Wrong to say that I am giving up
Right to say that I ain't showing up
I've got pictures at my home and doors that
Transform me alone
Sunny days should leave a message on my phone
I don't think I'm gonna miss you much
For I've got dials and knobs soft to the touch
All your lectures will become converted into static hum
Sunny days should leave a message on my phone
Oh to sleep per chance to dream
To live again those joyous scenes
The laughter and the follies that
Are locked away inside my head

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Levitz (Birdless) song meanings
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    General CommentA recluse watching movies in the dark, whiling his life away cos he thinks its better than reality... alot of the time, it is.
    benfoldsfanon May 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo me, it's about longing. More correctly, reminiscing, about an ended relationship.

    "wrong to say i'm giving up, right to say i ain't showing up".. great line. Even though one says the final goodbyes, one never gives up in one's heart. You always remember, you always want to "live again those joyous scenes" in your mind.

    This one hits really close to home, for me. Even though a relationship is over, it doesn't mean that it doesn't live on forever in your mind. There are always laughter and follies locked in your head.
    frijolito_tson May 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust a little possibly irrelevant fact: Levitz is the name of a chain of furniture stores that might be exclusive to the west coast, or more precisely california. I live in Modesto, Grandaddy's base of operation, and they often cite various locations around town (the tiki bar, gear rd., etc.) I'm not aware of the reference's relevance however. While I think that Frijolito's interpretation is an accurate one, I also think that this song can be be interpreted in more than one way. For me this song is about being perpetually disappointed with the state of affairs, fruitless career decisions(jason's skateboard injury), failed relationships, it's resulting reclusion, the contemplation of suicide. There are many references to the latter theory: "all your lecture's will become converted into static hum" (which is a great line btw), "oh to sleep per chance to dream", etc. The last 4 lines sound less like nostalgia to me, than a deluded reality one finds themselves trapped while considering their self-destruction. Grandaddy hail from one of the 10 ten worst rated cities to live in and their lyrics validate that opinion to a large extent. I think this song along with a few others are what made Grandaddy great, too bad they are the least acknowledged songs in their arsenal.
    breast canceron January 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentProbably my favourite Grandaddy song, and that's saying something. The last 4 lines are lifted directly from the ELO song 'Mister Kingdom'; a major influence on Jason.
    yumflumpon May 04, 2013   Link

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