“Fireflies” by Owl City

In the song “Fireflies”, Adam Young a.k.a Owl City metaphorically recounts his experience of sleeplessness. The singer reveals how several fancies run through his head whenever he finds it difficult to fall asleep.

The “fireflies” he talks about represent the illusions he has during moments of his unrest at night. Here, the singer shifts into a fantasy world where unusual things like hugging bugs happen. Ironically, he prefers to stay awake so he can see more of a world full of dancing fireflies because it is more intriguing than reality.

Can’t Count Sheep Anymore!

In the bridge of the song, the writer expresses his failed attempts to sleep, clearly stating that he feels insomniac. He mentions being tired of counting sheep to signify that he literally gets tired of trying to fall asleep.

Finally Sleepy but not eager to Sleep

In the latter part of the song, the writer seems to finally feel sleepy, yet he doesn’t wish to lose the euphoria he felt in his imaginary world. He reminds himself in the end that he’ll experience the thrill of his fantasies again, because he’s hopeful his insomnia will be back soon.

What Adam has said about “Fireflies”

Adam has admitted to being medically diagnosed of Insomnia. He added that during these moments, he is rather inspired to create new songs. He explained in an interview with Female First that the song “Fireflies” was written during a night where he was unable to sleep.

Lyrics of "Fireflies"

Music Video

The music video to this songs, which has received hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, had Steve Hoover in its director’s seat.


“Fireflies” is the lead single from Owl City’s sophomore album, “Ocean Eyes”.

Universal Republic Records released the track on 14 July 2009.

“Fireflies” scored a number 1 in over 10 countries and in the process did so on perhaps the two most-important music charts in the world, the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100.

And overall “Fireflies” charted in almost 30 nations, going seven-times Platinum in both Australia and the United States in the process.

“Fireflies” was written and produced by the founder and sole member of Owl City, Adam Young.

And production-wise he was assisted on the track by Matthew Thiessen.

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