don't have much feeling.
"I'd send Gods grace tonight, Could it be found?"-- I try to explain that it is ruining the music, will someone understand.
"What follows Me as the whitest lace of light
Will swallow whole
Just begs to be imbrued?
What follows has led me to this place, where I belong with all erased?"
"I'll lay me down tonight,
Much further down.
Watch stars go out tonight.
On sinking ground."-- he is watchin bands fall apart because of the drugs.
This meaning is debatable. The song could also have something to do with suicide but with Davey Havoks strong stance against taking drugs, drinking alcohol and smoking. I think this meaning is more plausable.
XartXmustXdrownX Nov 8th, 2008 11:55am report
In my personal opinion, I believe this song is stating that in life, nothing is forever. At the beginning of time, or the beginning of a life, things are whole and pure. However, in the end everything dissipates and returns to the earth. This is just my personal opinion. Other may have different views, and this is expected. We, after all, are all different people with different minds.
anonymous Jul 30th, 2007 7:05am report
I think by 'Silver and Cold', they mean dead. It's the simplest explanation, from my point of view. The verse that goes 'I'll fall asleep for you, I only ask you turn away' means, 'I'll die for you, but I don't want you to watch'. The line 'Your sins into me,' means he's willing to cover up for his 'beautiful one' at all costs. When Davey says he'll 'tremble a prayer and beg for forgiveness' I think he means he'd ask for forgiveness for his beautiful ones sins.
meltingboy01 Jan 16th, 2007 1:10pm report
my personal interpritation of this song and it is my personal opinion because in all honesty davey and jade probably write songs that might not have a specific meaning but songs fans can interprit for them selves but back to my thing,
if you think about it,it might be that its all about getting home after the first big night with some one,like a passionate night,if you catch my drift,in the beginging "I lay me dwn tonight much further down" your probably exhausted from all the excitement and the reality of whats just happened, and with "what follows" and "what swallows" it might be that the guilt is consuming,maybe this refers to his or her first time,the guilt from a loss of innocence at his exspense,its just a thought and I'm probably way off,and I must give kudos to the coke theory,not what I would of thought of but a good theory none the less
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