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Owl City: Plant Life Meaning

Plant Life Lyrics

I saw a ghost on the stairs
And sheets on the tables and chairs
The silverware swam with the sharks in the sink
Even so I don't know what to think

I've been longing for
Daisies to push through the floor
And I wish plant life would grow...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 31st 2014 report

    Adam Young explains the meaning in this blog post:


    It's about how life can feel scary and forlorn like a haunted house, but that even in the midst of terror, loneliness, insecurity, etc., Jesus Christ is still at work and is the Ultimate Hope shining through the darkness and bringing beauty. This is one of Adam's most subtle, yet most brilliant, Christian songs, imho.


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    Oct 12th 2016 report

    I think its about loneliness. The man in the haunted house desires a companion, not necessarily in the romantic sense. He feels alone and when the companion comes in his life, he feels less afraid since he has someone with him.

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 8th 2019 report

    This is a song about a lost love or crush that Adam had when he was younger, but he never told her and now he is reminiscing about her and wishing he asked her

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 20th 2017 report

    this song is about a person who is insecure and feels alone, and just wishes people would talk to him(i wish plant life would grow all around me so I wont feel dead anymore). he uses his imagination to keep himself company (I saw a bear in the den), and discovers that life is beautiful and full of magic(i'd rather waltz than just walk through the forest), but he is still shy and doesn't know how to talk to the person he likes(if I were to pluck on your heartstrings would you strum on mine?), but wants them to know how wonderful they are(your spirit is sweet so throw off your sheet).

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 14th 2017 report

    I think Plant Life describes life as a haunted house. I think it says that you have to fight to escape and discover the beauty, or "plant life" that surrounds us all

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 13th 2017 report

    I believe the song is about loss it doesn't have to be of a loved one it can just be loss maybe Adam was lost at a point in his life and he is singing about that time and how he felt at the time not everything that has a heart and the word love have to do with a girlfriend or a lover it could be his connection with life or music

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 8th 2015 report

    He lives in a hunted house alone and he feels lonely and want the plants to grow around him, so he won't feel so death; but he find out that in the house there is another ghost and he ask it to be near to him so they won't be alone and stop feeling death

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 16th 2013 report

    Adam said in an interview this song is about "A likable guy that's trapped in a haunted house." Knowing this, the lyrics should be pretty self-explanatory.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 28th 2012 report

    I think it may be about a guy who thinks he lost his girlfriend (or just a dear friend, or someone he loves) and wishes things would change and take on a brighter light. He's trying to find fun in things around him, so that he can get over his "pain", but every thing is probably ok. :)

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 4th 2012 report

    I think that his girlfriend died or commit suicide and he's saying if a love one die's it ok to cry but you dont always have to feel pain and sorrow, such a cute song =]really deep lyric's, love it!!!!!!

  11. anonymous
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    Aug 7th 2011 report

    Plant life is about getting over a lost love. The man in the song (which we can assume is Adam) is revisiting a "haunted house" and a "ghost" of his past. He wants to be able to live again the way he used to. He is desperately lonely and keeps thinking of what he once was. The plants represent the joy and vitality that he wishes to obtain.

  12. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2011 report

    He was feeling lonely, don't need to be a Ravenclaw to understand it

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