Summer of 1978
My sister and I in the back seat just wait.
We pass the time by making lines
on the seat that we can't cross,
A thin line like dental floss.

She threw my new blue comb out the window,
somewhere on I-70.
Dad said, "I'm sorry,
but we can't go back,"
We're never going back to get it.
It was the first comb I ever had.
Got it just that morning from my mom and my dad.
Light blue in color,
I could never have another,
comb like that, big and fat...

So tell me, have you seen my comb?
Last time I saw it,
it was in her hands,
And then it was bouncing down the road.
It wasn't fancy,
it wasn't brown,
But now it might be from lying on the ground.
So tell me,
have you seen my comb?

Driving down the road in September,
I was only five
but I still remember,
Where the highway turns
at the bottom of the hill,
My parents both up front
'cause they loved each other still.
Maybe just a comb made of plastic,
Or an action of a sibling lacking couth,
But something that was thrown out that window,
Was the last great symbol of my youth.

Have you seen my comb?
Last time I saw it,
it was in her hands,
And then it was bouncing down the road.
It wasn't fancy,
it wasn't brown,
But now it might be from lying on the ground.
So tell me,
have you seen my comb?


Lyrics submitted by ThreeMilesDown, edited by cyx

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    General Commenti think its about his parents divorce because the blue comb represents their marrage and it going out the window
    steveo77on June 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song was written about Reese Roper's parents divorce. At the concerts, kids throw blue combs at him :) i gave him one at a concert once.
    NismoKittyon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is sweet i love it so much five iron frenzy is awesome too even though i'm not into christianity...
    rxbrotheron April 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti just thought i would comfirm what NismoKitty said about the meaning of this song. i read an interview in which reese roper said that the song is about his parent's divorce. i honestly can't see it myself, but that's what reese said
    MrSkaPunkon May 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's so evident in the song what he is talking about. There are allusions to the divorce..."My parents both up front 'cause they loved each other still" etc. FIF is my fav ska band...I luv these guys sooo much.
    PunkRawkGodess13on June 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYes. It's about the divorce... but more importantly, the loss of his childhood and innocence that resulted because of the divorce. That is what the comb represents, his childhood, given to him by his mom and dad, only to be lost. The song has the cute ways of childhood (the dental floss lines)... the life which he can never go back to.
    Fypaston June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwith my parents split i can really relate to this song, the symbolic meaning is just reall deep with me. i love this song and i love you FIF!
    manwithoutfear181on June 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti saw them on their last tour. right up in the front. i swear my ears are still ringing and i got bit in the mosh pit, but it was worth it. and yes, this songs about reeses parents.
    ilovealkalineon February 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFypast's got it down.
    vjonnyvon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell I was completely wrong... I thought it was about Reese's first childhood memory... Of a blue comb in the year 1978... :S
    knocloo27on March 17, 2006   Link

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