Red Is The New Black
Funeral for a Friend Lyrics


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Can't pretend that you're nothing special
You've got to look at all of your options
You can't decide what to go for
When it's all about trust
You see yourself on the tv
You read your magazine
You can't explain how it's come to be this
Stop and think...
When it's all about trust

This coverage, your centre spread
Your neon light daydream will
Shatter and break
And if you think I'm thinking of
You're value here
You're the one who's losing control

This eventual stop, this break in the mould
I scream down this hotline
Just to feel something

This situation isn't getting any better
I see that look in your eyes (the look in your eyes)
You want to see a pretty face?
There isn't anything wrong with giving up




And for what it's worth
I still hate you

Overall Meaning

The song "Red is the New Black" by Funeral for a Friend is a powerful expression of the frustrations of feeling trapped in a cycle of fame and superficiality. The lyrics speak to the pressures of success, media attention, and the feeling of losing control over one's own life. The opening lines acknowledge the unique qualities of the individual and the importance of exploring all options. However, the lyrics also illustrate the sense of helplessness felt by those who have become trapped in a world of surface appearances and superficial connections.


The line "You see yourself on the TV, you read your magazine / You can't explain how it's come to be this" speaks to the way fame and success can be all-consuming, leaving the individual lost and struggling to understand how they got where they are. The chorus emphasizes the importance of trust and the danger of losing control: "When it's all about trust / This coverage, your center spread / Your neon light daydream will / Shatter and break."


The song then transitions to a more desperate tone, with the singer acknowledging that the situation is not improving, and that they see a look in the other person's eyes that suggests they are only interested in superficial connections. The final line, "For what it's worth, I still hate you" represents a last-ditch effort to assert control and reject the false, superficial connections of the world they find themselves in.


Overall, "Red is the New Black" is a powerful expression of the frustrations of maintaining success in a world that values only superficiality and image over authentic connection and trust.


Line by Line Meaning

Can't pretend that you're nothing special
It's impossible to deny that you have unique qualities and abilities.


You've got to look at all of your options
You need to consider all the choices that are available to you.


You can't decide what to go for
You're having difficulty making a decision about what path to take.


When it's all about trust
The key factor in this situation is being able to have trust and confidence in someone or something.


You see yourself on the tv
Your image or likeness is being broadcasted on TV.


You read your magazine
You're consuming media content from a magazine publication.


You can't explain how it's come to be this
You can't understand how things have turned out this way.


Stop and think...
Take a moment to pause and reflect on your situation.


This coverage, your centre spread
This significant, prominent feature about you in the media.


Your neon light daydream will
Your vivid, unrealistic fantasy will


Shatter and break
Fall apart and come to an end.


And if you think I'm thinking of
If you believe that I'm considering


You're value here
Your significance or usefulness in this context


You're the one who's losing control
You're the person who's losing power and influence in this situation.


This eventual stop, this break in the mould
This eventual end, this departure from the norm.


I scream down this hotline
I'm shouting loudly through this communication channel.


Just to feel something
I'm doing this solely to experience some kind of feeling or emotion.


This situation isn't getting any better
Things are not improving in this situation.


I see that look in your eyes (the look in your eyes)
I can perceive that expression in your eyes (that expression in your eyes).


You want to see a pretty face?
Do you desire to see an attractive appearance?


There isn't anything wrong with giving up
It's okay to abandon something or quit in certain situations.


And for what it's worth
For whatever value or merit this has.


I still hate you
Despite everything, I still harbor negative feelings towards you.




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: DARRAN ANTHONY SMITH, KRIS ROBERTS, MATTHEW DAVIES

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@mateusrodrigues8567

Can't pretend that you're nothing special
You've got to look at all of your options
You can't decide what to go for
When it's all about trust (it's all about trust)
You see your self on the TV
You read your magazines
You can't explain how it's come to be this
Stop and think.
When it's all about trust (it's all about trust)

This coverage your centre spread
Your neon light daydream will shatter and break
And if you think I'm thinking of your value here
You're the one who's losing control

This eventual stop this, break in the mold
I scream down this hotline just to feel something

This situation, isn't getting any better
I see that look in your eyes
You want to see a pretty face
There isn't anything wrong with giving up
And for what it's worth, I still hate you.

This situation isn't getting any better, I see that look in your eye



All comments from YouTube:

@junioralvesvozeviolao

Fez parte da minha juventude, nostalgia ouvir red is the new black... São Paulo, Brasil

@XavierAway

I was never depressed enough to listen to this, but boy am I now, banger!

@zoomgallygally

Welcome to the dark side

@dantelikesrock

lol.

@mateusrodrigues8567

Can't pretend that you're nothing special
You've got to look at all of your options
You can't decide what to go for
When it's all about trust (it's all about trust)
You see your self on the TV
You read your magazines
You can't explain how it's come to be this
Stop and think.
When it's all about trust (it's all about trust)

This coverage your centre spread
Your neon light daydream will shatter and break
And if you think I'm thinking of your value here
You're the one who's losing control

This eventual stop this, break in the mold
I scream down this hotline just to feel something

This situation, isn't getting any better
I see that look in your eyes
You want to see a pretty face
There isn't anything wrong with giving up
And for what it's worth, I still hate you.

This situation isn't getting any better, I see that look in your eye

@natalieh325

I remember these lyrics off by heart ❤️🖤❤️

@anusperfecto4786

Still my favorite band after more than half my life.

@HateTheEnding

Such a great song! I remember hearing it for the first time and falling in love with it.

@keysmash723

me too friend

@SouthWestI10

The melodic guitar work and rythem fit perfectly with the lyrics

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