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High-rise, veins of the avenue.
Bright eyes and subtle variations of blue.
Everywhere, is balanced there.
Like a rainbow above you.
Streetlights, glisten on the boulevard.
Cold nights make staying alert so hard.
For heaven's sake, keep me awake.
So I won't be caught off guard.
Clearly I am a passerby.
But I'll find a place to stay.
Dear Pacific day,
Won't you take me away?
Slow down, heart of the New Year.
Brought down by gravity, crystal clear.
City fog, and brave dialogue.
Converge on the frontier.
Make haste, I feel your heartbeat.
With new taste for speed, out on the street.
Find a road, to a humble abode.
Where both of our routes meet.
The silver sound, is all around.
And the colors fall like snow.
The feeling of letting go.
I guess we'll never know.

Cheer up and dry your damp eyes,
And tell me when it rains.
Then I'll blend up that rainbow above you,
And shoot it through your veins.
'Cause your heart has a lack of color,
And we should have known.
That we'd grow up sooner or later,
'Cause we wasted all our free time alone.

Your nerves, gather with the altitude.
Exhale the stress so you don't come unglued.
Somewhere there is a happy affair,
A ghost of a good mood.
Wide-eyed, panic on the getaway.
The high tide could take me so far away.
VCRs and motorcars unite on the Seventh Day.
A popular gauge will measure the rage,
Of the new post-modern age.
'Cause somewhere along the line,
All the decades align.

We were the crashing whitecaps,
On the ocean. (On the ocean)x2
What lovely seaside holiday,
Away.
A palm tree and Christmas lights.
My emotion.
Struck a sparkling tone like a xylophone,
As we spent the day alone.

Cheer up and dry your damp eyes,
And tell me when it rains.
Then I'll blend up that rainbow above you,
And shoot it through your veins.
'Cause your heart has a lack of color,
And we should have known,
That we'd grow up sooner or later.
'Cause we wasted all our free time alone.



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    iloveschnitzelOct 14, 2009 at 5:01 am
    Ok. Hot or not, this song has /meaning/. It's not talking about actually shooting up heroine, you dolts. It clearly about trying to cheer someone up. Think about a drug someone's done and it's made them just. Over the edge happy. Now, what do you think a rainbow put in a needle and shot in you would feel like?! It'd make you feel happy! Money bets that if you could sell a rainbow as a drug, it'd become the nation's number one drug-related death cause. Why? Because rainbows are a symbol of happiness. There's no way Owl City is a druggie-- he's an innocent writer, who merely used an extremely creative metaphor to express his need and want for someone to be happy.

    Get it straight, idiotic peons. Not everything is drug-related these days.
    There is good music out there.
  • Cobaltshadow
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    CobaltshadowMar 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    Oh I figured it out. This is about how the magic has gone out of his relationship "Your heart has a lack of color" so he and his girlfriend or wife or whatever she is to him have gone on a plane ride "your nerves gather with the altitude" to a vacation place at the beach "and what a lovely seaside holiday, away" and their relationship gets the spark back.
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    UnregisteredNov 17, 2013 at 4:00 am
    Rainbow Veins is talking about shooting up Crystal Meth. Crystal Meth makes you stay awake.
    "Cold nights make staying alert so hard. For heaven's sake, keep me awake. So I won't be caught off guard". Crystal Meth is considered a stimulant drug. It gives pure feelings of euphoria. So no matter how sad a person is, that shot makes them happy, that's why they say "Cheer up, and dry your damp eyes, tell me when it rains, Cause I'll blend up that Rainbow (Crystal Meth is clear, sometimes produces a rainbow from the chemicals in it) above you, and shoot it through your veins."
    Basically he's saying tell me when your sad I'll shoot you up, and it will all go away. There are many analogies in this song that refer to Ice just listen.
    (By the way: Ice is my drug of choice) Jus' Kiddin\'.
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    UnregisteredMay 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm
    This is what I think it means:
    two dear friends (one girl & one dude) and its form the guys point of veiw and is reflecting there child hood or teen years and they live in a city and the words are like jumbled memories and the choris is how he feels now. Bff :)
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    awesomesoccerboyJan 15, 2010 at 3:41 am
    This is what the song is about:
    Clearly, Adam cleverly uses his "drug" reference in the song. It's a great song, but here is the real meaning. I've listened to this song countless times, and I have a feel for the lyrics. The "drug" he references is speed. If you are unfamiliar with the drug, look it up. The line, "With new taste for speed" obviously shows he is refering to speed. At first, this goes unnoticed, but if you look more closley at the lyrics, you can see the side effects. The drug speeds up life around you. It physically speeds up your heart, blood pressure, etc. "I feel your heartbeat" references the fact speed as make him or her "edgey" and he can feel excitment. Speed also tends to make you not tired and keep you awake. "For heaven's sake, keep me awake so I won't be caught off guard" Speed also makes your pupils larger. "Wide eyed". Finally, "And I'll blend up that rainbow above you and shoot it through your veins" references the injection. This is a great song, and there is other evidence that supports my idea, but I don't feel like sayin b/c this post is getting long. Please, id love to hear your feedback.

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