Sitting at a bus stop
Trying to take my shoes off,
But my laces are all knots and you
Looking for an answer to an old question
So easy I can't explain it
And everything I say to you will probably come out wrong anyway.

Made it to the trolley
Looking for my transfer
Cause the place is full of cops and you...
Looking for an answer to an old question
So easy I can't explain it
And everything I say to you will probably come out wrong anyway.

You take my seat again.....
You take my seat again.....

You take my seat again.....
You take my seat again.....

Late at the station
Feeling all wound up
Got to walk several blocks past you.
Try to read a t-shirt,
Thinks that I'm a pervert.
Sorry, wasn't getting fresh, but...
And everything I say to you will probably come out wrong anyway.

There in front of me.
It's there in front of me.
It's there in front of me.
It's there in front of me.

Sitting at a bus stop
Trying to take my shoes off,
But my laces are all knots and you
Looking for an answer to an old question
So easy I can't explain it
And everything I say to you will probably come out wrong anyway.

Made it to the trolley
Looking for my transfer
Cause the place is full of cops and you... ( You take my seat again..... )
Looking for an answer to an old question
So easy I can't explain it ( You take my seat..... )
And everything I say to you will probably come out wrong anyway.

You take my seat again.....
You take my seat again.....

Here to my house
In no seconds
Count the footsteps
Count the seconds

Near my house...
In no seconds
Count the footsteps
Count the seconds


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Concrete Seconds song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentDEFINITELY one of the best pinback songs. Now that I'm thinking about it, i think he's having an encounter with an old flame on a bus or a trolley or a train, and she's asking about what happened between them and he doesn't want to be having the converstaion at all, so the seconds feel "concrete," weighty and long. He'd obviously like to explain, but just can't ("anything i say to you is gonna come out wrong anyway,") And he's close to being home and getting away from her ("near my house, in no seconds" and "its there in front of me) and the anticipation of leaving the bus/trolley/train is really getting to him.

    Yeah that might be completely out there, but it's a great song and i really love Pinback. :o)
    partayattaylorson February 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCertain parts are a reference to the play "Waiting for Godot". In the play two characters do meaningless things while they wait for a man named Godot, who never shows. Among the things they do to kill time is fooling with their shoe laces.

    The play is an existentialist work about waiting for answers instead of seeking them, which seems to be what the song is also trying to relate.

    There's also the line "everything I say to you is going to come out wrong anyway," which is one of the foundations of existentialism -- the inability to successfully communicate.
    wasteofwebspaceon April 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJohn Carpenter has, tongue in cheek, described "Dark Star" as "'Waiting for Godot' in space."
    peaceoutsideon September 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI fell in love with this song when I was driving home at night. It added to this worderful idyllic moment. I love the line "Anything I say to you is gonna come out wrong anyway." It reminds me of every bumbling crush I've ever had.
    monkiebobon September 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me of my ex. this song brought tears to my eyes when i heard it, a guy played it for me. this resulted in me buying the cd immediatly!! this song reminds me of how no matter how much i struggle or did struggle to identify with my ex's complexly self destructive self, i never would understand...cuz he doesn't understand himself. and it reminds me of all the times i "took his seat"...but after the talking, arguing,etc....things were always perfect in the silence, the "concrete seconds".
    wickedpixie138on June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, someone needs to fix where it says "everything i say to you will probably come out wrong anyway" when its "anything i say to you is gonna come out wrong anyway".
    excellent song, though.
    coheedandcambriaon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome. it's one of the best pinback songs.
    andrea_ruybal_7on January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdealing with the never ending presence of past relationships and problems. trying to get on with your life and be at peace with the past but always being reminded of the way that things havent worked out.
    estrellaon June 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm really not sure what this song means... especially about the whole reference thing to Waiting for Godot. Idk though... all i know is that the person they're waiting for in that play is God, and I dont know if this song is about waiting for God.
    NJromanceon May 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a bad breakup. That she moved on but he can't. He's still upset, and things just get in the way of his thoughts, making them cloudy and unclear.
    kristennx333on September 04, 2007   Link

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