All at once you look across a crowded room
To see the way that light attaches to a girl

from Counting Crows – A Long December Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Duritz is beginning to live in the present and take joy in the little things. This is the part in the song where the theme transitions from a depressed nostalgic sort of reminiscence to a more optimistic view of the future.

Also a reference to Jennifer’s improving health. The beginning of the verse is very solemn and shows the singer is upset, but then he sees “the light” attach to “a girl” which is showing that Jennifer is looking a lot healthier and has a glow to her appearance.

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