Hourglass
Zedd Lyrics


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Just an outline made of skin
And my walls are paper thin
I want to let you color me in

Feel like I’m drowning from the sound
Of all the silence all around
My thoughts are gone
I’m going down
I’m turning inside out

This time I finally need a light, a light
Tired of seeing in black and white, white

Having flashes in my mind
Can’t take the ticking of time
The time that’s passing by

This time I finally need a light, a light
Tired of seeing in black and white, white

Having flashes in my mind
Can’t take the ticking of time
The time that’s passing by

This time I finally need a light, a light
Tired of seeing in black and white, white

Having flashes in my mind




Can’t take the ticking of time
The time that’s passing by

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Zedd's song Hourglass express a feeling of vulnerability and entrapment. The persona compares themselves to an "outline made of skin," suggesting that they feel empty and lack substance. Additionally, their walls are described as "paper thin," implying that they do not provide much protection or privacy from the outside world. In this state, they want someone to "color [them] in", to fill in the empty spaces and give them substance.


The persona also expresses a sense of overwhelming anxiety, feeling like they are "drowning from the sound" of the silence around them. This may be suggesting that the silence is a reminder that time is ticking away, and they feel powerless to stop it. The repetition of the phrase "This time I finally need a light, a light" suggests that the persona is seeking a solution to their problems, possibly in the form of guidance or hope. They are tired of seeing in "black and white," suggesting a lack of clarity or direction, and they are haunted by "flashes" in their mind, perhaps memories or regrets.


Overall, Hourglass is a song about feeling lost and helpless, and seeking a way out of that state.


Line by Line Meaning

Just an outline made of skin
I feel like I am just a shell of myself, with no substance or depth


And my walls are paper thin
I have built up barriers around myself that are easily penetrable, making me vulnerable


I want to let you color me in
I want to open myself up to someone and have them add vibrancy and life to my existence


Feel like I’m drowning from the sound
I am overwhelmed and suffocated by the silence around me


Of all the silence all around
The lack of sound is deafening and oppressive


My thoughts are gone
I am consumed by emptiness and cannot think


I’m going down
I feel like I am sinking into darkness or despair


I’m turning inside out
I am exposing my true self, revealing my vulnerability and fragility


This time I finally need a light, a light
I am in desperate need of guidance and hope


Tired of seeing in black and white, white
I am tired of only seeing things in extremes, and longing for more color and nuance


Having flashes in my mind
I am experiencing brief and intense moments of insight or inspiration


Can’t take the ticking of time
I am weighed down by the passage of time and feel like it is slipping away from me


The time that’s passing by
I am acutely aware of the minutes and seconds that are ticking by, and feel powerless to stop them




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: ANTON ZASLAVSKI, ELIZABETH ABRAMS

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