Dragon fly
Yann Tiersen Lyrics


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On the day that we met
I awoke from a total sleep
You said
Keep your eyes open wide
And keep your arms open wide
You brought me courage
You bring me courage
To keep my eyes open wide
And keep my arms open wide
You brought me courage

You show
A kind of delight
Dancing 'round
Like a dragonfly
Like a coverlet in the summer's air
In the summer's air
In the summer's air

On the day that we met
I awoke from a total sleep
You said
Keep your eyes open wide
And keep your arms open wide
You brought me courage
You bring me courage
To bring my eyes open wide
To keep my arms open wide
You bring me courage

You wrap your curve of delight
Round my cold cold neck
You're a coverlet
In the summer's air




In the summer's air
In the summer's air

Overall Meaning

The opening line of Yann Tiersen's song "Dragonfly" speaks of the moment when the singer meets someone. They feel like they have been woken up from a deep sleep, indicating that this meeting has significance and has changed something in their life. The person they meet gives them advice by telling them to keep their eyes and arms open wide. This advice is likely metaphorical, encouraging the singer to be open-minded and accepting towards new experiences and people. The person they meet brings them courage, suggesting that they were lacking in this attribute before the meeting.


The following stanzas of the song contain vivid imagery, painting a picture of the person the singer has met. They are described as "dancing 'round like a dragonfly", which is a metaphorical comparison to the small, agile, and graceful flying insect. This indicates that this person has a carefree and playful nature, which is a quality that the singer admires. The dragonfly is also compared to a "coverlet in the summer's air", indicating that this person is light and ethereal, like a cool summer breeze.


Overall, "Dragonfly" is a song about meeting someone who has a positive impact on the singer. They bring courage and a sense of lightness to their life, and the singer is grateful for their presence.


Line by Line Meaning

On the day that we met
The day when we first met is significant


I awoke from a total sleep
Meeting you brought me out of my slumber


You said
You spoke to me


Keep your eyes open wide
Be alert and observant


And keep your arms open wide
Be receptive and open to new experiences


You brought me courage
You gave me the strength to face my fears


You bring me courage
You continue to inspire me and give me courage


To keep my eyes open wide
To maintain my awareness and keep learning


And keep my arms open wide
To remain open to new possibilities and experiences


You show
You exhibit or demonstrate


A kind of delight
A joy or happiness


Dancing 'round
Moving or swaying in a circular motion


Like a dragonfly
In a way that resembles the flight of a dragonfly


Like a coverlet in the summer's air
Like a light and soft fabric floating in the summer breeze


In the summer's air
In the warm and bright atmosphere of summer


You wrap your curve of delight
You envelop with a joyful energy


Round my cold cold neck
Around my reserved and unfeeling demeanor


You're a coverlet
You are like a blanket or comforter


In the summer's air
In the carefree and lively spirit of summer




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