Adam was camping in northern Minnesota during a meteor shower and realized a theme for a new song!He thought of the meteors being fireflies and how they shot across the sky.He has suffered insomnia since he was little.
in my perspective the artist is experiencing an ecstasy trip there are many signs in the song pointing in the direction of ecstasy i am going to explain throughly of how i take it to help everyone understand the way i do. "you would not believe your eyes if ten million fireflies lit up the world as i fell asleep" ecstasy causes you to see tracers from lights so when he says you would not believe your. eyes he is refering to the tracers and "fireflies" i assume are the lights people use to do light
shows while tripping on ecstasy and when he says as i fell asleep would be referring to when he starts his trip. "cause they'd fill the open air and leave tear drops everywhere" tear drops would be the tracers. "u'd think me rude but i just stand and stare" lights are usually irrestable to someone tripping on ecstasy due to the tracers and the ingrediants in the ecstasy would make u focus on them. "cause id get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightining bugs as they tried to teach me how to dance" someone is giving or trying to teach him how to give light shows "a foxtrot above my head a sock hop beneath my bed a disco ball is just hangin by a thread" all three of them things would be a certian move people do when their doing light shows or how they move the lights "to ten million fireflies im weird cause i hate goodbyes i got misty eyes as they said farewell" he is starting to come down off his trip and dont want to "but i'll know where several are when my dreams get real bizzare cause i saved a few and i keep them in a jar" when you buy ecstasy in large quanitys they are usually sold by the jar but like i said this song could have very many meanings but this is my opinion on what it means sorry if this offends anyone that reads it this is just my opinion on this song by how i take it and from personal experence and also this is not intended to encourage any person who reads it into doing ecstasy me being a 17 year old guy i have experienced on many things and have studied all of them and ecstasy does do damage to your body and brain and it dosent take long or much to do it
I pretty sure that the song Fireflys was written about owl city's insomnia because he suffers from that. I heard on the radio that his insomnia inspires him to write songs. If you listen to the song again and really listen you will connect a lot of it with insomnia.
This is one of those songs where it's your interpretation O believe that the song is about, preferring dreams over reality. Like wanting to be a princess, or playing dress up dreams allow you to have a whole other world not connected to the world.
i translate it as:
someone got high, and theyre seeing all these pretty colors and just living in a dream world full of laughter and stuff.
and then he's coming down from his high and he's like "got misty eyes as they said farewell" and then "but i keep them in a jar" blahh blahh blahh,
meaning, he's down from his high now but he has more of whatever he was taking and he'll be visiting his dream world again.
this interpretation is most likely wrong but it's just the way that i like to think of it.
I have no idea what the lyrics mean, but I don't think that's the point of the song. It's supposed to be a sort of open-ended song, one for people to draw their own conclusions from. If you knew exactly what it meant, then that would take all the fun out of the lyrics.
i think it means don't believe everything u see? i think that cause in the song it says "cause everything is never as it seems" and i think it means live in ur world not in the world of others and 2 put that in otherwords justin live in a fantasy!!!!!