Playing Fiction
ROAM Lyrics


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I saw the bottom, felt a sinking feeling
She fed me words, she wasn't even thinking
On and on, say nothing's wrong again

Held up repeating all our lines, fake blue skies
Painted a picture out of words turned white lies
On and on, tell me nothing's wrong again
Nothing's wrong again

Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream
Too close to know
Everything was fading
Water we could wade in got too deep
To stand found out firsthand that I was
Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream

I know the script isn't changing
Although the person you play is
Your role - the girl in the tower
But your sweet tooth turned sour

Wake me up
'Cause I'm lost in a daydream
The truth it cuts like an axe to an oak tree

Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream
Too close to know
Everything was fading
Water we could wade in got too deep
To stand found out firsthand that I was
Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream

Wake me up I'm lost in a daydream
Truth it cuts like an axe to an oak tree
Wake me up I'm lost in a daydream

Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream
Too close to know
Everything was fading

Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream
Too close to know
Everything was fading
Water we could wade in got too deep
To stand found out firsthand that I was
Too close to know




We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of ROAM's "Playing Fiction" describe a situation where the singer feels like they are in a dream-like state, where everything around them seems surreal and disconnected from reality. They are aware that the situation is not real, but they are too close to it to see clearly. They feel like they have been fed lies by someone close to them, who is not even aware of the effect their words are having on the singer. There is a sense of repetition and stagnation, where everything around them is the same, and nothing seems to change. The singer is stuck in a cycle of denial, where they keep telling themselves that everything is okay, even though they know it's not.


The chorus emphasizes the theme of being too close to something to see it clearly. The singer is playing a game of fiction, where they are living in a distant daydream that is fading away. The water they could wade in has gotten too deep, and they realize that they were too close to the situation to see it for what it really was.


Overall, the lyrics of "Playing Fiction" convey a sense of disillusionment and detachment from reality. The singer is aware of the situation they are in, but they feel powerless to change it. They are trapped in their own mind, living in a world that is not real, and struggling to see things clearly.


Line by Line Meaning

I saw the bottom, felt a sinking feeling
I hit rock bottom and felt hopeless


She fed me words, she wasn't even thinking
She spoke without considering the consequences of her words


On and on, say nothing's wrong again
We keep pretending that everything is fine, even though it isn't


Held up repeating all our lines, fake blue skies
We are stuck in a fake, rehearsed pattern of behavior that we can't escape from


Painted a picture out of words turned white lies
We have created a false reality based on our lies


Too close to know We were playing fiction Living in a distant daydream
We were so caught up in our own lies that we couldn't see the truth


Everything was fading Water we could wade in got too deep To stand found out firsthand that I was Too close to know We were playing fiction Living in a distant daydream
Our lies became overwhelming and we struggled to keep up, which led to the realization that we were living in a fantasy world


I know the script isn't changing Although the person you play is Your role - the girl in the tower But your sweet tooth turned sour
We continue to play the same roles, but our lies are catching up with us


Wake me up 'Cause I'm lost in a daydream The truth it cuts like an axe to an oak tree
We need to face reality and stop living in our fantasy world




Writer(s): Roam

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@argabrahmantyo6670

I saw the bottom, felt a sinking feeling
She fed me words, she wasn't even thinking
On and on, say nothing's wrong again (again, again)

Held up repeating all our lines, fake blue skies
Painted a picture out of words turned white lies
On and on, tell me nothing's wrong again
Nothing's wrong again

Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream
Too close to know
Everything was fading
Water we could wade in got too deep
To stand found out firsthand that I was
Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream

I know the script isn't changing
Although, the person you play is
Your role, the girl in the tower
But your sweet tooth turned sour (sour, sour)

Wake me up
'Cause I'm lost in a daydream
The truth, it cuts like an axe to an oak tree

Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream
Too close to know
Everything was fading
Water we could wade in got too deep
To stand found out firsthand that I was
Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream (daydream, daydream)

Wake me up, I'm lost in a daydream
Truth it cuts like an axe to an oak tree
Wake me up, I'm lost in a daydream (daydream, daydream)

Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream
Too close to know
Everything was fading (fading)

Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream
Too close to know
Everything was fading
Water we could wade in got too deep
To stand found out firsthand that I was
Too close to know
We were playing fiction
Living in a distant daydream



All comments from YouTube:

@bonojennett

That vocal hook on the chorus (0:35) sung by the guitarist is GOLD.

@scottlewis4709

Jono Bennett Agreed 100%

@himynameisrobby

plus that chord progression that goes along with it is very rare to hear in western music nowadays. I'm glad to hear more poppunk bands are using it

@JeremiahFernandez

@@himynameisrobby reminds me of Weezer's Only In Dreams, or early MCR songs

@fahrizain7630

I love this song, thanks for making a song like this guys, greetings from Indonesia 🇮🇩

@kynansmusic9724

R.I.P ROAM you were amazing! 2012-2022

@carlosperezit

Man found ROAM from csgo and honestly one of the best bands i have ever listened to its so sad they are splitting up.

@cat5224

YOU GUYS DID A FANTASTIC JOB ON THIS ONE!! CAN'T WAIT FOR THE ALBUM

@leidoesntexist

Cat Lemke saaaame 💥

@michaelvandoran1377

Cat Lemke better than backbone that album sucks compared to the two EPs lol

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