i can't stand standing here like this and i can't take taking any of this talk serious. i can't stand standing here like this and i can't take taking any of your talk serious. swimming eyes and spitting whys splitting ties we realize. missed kisses blown through blue night air. walking you home with a bottle of boones between us. we're trying so hard to forget who we are.


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    General CommentThis song is about a kid getting bored of his friends and going to find something else to do... and that just happens to be a girl.


    "i can't stand standing here like this and i can't take taking any of this talk serious." This is him getting tired of just shooting the breeze with his friends. They like to talk, but not to do a lot. So he splits ties and heads out.

    He ends up at a gas station or something and decides he wants to get drunk. I picture an underaged kid around 16. He doesn't have a lot of money so he grabs some boones. He gets lucky and the clerk doesn't ask for an I.D. so he walks out. He sees a girl he knows and they walk home, flirt and drink.

    "we're trying so hard to forget who we are." I think maybe they were from different social groups. Maybe she was a cheerleader or something and he was less popular, so they spend the night trying to forget who they are.

    At least thats what I get from it.
    andsometimeschrison May 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat is a
    boones?
    rubybubbleon May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentboones is a brand of cheap-o fruit wine.
    toobossy.com/…
    fasterboton May 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentboones farm. shits raw.
    high fidelityon January 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentboones farm. shits raw.
    high fidelityon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i walk home with her we sing this song
    motdcp1on April 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing
    Possibilitieson September 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite cap'n jazz song, the intro's the best "I know what you know what I'm talking about.
    We've done it together."
    topicalrushon November 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe best cap'n jazz song
    AllChokedUpon December 31, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about breaking up.

    "I can't stand standing here like this and I can't take taking any of this talk serious." This is in reference to the break-up conversation he's having with his significant other.

    "Swimming eyes and spitting whys, splitting ties, we realize." Swimming eyes are in reference to them crying (teary eyes). Spitting whys as in, "Why is this happening? Why are we breaking up?" "Splitting ties" as in they are splitting ties from one another. "...we realize" is the realization that the relationship is over.

    "Missed kisses blown through blue night air, walking you home with a bottle of Boone's between us." "Missed kisses" could either be drunken, final, break-up kisses that simply missed their target or the lack of kisses being blown that would have otherwise happened were they not breaking up. As someone already mentioned earlier, Boone's Farm is a cheap fruit wine, supporting my claim that the two are getting drunk.

    "We're trying so hard to forget who we are." Sometimes, we drink to forget. In this specific case, they're trying to forget that they're breaking up.

    To add a bit more exposition to the song, "Forget Who We Are" was usually performed live paired right after "Olerud," in which the final line of that song is, "It's like you finally realize how lucky you really are to have had a few great heartbreaks." Using "Olerud" as a lead-in to "Forget Who We Are" further supports the notion that the latter is a break-up song.
    videocognitoon August 16, 2014   Link

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