"Turnpike Gates" as written by Scot Golley, Daniel Benjamin Yemin, David J Palaitis, Ari Zev Katz and Peter M Martin....
In order for you to play with this record,
You must tune your guitar to ours.
We will start with the first string
We would drag ourselves to bed.

And sleep took everything I had.
I kept it up till he would call.
You made me feel like a criminal.
And then there's you,

You kept a smile though I would always walk the wire.
You gave it all.
I gave you reason to have doubt.
I had to get out of there.

I took the stairs.
I don't want to fight with you if I can't be the one to have you.
You sat that chair like a queen in the kitchen.
I memorized the lines your eyes made at every squint you shot my way.

We would drag ourselves to bed.
And sleep took everything I had.
I kept it up till he would call.
You made me feel like a criminal.

And then there's you,
You kept a smile though I would always walk the wire.
But you're miserable and I'm useless,
Always making up excuses.

I made you cry too many times.
So I'm hanging up that line.
I'm throwing rocks at your floor.
I'm knocking down your front door.

I'm desperate tonight and I just want to fight.
It's my confusion that lets me act so cold.
So now I'll go, go, go.
And you want to be just left alone.

Put down that phone, cause if you want me just call out "hey boy".


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"Turnpike Gates" as written by Daniel Benjamin Yemin Ari Zev Katz

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    General Commentthis is really a great song. Lifetime are a kickass band.
    teenagefuckupon June 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentword. yeah this is a sweet sweet song.
    backupdorkon July 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthhmm, good song. i luv it :) gets really good towards the end.
    lollirotsadiston June 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis songs rad shit... anyone know what its about?
    music_is_life_1000on July 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe best part is
    "just call out HEY BOY!"
    Damn Lifetime, just is so good they make my balls tingle.
    ohboyitisntmic!on March 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt kinda seems like he's sleeping with a girl who is cheating on her boyfriend/husband. lyrics like:

    "I don't want to fight with you if i can't be the one to have you"

    and it seems like he has to leave the place fast, maybe he was just about to get caught:

    "i had to get out of there, i took the stairs"

    just a thought.
    capricanon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlistening to this song now, I realize just how hard Taking Back Sunday and many other bands in the Long Island scene (Saves The Day etc.) have tried to emulate Lifetime. if you've ever heard anything by TBS, you'll know their efforts pretty much failed.

    anyways, good song; i think it's just about being on and off with someone a lot, and ending up loving them so much that if they ever needed you, all they'd have to say would be "hey boy." and you'd be there.

    p.s. does anyone know what the intro at the beginning is?
    vulgaron May 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPretty sure its more along the lines of what caprican said, not vulgar. "kept it up til he would call", hes basically there at her dispense cus he likes her and its not exactly as mutual and she's probably involved with someone else
    LivingDaylightson August 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my all-time favorite songs. As I've gotten older, my understanding of the lyrics has evolved. The conclusion I've reached is this:

    The song is sung from the perspective of the "other guy." She's with someone else, probably someone that she is losing or has lost feelings for. She's cheating with him ("you made me feel like a criminal"). It's exciting. They're up all night ("sleep took everything I had").

    He wants it to be more. He wants her to be his. They're a better match. She loves him, not the other guy. He knows it. Maybe she doesn't - or perhaps she can't fully admit it. She's hesitant. His passion gives way to frustration ("I don't want to fight with you if I can't be the one to have you"). She just can't leave the other guy, and he's made his case over and over, but to no avail ("you're miserable and I'm useless").

    He's tired of the debate and the pleading - he can't force her to leave the other guy ("I've made you cry too many times"). (The music picks up here - it becomes more urgent, more desperate, more passionate). He's going for broke - one final plea - an ultimatum. He drives over to her, perhaps in the middle of the night, emotionally drained but willing to lay himself down at the altar one more time. He's going to ask her one more time, and either way, this will be over. He can't continue whatever you'd call this non-relationship, so it's now all or nothing. "If you wanna be just left alone, put down that phone... but if you want me, just call out 'hey boy'."

    The song abruptly ends as he awaits her reply.

    I know exactly how he feels, because I've been that guy. And I ended up marrying the girl. And I love this song.
    fuzzy dunlopon October 21, 2011   Link

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