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Maroon 5: Daylight Meaning


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Song Released: 2012

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Here I am waiting, i'll have to leave soon
Why am i, holding on?
We knew this would come, we knew it all along
How did it, come so fast?
This is our last night but it's late
And i'm trying not to sleep
Cause I know, when I wake, I will have...


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    Mar 21st, 2013 3:32pm report

    I was with my husband when he died of cancer. It was in the middle of the night, and we knew by the time the morning came, we would be apart. That is what I hear when this song comes on the radio. But,it's a good memory because we were together.


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    May 24th, 2013 5:43pm report

    I think this song is special. I don't think it has to do with one night anythings. I think it has to do with a long built relationship or friendship, and then the departure. Friendship. It doesn't mean that they ended off on a bad note, and instead want to spend their last moments together. They are forced to depart, whether it's leaving a school, moving away, anything that comes in between to separate us. I can relate this song to graduation and leaving my friends. Anyone can, but I do not think it's about one night stands or anything of the sort. It's a song that shows meaning of the last night. It shows the contrast between the night and the day, and how different things can be within just that short amount of time. The night that daylight will apply to you is when you will finally realize what this song is about, and I have realized what it was about sing my "Daylight" night happened recently.

    "Here I am waiting, i'll have to leave soon
    Why am i, holding on?
    We knew this day would come, we knew it all along
    How did it, come so fast?"
    It was a set day, that would have come sometime sooner or later but he didn't face it. They know they would have to depart, as everyone does one day, and he's wondering why the day is now today- the day they new they'd have to face. He's wondering why he spent all his time holding on and trying to preserve their time if they knew it'd all be over.

    "This is our last night but it's late
    And I'm trying not to sleep
    Cause I know, when I wake, I will have to slip away "
    This is implying that it's their last night together and it's their time for them to be together and make the last moments meaningful. The next day they will slip away, they will not be together anymore and will drift off. Slipping away isn't an immediate departure, but if there is something that will happen that will keep them from being together, and slowly cause them to drift such as leaving your friends and not being in the same school, it is hard to keep in touch with them- you still can, but you will slip away.

    "And when the daylight comes I'll have to go
    But tonight I'm gonna hold you so close
    Cause in the daylight we'll be on our own
    But tonight I need to hold you so close "
    This is very clear. The daylight is the next day, and he is savoring the tonight.

    "Here I am staring at your perfection
    In my arms, so beautiful
    The sky is getting bright the stars are burning out
    Somebody slow it down "
    The perfection could be physical, that it is someone of beauty and someone who he loves, or it could be a perfection of their friendship. He is making out everything of their last time together, and their togetherness. He wants the time to stop and he doesn't want the sky to get brighter because the time is nearing.

    "This is way too hard, cause I know
    When the sun comes up, I will leave
    This is my last glance that will soon be memory "
    One of my favorite lines of the song... There is always a last time for everything and this is his last glance that he will ever get to look at his time together with that person, and this time that he is now present in will soon turn into a memory he will always cherish. He is creating his memory.

    "I never wanted to stop because I don't wanna start all over, start all over
    I was afraid of the dark but now it's all that I want, all that I want, all that I want "
    Again, I can relate this to the graduating or leaving your friends bit. He never wanted to leave, or graduate, or start a new beginning because then he would to go through the whole process of hello's and goodbye's again. He isn't ready to start his new process because he feels like it's not ready to finish, so he's clinging onto the dark because he's afraid of starting the new scary stage.

    This song is totally relatable to anyone.


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    Feb 10th, 2013 2:21pm report

    I think it is a soldier that is being deployed early the next morning - and he knows he has to go at daylight but has one more night to hold his love close.


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    Sep 27th, 9:00pm report

    this song tells me about a husband/wife who is watching as their wife/husband are bording the air plant to go fight in a battle over seas. This song also tells me about a family who has lost so many loved ones and they know that they will see there loved ones someday soon.


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    Sep 10th, 9:29pm report

    When my ex boyfriend came here yesterday (09/09/18) he started playing this song when I was laying down on the bed. He tried to cuddle me, asked for a kiss, and he held my hand that night. When he went home I asked him something and he said that he was mad at me because he didn't got to kissed me which I didn't let him kissed me back because he's not my boyfriend anymore.I then realized why is he playing that song, he was playing it because when I talked to one of his friends his friend told me that he still missed me like he tells him stuff all the time. He also told me that he was looking for someone else to help him get over me. His friend also said that it's really hard to get over me for him and that he can tell that he's still still over me.


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    Dec 7th, 2017 12:24am report

    This song is about a man who's with a special someone but they're about to leave each other....

    "This is our LAST night, but i'm trying not to sleep cause I know when I wake, I will to SLIP AWAY"

    And ya that line pretty much sums it all up


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    Jul 2nd, 2017 7:24pm report

    I think it's a man who's fallen in love with a prostitute who doesn't want to leave her.

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    Mar 17th, 2017 3:17pm report

    i agree with the second and or the departure to the millitary idk so i just agree with thoes 2


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    Jan 21st, 2017 1:42pm report

    I think he’s in a relationship and the girl is letting him go. She’s leaving. Probably moving out of state. It’s late and he doesn’t want to sleep. He doesn’t want it to end. When the morning comes they’ll part their own ways. He holds her close as the stars begin to burn out. He wishes the night would slow down. When the sun does rise, he shoots her one last glance. He doesn’t want their love to stop. He doesn’t want to have to start over with someone else.


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    Jan 21st, 2015 1:13pm report

    This is a beautiful song, yet very sad. This song reminds me of my long distance relationship and the last night we spent together before he left for college. We have a strong relationship and we have been apart for 3 months. We've been dating about a year now. If i were to give anyone advice on a long distance relationship i'd tell them it takes good communication, trust and a postitve outlook on things. When i finally got the see him again it was the best feeling in the world. Long distance is possible <3


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    Jan 19th, 2015 1:24pm report

    Well, the first time I heard this song was on the car ride to my grandfather's funeral at 11 years old. So I always think about how some people have premonitions about dying and how you know in your heart that it is the last time you will ever see them, and wanting to smile and enjoy it, at the same time, wanting to cry because it's sad.


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    Aug 29th, 2014 8:19am report

    For me its about a man who has been in a love affair that is ending. Its been a beautiful experience. He thinks that she is the perfect woman for him. They have this last night together. He loves her deeply and doesn't want to leave her, but he knows in the morning they will part ways for the last time. It could be me singing this song. It is EXACTLY what happened and how I felt. Funny it came out less than a month after it ended.


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    Aug 27th, 2014 8:11am report

    I was told it was about a one night stand :(
    I believed it for a bit, but I had to look it up and it isnt any thing like that :)

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    Aug 17th, 2014 8:49pm report

    When I came back from Mexico this is how i felt I was leaving behind lots of friends and my lover behind and the very last night was very speacial they through me a party,and in the morning it was all memories :(


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    Apr 16th, 2014 4:08pm report

    I think this song is about a strong relationship that has to be left broken because they've been torn apart. I think he has to leave in the morning.
    "When the daylight comes I'll have to go, but tonight I'm gonna hold you so close."
    I think this means, once again, he has to leave in the morning but that night he's going to love her as much as he can and hold her as close as he can.


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    Dec 11th, 2013 12:01am report

    I think it about giving up a baby for adoption. A young couple not ready to raise a child, is selflessly handing over their baby for a better life than what they can give.


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    Dec 3rd, 2013 12:26pm report

    Romeo and Juliet.


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    Nov 9th, 2013 11:48pm report

    This song is perfect for those who are in a long distance relationship like me.

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