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When I step into the light my arms open wide
When I step into the light my eyes searching wild
Would you not like to be
Sitting on top of the world with your legs hanging free
Would you not like to be ok, ok, ok

When we’re walking by the...


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    Aug 3rd, 2009 8:24pm report

    Dave has always taken a carpe diem (seize the day) attitude in his music I believe this song keeps with that attitude. to me he is saying if you dont live life you will never know what could've been.


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    Sep 5th, 2007 9:22pm report

    This song is about being dead.


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    Jun 24th, 2007 6:19pm report

    I think that last interpretation was great.


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    Mar 20th, 2007 3:36am report

    this song has three main verses.
    the first representing birth. "when I step into the light.."

    the second, "when I'm walking by the water..."
    this verse represents someone living their life.

    (you could also say that the long jam represents the years passing as someone lives out their life)

    the final verse, "I can't believe that we would lie in our graves..." represents death, and a person looking back at their life.

    the core idea of the song is that you do not want to one day be dead, looking back at life and saying, "I should have done that," or "I regret doing that"

    this is just my interpretation, of course.


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    Jan 9th, 2007 1:04am report

    It talks about someone dying and having no regrets in their life.


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    Oct 27th, 2006 10:15pm report

    This song is about living life to the fullest, and not "lying in our graves", dreaming of things that might have happened if we had done something differently in life. If you want something to happen, do it now so you don't regret it later.


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    Apr 20th, 2006 4:55pm report

    This song is about one of Dave's close friends dying. It talks about him and his friend walking by a river any playing in it. Maybe a childhood friend.

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    Nov 25th, 2005 11:22am report

    The song tells people to make life happen and not lie in our graves, and only dream of what could happen. It encourages everyone to live life and love it.


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    Nov 13th, 2005 11:14pm report

    I think this song is about not worrying, and not wasting your life making money, because you can't take it with you so you might as well do what you want party on.

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