Red Red Red
Fiona Apple Lyrics


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I don't understand about complementary colors
And what they say
Side by side they both get bright together
They both get gray

But he's been pretty much yellow
And I've been kind of blue
But all I can see is
Red, red, red, red, red
Now, what am I gonna do?

I don't understand about diamonds
And why men buy them
What's so impressive about a diamond
Except the mining?

But it's dangerous work
Trying to get to you, too
And I think if I didn't have to kill
Kill, kill, kill, kill myself doing it
Maybe I wouldn't think so much of you

I've been watching all the time
And I still can't find the tack
But I wanna know is, is it okay?
Is it just fine?
Or is it my fault?
Is it my lack?

I don't understand about
The weather outside
Or the harmony in a tune
Or why somebody lied

But there's solace a bit in submitting
To the fitfully, cryptically true
What's happened, has happened
What's coming is already on its way
With a role for me to play

And I don't understand
I never understand




But I'll try to understand
There's nothing else I can do

Overall Meaning

The song "Red Red Red" by Fiona Apple explores the complexity of relationships and the struggle to understand them. The lyrics revolve around the use of color metaphors to describe emotional states and relationships. The first verse explores the concept of complementary colors and how they become gray when next to each other. The colors symbolize the two people in the relationship who were once in harmony but now have fallen apart, causing confusion and distress for the singer.


The second verse discusses the use of diamonds as a symbol of love and how it can be dangerous to pursue someone you love. The singer expresses feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, questioning if the relationship is even worth pursuing. The repetition of "kill, kill, kill" highlights the destructive nature of love and how it can be harmful to oneself.


The chorus revolves around the color red, which represents the intense emotions the singer is feeling. She is unable to ignore or escape her feelings, and is left confused and unsure of how to move forward. The bridge seeks solace in submitting to the truth, no matter how cryptic and puzzling it may be. The song ends with an unresolved feeling, leaving the listener to interpret the singer's thoughts and feelings.


Line by Line Meaning

I don't understand about complementary colors
I am confused about how colors that complement each other can affect what we think or feel


And what they say
and how they are supposed to make us feel when combined together to create an art piece


Side by side they both get bright together
When combined next to each other, they create a brilliant effect, together shining brighter in comparison.


They both get gray
However, when blended too much, they lose their brilliance and come off as dull.


But he's been pretty much yellow
Although I love him, I feel that he's been cowardly and deceitful, unlike the color yellow which is bright and cheery


And I've been kind of blue
On the other hand, I feel sad and melancholic, like the color blue


But all I can see is Red, red, red, red, red
Despite all of this, my mind is centered on the color red, which often represents passion and love


Now, what am I gonna do?
I'm lost and don't know how to handle my feelings anymore


I don't understand about diamonds
I don't comprehend why someone would think a diamond is a priceless treasure.


And why men buy them
Neither why some men feel that buying diamonds can prove one's love for his companion


What's so impressive about a diamond
I can't find any special feature about a diamond that makes it awe-inspiring


Except the mining?
Could it be that people admire diamonds because it's a hard labor doing dangerous mining?


But it's dangerous work
The mining process is highly perilous


Trying to get to you, too
Trying to reach out to you has been as dangerous as the diamond mining


And I think if I didn't have to kill
I often think that if I don't have to work hard to be with you like other precious stones and perhaps not hurt myself in the process


Kill, kill, kill, kill myself doing it
that it's not too much to ask for to be with you.


Maybe I wouldn't think so much of you
Perhaps, this tunnel vision of love would appear less significant and consuming if the path to be with you wasn't challenging


I've been watching all the time
I have been observing your actions for a while


And I still can't find the tack
And still, I am unsure of what approach to take


But I wanna know is, is it okay?
But I want to know - is everything good or is it just me?


Is it just fine?
Am I overthinking or do you perceive the same thing too?


Or is it my fault?
Am I responsible for looking too much into something that isn't there?


Is it my lack?
Could it be an absence of something within myself?


I don't understand about The weather outside
The world outside is too unpredictable and confusing for me to comprehend.


Or the harmony in a tune
The synchronicity of sound and music has always been elusive to me.


Or why somebody lied
Furthermore, the act of someone saying something that's not true to deceive others baffles me.


But there's solace a bit in submitting
Despite all this confusion, there is peace in giving into the truth and embracing its cryptic nature to understand.


To the fitfully, cryptically true
To the veracity that remains a mystery to many who seek to find it.


What's happened, has happened
The past cannot be undone, it's irreversible.


What's coming is already on its way
The future holds the best or the worst for us, and it's imminent.


With a role for me to play
I have a part to play in shaping up my future and moving forward.


And I don't understand
Despite everything, I still find a lot of difference things confusing and obscure.


I never understand
It's always been like this, and I don't think it would change anytime soon.


But I'll try to understand
But I will put in the effort to try to make sense of it all.


There's nothing else I can do
I don't see an alternative to abstaining from trying to make sense of it all.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: FIONA APPLE MAGGART

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