Monday, April 16, 2007

The Magnetic Fields - 100,000 Fireflies

To think I entered this week thinking it would be a week of Twee. Today was awful... the worst school schooting in US history being far and away the most terrible incident today. With respect to that my day also wasn't so hot as I spent three hours in a group writing a research methods paper just to have windows to crash and lose the paper in the end. We don't understand how the paper can be nowhere to found upon restart as we did save it. A computer specialist is looking into it tomorrow. So with all these terrible events and weather that the world keeps running into, a twee week now seems more necessary than ever.

Today's track is an early Magnetic Fields song that I love so dearly. "100,000 Fireflies" one of those songs that when you listen to it you don't just get goosebumps, but shivers throughout your entire body. It's so breathtakingly beautiful. The title couldn't be any better. Just close your eyes and image 100,000 fireflies floating around you on a pitch black night. Isn't that incredibly comforting? That's exactly what this song does to you.

"I went out to the forest and caught
100,000 fireflies
As they ricochet 'round the room
They remind me of your starry eyes
Someone else's might
Not have made me so sad
But this is the worst night I ever had"

The Magnetic Fields - 100,000 Fireflies

Now there's two unoffical videos of this song. One animated one and one that uses footage from the firefly state of We Love Katamari. It's funny as one of the first things this song reminded me of was that game. Watching it as a video is a bit surreal.

So yes- listen, enjoy and love. This song is a gem.

The Magnetic Fields - The Wayward Bus/ Distant Plastic Trees at


Anonymous said...

I stumbled on this doing a seach for 100,000 fireflies lyrics.

If you haven't heard the original song by Superchunk, do yourself a favor and listen!

matt said...

This is actually the original. The Superchunk cover was released one year after the Magnetic Fields song.

Their cover is good though.

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