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This is the first day of my life
I swear I was born right in the doorway
I went out in the rain suddenly everything changed
They're spreading blankets on the beach

Yours is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met...

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    anonymous
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    Aug 28th, 8:37pm report


    This is a song written by a narrator that is a newborn baby, and later, child reflecting on the safety and beauty of his mother. As much as I hate Owen Benjamin for the psychopathic grifter he is, his interpretation of this song in light of his first child's birth, is spot on.
    The love a baby feels, that connection with his mother in the first moments of his life, are all he knows. He never "saw" and was "blind" before literally opening his eyes to a bright new world, where he is no longer blind once he meets her.
    His early life is a wash of bright flashes and newness, with pictures of the happy mother, father, and baby during their first trip for him to see the beach...with blankets spread in a happy snapshot that is eternalized in memory.
    The heartbreak of a mother's battle with ending the life before it begins, as the baby is overjoyed that it "didnt die before [it] met [her]".
    And as life progresses, that longing to come home...to the place where life's earliest, warmest memories have been made, after experiencing the tumultuous waters of real life....once u see this song as having a baby for a narrator, I dont know how u ever view it any other way.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 18th, 7:29am report


    I think this song is about getting out of rehab or just off drugs in general. And finally being able to appreciate the person you love, as if the relationship was starting from the beginning again



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    anonymous
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    Aug 27th, 2014 8:40am report


    I love this song, it's so sweet it's heartbreaking.

    However, after years of listening to this song without getting its' true meaning, now I think I finally got it. Might be the weed I've been smoking though.

    "This is the first day of my life
    I Swear I was born right in the doorway
    I went out in the rain
    Suddenly everything changed
    They're spreadin' blankets on the beach"

    He says that this is the first day of his life, so he's talking about the exact moment he was born:
    he says he went out in the rain and everything changed and that's the meaning of "born right in the doorway", that he had just got out of a house so he was in a doorway when he met her. (I think the simple act of "meeting" her is more of a metaphor for something bigger, i.e. falling in love with her)
    Also it was raining and as soon as he sees her the weather changes and it gets so warm people are going to the beach.

    "Yours is the first face that I saw
    I Think I was blind before I met you
    I don't know where I am
    I don't know where I've been
    But I know where I want to go"

    The first two lines describe love at first sight, the epiphany he had when he met her. Now he's confused, everything happened before is just foggy and not as important (or: he had a troubled life where he felt lost) but now he knows exactly where he wants to be, which is with her.

    "So I thought I'd let you know
    That these things take forever
    I especially am slow
    But I realized that I need you
    And I wondered if I could come home"

    Here he's directly talking to her, he's telling her that yes, love and relationship are serious stuff, and he's the first one not to be good at them, (like maybe he's had trouble with relationships before or maybe that he finds it difficult to get attached), but however, with her he's willing to try because he needs her. So he was wondering if he could go to her.

    "I remember the time you drove all night
    Just to meet me in the morning
    And I thought it was strange
    You said everything changed
    You felt as if you just woke up"

    Here he's reminiscing about time spent with her, who seemed to love him just as much as he did, in fact it was also for her "the first day of her life", just like she says right after:

    "And you said,
    This is the first day of my life,
    I'm glad I didn't die before I met you
    But now I don't care I could go anywhere with you
    And I'd probably be happy."

    These lines do not leave much space for interpretation, they're pretty simple,
    and extremely sweet.

    "So if you wanna be with me
    With these things there's no telling
    We'll just have to wait and see
    But I'd rather be working for a paycheck
    Than waiting to win the lottery
    Besides maybe this time it's different
    I mean I really think you like me..."

    Now he's talking to her again, he says that they can be together (read: keep on being together) for much longer, even their whole lives, if she wants to. They don't know the future, they'll just have to wait and see if it works out.
    But he says he'd rather work everyday to let their love grow and really commit to their relationship rather than wait for something else that is probably never going to happen.
    Besides, he thinks this time she might really the one, because she also seems to feel the same about him.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 4th, 2013 11:47pm report


    To me this song is about a boy who falls for his good friend. They almost had something in the past, but something happened and it didn't work. Later he is thinking over it and misses her, and hopes that it will work this time. "So if you want to be with me, with these things there's no telling" "besides maybe this time is different, I mean I really think you like me" he thinks this time she likes him back and it might work, and he is hopeful that she does. Many people have opposed opinions on the "I'd rather be working for a pay check, than trying to win the lottery", however I think its sweet. I think it means that he is going to work to get her, try to win her over rather than just waiting for her to say something first. "This is the first day of my life, I was blind before I met you" he is expressing the feeling of love at first sight, that he didn't see (blinded) what love truly was until he met her. He thought he did, but no amount of love he feels for anyone else will ever compare to his love for her.

    I may not be correct, but this is my perspective (:



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    anonymous
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    Oct 30th, 2012 10:28pm report


    I've taken it as the ultimate love song.

    and it has no cliches!!!!!

    personally, i think is about a man in love, head over heel.

    "And so I thought I’d let you know
    That these things take forever
    I especially am slow
    But I realize that I need you
    And I wondered if I could come home"

    people seem to think that this means that he has screwed up and is asking her to take him back but for me it's more about longing.

    like, 'home is where your heart is,' his heart is with her, he needs her, and he wants to go home aka. wants her love because that's his home.

    And everything else to me is like, him reminiscing about their love. their love story.

    incredibly sweet song :)



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    anonymous
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    Apr 18th, 2012 4:34am report


    This is one of my favorite songs, partially because I could never quite figure out the meaning, however I still was able to connect with it.

    My interpretation of this song (Bear with me.. ) is that he is recalling a lost relationship ; and also speaking to his lost love as well as himself. In past & present tense.

    "This is the first day of my life
    I swear I was born right in the doorway
    I went out in the rain suddenly everything changed
    They're spreading blankets on the beach"

    he is explaining his entire relationship retroactively. Meeting her, changed everything for him. Throughout this new experience he underwent many trials and tribulations that inevitably ended their time together. Stepping out into the rain was ending the relationship, after spending time apart, His outlook changed and it became a warm memory he is nostalgic about.


    "Yours is the first face that I saw
    I think I was blind before I met you
    Now I don't know where I am
    I don't know where I've been
    But I know where I want to go"

    He is reminiscing about the first time he met her and how he became infatuated.


    "And so I thought I'd let you know
    That these things take forever
    I especially am slow
    But I realize that I need you
    And I wondered if I could come home"

    "This is present, he is trying to rekindle what once was.

    "Remember the time you drove all night
    Just to meet me in the morning
    And I thought it was strange you said everything changed
    You felt as if you'd just woke up
    And you said this is the first day of my life
    I'm glad I didn't die before I met you
    But now I don't care I could go anywhere with you
    And I'd probably be happy"

    This is also in the past, his recollection of the break up. He references driving to meet him in the morning to show how much she once cared for him. She responds with she has come to the realization that the relationship isn't working out and from this point forward her new life will begin, however she is glad to have met him. The next quote I believe is himself in the present saying to her now I do not care, I'll follow you anywhere and will be happy.

    "So if you want to be with me
    With these things there's no telling
    We just have to wait and see
    But I'd rather be working for a paycheck
    Than waiting to win the lottery
    Besides maybe this time is different
    I mean I really think you like me"

    This is also in the present, he tells her essentially give me another shot. The paycheck reference however, I feel is him thinking to himself he would rather take the initiative and try than wait for something that most likely would not happen without provocation.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 26th, 2012 2:39am report


    To me, Bright Eyes sounds like a woman..

    This is the first day of my life
    I swear I was born right in the doorway
    I went out in the rain suddenly everything changed
    They're spreading blankets on the beach

    The day she met him she was born. She felt so much more alive because of him. Everything in her life changed & it became jumbled and shaken.

    Yours is the first face that I saw
    I think I was blind before I met you
    Now I don’t know where I am
    I don’t know where I’ve been
    But I know where I want to go

    His face was the first face that she saw in a particular way. Looking at him was like going home. He made her feel happy-sad and nostalgic. She was blind before she met him. Then when she says that she doesn't know where she is I think it means that he made her blind AGAIN. She has no clue of precisely what kind of weirdness he has dragged her through but she knows that he hurt her. A LOT. All she knows is that she wants to be with him. She knows where she wants to go. Even tho' she is blind she has a vision of the future and it is with him.

    And so I thought I’d let you know
    That these things take forever
    I especially am slow
    But I realize that I need you
    And I wondered if I could come home

    She has taken a very, very long time to tell him exactly how she feels about him. She wants him to know that she loves him humongouslyyy and has since the moment she met him. But, sometimes people are extremely cautious and they want to wait forever to reveal these secrets to the one they hugely love in a tremendous style.

    Remember the time you drove all night
    Just to meet me in the morning
    And I thought it was strange you said everything changed
    You felt as if you'd just woke up
    And you said “this is the first day of my life
    I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
    But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you
    And I’d probably be happy”

    One time he drove all night just to convene with her at 56th and Wabasha. He knew that she wanted to run away with him. The rooster is crowing and she wants to kiss his lips. She is saying that she is so happy that she didn't actually die before she met him. She only had her soul torched, which is not "death" it is just a baptism by fire. But now that her spirit has been baked, fried & sizzled she doesn't care about squat anymore. She could go anywhere with him and be happy.

    So if you want to be with me
    With these things there’s no telling
    We just have to wait and see
    But I’d rather be working for a paycheck
    Than waiting to win the lottery
    Besides maybe this time is different
    I mean I really think you like me

    She is asking him if he wants to be with her. She thinks that they will have an interesting, beautiful, fun & meaningful life together. Who really knows but they should hurry up and try it before she is 100. Maybe she is working for a paycheck AND waiting to win the lottery both at the same time. She is telling him that she thinks he likes her a little bit and she likes it that he likes her. She wants the first day of her life with HIM to start RIGHT AWAY.

    This is a very sweet song.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 15th, 2009 2:57pm report


    It's a love song, about true love at first sight, The day he sees this girl, shes so beautiful that the rain stops and he feels like shes the first thing he's ever seen, like he was just born. And now he feels like he has been lost and now he nows where he wants to go, but it will take a long time for him to open up all the way for that to happen.

    Then it goes into remember the times they had togethor and the things they did for eachother just to be togethor. Its just about waiting, But He'd rather work towards it and watch it grow then wait around for "it" to just happen: 'So if you want to be with me
    With these things there’s no telling
    We just have to wait and see
    But I’d rather be working for a paycheck
    Than waiting to win the lottery
    Besides maybe this time is different
    I mean I really think you like me'

    Its a lovesong, And very very cute one.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 30th, 2008 9:19pm report


    This song is about someone seeing the true person coming out in the person he is with. love can cure sadness and loneliness.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 3rd, 2008 4:36pm report


    Think this song is about someone he really likes.
    " Yours is the first face that I saw, I'm glad I didn't die before I met you"


    and he is waiting to see if this person likes/cares for him back.



    " i'd rather be working for a paycheck then wait in to win the lottery"




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