"Out of Jail" as written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh....
Long before the screen door slammed, she was out of Xenia
A stranger could have loved that town but she had to leave

I wish I'd gotten to know her before I fell in love
I could say who's to blame, say who's the man in this cautionary tale
But I swore I'd be true and I'll swear and I'll swear 'til Kitten's out of jail

It was like a TV show, the way she stole that car
Easy now to criticize, easy now to talk

I thought my luck was changing, I guess I was wrong
I could say who's to blame, say who's the man in this cautionary tale
But I swore I'd be true and I'll swear and I'll swear 'til Kitten's out of jail

Didn't want to be a slave
Just turned out that way

I wish I'd gotten to know her before I fell in love
I could say she's to blame, say she's the man in this cautionary tale
But I swore I'd be true and I'll swear and I'll swear 'til Kitten's out of jail


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"Out of Jail" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    My OpinionThis has to be one of the most underrated TMBG songs of all time. What a great little tune this is.
    Spacecowon July 20, 2010   Link
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    TranslationSo, let's start with line 1:
    "Long before the screen door slammed, she was out of Xenia"
    I always wondered what "Xenia was". As it turns out, this is a reference to Homer's Odyssey. Xenia is a Greek concept encompassing the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home. In other words, Hospitality.
    wasmuthkon January 21, 2013   Link

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