Flashlight
The Front Bottoms Lyrics


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Please fall asleep so I can take pictures of you and hang them in my room
So when I wake up feel like, "Yeah. Everything's alright."

You are still here, you are still happy
You are still smiling and laughing
You are still the only thing and everything I need in my life

And it goes in in out through the mouth
Breathing exercises
I will never figure out
'Til I am running in circles
Or (I am) walking in circles
Or (I am) crawling in circles
Or lying on the ground

And I can hear your dog whistle from my bedroom
Yeah yeah
And I can see a flashlight cutting up the trees behind my house
(And I can see a flashlight)
Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah

She says a lot of the kids we graduated with are now homeless
Which puts them in mad shady situations with mad shady people
If not every day then on an every other day basis

And she's probably with a few of them right now
And they are probably just drinking and talking about
How she misses getting fucked up and hanging around

And he says "Hey you're good at that" and she says "Thanks, it's kind of all I got,"
And then she looks away and says "It's also all I need."

And I can smell plastic burning
I can smell chemicals breaking down
I got your last three e-mails
The ones where you said, "I was sorting some things out"

And he will be able to hear her dog whistle from his bedroom
Yeah yeah
And I can see a flashlight cutting up the trees behind my house
(And I can see a flashlight)
Yeah yeah

And I will read the flashing
Like a Morse Code explanation
That will mean nothing but take all night to figure out, out, out

(Please fall asleep so I can take pictures of you and hang them in my room
So when I wake up feel like, "Yeah. Everything's alright.")
When I am sad, I am sad, but when I'm happy, oh God I'm happy
There's just no place in-between for us to meet

(You are still here, you are still happy, you are still smiling and laughing
You are still the only thing and everything I need in my life)
When I am sad, I am sad, but when I'm happy, oh God I am happy
There's just no place in-between for us to meet

(Please fall asleep so I can take pictures of you and hang them in my room
So when I wake up feel like, "Yeah. Everything's alright.")
When I am sad, oh God I'm sad, but when I'm happy, I am happy
There's just no place in-between for us to meet

(You are still here, you are still happy, you are still smiling and laughing
You are still the only thing and everything I need in my life)




When I am sad, oh God I am sad, but when I'm happy, I am happy
And there's just no place in-between for us to meet

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Flashlight" by The Front Bottoms describe the singer's fixation on someone they are deeply in love with. The first stanza describes the singer's desire to capture the image of the person they love in order to feel comforted by their presence even when that person is not physically there. The second stanza describes the singer's struggle with anxiety and the feeling of being stuck in an endless cycle of worry, but then they hear the sound of their loved one's dog whistle which brings them comfort. The third stanza describes a conversation between two people about their former classmates experiencing homelessness, and the singer can smell burning plastic and chemicals breaking down, potentially alluding to the bleakness and toxicity of the situation. The song ends with the repeated chorus stating that there's no middle ground between being happy or sad, but the presence of the loved one is the only thing that brings the singer comfort.


Overall, the song seems to touch on themes of anxiety, fixation, and the need for human connection in order to feel secure and content. The singer's fixation with capturing their loved one's image and the dog whistle can be seen as a desperate attempt to hold on to something stable in an uncertain world. The reference to homelessness and negative situations also suggests the importance of having someone to rely on during difficult times.


Line by Line Meaning

Please fall asleep so I can take pictures of you and hang them in my room
I want to capture your image while you sleep, to have a constant reminder of you in my personal space


So when I wake up, feel like, yeah, everything's alright
Seeing your picture makes everything feel okay and makes me happy


You are still here, you are still happy, you are still smiling and laughing
Even when I'm not with you, I hope you're still happy and carefree


You are still the only thing and everything I need in my life
You are the most important part of my life and I don't need anyone else


And it goes in and out through the mouth, breathing exercises
Breathing exercises help me calm down and manage my anxiety


I will never figure out 'till I am running in circles
I feel like I'm constantly spinning my wheels and can't find my way forward


Or (I am) walking in circles or (I am) crawling in circles or lying on the ground
No matter what I do, I feel like I'm stuck and can't move forward


And I can hear your dog whistle from my bedroom
I'm attuned to your life and habits, and I'm comforted by knowing you're nearby


And I can see a flashlight cutting up the trees behind my house
I'm watching from a distance as something mysterious and unknown happens nearby


She says a lot of the kids we graduated with are now homeless
A friend tells me that many of our peers are struggling and experiencing homelessness


Which puts them in mad shady situations with mad shady people
Being homeless exposes them to dangerous and risky situations


If not every day then on an every other day basis
Their situation is consistently unstable and unsafe


And she's probably with a few of them right now
My friend is likely spending time with our homeless peers at this moment


And they are probably just drinking and talking about
Their time together is likely quite simple, just drinking and chatting


How she misses getting fucked up and hanging around
My friend reminisces about simpler times when she could let loose and be carefree


And he says "Hey you're good at that" and she says "thanks, it's kind of all I got"
My friend receives a compliment for her tendency to party, but realizes it's not much to build a life on


And then she looks away and says "it's also all I need"
My friend acknowledges that she's not sure what else she wants, but for now, partying is enough


And I can smell plastic burning, I can smell chemicals breaking down
Something is happening nearby that is both tangible and ominous


I got your last three e-mails, the ones where you said, "I was sorting some things out"
I'm aware that you're going through a hard time and trying to figure out your life


And he will be able to hear her dog whistle from his bedroom
Another person knows and is comforted by the sound of your dog's whistle


And I can see a flashlight cutting up the trees behind my house
I'm still watching from a distance as something strange happens nearby


And I will read the flashing like a morse code explanation
I'm trying to understand what's happening, but it's difficult to make sense of


That will mean nothing but take all night to figure out, out, out
I'll be up all night trying to comprehend what's happening, with little success


When I am sad, I am sad, but when I'm happy, oh god, I'm happy
My emotions are extreme and intense, with little middle ground


There's just no place in-between for us to meet
I struggle to find common ground with others and often feel isolated


And there's just no place in-between for us to meet
This struggle to connect with others is a recurring theme in my life




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Brian Sella, Mat Uychich

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@mayacastellon2602

Please fall asleep so I can take pictures of you
And hang them in my room
So, when I wake up, be like
'Yea, everything's alright'
You are still here, you are still happy
You are still smiling and laughing
You are still the only thing and everything I need in my life
And it goes in, in, out through the mouth
Breathing exercises I will never figure out
'Til I am running in circles
(I am) Or, walking in circles
(I am) Or, crawling in circles
(I) Or, lying on the ground
And I can hear your dog whistle
From my bedroom
Yea, yea
And I can see a flashlight cutting
Up the trees behind my house
Yea, yea
Yea, yea, yea
She says a lot of the kids we graduated with are now homeless
Which puts them in mad shady situations with mad shady people
If not everyday, then on an every-other-day basis
And she's probably with a few of them right now
And they are probably just drinking and talking about
How she misses getting fucked up and hanging around
And he says, "Hey you're good at that." And she says, "Thanks
It's kind of all I got."
And then she looks away and says, "It's also all I need."
And I can smell plastic burning
I can smell chemicals breaking down
I got your last three e-mails, the ones where you said
"I was sorting some things out"
And he will be able to hear her dog whistle
From his bedroom
Yea, yea
And I can see a flashlight cutting
Up the trees behind my house
Yea, yea
And I will read the flashing like a morse code explanation
That will mean nothing but take all night to figure out
Out, out
(Please fall asleep so I can take pictures) When I am sad, I am sad
(Of you and hang them in my room) But when I am happy, oh, God, I'm happy
(So, when I wake up, be like, 'Yea, everything's alright') And there's just no place in between for us to meet
(You are still here, you are still happy) When I am sad, I am sad
(You are still smiling and laughing) But when I am happy, oh, God, I'm happy
(You are still the only thing and everything I need in my life) And there's just no place in between for us to meet
When I am sad, oh, God I'm sad
(And hang them in my room) But when I'm happy, I am happy
(So, when I wake up, be like, 'Yea, everything's alright) And there's just no place in between for us to meet
(You are still here, you are still happy) When I am sad, oh, God I'm sad
(You are still smiling and laughing) But when I'm happy, I am happy
(You are still the only thing and everything I need in my life) And there's just no place in between for us to meet
(Sad)



All comments from YouTube:

@bellalewandowski9255

"you are still the only thing and everything i need in my life" why are these guys not more famous i wanna hear this on the radio late at night when no one wants to talk..

@yrhateletter9258

Forget that, when they blow up they're just gonna be like twenty one pilots (I don't like that band) they're gonna get a really crappy fanbase etc etc.

@IDK-kg9yr

@ace creator oh how true this is

@XxHannesKKBxX

Sick

@daddyofive6321

@@yrhateletter9258 dude called it

@MariaMeyer-sh8yy

OMG you are so right they need to be more famous. They still are not that famous unfortunately. Guys can we please get them more famous let’s share this with all of our friends and family and whatnot

@ballsdynamite

Can you imagine how lucky we are to live in the same time and space as The Front Bottoms? I've been a fan for a long time, and every song matters and is important. They're true artists.

@Syne111

I'm bawling probably for the 30th time to this song.

@terror404

the lyrics to this song really hit me every time, it's so pure and honest

@sirkwan5971

"Please fall asleep so i take pictures of you and hang them in my room"

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