Moods don’t command you
If you don’t know what you’re going through
There’s love for you up where the population grows
There’s friendly people in cities, too
Just ask them where they are going to
There’s life and work up where the clouds meet the snow

And I don’t mind waiting

I’m always one step ahead of you
If you don’t know what you’re going through
There’s laughs and fun up where the conversation flows
And I don’t mind waiting if it takes a long, long time
I don’t mind braving the coldest winter of our time
I don’t mind racing through our goodbyes

This is your last line of defense
You could sell your baseball cards just to pay your rent, yeah

I don’t mind waiting if it takes a long, long time
And I don’t mind wasting the best years of our lives
And I don’t mind racing through our goodbyes


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  • +2
    General Commentthis song has always been such a reassuring love song.

    i adore it.
    holyshazamon August 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell, this song is very reassuring, but more than that, it puts the most optimistic view on real life situations. I don't know. She makes it sound silly that a person would ever even have such serious worries. That get's me. I love it.
    BustedLawnChairson August 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcellent tune!
    JeffKaos71on February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song
    goodbye_foreveron March 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song,
    this is the first song i had ever heard by rilo kiley, and i still think its one of the best
    you was untrueon December 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti always get happier when i listen to this song. its like, dont take things too seriously, put your problems in perspective, youre all right.
    i think when she says 'you could sell your baseball cards just to pay your rent', she means that the person is inventing problems and rents they must pay, when really theyre so trivial they could be paid off with baseball cards.
    one of my favorite rilo kiley songs.
    themoonthebluelighton March 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell, i don't really agree. i mean, you can get a legitimate amount of money out of selling baseball cards, right? i don't really know alot about collecting baseball cards, but i know some you can sell for alot. or whatever.

    but anyways, i think this song is talking about waiting it out until the better times. i really love it. "i don't mind wasting the best years of our lives"--like maybe she's waiting for the time when she can be with the person she loves the most, and she doesn't mind wishing away those years until they get to be together. and "i don't mind racing through our goodbyes"--like maybe the quicker you say goodbye, the quicker you can say hello again.
    whenshesmileson March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought that this song was sung um... tongue in cheek. Because if she genuinely likes this person... why wouldn't she mind racing through their goodbyes? And who wants to WASTE the best years of their life? Not many people offering that up. Winter is usually a time of death as well... so I saw this song as her being upset and saying "oh sure, go ahead and waste my life, I don't mind." ... when of course, she does. The person that this song is about is an asshole and wants to "keep her down" but when the relationship ends, she'll race through their goodbyes (he's been racing through their lives trying to find some sort of meaning) and I highly doubt she'll look back.
    not_blondeon August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've always felt this song was about being in a relationship where the other person is always making excuses or just overly cautious, and not wanting to take a chance or grow up to the point it'd take to be able to "go anywhere" with her as a couple. I agree that the baseball card part is saying the guy doesn't have a job, but wants to live on his own. if he'd give up his ties to being a "child" then he could achieve the adult life he seems to want but is too afraid to reach for.

    She's saying she's willing to wait...but feels as if she's going to have to wait a very long time, hence the "wasting the best years of our lives" bit, meaning that while she's giving him time, the time they could be sharing is just flying right out the window.

    A song about frustrated patience.
    delialon January 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe beginning of this song seems to suggest that ignorance is bliss, that he doesn't know what he's going through...he seems immature and unaware of the weight of his decisions.

    It seems that he has moved to the city for opportunities and she urges the fact that he had all the love and opportunity where he was (in the mountains-- where the population grows/ where the clouds meet the snow). This also reveals the difference in maturity between them.

    "You could sell your baseball cards just to pay your rent, yeah" is (to me) her describing how much simpler living is in the mountains, the country. To my boyfriend, this means that he would have to sell his baseball cards just to stay in the city as long as possible.

    Still, she loves him and is willing to wait for him to realize these things and return to her.
    jaci_ohon April 28, 2008   Link

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