What does Colder Weather mean?

Zac Brown Band: Colder Weather Meaning

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Colder Weather Lyrics

She'd trade Colorado if he'd take her with him
Closes the door before the winter lets the cold in,
And wonders if her love is strong enough to make him stay,
She's answered by the tail lights
Shining through the window pane



    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 23rd 2011 !⃝

    I don't think it's about a trucker. I think it's about a guy who can't or doesn't know how to love/commit/settle. He a wandering unsettled soul- ".. in the lost and found. You're a lover I'm a runner. I love you but I leave you" He loves the idea of being with her "when I close my eyes I see you no matter where I am.. I know soon we'll be together" but is unwilling/unable to let go of his freedom; he keeps telling her "i want to see you again but I'm stuck in colder weather"... Although he can't commit he doesnt want to let go of her either so he keeps making excuses. For her its a battle between emotion and logic. She says "you ain't ever gonna change, youve got a gypsy soul to blame, you were born for leaving" yet she keeps holding on to the hope that her love may change him "wonders if her love is strong enough to make him stay"


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    Feb 21st 2011 !⃝

    Could the '' ghost'' part just possibly be about the memory of her? Just wondering. The way I took it, she loves him, and he's always leaving. Another possibility about the waitress is that maybe she's a lover of his also. Since he is a "ramblin" man. Not sure though. These are just some of the thoughts I had. Oh and the colder weather could be just a state of his mind or heart. You know, like cold hearted. And he knows she loves him but isn't coming back to her right now


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 22nd 2011 !⃝

    I think its about a relationship, where he leaves this girl to go to Colorado because that is where his heart is.
    "You were born for leavin," she says, meaning she knows that he didn't like his life where he was at and needed to go, and she couldn't go with. Ramblin' man, he is just trying to find what feels right, but "he's stuck in colder weather" means, he decided to pick up and leave to go to this new life, and now wants this girl back that he can't have. He misses her, wants her, and needs her because there is a part of him missing.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 20th 2021 !⃝

    He is married & has a girl whom he loves deeply. Cold weather is the difficult marriage.
    He does not want to lose the girl. He is hurting.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 28th 2021 !⃝

    some of you may not know this but "colder weather" is a term addicts use when they are strung out and basically pretty high and cant stop using. mostly meth addicts on a meth binge. the song makes perfect sense if you have ever lived with an addict. they disappear often and "love you but leave you" all the time.

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2019 !⃝

    Please! Don't kill the poor women, I can't live with that. 'with your ghost again' just means he is thinking about her so much its like her spirit is with him. I don't think this is about a trucker because 'you're a ramblin' man and you're never gonna change' sounds more like he ran away just to run away. He obviously is'nt happy about that either 'I wanna see you again' and I've heard colder weather is a reference to addiction which would explain 'maybe tomorrow will be better'. I do know that when this song comes on I stop what I'm doing and listen with my mouth open, it's powerful

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 5th 2017 !⃝

    I think this music video is about a man who meets a woman while he is traveling for his job. I think he's a truck driver or maybe a trapper or Hunter who was passing through the woods and meets her at her cabin in the mountains while he was passing through. It showed him walking through the moutain in the woods with a gun and he shoots it probably at some type of animal and it also says at the end I can smell your perfume through these whispering pines which means he loves her so much he can't stop thinking about her and can even smell her while he's hunting or trapping in the mountains in coloroda.any way he meets her he falls in love with her and he doesn't want to leave her but his job calls for his absence. She loves him and thinks that if she shows him that she loves him enough it will make him stay with her. Although the man is obviously in deep love with her he knows he cant stay due to his job and he says I'm stuck in colder weather which either means he's stuck in bad weather while he's in the wilderness in the mountains or he's stuck doing his job as a trucker. Anyway he has full intentions of seeing her again while his job allows him to. The woman loves him so much She waits ansously for his return how ever it's been so long for her She cant bare to wait for him any longer. She is so pain stricken and loves him so much that she kills her self because she doesn't wanna be alone and doesn't wanna wait for the man anymore. She figures if she's dead that her ghost can follow him where ever he goes and they can always be together. The man is still stuck doing his job he probably catches word that she kills herself and the man is so heart broken and loves her so much that while he's in the woods his love allows him to see her spirt while he's in the woods it says I see your ghost again I can smell your perfume through these whispering pines. The man is heart broken but he is strong enough to stay alive . he knows that her spirit is always with him and when he finally dies his spirit will reunite with hers. He knows that although she's dead they will always be together for now on her spirit will follow him while he is still alive and when he does his spirit will be with hers. It's a sad but happy ending.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 9th 2017 !⃝

    I think the whole "colder weather" can be interpreted in many ways. Addiction, bad marriage, a trucker, or a guy with commitment issues. That is why SO many people can relate to it. And because of that, that is what makes it such a powerful and meaningful song.

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 14th 2017 !⃝

    It's about a man and woman who fell in love during their short time during his travels. It sounds like he's having personal issues like addiction ( colder weather) which is why he can't commit. He wants to see her again but is caught in the cycle of his ways which he regrets for the rest of his life even after she dies.

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 22nd 2016 !⃝

    My interpretation is very different than any other I see here. I think he is having trouble commiting, as others have said, and he leaves. But I think she kills herself. You see the bullets in the opening scene. She's devastated becuase she's 'answered by the tail lights, shining through the window pane'. That's why he says soon we'll be together, and in the end he says he's with her ghost again. And I think he's counting the days until he can get the nerve to kill himslef and be with her again. Just my opinion.

  11. anonymous
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    Mar 7th 2016 !⃝

    To me, this song is about my relationship. Early on, we lived three hours apart and I would drive the three hours to her town every weekend to see her, but I always left in the end. She wanted me to move there, but I had a job and a life back home. Eventually, she moved up. Now, I frequently travel to the Canadian Arctic for work. She's at home alone far too often. As I type this, I'm in the arctic, 7 days into a 24 day stretch. Quite literally, I'm stuck in colder weather. That's what this song means to me. I'm going home at the end of March, and I can't wait til then.

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 3rd 2015 !⃝

    People stop posting the damn Boot interview. We know what the band says. We are looking for other interpretations.

  13. anonymous
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    May 9th 2015 !⃝

    It seems to me that it is about a guy who leaves the love of his life behind to pursue something, whether a music career or job of some sort, like driving a truck, and she ends up dying, possibly of suicide, while he is gone. After this happens, he is able to remember her, by her perfume coming through the pines, and he is unable to forgive himself for it. However, he is confident that he will meet up with her later, in the afterlife.

  14. richard.petzoldt
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    Jul 23rd 2014 !⃝

    If you want to hear the bands own interpretation you can just read the Boot interview. To me the video ends up with the girl he loves and leaves commits suicide when she burns the place down. After she is dead he's with Her Ghost again and knows soon they'll be together. He can't wait til then. He may be thinking about seeing her again when they are both dead. Would he consider killing himself to make it happen sooner?

  15. anonymous
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    Sep 27th 2013 !⃝

    My interpretation of the song is a man that longs to have a relationship with this lady he met. He wants to be with her but he has recently lost a woman he truly loved she recently died. He said I wanna see you again but Im stuck in colder weather. Later in the song he says you know its you that calls me back here baby. when I close my eyes I see you no matter where I am,I can smell your perfume through these whispering pines Im with your ghost again its a shame about the weather but I know soon we ll be together and I cant wait till then I cant wait till then.

  16. anonymous
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    Apr 11th 2013 !⃝

    There was a girl I was seeing, who lived in Kansas City. We really liked each other, but geography and timing just wasn't working for us. She was getting pretty frustrated with the whole thing and wanted me to slow down, as far as traveling so much and all those things. I wasn't willing to do that because we were just getting started, and I'm chasing my dreams.I was going to see her. We were in Green Bay, Wisc. playing a show with Little Big Town, and it was pouring down snow. We were supposed to go to Kansas City the next day for some radio thing, but the radio people canceled. Instead, we just went on to wherever we were going next. I had to call her and tell her that I wasn't going to make it. She was not a happy camper. She let me have it. I hung up the phone, walked on the bus and wrote the chorus and the melody to the chorus.Me and Zac worked on the first chorus together. I knew the song was special. You can just tell as a writer when you've written something that has a chance to be big or special. I knew that one was.I sat on the song for six months after that. I did what I always do: sing it to the guys and say, "What do you think of this?" And they'll go, "Oh yeah, that's great!"Levi Lowrey is one of the best artists I know. He's a poet. I felt like this song needed the way he wrote, so I invited Levi over to my house one night and we wrote the rest of the verses. It turned out great. It was so weird because that same night, Coy, our guitar player, stopped by. He was just coming by my house to say hey. He didn't know we were writing. He sat down and was listening to us write the verses, and he said, "How about a bridge?" He read one to us, and we were like, "Hell yeah! That's perfect!" [laughs] So we stuck that in there, and I brought all that to Zac. Zac and I finished writing the alternate chorus in the end.That one's special to all of us. It holds a spot because of what we do and being away and all those things. For those guys, I think that song rings on missing their family. That's the beauty of art: everybody has their own take on what the song can mean. As for me, it's a story of impossible love where geography or timing gets in the way of it, and it's just not possible

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  17. anonymous
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    Aug 29th 2012 !⃝

    Zac Brown Band says its about a girl he met on the road. Period. He couldn't stay because they were touring.

  18. anonymous
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    Aug 21st 2012 !⃝

    The song is about a man who loves a woman but can not settle down. He has a gipsy soul. She still loves him and is waiting to see if he will stay with her this time, but she is answered by the tail lights shining through the window pain. Even though he is always leaving he can't forget about her and his heart wants to return to her even though he will not be able to stay and his gipsy soul will cause him to leave again. His inabiltity to stay or maybe something deeper inside of him is the "colder weather" that he is stuck in. They both know that he will leave again but they still hope that he can get over his needing to run and they can make it work. At the end of the song he gets such a strong feeling that he wants to come home and gets over the feeling of running and decides to return to her and try it again. "Soon we'll be together and I can't wait 'till then"

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