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Owl City finally explains how you get a thousand hugs from 10,000 lightning bugs

The strangest line from 2009's 'Fireflies' has finally been explained.


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 21, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 2:21 am CDT

In Owl City’s 2009 hit “Fireflies,” a fantastical scenario is proposed: “I’d get a thousand hugs from 10,000 lightning bugs, as they tried to teach me how to dance.”

It’s a ridiculous lyric. However, on May 31, a curious fan tweeted a technical question at Owl City (aka musician Adam Young) and eventually got an amazing answer.

Here’s a closer look at Young’s response:

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The fan was later reached for comment.


As it should be.

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*First Published: Jun 21, 2017, 10:53 am CDT