Vienna Lyrics - The Fray

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The day's last one-way ticket train pulls in
We smile for the casual closure capturing
There goes the downpour
Here goes my fare thee well

There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
'Cause I'm already gone

Only so many words that we can say
Spoken upon long-distance melody
This is my hello
This is my goodness

There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
'Cause I'm already gone

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Maybe in five or ten yours and mine will meet again
Straighten this whole thing out
Maybe then honesty need not be feared as a friend or an enemy
This is the distance
And this is my game face

There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
Is there really no way to reach me
Am I already gone?

So this is your maverick
This is Vienna






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Runaway, Run | Reviewer: dana | 12/27/11

my interpretation of this song is that its about "running away" in an effort to become emotionally distant from the one he loves... he is either running away from fear of getting hurt, or running away from fear of getting too attached or dependent. whatever the reason, these emotions are scary to him, and he'd rather run from them than face what he's feeling. he hopes that this distance and time to himself can bring about clarity and resolve.

he mentions that maybe in 5 or 10 years, they can meet again, when "honesty," or the truths regarding the relationship, won't be so hard to face anymore. maybe then he can finally have a handle on the way he feels, and be okay with life, regardless if the relationship is meant to be or not.

until then, he must be the maverick. the one who is distant; the one who cuts off the relationship, and thus his feelings.

although this song is sad in reality, it is also hopeful -- because it leaves you with the thought of "what if..." will he simply move on? or will they meet again, when the distance has made enough of a difference for things to be sorted out?

even though a relationship is what he wants, he must first resort to running from it, in order for the pieces to fall together.



Part 2 | Reviewer: dana | 12/27/11

i also think its important to note the sense of urgency in this song, as if its screaming: ok im doing it, it's really happening this time, seriously there's no turning back, there's no stopping me, we had our chance... im gone. emotionally, im gone. -- "this is the distance, and this is my game face."

but as i mentioned earlier, sometimes in a twist of hope, when people get pushed away from the ones they love, or their love is simply unrequited, they're forced to move on and become their best selves -- and this emotionally journey may be critical for him in becoming that.



Before Sunrise | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/18/11

Anyone seen the film Before Sunrise? It's about 2 people who meet on a train, one from America and one from France, and the spend 1 day together in Vienna - fall in love - and then never see each other again.
Not saying that's what it is, probably just a coincidence. Either way, both tell a great story that really sums up how real life can be bloody inconvenient at times.



@linsey and @April G - great analyses!! | Reviewer: Chad | 6/10/11

The two penultimate lines of this song have always been so mystifying to me as well. Yet they are hardly just throwaway lines, with minimal significance; after all, the very title of the song *is* Vienna.

One point of clarification: From your analysis, @linsey, it's unclear whether you think the "maverick" refers to him or to her. I definitively think it refers to him. And I think the line containing it and the following line, "So this is Vienna," perfectly expresses this feeling of semi-dejected, semi-hopeful, heartbroken-yet-absolutely-determined-to-move-on feeling that your analysis pegs (correctly, in my view) as the root emotional driver of the entire song. And it's almost like he's saying to himself, Be careful what you wish for ... you wanted to be single, you wanted separation, etc., SO THIS IS IT, BIG SHOT. THIS IS VIENNA. LIVE WITH IT, IT WAS YOUR CHOICE.

As far the lyrical choice of Vienna goes, it *must* have either literal or symbolic meaning -- it certainly cannot just be a random selection. I actually tend, without any evidence (notwithstanding an attempt to corral some by reviewing of the band's wiki entry and looking for a U.S. city called Vienna in the band's greater orbit), toward a literal interpretation, i.e., he actually took a train to Vienna, Austria at the end of an unworkable relationship to begin anew, and is somewhat disappointed with the city (just like he is somewhat disappointed with his new life) given his expectations. But it's fairly unsatisfying given the lack of any substantiating evidence, and am entirely open to a revision of my view upon reading a compelling symbolic alternative.

Anyway, again, @linsey and @April G, great analyses. You really moved my thoughts along quite a bit.



One more thing | Reviewer: Chad | 6/10/11

I'm not that musically inclined, but there's a key shift (I think) at the very end of the song that, in my view, is actually as meaningful as the lyrics themselves (although I haven't really formulated an interpretation myself). Perhaps it just reinforces the same somewhat ambiguous mood behind the lyrics themselves (with the singer's semi-dejection reflected in the minor key that then gives way to his semi-hopefulness and/or resigned acceptance reflected in the major key??).



last line-'this is vienna' | Reviewer: linsey | 5/29/11

I don't think he means Vienna is the place that the relationship happened.. I think that is too literal for the Fray. This song has so much deeper meaning. I feel like most (if not all) of the lyrics in this song are symbolic. I like what a lot of people have said, I especially agree that it is about a really hard/dramatic relationship that has finally ended. The last 2 lines are so weird, but to me they mean this:

Maverick--this word is often used to mean non-conform or independence. I think he is saying 'this is finally your opportunity to be independent.. this is finally what you want.. your 'Maverick'.. being away from me'

Vienna--I could see Vienna meaning 2 things... 1)it could be symbolic of their relationship or situation... so the last line would mean he's reflecting on it and kind of just saying 'well... this is our situation. This is how it is... that's the story, that's what happened, and that's how it ended' in kind of a melancholy way. 2)it could be symbolic of what's ahead. Speaking in a literal sense he is talking about leaving on a train, so maybe he is traveling to Vienna to go have new adventures. Symbolically, he is leaving the relationship and throughout the whole song he has reflected on the relationship and what's coming up, and then he finally arrives to reality that it is time to be in a new place, to find new adventures, to find himself. He is not exactly excited, but he has a little bit of hope and he is about to push forward until things brighten up again.

Of course every song means different things to different people, this is what it means to me



interpretation | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/2/10

it's like this the fray saying:.... i've been hurt by my ex and right now even if he/she tried to make ties, he/she doesn't deserve a chance-- i won't let him/her "reach me"; i've put up the barriers and "i'm already gone".... but i'm hopeful that he'll break through the walls and find a way to reach me-- like how the end of the song questions it: "is there really no way to reach me?"..i'm hoping that in "five or ten yours and mine will meet again
Straighten this whole thing out" but for now i'm putting on my "game face", putting my walls up unless "you find a way to reach me"



beauty in the art of writing... | Reviewer: deniz | 1/3/10

i think we can not know exactly what jeff tries to say with this song unless he explains clearly. i think that way because i have some poems of my own. i explain some certain things when i was writing them, but the way i use is in my own world. the symbols that i use are belong to us (me and who share them with me). i mean i use the words which have special meanings to me to say what i really mean. so the meaning changes according to the point of view. it is about the mood of the person who is reading...

when the words get together with music, you can see some clues of composer's mood. but not the absolute fact. for example, you can say whatever it is, it doesn't make him feel good. you can feel what he feels through his words and voice, but not certain things. beyond that, there are just opinions...

and that's what makes this song perfect. it says different things for every different people...even for just one person, for me, it is different every time i listen...

i am curious about the real meaning of the song by the way. but i guess i don't care for real. i don't search for answers. because a song (or poem) means what you understand from it. that is how it works in this art



I look at it differently | Reviewer: person101 | 11/15/09

When i hear this song, i think of the holocaust. I am jewish, so i might be a little bias about it, but i really see it being interpreted like the holocaust. I think everyone brings a great point to this but here is my opinion:

"The day's last one way ticket train pulls in.
We smile for the casual closure capture."


- When victims were brought into the camps they were never to leave again (one way ticket)
- People inside camp capture them, knowing they will be killed, casually.

"There's really no way to reach me
Cause I'm already gone."
- No way to reach/ change their fate, because the way they were born has made them already in line to the Nazi s.

"Only So many words that we can say, spoken upon a long distance melody."
- They weren't free, and they were trapped that way.

"Maybe in five or ten yours and mine will meet again
Straighten this whole thing out
Maybe then honesty need not be feared as a friend or an enemy
This is the distance
And this is my game face"
- The Nazi Party in total was thinking the genocide was not a big deal, and would be forgiven to improve the world in 5 or 10, but it wasn't"
- "Victims thinking that the way they are shouldn't be feared, for they are normal and they wouldn't hurt anyone. They are just normal human beings, just like the nazis.
- Distance to gas chamber, realization that they couldn't do anything and that their fate was already decided.
- Putting on a game face in a way of hopelessness and acceptance.

"This is Vienna"
- Vienna is in Austria. 65,000 Austrian People were murdered in the Holocaust, and Austria's Government was Involved with the Holocaust.



More about mental miles | Reviewer: April G | 9/17/09

I feel the song is more about a relationship that has grown emotionally distant than about real physical distance. For whatever it's worth, here's how I interpret it:

"The day's last one-way ticket train pulls in
We smile for the casual closure capturing
There goes the downpour
Here goes my fare thee well"

-There is already no passion left, just a casual good bye with smiles.

"There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
'Cause I'm already gone"

-He has already checked out of the relationship and mentally moved on. He has made up his mind and won't turn back

"Only so many words that we can say
Spoken upon long-distance melody
This is my hello
This is my goodness"

-There is nothing left to say about the relationship and everything said just increases their emotional distance from each other

"There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
'Cause I'm already gone

Maybe in five or ten yours and mine will meet again
Straighten this whole thing out
Maybe then honesty need not be feared as a friend or an enemy
This is the distance
And this is my game face"

-He is getting hopeful that maybe in 5 or 10 years they could start fresh as more mature people. Apparently honesty has been a problem in the relationship, maybe infidelity? He is ready for the distance and ready to move on-he puts on his "game face"

"There's really no way to reach me
There's really no way to reach me
Is there really no way to reach me
Am I already gone?"

-he is having that moment of panic and regret when a relationship ends that you have been invested in. He is thinking, is there REALLY not any way we could fix this and stay together? Should I give it one more try?

"So this is your maverick
This is Vienna"

-He is saying that he will be a maverick-the one who will make waves and leave rather than stay and be unhappy. I guess the relationship happened in Vienna-one of the most beautiful cities in the world.



long distance but not i miles. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/27/09

This song can be about a long distance relationship, but it can also be viewed to be about two ppl who are not in the same place in their lives or the relationship. their together in terms of mileage but mentally they are both very far apart. Things aren't working and it's time that he/or she moves on.



What a fantastic song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/11/09

Ok, first of all, I'd like to say to Jeff that, even though he makes a valid point, Vienna is not in Switzerland. In fact, is the capital of Austria. Now, on the other hand, I pretty much agree with everybody that this is about a long distance relationship.



???? | Reviewer: Göker | 4/23/09

Hi I'm from Turkey and i just wanted to ask you guys if there is any meaningful explanation made by the fray?Cos i love the fray but i struggle to understand what the heck they are trying to say in every one of their songs and ppl have different ideas bout em but i wanna know why they wrote the songs this way and what these mean to them.



What It really means | Reviewer: Kat | 3/27/09

I say This song is about a LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP which DO NOT work out a majority of the time. There is a distance for both of them, and in between that distance are problems that cannot so easily be fixed when someone is so far away from you. He's claiming that he is already gone because they are so far apart to begin with. So when they met it was already fated to be goodbye.

Maybe in 5 or 10 years they can meet up again and maybe work it all out? Vienna is his way of saying a place that is far and foreign to him.



Vienna...truly great song | Reviewer: Ryan | 1/21/09

To Jeff below...very impressed by your take on the meaning of the song. I totally agree, but also a song can mean whatever it makes that particular individual feel. To each their own interpretation.




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