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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 15: Adam Young of Owl City performs at the Salvation Army"s 3rd annual absent the Red Kettle concert held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live top top December 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)


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The year to be 2009 and a dorky, introverted Minnesotan by the stage name that Owl City topped the charts with “Fireflies.” The song was cute and infectious in methods that many, perhaps cruelly, compared to the Postal Service, yet it didn’t matter: the song was a bona-fide hit. The track to be number 1 on Billboard‘s warm 100 for 2 non-consecutive weeks and also cascaded throughout the world, unavoidable in public spaces in the years that followed. Something around its mawkish, saccharine text were so flawlessly inoffensive regarding make the the perfect tune for light-rock radio, and the monitor rippled with airwaves in malls, airports, commercials, and public transit until even the many earnest fans grew a tiny tired.

But just when we all thought that the track was finally hidden into our cumulative past, it come back. “Fireflies”—a three-times platinum single about a twenty-two-year-old’s fight v insomnia via the sensual embrace of beetle-order Coleopteras—has become a strange weird Twitter phenomenon. In component indebted come the viral presence of comedian Brandon Wardell, the song’s notorious opener “You would not believe your eyes / if ten-thousand fireflies lit increase the human being as I fell asleep” has actually found brand-new life in the hands of absurdist meme-makers, who’ve taken the once-charming track to some pretty weird areas on the internet:

u would certainly not think ur eyesif ten million fireflies pic.twitter.com/HyGroMaOZe

— BRANDON WARDELL (
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u would not believe ur eyes

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— #HUMANZ (
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If owl city & mine girl both drowningand i deserve to only conserve one catch me at my girl funeral screaming you would not think your eyes

— Dr. Pepper 2 (
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ma ya MCM would not believe his eyes if 10 million fireflies lit up the people as he fell asleep LMFAOOO

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But something around it doesn’t include up. If you’re receiving one hug each from ten-thousand lightning bugs, wouldn’t you receive much more than the “a thousand” hugs said by Adam Young in his lyrics? does each pest give one-thousand hugs? Or do just one-tenth the the bugs execute the hugging? very sewing Twitter user
pryce_d had actually the courage to ask the artist himself, that last night comment in breathtaking detail just what he intended by the lyric. Inspect out his an answer below:

I gotta wonder though, what does that feel choose to obtain hugged by a rearing swarm the fireflies? Is it all just saccharine fantasy? Or has actually this boyish naturalist yes, really hugged the startlingly-exact ten-million bugs? For currently though, we can only imagine this insect embrace as among cloying lull in the challenge of bigger questions about the whirling speed of universe. My desires are bursting in ~ the seams already.