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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 15: Adam Young of Owl City performs at the Salvation Army"s third annual absent the Red Kettle concert hosted at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live top top December 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)


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The year was 2009 and a dorky, introverted Minnesotan through the phase name the Owl City topped the charts through “Fireflies.” The tune was cute and infectious in ways that many, perhaps cruelly, compared to the Postal Service, but it didn’t matter: the tune was a bona-fide hit. The track to be number 1 on Billboard‘s hot 100 for 2 non-consecutive weeks and cascaded transparent the world, inescapable in public spaces in the years the followed. Something about its mawkish, saccharine text were so flawlessly inoffensive regarding make it the perfect track for light-rock radio, and also the track rippled through airwaves in malls, airports, commercials, and also public transit until even the many earnest fans prospered a tiny tired.

But just when we all thought that the song was finally hidden into our collective past, it came back. “Fireflies”—a three-times platinum single about a twenty-two-year-old’s fight through insomnia via the sensual take on of beetle-order Coleopteras—has become a strange weird Twitter phenomenon. In component indebted to the viral presence of comedian Brandon Wardell, the song’s well known opener “You would not think your eye / if ten-thousand fireflies lit up the human being as I dropped asleep” has actually found brand-new life in the hand of absurdist meme-makers, who’ve taken the once-charming tune to some pretty weird locations on the internet:

u would certainly not think ur eyesif ten million fireflies pic.twitter.com/HyGroMaOZe

— BRANDON WARDELL (
emma_bustanut) April 7, 2017

u would not believe ur eyes

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if ten million fireflies

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— #HUMANZ (
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If owl city & mine girl both drowningand i have the right to only save one capture me at my girl funeral screaming you would not believe your eyes

— Dr. Pepper 2 (
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ma ya MCM would certainly not think his eye if 10 million fireflies lit up the world as he fell asleep LMFAOOO

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But something around it doesn’t add up. If you’re receiving one hug each from ten-thousand lightning bugs, wouldn’t you receive an ext than the “a thousand” hugs said by Adam Young in his lyrics? does each bug give one-thousand hugs? Or do only one-tenth of the bugs do the hugging? very sewing Twitter user
pryce_d had actually the courage come ask the artist himself, who last night comment in breathtaking information just what he supposed by the lyric. Check out his response below:

I gotta wonder though, what does that feel like to obtain hugged by a rearing swarm that fireflies? Is it all just saccharine fantasy? Or has this boyish naturalist yes, really hugged the startlingly-exact ten-million bugs? For currently though, we have the right to only imagine this insect take on as one of cloying comfort in the challenge of bigger questions around the whirling speed of universe. My dreams are bursting in ~ the seams already.