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Owl City: Fireflies Meaning

Song Released: 2009


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You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep
Cause they fill the open air,
And leave teardrops everywhere,you'd think me rude but I would just stand, and stare

I'd like to make myself...

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    ottejer
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    Sep 17th, 2009 9:11pm report


    At the heart of this song there seems to be a yearning or a desire to escape back to childhood innocence. Upon first hearing the song, I was intrigued by the melody and simple lyrics; it wasn't until I actually questioned the artists intent that I began seeing the deeper meaning of Adam Young's lyrics. The song starts by telling us we would "not believe" our eyes, a statement that suggests the song will cover some sort of fantastic occurrence. Then the song progresses into a dream like quality. The speaker actually speaks of fireflies as if they were surrounded by them, but I can't help believe the fireflies are supposed to stand for a specific event or situation. Hence the question: Who would catch fireflies? The answer: innocent children. The song speaks about the innocence of youth and how quickly that innocence escapes us. The chorus says "I'd LIKE to make myself believe" suggesting a desire of something that can not be completely accomplished. The speaker wants to believe earth moves slowly; if he can't believe that simple statement, it must mean the opposite is true--planet Earth spins much too fast. In other words, time passes by much too quickly. The speaker then talks about the desire to remain to remain in that dream trance instead of waking up to reality, because within that dream trance is the innocence of youth. An innocence and naivety that allows a simple act--catching fireflies--to become a magical excursion into a wonderland of possibility and adventure. The point of the song seems to speak about the need to hold onto and embrace (maybe even slip back into) our child hood innocence so the reality of growing up does not completely take away the magic and joy the world has to offer. Simply put: We are all forced to give up our childhood too soon. We need more fireflies and rooms full of toys (video) to keep our lives simple and innocent.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 2nd, 2010 4:48am report


    This is not an interpretation but rather a question that has crossed my mind. Could the fireflies possibly resemble camera flashes? In my view this song is about time moving too quickly and the overall fear of growing up. The reason this question has crossed my mind is that, if we follow the previous interpretation as our general meaning, it makes sense because photographs are basically pauses in time that preserve an image of an unaged you. I see these "camera flashes" as pauses in time that protect him from his fear of growing up and in that he thrives on them. In the line "I'd gather them and keep them in a jar," directly translates to, in my mind, his desperate preservation of the past. "To ten million fireflies, I'm weird cuz I hate goodbyes," just offers more proof that he does not want to lose these precious pauses in time but he does it anyway because in order to grow up and move on we must first let go of the past. In the line "please take me away from here," it shows his longing and inability to leave his dream world that is the past. My question has become an interpretation lol, well there's my two cents, hopefully I've given everyone an idea to work with.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 30th, 2017 3:43pm report


    Fireflies is a great song that gives different interpretations to those who want to hear certain things that give them hope and love for the song. My interpretation is that that since it takes place in the night, and the night is a common metaphor for being "in the dark", or not having hope for the future and not knowing what the next morning brings, this song is about hope and the impact hope can have on the way one "dances" through life when everything seems black. The fireflies are seeds of hope, small memories and snippets of joy that "leave teardrops everywhere" as the person in the song misses those times. Fireflies teaching him how to dance symbolize that though all those good things happened in the past, better thing are in hold for the future and that they are showing how to act and think in the future. He is an insomniac as he can't go to sleep, or is afraid of leaving his fate to destiny and not knowing what comes next. Please take me away from here comes from his initial wishes to stay young. The fireflies leave him with misty eyes as he will remember his past happiness, and the disco ball is hanging from the thread of reality and imagination. So basically, this person has been visited by the past, perhaps in his dreams, by the fireflies, the LIGHTS of his youth, that give him hope for the future and show him how to dance, take a carefree approach on his future and not dread it. They help him sleep, and dream of a better time. He keeps a few in a jar, remembers the lights behind him as he faces the dark night ahead of him. This may not be the interpretation everyone believes, but it's what this writer wants to believe.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 8th, 17:16 report


    The song is about astral projection. it is not insomnia, his body is still while his conscience or soul is outside. He sees everything in form of light, He views the earth from a distance and sees everything which he wants to see at one go Hence he says the planet is moving slowly. He has the ability to fly in this form and interacts with the fireflies who bump into him occasionally . He enjoys the beauty of this experience and feels everything is true and honest in this form thus he says he rather stays awake as he sleeps because everything is never as it seems.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 14th, 8:30pm report


    Does it have to be about the past or childhood? "Teach me how to dance" implies that he's never danced before so he's not longing to go back to something he's lost. He's longing for something new that hasn't happened yet.

    Fireflies are still magic and in particular they represent light in the darkness, answers. The world is dark and moving too fast. It's confusing and hard to keep up with solving all the problems that keep coming up. "cause everything is never as it seems". The wakeful world, the real world is stressful. He'd rather pursue his dreams but he keeps getting frustrated by reality "teardrops" "insomniac" "hanging by a thread".

    "far too tired to fall asleep" He's so tired of the frustration. I've been there. I know how one can be so tired of the stress but unable to fall asleep because the world can be so maddening. That's really what this song is about, being so tired of it all but not even being able to escape into a dream.

    The fireflies said goodbye. The magic is gone. The dreams are out of reach. But he's holding on to "several" in a jar just in case his dreams get "real bizarre" like a nightmare. His dreams are "bursting at the seems" meaning that his dreams motivate him and drive him to overcome the dark, fast world.

    It's not dreams like one has when one is asleep. It's dreams like hopes and plans, desires for a better life.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 21st, 6:46pm report


    Fireflies are memories for the speaker. Symbolism!



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    Angelboo
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    Jun 14th, 6:05am report


    This song could have very many interpretations, it's ver versatile. I've always thought it was simply about a guy with insomia, but after reading some of the interpretations on here, it could definitely be about something else or something more deeper...



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    anonymous
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    May 17th, 5:33pm report


    I think this song is meant to hold on to the memories that you have had in your childhood and move on because there will be more other great memories to come, but it is also to stay a kid as long as possible and enjoy while it last because that time only comes around in your life once and you can't go back. So be truthful, kind, and fun. And if I was you I would grab a piece paper or a sticky note and right something positive that you would like to do in your childhood while it last.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 30th, 4:08pm report


    I believe the song is about death. The lightning bugs are a representation of the people who have died in the past and wants to believe the earth turns slowly so his life feels longer. He cant sleep because he has so little time to live his life.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 29th, 2017 12:04am report


    This is about a guy with insomnia being unable to sleep. The creator of the song himself said it to be i belive.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 1st, 2017 12:26pm report


    This song may be about insomnia. At one point, the song says something about dancing, like not being able to fall asleep, so they might as well get up and move around. When the song says, "I'd like to make myself believe that planet Earth turns slowly," it could be like wanting more time to be able to fall asleep.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 18th, 2017 11:12pm report


    Its about being christian. We are firefly's because we have a light of yeshua, and so we can "Light Up the dark sky". There's a line in the song that says that talks about firefly hugging and so that could be the comfort of faith.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 29th, 2017 9:34pm report


    Romance might be the case. Or someone he misses.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 4th, 2017 7:39pm report


    It's about astral projection. Search it up.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 29th, 2017 6:44am report


    in this song
    all of he said in song.
    i See and feel it too.
    its like fantasy.
    when you look at air. you apprecieate all of things.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 21st, 2017 6:17am report


    I think it's about an isane guy in an asylum that still sees himself as a child the 10 million fireflies are the stars and he's looking out the window at the stars dreaming about his childhood.And the 1000 hugs from 10,000 lightning bugs are the electric chair. Plus he mentions insomnia which could be another part of his



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    anonymous
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    Jun 5th, 2017 6:27pm report


    It's about higher logic only beknow to the fireflies. The fireflies represent a unbeknownst future where the US is birthed into the grasp of Communism. In short, the singer is a firefly and he lives in his basement



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    anonymous
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    May 10th, 2017 5:44pm report


    When you watch the music video with no music, you will understand it has something to do with children. On the text robot thing it says things like "Please take me away from here," and "Believe," and "Fireflies." If you guys can interpret that, then the song is interpreted. I 'believe' it is about how much fun believing is than what our modern world tells us is true. That's why he says 'Please take me away from here,' to express emotion of that he hates not being accepted for believing in stuff and having idiotic childhood fun. And the fireflies are merely something to think about and to marvel at.



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