"Can't Get There From Here" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
When the world is a monster
Bad to swallow you whole
Kick the clay that holds the teeth in
Throw your trolls out the door

If you're needing inspiration
Philomath is where I go
Lawyer Jeff he knows the low down
He's mighty bad to visit home

(I've been there I know the way)
Can't get there from here
(I've been there I know the way)
Can't get there from here
(I've been there I know the way)
Can't get there from here
(I've been there I know the way)

When your hands are feeling empty
Stickheads jumping off the ground
Tris is sure to shirr the deers out
Brother Ray can sing my song

(I've been there I know the way)
Can't get there from here
(I've been there I know the way)
Can't get there from here
(I've been there I know the way)
Can't get there from here
(I've been there I know the way)

Hands down, Calechee bound
And locked, kiss the ground
The dirt of seven continents going
Round and round
Go on ahead Mr. Citywide
Hypnotize, suit and tie
Gentlemen testify

If your world is a monster
Bad to swallow you whole
Philomath they know the low-down
Throw your trolls out the door

(I've been there I know the way)
Can't get there from here
(I've been there I know the way)
Can't get there from here
(I've been there I know the way)
Can't get there from here
(I've been there I know the way)


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"Can't Get There from Here" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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  • +1
    General CommentAs Machine above so machine below...
    vogonjron June 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLawyer Jeff = Jefferson Holt, attorney and band manager while under the IRS label.
    sportcarderon July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe "gentlemen testify" line was also used in tighten up
    Tomeron January 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPhilomath is a small town in Georgia.
    xodon March 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment1st verse, last line should be "Throw your troubles out the door", I think. I.E., the world is a monster that wants to swallow you whole. You have troubles, worries, etc.
    REJon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment1st verse, last line should be "Throw your troubles out the door", I think. I.E., the world is a monster that wants to swallow you whole. You have troubles, worries, etc.
    REJon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think these lyrics are inaccurate. (Although a lot these are in the video) I am pretty sure it's:

    When the world is a monster
    Bad to swallow you whole
    Kick the clay that holds the teeth in
    Throw your troubles out the door

    If you're needing inspiration
    Philomath is where I go (I go)
    Lawyer Jeff he knows the low-down
    He's mighty glad to visit home

    (I've been there I know the way)
    Can't get there from here
    (I've been there I know the way)
    Can't get there from here
    (I've been there I know the way)
    Can't get there from here
    (I've been there I know the way)

    If your hands are feeling empty
    Kicking jumping off the ground
    Chris is sure to share the tears out
    Brother Ray can sing my song

    (I've been there I know the way)
    Can't get there from here
    (I've been there I know the way)
    Can't get there from here
    (I've been there I know the way)
    Can't get there from here
    (I've been there I know the way)

    Hands down, Calechee bound
    Land locked, kiss the ground
    The dirt of seven continents going
    round and round
    Go on ahead Mr. Citywide
    hypnotize, suit and tie
    Gentlemen testify

    If your world is a monster
    Bad to swallow you whole
    Philomath they know the low-down
    Throw your troubles out the door

    (I've been there I know the way)
    Can't get there from here
    (I've been there I know the way)
    Can't get there from here
    (I've been there I know the way)
    Can't get there from here
    (I've been there I know the way)

    (Thank you, Ray)
    REMFIELDon October 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that is about having a solace in life or place to escape your troubles and the character in the song has lost his way to that spot, so he is in crisis at the moment.
    (The backing singers apparently are trying to help him out though) LOL
    REMFIELDon October 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomething about mail not getting from one town directly to another was a the basis. So you couldn't mail letters to Philomath directly...something like that.

    But then he's using that to talk in general about going to a simpler place and simpler time.
    marcevanon January 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLiner notes from 'Eponymous': "Philomath is a town between Lexington and Crawfordville and used to have its own post office"
    mtmooreon February 14, 2008   Link

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